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.”