Regent Law in the News

Law Professor David Velloney was a guest on both CBN News and WVEC-TV in Norfolk last Friday to comment on the indictment of Somali pirates in the United States.

Law alumnus Joseph Schmitz’s (’06) law firm, Hartsoe & Associates, P.C., has been nominated for a Webby Award, touted by the New York Times as the highest honor on the Internet.

Other nominees in the Society/Law category include The American Bar Association and Immigration Advocates Network. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 4.

Hartsoe & Associates describes itself as a law firm “founded on Christian principles.”

Regent Law Posts 2nd Highest State Bar Pass Rate

Congratulations to Regent Law’s first-time Virginia Bar exam takers, who in the February exam had the second highest pass rate among all Virginia schools.

85.7% of Regent’s first-time takers (and 80% of all Regent takers) passed the exam, a pass rate 19% above the state-wide average and just behind the #1 school, Washington & Lee. See the complete Virginia Board of Bar Examiners results here.

“We have spent the last three years working and praying with these men and women,” said law school Dean Jeffrey Brauch. “This outstanding pass rate is a tribute to our students’ hard work, to a rigorous curriculum—especially in the areas of writing and legal analysis, and to great set of faculty colleagues who train with excellence. We praise God for our graduates’ success.”

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Professors Ash and Jacob in the News

Law Professor Robert "Skip" Ash was a guest Wednesday on Regent RSG alumnus ’98 John Anthony Simmons' radio program Right Here, Right Now on WSCA in Portsmouth, N.H., to discuss whether enemy combatants should be tried in civilian or military courts.

Law Professor Brad Jacob appeared on CBN's NewsWatch on Tuesday to talk about gay rights and religious freedom with regard to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Christian Legal Society Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a case that will have a lasting impact on how religious student groups are treated by public universities.

Martinez is the dean and acting chancellor of the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and the defendant in this case after his law school refused to give official recognition to the Christian Legal Society, thereby denying it funding and any right of access to school facilities.

Regent University filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner.

Follow the case on Regent Law faculty member Mike Schutt’s Redeeming Law blog. Schutt directs the Institute for Christian Legal Studies, a cooperative ministry of Regent University School of Law and the Christian Legal Society.

Professors Jacob and Kohm in the News

Law Professor Brad Jacob was quoted in this Orlando Sentinel article regarding property rights in the case of a Florida man who has turned his home and yard into a "colorful code-enforcement protest."

Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm appeared on CBN News on Tuesday to discuss international adoption in light of the story about the Tennessee mother who has sent her adopted son back to Russia.

Law Student Leads Organization in Examining Value of Human Life

Many still believe that abortion is the only issue being debated in the bioethics arena.

But according to third-year law student Antionette Duck, it’s not.

“Bioethics now encompasses euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, cloning, stem-cell research, human hybrids and the question of whether human value should be determined based on cognitive ability alone,” says Duck.

In addition to her life as a law student, this year Duck served as the Chairman of Regent Students for Life (RSFL), a University-wide organization dedicated to putting the pro-life message into action.

Spurred on by her legal interests and her dedication to human life, Duck recently led RSFL in hosting a highly successful symposium featuring a panel of renowned bioethicists who spoke on these controversial yet deeply significant topics.

The symposium, "The Human Continuum: Determining the Value of Human Life," centered on the questions: Are human beings intrinsically valuable and does value exist on a continuum?

On the panel were Wesley J. Smith, senior fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute; Burke Balch, director of the Robert Powell Centre for Medical Ethics of National Right to Life; Paige Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity; and Regent Education Professor Dr. Mark Mostert, director of the Institute for the Study of Disability and Bioethics. Regent Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm served as moderator.

At the heart of the symposium was the often-debated, comprehensive concept of human dignity and value. The bioethicists took a philosophical approach to identifying how issues surrounding this concept are understood in America and the resulting actions determining quality of life and personhood.

According to Duck, RSFL hosted this symposium not only to educate, but to enlighten. “If society does not value the sanctity of life at the beginning of life, society will not honor the sanctity of life at the end of life, and it certainly won't value human life in the interim,” she said.

Learn more about Regent’s Center for the Study of Disability and Bioethics here.

Regent Law Examines Impact of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Regent Law’s Federalist Society and Journal of International Law recently hosted an on-campus symposium discussing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), an international convention setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children.

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the convention 1989. The United States, however, has abstained from joining the 194 other countries who have ratified it. The issue is hotly debated in not only government and legal circles, but in those of social services, education, and special interest groups as well.

Three nationally acclaimed panelists representing varying positions on ratification made the evening a lively one.

Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College; David Smolin, Professor at Cumberland School of Law; and Johan Van der Vyver, Professor of Law at Emory University offered provocative thoughts on the implications of U.S. ratification.

They considered first the relationship of the CRC to families and then to federalism, leaving many in attendance rethinking child-specific needs and rights.

Regent Law’s Professor Kathleen McKee contributed closing remarks, speaking from her own unique experience handling legal matters for children and families. She implored the listeners to broaden their analysis of the CRC and, in general, of all policy created for those whom we are called to protect.

Regent Law Faculty in the News

Law Professor Kathleen McKee published an article titled "Mediating Aging Issues" in Resolutions, a publication of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Law Professor Bradley Jacob participated in an interview about religious liberty, which was published in the Assemblies of God Enrichment Journal.

Legal Food Frenzy Open to Regent Community

Regent Law students at Food Frenzy
table in Robertson Hall.

The annual Legal Food Frenzy initiative to help feed the hungry is officially open to the entire Regent University community until April 16, 2010.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government) founded the program to end hunger in the Hampton Roads area. This year, the Virginia Bar Association Law School Council is partnering with the Student Bar Association to raise 50,000 pounds of food, 30,000 pounds more than what was raised last year.

"Many people in the Hampton Roads area have experienced layoffs, pay cuts and other harsh realities as a result of the economic downturn," said Regent Law student Valerie Johnson. "Individuals who have never relied on the Foodbank for support are now seeking their services. Donating to the Foodbank gives us the opportunity to lavish love on those in need as well respond to a rising hunger crisis. It's a privilege to meet the needs of our own local community."

The Regent community is invited to participate through food or funding donations, which will go directly to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Boxes will be located on campus at the following locations: Robertson Hall, Communication & the Performing Arts Center, Student Center and the Administration Building. Cash donations will be accepted in Robertson Hall or online through (it is mandatory for gift donations to reference Regent Law and Legal Food Frenzy in the designation box).

The following food items are most-wanted: peanut butter, chunky soups, canned meats, canned tuna, canned vegetables, juice, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauces.

Participants are also encouraged to abstain from purchasing fast food and specialty coffee drinks for two weeks, and donate the money saved to the Food Frenzy.

"A $5 cup of coffee equals 20 pounds of food," said Johnson. "Imagine not spending $5 on coffee for two straight weeks—that would equate to 280 pounds of food. Every dollar donated will purchase four pounds of food. A thermometer detailing our progress toward the 50,000 lbs goal will be kept in Robertson Hall and the Student Center. We greatly encourage our community to give towards this good cause!" For more information, visit

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