Regent Law Welcomes the Class of 2013

During this past week’s orientation activities, Regent University School of Law welcomed the newest additions to its student body: the Class of 2013. Comprised of nearly 170 fresh faces ranging in age from 19 - 49, this year’s 1Ls are among the most unique and diverse groups ever to converge on campus.

More than two thirds have crossed state lines to be here, and several have crossed oceans and international borders. They hail from widely varying undergraduate institutions ranging from Christian schools like Pensacola Christian College and Patrick Henry, to the University of Oklahoma, the University of Wyoming, James Madison University, Tufts, the University of Virginia and the U.S. Naval Academy, to name a few.

The students themselves are as diverse as their educational backgrounds. One is a recent West Coast transplant from Hong Kong by way of New Zealand. Another is a brand new father from California with his wife and three-month-old namesake in tow, and yet another is a quiet, bright-eyed Pennsylvanian recently graduated from college. One fifth of the incoming class are underrepresented students including Asians, African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, helping to make Regent Law among the most diverse law schools in the nation.

Orientation events were designed so students could begin acclimating to the school, learning what to expect and what will be expected of them, and making new acquaintances who, in many cases, will become lifelong friends and colleagues. The week’s activities culminated in a Beach Barbeque at Sandbridge Park on Friday evening. While enjoying the warm sand, fresh salt breezes, and traditional southern-style catered meal, students and their families had a chance to interact in a more casual setting with each other and with longer standing members of the Regent Law community. Representatives of student organizations mingled to share opportunities for extracurricular involvement. Professors and their families, dressed in beach attire, turned out to welcome the new students, and members of the Board of Visitors took time from their busy schedules to share a meal and encourage newcomers in their choice of Regent Law.

As the new academic year gets underway, Dean Brauch had these words of welcome to share:
“It has been a joy to welcome the Class of 2013,” he said. “ In just a few days with our new students—while interacting in the classroom or clearing brush at Union Mission during Community Service Day—I have been impressed. These men and women come from all over the country and world. They are here because they have a passion to serve God and others through the law. I look forward to 2013 and beyond to see what they will accomplish.”
We expect great things from the Class of 2013 and welcome them warmly to the Regent community.

-By Kristy Morris

Regent Law Makes Lasting Impact During Community Service Day

On August 20, Regent University School of Law students, faculty and alumni joined forces to serve the Hampton Roads area for its second annual Community Service Day. Volunteers completed approximately 636 hours of community service across 10 regional sites: Union Mission, Habitat for Humanity (Norfolk and Virginia Beach), Norfolk Law Library, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia Beach Department of Recreation, Society of St. Andrew, The American Heart Association, St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, and Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Before sending the students out to serve, Darius Davenport, director of Career and Alumni Services and Community Service Day coordinator, reminded them that the profession of law is a profession of service, that their call to salvation included a call to service, and that anytime they use their God-given abilities to help others, they are fulfilling their calling.

Community Service Day volunteers picked corn to feed families in need across Hampton Roads, sorted through donated items for distribution, performed landscaping and exterior beautification, stuffed envelopes for fundraising mailings, and helped boost the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population by packaging oyster shells through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's oyster restoration program.

Second year law student Eric Bensinger worked at the Habitat for Humanity site. "It was awesome to see the Regent team work together to accomplish what would have been difficult or impossible for the Habitat for Humanity staff to complete on its own," he said.

"While this was only our second year for Community Service Day, the day is now a vital part of new law student orientation—and of Regent University School of Law," said Dean Jeffrey Brauch.

"We were able to provide hundreds of hours of valuable service to friends and neighbors in our community," Brauch continued. "Students grew to know each other and began to build friendships in a way that they would not have just sitting in a classroom. And the day emphasized to all of us—up front and right at the beginning of the year—what our ultimate mission is: to train a generation of lawyers who are servants of God and servants of those in need around us."

Law Alumnus Quoted in the Salt Lake City Tribune

Law alumnus Michael K. Elliott ('03) was quoted in the Salt Lake City Tribune regarding a posthumously conceived child. During his time at Regent Law, Michael wrote (and later published) “Tales of Parenthood from the Crypt,” on the same topic.

Regent Law Faculty in the News

Law Professor Brad Jacob did several radio interviews last week regarding a proposal by several senators to consider changing the Constitution's 14th Amendment so that children born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. would not automatically be granted citizenship. He commented on The Andy Caldwell Show on KSMA in Santa Monica, Calif.; Mickelson in the Morning on WHO in Des Moines; and KTRH in Houston.

Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm was a guest on CBN News Thursday to discuss a judge’s ruling that overturned Proposition 8 in California. She also did several radio interviews on this topic, including The Schnitt Show, based in Tampa, Fla.; The Denny Radio Show on WGKA in Atlanta and The Pete Kaliner Show on WBT in Charlotte, N.C.

Click below to listen to the broadcast:

Mickelson in the Morning on WHO (August 5)

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