Regent Law in the News

The Board of Directors of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) has awarded Regent Law’s Moot Court Board the honor of hosting the 2013 National ACMA Competition featuring the top 80 teams and 160 competitors from the nation’s best law schools. Regent's Moot Court Board also hosted in 2007.

Law Student Spearheads Tornado Relief Efforts

On Wednesday, April 27, a powerful storm system ripped through the South, generating tornadoes that destroyed homes and businesses. One of the hardest-hit areas was Tuscaloosa, Ala., hometown of 2L Lori Johnston.

As she sat glued to the news coverage of the devastation, Johnston knew she needed to do something. "I was upset that my town was destroyed and I wasn't there to help," she said. "Then God gave me the idea to try to make a difference instead of just sitting around being upset. That's how it started."

Rather than just send money to an organization already on the ground, Johnston felt strongly that she wanted to personally collect donations and then take them to Alabama. "I wanted to make sure that the donations I collected would benefit those in need. I didn't feel like making a donation to an organization and not knowing the outcome would be sufficient," she explained. "I also wanted to get back home to help out and check on family and friends. Taking the donations and personally delivering them seemed the best option."

Operating primarily through word-of-mouth, Johnston asked the Regent community to donate anything they thought would be helpful. After setting up a collection box in Regent Village, she received a variety of toiletries, diapers, clothing, towels, sheets, bags, toys, socks, pacifiers, suitcases, food, money, tarps and bungies for travel, and other miscellaneous items.

Word of her efforts spread, and Johnston received a call from Rack Room Shoes. If she was willing to take them, the chain store had 2,000 pairs of new shoes they wanted to send. "This was a huge blessing, and I appreciate their contribution so much," said Johnston. "Many people were walking around barefoot or in too-small or inadequate shoes, and their donation helped fill a great need."

A donor even gave Johnston the money she needed to rent a truck that would hold all of the donations. Finally, less than two weeks after the tornado touched down, Johnston headed home. "The devastation is unbelievable," she wrote on her blog after the trip. "You can stand on one spot, and as far as you can see on each side is rubble."

"I took some of the supplies to a donation center that is set up in the basement of my friends' home," she said, describing the setup. "The military provides tents, and they move the items to their yard during the day so the victims can come by and pick up what they need. Other supplies were taken to Soma Church [miraculously spared from the storm]. We also made a special package for a family that my daughter was friends with. They lost everything in the storm." The shoes from Rack Room were handed out at donation centers.

"I have watched Regent students reach out and help people in need overseas and locally and knew that the student body would partner with me to help Tuscaloosa," Johnston explained. "I also wanted to send a message to those back home that Regent University loved and was praying for them. I thought it may be an encouragement for them to know they are on our hearts."

- By Rachel Judy

Center for Global Justice Announces Appointed Summer Interns

The Center for Global Justice is thrilled to be sending twelve law interns this summer to aid organizations and ministries in France, India, South Korea, Russia, the United States and Mexico in their work on urgent human rights issues, including the rescue of trafficked victims, the protection of orphans and street children and the prosecution of human traffickers.

“Each intern is passionate about doing this work for their whole career,” said 3L Ashleigh Chapman, Administrative Director for the Center. “This was a critical component of them getting the internships in the first place.” Several interns will serve in their native countries with plans to return after graduation. The selected law students for summer 2011 internships are as follows:

Anna Ernest (2L), a native of Russia, will work at the European Center for Law and Justice on international religious freedom and human rights in Strasbourg, France.

Alana Martinez (3L), from California, will work with Generate Hope in providing aftercare for victims of domestic trafficking, prosecution and abuse in San Diego, Ca.

Jeana Master-Publico (3L) will work with alumnus Evan Henck (’07) at Freedom Firm, an organization in India that rescues trafficked victims, prosecutes traffickers and provides aftercare for those rescued.

Natalya Merkuryeva-Dennett (2L), a native Russian, will return there to work on behalf of orphans and trafficked victims at Movement Spprotivlenie.

Keila Molina (3L), a native of Mexico, will return there to work for Casa Alianza Mexico with orphans, street children and trafficked victims, while also continuing to build the Center’s partnership with Christian Congresswoman Rosi Orozco, a leader in human rights advocacy.

Charity Ramsey (3L) will work with alumna Ann Buwalda (’90) on international religious freedom and asylum immigration issues at Jubilee Campaign and Just Law in Fairfax, Va.

Kayla Rolen (3L) will work with alumna Julie Clark (’07) in providing aftercare for victims of domestic trafficking at Doma International of Columbus, Ohio for half of the summer and will work with Chapman at the Center for the other half.

Minyeon Monica Ryou (2L), a native of South Korea, will return there to work on international religious freedom and human trafficking issues with two organizations, Somyoung Law Firm and Christian Lawyers Fellowship.

Matthew Watson (2L), Stephen Seefried (3L), Nicole LeBoeuf (2L), and Marie Krouse (2L) comprise the legislation team for the budding Richmond Justice Initiative organization in Richmond, Va. They will be working in conjunction with local law enforcement, the district attorney’s office and Gov. McDonnell’s office on domestic and international human trafficking, policy and legislation issues.

The Center for Global Justice internships offer law students the opportunity to use their expertise as a tool of ministry. “We’re paying all their expenses so they can be law missionaries over the summer,” Chapman explained. “This is just one step in helping each of them move towards using their law degree as a ministry.”

For more information on the interns and to follow their summer experiences, click here.

Regent Law in the News

Professor Brad Jacob was a guest on The Tony Macrini Show (WNIS) on Wednesday, May 11, to discuss the U.S. Constitution.

Graduates Celebrate New Beginnings

Commencement is the celebration of new beginnings, a fresh start, a new chapter of life. This year, Regent University's commencement ceremony—held on Saturday, May 7—celebrated 1,153 graduates who have concluded their studies and will begin lives of service in communication, law, business, ministry, government, education, counseling and other fields. The School of Law in particular graduated 123 students.

The outdoor ceremony on the Library Plaza at Regent's campus in Virginia Beach, Va., attracted more than 5,000 family members and friends. This is Regent's largest graduating class to date.

Regent President Carlos Campo welcomed graduates and their guests. He commended them for their hard work and urged them to remember the source of their accomplishments. "We know that God goes with you and this leadership comes not from your own strength but strength from the Lord," he said. "We challenge each of you to continue to walk in His strength and not your own."

Danny Sellers, chairman of Regent's Board of Trustees, also offered congratulations on behalf of the board. Looking out at the crowd, he observed: "I see those who came with a dream and a vision. I see those that answered God's call to come to Regent University not only to receive a world-class education but to fulfill the call of God on their lives."

This year's featured Commencement speaker was Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan T. Cathy. Cathy spoke about the responsibility the graduates have to continue as students of life even as their time at the university comes to an end. Speaking from years of business leadership experience, Cathy knows firsthand the challenges of being a Christian leader. "If we want to be evangelical in our Christian faith, even in the marketplace, then we need to be excellent," he said. "Let's be the students that we need to be. Let's don't stop here. This is the commencement. This is the starting point for what God wants to do, and we can be ministers in the marketplace."

Founder and Chancellor M.G. "Pat" Robertson offered this charge to the graduates. "I want to tell you today—you can if you just turn it over to the Lord. There is nothing impossible with God. And you will need to take out of your vocabulary 'I can't.'"

Referring to the Old Testament story of Moses, called by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, Chancellor Robertson observed that God provided for each of Moses' fears and hesitations, ultimately making him the leader of a nation. "Don't hesitate in your dream. Don't cut your dream short," Robertson told the graduates. "The only way to short circuit your dream is up here in your mind ... When you leave here, say it over and over again: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'"

This year's graduates join more than 15,000 Regent alumni around the world. As they crossed the platform to receive their diplomas, these men and women transformed from students to alumni. Celebrating their accomplishments and looking to the future, Regent University offers its congratulations to the class of 2011.

- By Rachel Judy

Regent Law in the News

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (’89) rang the NASDAQ Closing Bell last Mon., May 2, as reported in this article lauding the positive economic impact he has brought to the Commonwealth since being sworn in Jan. 2010.

Lynne Marie Kohm, the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, was a guest on WYRM (AM 1110 Norfolk) on Wed., May 4, to discuss issues surrounding abortion, including parental rights and malpractice.

Trial Advocacy Board Celebrates Another Successful Competition Year

The 2010-11 competition season marked a very successful one for Regent Law’s Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) on both the regional and national levels.

The TAB team consisting of 3Ls Katherine White, Terah Gaertner, Aaron Block, and Jonathan Growick (Regent TAB Chairman) were awarded Second Best Brief at the Stetson National Pretrial Advocacy Competition in early October. In a field of thirteen competitors they beat out teams from such schools as Georgetown University Law Center and College of William and Mary School of Law for the Second Best Brief honors.

Over the weekend of October 29-30, second year law students Lyhana Rael Brewer and Ashleigh Chapman and third year students Joel Hills and Brittany Harris (pictured) were semi-finalists at the ABA Regional Labor and Employment Law Competition in Washington, D.C.

Lastly, Katherine White and Ashleigh Champan advanced to the quarter-final round in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Trial Competition held February 4-6 at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Professors James Duane and David Velloney serve as the faculty advisors to the board.

Unlike trial ad boards at other schools, Regent’s Board integrates Christian ideals into the courtroom with the ultimate goal of molding its members into “aggressive Christian advocates.”

Congratulations Regent TAB members on another successful competition year!

To learn more about Regent Law’s Trial Advocacy Board, click here.

- By Molly Eccles

Empathy and the Law

Hunter Hanger, who graduated from Regent December of 2010 after earning a joint degree in Law and Theology, spoke of the indispensable role of empathy in the practice of law—and life—at the final Law Chapel service of the 2010-11 academic year.

After sharing a personal anecdote that taught him the difference between empathy and sympathy, Hanger, a self-described “fixer,” said that “As aspiring attorneys people are going to come into our offices in pain, and our response is going to be to look for a solution to their problems, but if that is all we do I think we will be missing the mark.” He explained that in order to offer the best solution for a client’s problem, lawyers must first be willing to “sit in the mud” with them.

“We all know that ‘Jesus wept,’ is the shortest verse in the English translation of the Bible,” he said, “but it is also a model of Christian empathy.” Hanger suggested that even though Jesus probably knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, He still chose to enter into Mary and Martha’s pain, to “sit in the mud” with them, to weep with them.

He then continued to unfold the empathetic character of Jesus as presented in Hebrews 4:15 which says “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin.” In other words, Jesus is empathy personified, and the fact that He bore our sins on the cross, Hanger elaborated, not only means that He saved us, but that He felt our pain.

Hanger concluded by reminding listeners that pain is not the only emotion for which people need empathy, but joy as well. And at times when we find that we are having difficulty empathizing with others offering to pray for them is the best way to enter into their joy or suffering. The end-game, he explained, is oneness not only with each other, but with Christ. “As we step into peoples’ pain and joy we will start to take on the character of Christ.”

- By Molly Eccles

Law Alumnus Launches Radio Talk Show

It has only been two short years since earning his J.D. from Regent Law and Jordan Sekulow (’09) is already making a tangible impact on the American political conversation.

His most recent endeavor? The Jordan Sekulow Show (JSS).

“Through the Jordan Sekulow Show, I take the edge and immediacy of Twitter to talk radio with cutting analysis of today's political and media landscape,” said Sekulow.

In the first two weeks that the Washington, D.C., based show has been airing, Sekulow has welcomed a number of influential and distinguished guests from the American political spectrum, including Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Sekulow emphasized that the JSS is about his audience, so he poses questions to his guests that listeners post in real time on Twitter.

JSS Producer Nicolas Peaks lauds the show for being different than other radio talk shows because "
it is youthful yet filled with passion and experience, it's Christian based but not limited to Christians, and it's raw and real and covers all topics of life."

Aside from his time spent on air—he also co-hosts the Jay Sekulow Live! radio program and the ACLJ This Week television program—Sekulow serves as the Director of Policy and International Operations at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), and as a regular contributor to the Washington Post.

He was also the National Youth Director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign and co-founded and served as the Editor-and-Chief of the Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Tune in weekdays to Sirius 161 at 12:30 p.m. EST or visit to listen to the Jordan Sekulow Show live.

- By Molly Eccles

Regent Law in the News

Alumnus F. Patrick Yeatts (’93) was elected to a Circuit Court judgeship in the Lynchburg, Va.’s 24th Judicial Circuit according to this Friday, Apr. 29, report from WSLS 10 (NBC Roanoke).

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...