Regent Law in the News

Law Professor Brad Jacob appeared on CBN NewsWatch on Thursday, June 24, to comment on a Supreme Court decision that prevents people who sign petitions from keeping their names private.



Law Professor Comments on Military Leadership

Regent Law Professor Robert “Skip” Ash recently appeared on the ACLJ’s daily radio broadcast to discuss military leadership in light of recent critical comments made by Gen. McChrystal concerning the President’s policy in Afghanistan.

Regent Law in the News

Law Professor Brad Jacob did two radio interviews last week to discuss efforts by Republican legislators in Arizona to introduce legislation that would deny birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants born in the United States. He was a guest on The Mike Rosen Show on KOA Radio, the number one news/talk station in Denver, and The Bill Meyer Show on KMED, the top station in the Medford, Ore., market.

Click below to listen to the broadcasts:
The Mike Rosen Show on KOA Radio (June 16th)
The Bill Meyer Show on KMED (June 16th)

Dean’s Blog: Summer Interns Serve the Oppressed Around the Globe

I am very encouraged by the law school’s progress in reaching globally to serve the poor and oppressed. This summer, four of our students are serving in funded (thanks to generous donors) international internships and working on critical human rights issues. They are:
  • Joanna Cannone – working in Cambodia with Transitions Global, an organization working with victims of human trafficking
  • Kara Cooper – working in India with the Freedom Firm and law alum Evan Henck ‘08, an organization combating human trafficking

  • Ernie Walton – working on religious freedom issues in France with the European Centre for Law and Justice

  • Ashleigh Chapman – working in DC on international adoption issues with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

Please pray for these students for God’s protection and blessing on their efforts. I am hopeful that these are the first of many students who will play a meaningful role in promoting international justice through the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

You can also follow Joanna and Kara through their blogs this summer.

-To read more of Dean Brauch's blog, click here.

Law Alumnus Named Young Lawyer of the Year

Robert "Bob" Byrne Jr.
Regent Law alumnus '02 Robert "Bob" Byrne Jr. said he was stunned to learn that he was named the 2010 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC). He is the second Regent Law alumni since 2008 to be honored with this award.

The award recognizes young lawyers who demonstrate dedicated service to the conference, the legal profession and the community. Byrne, who has a statewide general litigation practice with MartinWren PC in Charlottesville, Va., has been an active volunteer with YLC since 2005.

He said that YLC has about 9,000 active and associate Virginia State Bar members who are age 36 and under. To qualify for the award, members must meet a list of eligibility requirements. YLC's goal is to serve the public and meet the special interests and concerns of young and new lawyers. Conference activities include various community outreach projects.

"One of my most memorable projects is a video, currently in its final stages, that I am helping a committee put together for the Virginia Poverty Law Center," Byrne said. "The video is for kids who leave the foster care system, a transitional process which can be a nightmare. Many kids out there are moving beyond the system without the role model of a parent or a loving support network. To be able to help out this kind of situation is something that I encourage other attorneys to do—to be involved."

Byrne said that after graduating from Regent, Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm, who is actively involved with the Virginia State Bar, helped connect him with the video project. He also cites Regent Law as inspiring him toward serving in other areas of community service.

"Three-and-a-half years ago, when my wife and I underwent a horrific tragedy, we received an amazing outpouring from the Regent community," he explained. "Several of my professors and Regent Law staff encouraged and helped me.  They demanded, despite my circumstance, that I fulfill my God-given potential."

Byrne is credited with developing a program that helped strengthen the YLC Professional Development Conference in 2008, which provides training to young attorneys. He was also recognized for his contributions to the YLC's Docket Call, a quarterly newsletter distributed to all members of the organization. He has seven published articles in the newsletter, where he writes the litigation column.

Also, Byrne is very involved in his community: he is a youth basketball coach, member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club, and recently helped establish a church in Zion Crossroads. He also served as chair of the Regent University Executive Alumni Board in 2006-2007.

The Young Lawyer of the Year award will be presented to Byrne on June 18, at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

~ By Sarah H. Dolan

Regent Law Alums Post 2nd Highest Florida Bar Pass Rate

The Regent Law community congratulates Regent Law alumni who took the July 2009 Florida Bar Exam.

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners reports that 87.5% of Regent’s first-time test takers passed, the exam, a rate second to only one of Florida’s ten law schools, Florida State. The overall pass rate for all first-time takers for the July 2009 Florida Bar Exam was 80.0%.

“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.”

Regent’s February 2010 Virginia Bar Exam takers also excelled, with 85.7% of Regent’s first-time takers (and 80% of all Regent takers) passing the exam, a pass rate 19% above the state-wide average and just behind the #1 school, Washington & Lee.

Law Alumna Wins Second Place in National Essay Competition

Saundra McDowell

Regent Law alumna '10 Saundra McDowell won second place in the Nightlight Christian Adoptions' 2010 Embryo Donation and Adoption Essay Competition. She was one of three law students from among representatives of 35 law schools throughout the United States to place in the contest.

"The contest offers a great way to stir the debate and hopefully grow an interest among future lawyers to make this area of Assisted Reproduction Technology Law part of their practice," said Executive Director of Nightlight Ronald Stoddart in a College & University Pressroom article on the competition.

Participants in the contest were tasked with addressing a challenging question related to three families living in the states of Louisiana and Georgia, which both have laws specific to human embryos. McDowell's essay explained the law in relation to the major issues surrounding embryo donation and adoption.

This is the second year McDowell participated in the contest. She first entered the competition in 2009, after receiving a Regent Law email highlighting its details.

"Since I didn't know much about the process of embryo donation and adoption, I decided to research it and write about it," McDowell said. "When I started my research, I became very interested in the topic ... With little state laws on embryos, I could see why people did not know much about it."

McDowell then became knowledgeable about the subject and decided to write on the new problem Nightlight presented in their 2010 contest. When she received a call back from Nightlight, McDowell was excited and saw the award as an answer to prayer.

"My husband and I are currently studying for the bar exam in July and apparently it's very difficult to get a bar loan to have funds while you study," she said. "Second place in the contest usually receives $1500, but since I turned my essay in early, I received $2,000. The money I won came in at just the right time!"

McDowell may further her study of embryo law as part of her future career as an attorney.

"I received the contact information for some attorneys that work in this field, and I plan on contacting them to see if I can get my foot in the door," she said. "We'll see what happens."

-- Sarah H. Dolan

Professor Brad Jacob in the News

Law Professor Brad Jacob was interviewed by The Virginian-Pilot regarding the congregation of a Norfolk church that sued the pastor over a number of church governance issues.

Regent Law Students Participate in John Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition

Three Regent Law students recently participated in the John Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by Antonin S...