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Regent Law in the News

Regent Law Professor Bradley Jacob was a guest on Nightside with Dan Rea (WBZ-AM Boston) on Monday, March 21, to discuss President Obama’s recent declaration that the federal government will no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act.

Alumnus Thomas “Greg” Jones (’94) was recently elected president of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Foundation Inc., according to a Wednesday, March 23, article from the

Valerie Johnson’s Win for Her Client: A Civil Litigation Clinic Success Story

Part-time student Val Johnson (’11) joined the Civil Litigation Clinic to gain a real-life perspective on the law while maintaining her outside job.  But at heart, Johnson was drawn to the Clinic because of its service-based approach to legal practice.  Little did she know the experience would change lives – including her own.

Clinic Director, Professor Kathleen McKee, assigned Johnson her first case, a disabled man who had been denied SNAP benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), administered by the Department of Social Services, provides funds to needy recipients to purchase food. Johnson’s interest in the case grew as she got to know her client.  “I realized he was a very hard worker.  This wasn’t someone who was taking advantage of government services,” she said.  Her client needed food to take with his disability medication, food his SNAP benefits provided. Johnson gave her client a list of local churches and food banks to use until his benefits could be rein…

U.S. Senate Candidate and Law Chapel Speaker Jamie Radtke Asks: “Will You Rebuild the Wall?”

Chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, candidate for the United States Senate (Va.) and homeschooling mother of three Jamie Radtke recently spoke at Regent Law Chapel about her compulsion to enter national politics. Likening Nehemiah’s rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem to American Christians facing national decline, Radtke drew parallels and principles from Nehemiah, inspiring students to take personal responsibility to stand for truth in their own spheres.

Radtke first highlighted brokenness as the precursor to action. As Nehemiah wept when he looked out from the palace on the ruins of the Jerusalem wall, prosperous American Christians must be genuinely broken over our national condition. “We look out and see our country broken down, and it is an act of disobedience if we aren’t out there doing something about it,” said Radtke. “There are absolute consequences for sitting on the sidelines.”

Though the walls were gone in Nehemiah’s day, Jerusalem’s foundation was still in…

Center for Global Justice Welcomes Invisible Children

As a child, Francis Onekalit was kidnapped and forced into the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)—a rebel group terrorizing Northern Uganda. Refusing to remain a child soldier, Onekalit escaped. Today, he is working with the Invisible Children organization to raise awareness of the plight of families—especially children—who survived the attacks of the LRA.

Regent Law’s Center for Global Justice cosponsored the March 9th University Chapel service which featured Onekalit and other representatives from Invisible Children. The organization is dedicated to raising awareness among young people to help end the longest running war in Africa.

Invisible Children has developed programs in Uganda that focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions, to best understand the needs of these war-affected areas. They rebuild schools, provide scholarships, employ mentors that holistically oversee healthy development for their students, and they have implemented micro-e…

Professor James Duane Selected for Lead Article

Professor James Duane's article "The Strange Glitch in the Rhode Island Rules of Evidence" was selected as the lead article for the Winter 2011 issue of The Green Bag, self-described as "An entertaining journal of law." 
Read the full article here.

Professor Bradley Jacob Interviewed on Recent Supreme Court Ruling

Bradley Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was a guest on the What's UP Radio Program with Terry Lowry (KKHT Houston) on Friday, March 4, to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling on Snyder v. Phelps.  [Listen Now]
Speaking on the same topic, Jacob was also a guest on The Brad Davis Program (WDRC Hartford) on Monday, March 7.

Moot Court Board Continues to Place Strong in National Competitions

After hosting the National Constitutional Law Competition at home, Regent Law’s Moot Court Board barely had time to catch their collective breath before sending teams on the road to other competitions where they performed solidly.

Of the 21 teams that competed, Regent Law 2Ls Annalise Lang, Jonathan Young and Jamie Barton (pictured) received third place overall in the William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Tournament hosted by William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va., February 18 – 19.  Jonathan Young also received top individual honors as Best Oralist at the competition.

Additionally, two Regent Law teams travelled to Brooklyn, N.Y. for the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition this past weekend.  3L Daniel Hebda, 2L Tristen Cramer and 2L Megan Herwald advanced to the final qualifying round, while 3L Kawika Vellalos and 2Ls Ruth Maron and Brian Bailey advanced to the semi-finals. Of the 39 teams that competed, four will advance to t…

Law Alumnus Stephen Casey and Faculty Member Brad Jacob in the News

Stephen Casey ’08 (Law) was quoted in this Saturday, Feb. 26, article in the Virginian-Pilot discussing a client who was wrongfully identified as a felon.

Prof. Bradley Jacob
was a guest on the The Andy Caldwell ShowonKUHL/Santa Maria, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 21, to talk about UC Davis’ attempt to label religious discrimination.

Regent Law Alumni in the News

Mark Garsombke, who earned his J.D. from Regent Law in ’98, was recognized in The Business Journal’s 2011 edition of “Forty Under 40.” Click here to read the article lauding his qualification for the award.

Regent Law alumnus and adjunct professor David McCormick (‘94) recently announced his candidacy for United States Senator of Virginia.