Law Chapel Welcomes Operation Christmas Child

77 million. That’s a big number. That’s the number of Shoeboxes that Operation Christmas Child (OCC) has distributed to children around the world since 1993. Some people may see that number and think that their one additional shoebox will not make a difference. This week’s Chapel speaker, Neal Johnson, could not disagree more.

Johnson, the Hampton Roads area coordinator for OCC, has been packing boxes with his family for over 16 years. Each box is designated to a boy or girl of a certain age and filled with everything from stuffed animals to toothbrushes, and coloring books to clothes. While he gained much joy from the experience, the boxes would always go to some nameless, faceless child on the other side of the world. Then, two years ago, he took a trip to Lima, Peru, to help distribute the boxes in person. This changed everything. After praying that God would show him which child was to receive his box he met a young boy named Harold. “That’s Harold,” said Johnson, pointing to a picture of the boy displayed on the screen, “that’s the face of my ministry.”

Johnson has learned that even though Jesus was always surrounded by a crowd of people, He never failed to focus on the one person in need. So now, instead of seeing a countless mass of needy children, he sees the individual child who needs Jesus’s love.

“Every year when I give a box or boxes, it is for all the Harold’s of the world.”

The Moot Court Board, who sponsored the service, will be collecting Shoeboxes from Nov. 1st-15th. For information on how you can be a part of this life changing opportunity contact the Moot Court Board or visit the Operation Christmas Child website.

- By Molly Eccles

Law School Achieves Historic Bar Passage Rate

First-time Virginia Bar exam takers from Regent University's School of Law achieved the highest Bar pass rate in the school's history for the July 2010 exam, according to results released on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The pass rate of 85.7 percent is well above the state average and third among all Virginia law schools.

"I am deeply proud of our students,” said Jeffrey Brauch, Dean of Regent University School of Law. “Whether winning national championships or passing the bar at historic rates, they display excellence in everything they do. I am also thankful for our outstanding faculty. This achievement reflects their tireless commitment to train our students with depth and rigor. Above all, praise God for His blessing!"

Results from the July exam were released by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners on its website and include the following pass percentages for first-time testers from each school:

Appalachian School of Law: 65.4%
College of William and Mary: 92.6%
George Mason University: 85.3%
Liberty University: 73.7%
Regent University: 85.7%
University of Richmond: 83.5%
University of Virginia: 90.6%
Washington and Lee University: 72.7%

Law Students Participate in Regent’s Annual Intramural Flag Football League

Hard working, dedicated, and competitive are all characteristics that describe a Regent Law student’s performance in the classroom. It should come as no surprise, then, that such attributes draw dozens of our students to participate in Regent’s Chili Bowl Intramural Flag Football League.

The league is open to all members of the Regent family and is thus comprised of players ranging from staff members to alumni, and freshmen undergrads to 3Ls. Traditionally, each law class assembles a team. Having gone undefeated for the last two years, the 3L team, called “The Gong Show,” is expected to bring home the 2010 Championship trophy, accompanied by a year’s worth of bragging rights. At five games into their schedule their record remains untainted.

Other law teams include the “2L TDs” (5-1), “Real Coed” (2-3), and 1L squads “The Bombers” (4-2) and “The Most Interesting ‘Men’” (1-4).

Law students who choose to participate in the league give many reasons for doing so. These include the opportunity to compete with and against fellow students in a venue outside of the classroom, as well as to take a much needed break from the rigors of their studies. “I participate because it's a darn fun sport to play,” says 2L Mike Curylo. “Plus, at school it's a great way to connect with friends and make new ones… once the tension of competition wears off.” Whatever the case, both the athletes and the classmates who come to root for them take great joy and pride in the competition.

For team schedules, rosters, and standings visit the Chili Bowl's website.

- By Molly Eccles

School of Law Launches Center for Global Justice

"As wonderful as it is to be here tonight, my goal in the next 18 months is to wake America up!"

With these words, Linda Smith, former U.S. Congresswoman and president of Shared Hope International, ended her keynote address Friday night at the 2010 Regent Law Review Symposium on domestic human trafficking. The symposium was held October 10-11 on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

Smith's closing remarks introduced Shared Hope's new year-long ad campaign and underscored the symposium's urgent theme: human trafficking is a widespread and growing evil calling for a concerted response from the legal community—and from each of us.

After Smith's address, School of Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch introduced Regent's response to the plight of the enslaved, oppressed, trafficked and marginalized worldwide: Regent Law's new Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

"God loves justice," Brauch said, reminding his audience that Proverbs 31:7-8 instructs the reader to "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute & judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

"This Scripture is a direct charge to us at this time and place," he said, "and at Regent God is raising up a generation who are ready to do something about it; He's doing a work and it's time for us to join Him."

Through hands-on international summer internships, a unique global justice curriculum and a human trafficking clinic where students will represent local human-rights abuse victims, the Center for Global Justice will equip Regent Law students with the tools they need to be advocates for the oppressed around the world.

Regent Law students have already begun making a difference. Thanks to generous donor support this past summer, Regent funded four global justice interns who served on the ground in Cambodia, India, France, and Washington, D.C.

The center will also come alongside those individuals and groups already working to promote justice and human rights by sharing resources and building a network of collaboration to help them do their work.

The symposium ended with Saturday's human-rights panel featuring human-rights experts from governmental, academic and nonprofit sectors.

Dr. Mohamed Mattar, executive director of Johns Hopkins' Protection Project; the U.S. State Department's Kelly Heinrich, senior counsel, Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons; and Harvard University's Protection Project founder Dr. Laura Lederer joined Department of Justice and FBI experts to discuss the extent and implications of domestic human trafficking.

Click here to learn more about the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

Professor Brad Jacob Interviewed on Military Funeral Protest Case

Law professor Brad Jacob was a guest Wednesday Oct. 6, on the KNX Morning Show in Los Angeles to discuss Snyder v. Phelps, the military funeral protest case heard by the Supreme Court this week.

Speaking on the same topic, Jacob was also a guest Wednesday on Mickelson in the Morning, airing on WHO-AM in Iowa, and the Pilgrim Radio Network, which airs on stations in Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and California. On Thursday, Oct. 7, Jacob also discussed the case on the Bill Meyer Radio Show on WMED-AM in Medford, Ore.

Click below to listen to the Mickelson broadcast:

Mickelson in the Morning on WHO (October 6, 2010)

Regent Law Alumna Highlighted in Virginian-Pilot

School of Law alumna Karen Crowley (’92) was profiled in this Virginian-Pilot article about her work as an insolvency attorney.

Regent Law Secures Victory at 12th Annual Statewide Legal Food Frenzy for Third Year Running

Regent University School of Law students, faculty,  and staff contributed to the 1.5 million pounds of food collected by the local legal com...