Moot Court Board Spreads More Than Christmas Cheer

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially in Regent Law’s Moot Court Board (MCB) office. From November 1st-15th the Moot Court Board organized a collection of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse whose mission is to provide “spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world… with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.”

Regardless of the fact that many Hampton Roads churches hosted shoebox collections of their own, members of the Regent Law family felt impressed to be a part of the MCB’s initiative. So, last Tuesday the Board piled the 233 shoeboxes into multiple cars and delivered them to the local collection center where they were informed that theirs was the largest donation of the year!

Each shoebox is designated to a boy or girl of a certain age and is filled with everything from stuffed animals to toothbrushes, and coloring books to clothes. Not only that, but once the shoeboxes are inspected at distribution centers across the country, “The Greatest Gift of All,” a Gospel story for children, is included in every box.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Regent Law community and the Lord's blessing over this project, more children will be receiving the joy of Christmas and the hope that comes from salvation in our Lord, Jesus Christ,” commented MCB Chairman, Linh Flores.

We at Regent Law are very proud of the Moot Court Board and each person who donated in the hopes of changing the world one child at a time.

To learn more about this inspirational organization visit the Operation Christmas Child website.

- By Molly Eccles

Regent Village Provides a Sense of Community for Regent Law Families

The overwhelming concern of those with families who consider attending law school is how their families will adjust to a new lifestyle. Regent Law seeks to provide students with families everything they need to succeed and thrive during their law school experience.

One of the ways Regent Law families find support is by living in Regent Village, the University’s 22 acre, 30-building student housing complex located less than a mile from campus. The Village’s large, park-like setting offers ample public space to foster family and community relationships. Amenities include a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, a covered picnic area, and a playground.

A soccer field in the center of the complex is home to the Regent Village Youth Soccer League, open to children of residents and Regent University staff and faculty. The community room offers space for Bible studies, baby showers and parties, and also houses the King’s Pantry, a service that provides donated groceries to residents free of charge.

Area Director for Regent Village Jocelyn Greene-McHugh and her staff aim to offer a safe, private, and well maintained environment that fosters a spirit of Christian community. “Here, you get to live among people with the same morals, values and mindset and share the joys of being in a Christian atmosphere,” says McHugh.

A resident herself, McHugh is a tremendous asset to the Village. “I want to be involved and experience what they experience,” she says. “Residents recognize that I’m trying to do my best for my community. I’m just doing what I would want for myself as a resident.”

Director McHugh and her staff foster community at Regent Village by planning monthly, family friendly events for residents. At this year’s fall Meet and Greet event, 200 residents came out for fellowship, games, and pizza to get to know their neighbors. Other events include the Fall Festival, a Turkey Trot and a holiday door decorating contest.

Outdoor family movie nights are also scheduled periodically. “Families can just come right out their doors,” says McHugh. “I’m a parent as well, and I understand how difficult it can be to transport younger children to events. We’re trying to make it easier.”

Tim Downing, 3L law student, Village resident, husband and father of three says, “We didn’t really understand the full extent of the Village before we came to Regent Law. Had we known, it would have been a deciding factor. Living in the Village has been a huge part of our experience here. There’s such a strong sense of community, and I don’t have to be concerned about my family being isolated,” he says.

Tim’s wife Lan says of families who opt out of student housing, “The day-in-day-out support is what they miss. We recently had two families with three kids each who got separate houses. After two months, they packed up and moved to the Village!”

Regent Village housing is open to qualifying graduate students on a first-come first-served basis. If your family is considering Regent Law, consider Regent Village.

Learn more about Regent Village and Regent University Student Housing.

Read more about the Downings, a Regent Law family.
Other resources for Regent Law families.

- By Kristy Morris

Law Chapel: Practicing the Law Foreshadows Future Hope in Christ

On Thurs., November 18, Regent Law Chapel welcomed the university’s Director of Campus Ministries, Dr. Richard Kidd, who inspired students with a message of hope.

Kidd peppered his message with personal legal anecdotes including the collapse of a former business into bankruptcy, the experiences of a friend and college roommate who became a successful attorney, and the trial experiences of a victimized family member who did not receive justice.

These experiences reminded students that in their future practices they will deal with people in dire circumstances whose ultimate question will be, “Are you going to bring me any hope?”

Kidd challenged students to realize that though a just and successful legal outcome for their clients is good, as Christian attorneys they have a mandate to give their clients more. He asked the question: “How can the law itself help those in despair?”

As part of his answer, Kidd referenced 1 Cor. 15:19-20 (ESV), “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” He explained that the answer is found in pointing people beyond the present to the real, future implications of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and making this hope “the anchor of their legal practice.”

But what about those who do not receive earthly justice?

Kidd noted how the Corinthian church struggled with the delay in the fulfillment of their own hope of resurrection. He referred to German theologian Jürgen Moltmann’s “Theology of Hope” which describes an “interval of tension” - the time between God’s promise and its fulfillment.

Kidd explained that the existence of the law and the truth of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a foreshadowing of the fulfillment of God’s promises and that Christian lawyers reflect these in a practical way.

He explained, “As you practice law and demonstrate justice, even if you are unsuccessful, you are proclaiming to the world the truth that God will win! The message of the cross is that justice will prevail; God will have His say in the world even when there seems to be no hope.”

Kidd closed with the following challenge to students:

“I hope and pray that as you leave this place, you will go with the truth of the resurrection firmly in your heart, that you will practice law with all the ferocity and expertise that your professors can give you because the innocent victims out there deserve superb representation. But I hope that you will tell them that their [ultimate] hope is anchored in Jesus, the Great Advocate.”

- By Kristy Morris

Law Wives – One of Regent Law’s Best Kept Secrets

It’s an organization that may well be Regent Law School’s greatest asset, especially for students who come to law school with families. It’s the Law Wives Association.

“When our family started looking at schools during the application process, we saw that Regent had Law Wives, and I thought, ‘what is that?’” says Regent Law 3L wife, mother of three, and current organization president Lan Downing. “I thought to myself, ‘That would be really great to have that support and that network while we’re there.’”

Law Wives exists to create and maintain an effective support network among the wives of Regent Law students in order to support and encourage their husbands through the challenges of law school.

Little did Downing know that Law Wives would provide that support even before the Downing’s decided on Regent Law. “We came for a preview weekend, and the Law Wives president at the time, Katrina Walker … kept our kids so I could go to a lunch event with Tim,” says Downing. “It showed me how much they were willing to serve and help each other.”

Law Wives hosts various events to foster supportive community, beginning each year with a Meet and Greet event to welcome new 1L wives. Downing says, “From the time we had our Meet and Greet, we’ve made lifelong friendships through involvement with Law Wives.”

Wives who wish to foster the initial connections made through the Meet and Greet can participate in various events and activities hosted by Law Wives throughout the academic year. Events are open to all Regent Law students and provide opportunities for social interaction and Christian fellowship. Activities include weekly Bible studies, a mom’s group, holiday gatherings, retreats, and the ever popular ‘girls nights out’. “Whether you’re working full time or staying home with the kids it’s nice to go out and just be with other ladies,” says Downing.

One of their largest annual events is a progressive dinner hosted in the homes of law professors’ wives. “It’s always nice to get to know some of the professors’ wives,” says Downing.

Other services provided by the Law Wives association include helping Law School families on moving day with childcare and meals through the Move-In Ministry, providing childcare for other association members, and supporting the law school by providing occasional home-cooked lunches after Law Chapel.

“It’s just a great group of ladies that just support one another, and it’s nice to know someone is going through the same things you are.”

For more information about the Regent Law Wives Association, visit the Law Wives web pages.
Find Law Wives on Facebook.
Read the Law Wives blog.

- By Kristy Morris

Regent Law in the News

David Velloney, associate professor in the School of Law, was recently interviewed by WVEC 13 (Hampton Roads’ ABC affiliate) regarding the case of the accused Somali pirates currently underway in Norfolk’s Federal Court.

School of Law alumna Kristina Earwood ’03 was recently elected as a judge in the 30th District Court, located in Western North Carolina, according to this article in the Smoky Mountain News. Alumnus Matt Osman ’01 was also elected in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Regent Law’s Strasbourg, France Summer Program Receives High Marks

This past year, Regent University School of Law’s Summer Program in Strasbourg, France was by all accounts a success. The American Bar Association (ABA) who accredits the program made an evaluation visit this summer and gave the classes a score of 4.8 on a 5 point scale for quality of teaching.

The Strasbourg Program courses give students the opportunity to learn about international law and human rights issues from a Christian perspective. Program courses are taught by Regent Law faculty and included officials from European legal and human rights organizations. Among this year’s visiting speakers was Hans Christian Kruger, former Secretary of the European Commission of Human Rights and former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

In addition to teaching quality, the ABA evaluated the Strasbourg Program on a range of criteria from educational content to quality of accommodations. According to their subsequent accreditation report, “The program was well organized and well administered. Students were engaged in an active teaching/learning process in all four classes. The program was located in a very rich environment to study international law and human rights. Facilities were very good and appropriate for the program.”

As well as high ratings from the ABA, this year’s program received high marks from students. Of the 33 students who participated, the majority rated their program experience between 4 and 5 on a 5 point scale.

Second year Regent Law student Faith Collins had this to say of her Strasbourg participation, “I have been privileged to travel a lot, but this trip was very distinct and worthwhile because it gave me the chance to experience France in the context of my legal interests,” she said. “I also appreciated the opportunity to bond with students from other classes and other universities … I was able to befriend others who have my same heart and vision.”

Regent Law faculty participants were also enthusiastic about this year’s Strasbourg experience, especially Associate Professor David Velloney, who will take over as acting director of the program in 2011. In addition to commending the academic and legal opportunities afforded by the program, he had this to say:
A highlight for me as well as many of the students was Strasbourg’s proximity to other exciting locations in Europe. The long weekends provided us with windows of time to visit Paris, Germany, Switzerland, Rome, Salzburg, Prague, and other places that students may not have another chance to see in their lifetimes.
The camaraderie, fellowship, and experience of studying abroad are simply unparalleled, and I encourage those who have not yet been to Strasbourg to join us for an incredibly rewarding experience in the summer of 2011!
For more information about Regent Law’s Summer Program in Strasbourg, France, and to apply for this year's program, visit

- By Kristy Morris

Law Alumna Challenges Chapel Audience

By Molly Eccles

“Is anybody here having doubts about this whole law school thing?”

That is the question that Regent Law alumna and solo practitioner Kerriel Bailey ('08) posed as she opened today’s Law Chapel service. The question was immediately followed by a collective chuckle from her audience of students and faculty. “I think,” she responded, “[we begin to doubt] when we are more focused on ourselves than on God.”

She then encouraged listeners to remember that “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom. 11:29). Bailey, however, did not come to a true realization of this verse easily. She went on to share that when God called her to law school she “could not fathom learning the law at a place that did not even acknowledge a law Giver.” So she, her husband - who left his job of nineteen years – and youngest son packed their bags, said goodbye to the remainder of their family, and moved 3,000 miles from California to Virginia Beach.

Like so many students, she often wondered if she would fail, in which case she resolved that all she had given up and worked for would have been a waste. But God reminded her that even if she failed, and her life turned out differently than she expected, His call is irrevocable. “God does not waste anything.”

She went on to share of different Divine appointments that God has orchestrated in her two years since passing the Bar exam; opportunities that she could never have acted upon were it not for her Bar card; opportunities that have changed lives.

“And the great thing is that He does not ask you to wait until you are done [with school]. He is asking you to take those opportunities today. Life,” Bailey concluded, “is about those moments.”

Come to Israel with Regent Law Summer 2011…

Festive Messianic music, a slide show of colorful trip photos, and a delicious deli lunch welcomed students to Regent Law’s 2011 Summer Program in Israel information session Tuesday.

Hosted by Program Director, Professor Robert ‘Skip’ Ash, the session gave students a basic overview of the program goals and objectives; trip dates, tentative itinerary and costs, and the criteria for participation.

Professor Ash introduced Professor Joseph Kickasola, with whom he shares teaching responsibility during the three-week trip. Participants will earn three credit-hours toward their degree in either the Law School or the School of Government. Two courses will be taught during the mornings, one comparing the Biblical and Qu’ranic ideas of war and another addressing aspects of international law in modern-day Israel.

Several participants from previous trips commented on the “experience of a lifetime” afforded by the Summer Program in Israel. Regent Law 3L Jesse Weiss said, “It’s a great experience … you’ll never get to sit down with an Israeli Supreme Court justice in any other tour, and you’ll get to see behind the scenes when you visit a military tribunal,” he says. “Plus, you get to see all of Israel … If you really want to get a grasp of what is going on in that part of the world, I would really encourage all of you to take advantage of this opportunity!”

This year’s program is being opened to students from other graduate schools at Regent as well as students from other law schools. Participation is on a first-come-first served basis, and registration begins in early January. Students are encouraged to sign up at their earliest convenience.

For more information about Regent Law’s Summer Program in Israel, visit

- By Kristy Morris

Pre-Law Honor Society Inducts New Members

On Friday, Oct. 29, the Regent chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) pre-law honor society held its 2010 induction ceremony.

Regent Law’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor, Natt Gantt, served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. He prefaced his speech by relaying the idea that we, according to a recent NPR broadcast, live in an “age of mistrust” when people do not trust their governments and institutions. “How can you be an instrument of change,” he challenged the inductees, “in the attitudes toward governments and institutions?”

He went on to share that he did not decide to become a lawyer until his senior year of undergraduate studies. A psychology major, Dean Gantt was unsure as to what path to take for his graduate education. “Go where you feel like you can do the most good” were his father’s words of advice. Then, after praying about where that would be, God showed him that “You can do a lot of good in society with a law degree.”

In a nation that is inundated with lawyers it would seem that the last thing society needs is another. But, Gantt continued, “There is always room for more good lawyers, and that is what I want to encourage you with today.” He concluded his remarks by stating that “My prayer for you is that you will be good lawyers to add to the legal profession.”

The Dean’s inspirational speech was followed by the official oath taking and induction of the fraternity’s new members which include:

Lisa Bates
Stephen Gaines
Jason Hughey
Katherine Nace (Vice President)
Joelle Stephens (President)
Leah Stiles

Katherine Nace closed the ceremony by reading Ps. 119:97-99, which demonstrates, as she states, “that our foremost calling is God’s law, which enables us to practice man’s law.”

- By Molly Eccles

Law Chapel: Christian Leadership and Stealing the Glory that Belongs to God

This week Regent Law Chapel welcomed Dr. Corné Bekker, associate professor for the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship and Editor of the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL).

Addressing the topic of a Christian philosophy of leadership, Bekker contrasted the examples of 13th Century leader Agnus of Prague against the story of Herod in Acts 12, demonstrating the difference between the Christian idea of leadership and the world’s philosophy.

That difference is embodied in who receives the glory, Bekker said. “Leadership schools tend to draw the wrong kind of students – those who are trying to be great,” he said. He referred to the danger of the sin of human pride and the desire for personal recognition which steals glory that belongs to God alone. Quoting a friend he said, “We grow small trying to be great.”

In contrast, for the leader who is Christian, there must be a personal transformation that takes place by way of the Cross, a teaching Bekker said has nearly disappeared from most churches.

Bekker outlined five paradoxes of the Cross:

  1. Fulfillment is found in emptiness
  2. It is wrong to think about our “rights” – Phil. 2:6-7
  3. It is really something to be nothing – Phil. 2:7
  4. In self-evaluation, do not trust what you see, but learn to be sober-minded
  5. True humility produces Godly ambition, His ambition to purify a people for Himself.

Through the paradoxes, Bekker challenged students to allow the Cross to do its work in their lives so they would be truly qualified for their high leadership calling.

Bekker concluded his address with a 17th Century Puritan prayer which says, “Lord, it is my chief design to bring my heart back to you. Convince me that I cannot be my own god, or that I can make myself happy, I cannot be my own Christ to restore my joy, nor my own Spirit to teach, guide and rule me. Take away my roving eye, my curious ear, my greedy appetite, my lustful heart. Show me that none of these things can heal a wounded conscience… take me to the Cross and leave me there.”

- By Kristy Morris

Regent Law Well Represented at Christian Legal Society National Conference

Photo by Patrick McKay '12
A contingency of five Regent Law faculty and 20 students participated in the Christian Legal Society’s (CLS) 2010 National Conference held October 21-24 in Orlando, Florida. Included among Regent Law’s representatives were the Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, Natt Gantt and Director of Career & Alumni Services, Darius Davenport.

Keynote speakers included the Honorable Michael McConnell, Stanford Law School professor, constitutional law scholar and former federal judge on the US Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit; Dr. Don Davis, Founder and Director of World Impact’s Urban Ministry Institute; and Dr. David Butler, Lead Pastor of CenterPoint Church in Concord, NH.

Break-out sessions were led by notable Christians such as theologian Dr. Wayne Grudem, Alliance Defense Fund senior vice-president Jeffrey Ventrella, and Stanley Carlson-Theis, president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance.

Regent Law Professor C. Scott Pryor co-presented a break-out session entitled, "Current Developments in Christian Political Theory.” “My experience at the CLS Conference was first-rate,” said Pryor. “Members of the audience asked lots of perceptive questions, and many conversations about the topic continued after the presentation ended.”

Students participated in the National Law Student Convention component organized by CLS Director of Student Ministries and Regent Law professor Michael Schutt, who also served as Conference Emcee.

Regent Law professors David Velloney and Bradley Jacob participated in separate panel discussions with students on Law Professorship and Career Options as part of the Student Convention.

Regent Law 1L student Christine File was awarded a scholarship to the Convention and said of her experience, “Throughout our time there we participated in workshops, large group sessions, dessert bars at night, a law student day on Saturday, and meals out with many newly-made friends. I learned a lot!”

Conference participants also had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Wycliffe and Campus Crusade for Christ, two missions organizations headquartered in the Orlando area.

The closing banquet featured an address by the Honorable Michael McConnell. Regent Law professor Scott Pryor said, “McDonnell gave a great explanation of the social and legal trends that have led to the narrowing scope of religious freedom in America.”

The annual CLS National Conference offers Christians involved in the legal profession a chance to network, find encouragement, and learn about issues facing the Christian legal community. Topics in areas of international religious liberty, Christian Legal Aid, and the impact of current legal trends on religious freedom, giving the Regent Law community a broader perspective on their legal calling.

Regent Law Professor Brad Jacob commended the conference saying, “Being part of a nationwide – and worldwide – community of Christian lawyers can change your life. My life was changed forever at a CLS national conference more than 20 years ago, which inspired me to make Christ Lord of my career. The same thing happens to lawyers and law students every year.”

Consider joining hundreds of attorneys, law students, other law professionals and their families next year as CLS hosts its 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago.

- By Kristy Morris

Regent Law in the News

Law professor James Duane was quoted in this Friday, Oct. 29, Virginian-Pilot article discussing a recent trial that found a Norfolk, Va., police officer guilty of lying to federal agents and extortion.

Law professor Mike Schutt was named in this Monday, Oct. 25, article appearing in The Times Record out of Brunswick, Maine. Schutt was a guest lecturer at the World View Academy camp over the summer.

Law school admissions counselor Sarah Schulte was quoted in this Thursday, Oct. 28, article published by Charleston Southern College about their recent employment and graduate school fair.

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...