Relying on their years of education and experience as trial attorneys, three Regent University School of Law alumni will be on the other side of the bench after the new year, included among the newest judges in courts in North Carolina and Florida. Matt Osman ('01), Kristina Earwood ('03) and Scott DuPont ('04) each won judicial elections in their districts in November.
This brings the current number of School of Law alumni serving as judges at various levels of court to 20.
Osman, a former Navy JAG lawyer, will be sworn in as a judge with the Mecklenburg County District Court in North Carolina. Earwood was elected to the bench in the 30th District Court in western North Carolina where she has primarily worked as a criminal defense attorney. DuPont was elected to the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties), an area he previously served as a partner with a firm dealing in 15 different areas of law.
Regent Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm recently traveled with a group of scholars to the New Reformation Institute in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss how principles grounded in liberty interests can strengthen families - and nations. Belarus, once a Reformation center of Calvinism, is currently the home of Eastern Europe's last dictatorship.
Despite restrictions on their religious freedoms, numerous organizations, churches and community groups gathered in a house church where Kohm delivered five lectures on family restoration: on the Biblical foundations of family law, state regulation and family law, jurisprudence on children in the law, and two lectures looking ahead to issues concerning Belarus and the UN and EU.
Cognizant of the notion that strong liberty protection helps to build strong families, which in turn sets the foundation for a strong society, participants learned that true liberty for any person or state is ultimately found in the person of Jesus Christ.
Regent Law Professors James Duane and Brad Jacob were recipients of Regent University’s quarterly Faculty Award for Excellence. Duane won in the “scholarship” category, and Jacob in the “service” category. Congratulations to both of them!