Regent Law Interns Gain First-hand Experience in Nation's Capital

Stories about summer internships often stress the importance of what a student does during the summer. This year, for several Regent University law students, where they interned was also significant.

Tristan Cramer and Patrick McKay both interned with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Washington, D.C. Cramer returned to the National Right to Life Committee as a legal intern providing research expertise. This was her third summer with the group. "I enjoy learning the most effective methods of changing hearts and minds through education and saving lives through legislation," she explained.

McKay worked for a technology and political advocacy group called the Center for Democracy and Technology. As an intern, he worked on a variety of research projects related to copyright law and telecommunications policy. He was also involved in drafting a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission over a company engaging in deceptive business practices. "Since I ultimately hope to pursue a career in internet and intellectual property law, this was a great opportunity to gain experience working in that field," he said.

During the summer, McKay also won a video contest sponsored by the technology policy group, Public Knowledge. The contest invited videos made in response to YouTube's "copyright school" video that inaccurately dismisses a key exception of copyright law. McKay won $1,000 and his video was featured on the web.

Third-year students Thomas Miller, Paul Boller, Keely Norman and Ruth Maron also spent the summer in D.C., working with committees and legislators on Capitol Hill.

Norman interned with U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's office.

Boller interned with Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell '90 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship) and, as a result, had a front-row seat to the national debt crisis that unfolded over the summer. "From answering the phone calls of concerned constituents to talking with my Congressman personally, I witnessed firsthand how our American system works through important and controversial issues," he said. "While a professor's instruction may acquaint one with the general processes of Washington, no words could have communicated all I experienced this summer."

Miller was a clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. His primary responsibilities included drafting questions for hearings, researching and writing legal memoranda ranging from international treaties to fraud and abuse in government agencies, and researching the backgrounds of federal judicial nominees. "The experience helped me prepare for my career by allowing me to make valuable personal and professional connections," he said.

Interning with the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Maron conducted research for the subcommittee's counsels and assisted with preparation for hearings. "I am still amazed that I walked by the U.S. Capitol each day on the way to work in the Rayburn House Office Building," she recalled. "It was an honor to intern with the subcommittee—to work and learn under talented and hard-working attorneys and to have learned a great deal about the legislative process."

By Rachel Judy

Regent Law in the News

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was a guest on The Tony Macrini Show (WNIS Norfolk) on Thursday, Aug. 25, to discuss Constitutional issues in the news.

Stephanie Reidlinger ('10) was quoted in this Sunday, Aug. 21, article in the Denver Post discussing the finding that women in Colorado convicted of sexually assaulting a child in their care are far less likely to go to prison than men sentenced for the same crime.

Jordan Sekulow (’09), Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice, coauthored this Aug. 16 article in the Washington Post discussing Christianity and socialism.

Regent Law Completes 600 Hours of Community Service

Taking the phrase "many hands make light work" literally, 150 students, alumni, faculty and staff from Regent University's School of Law held its annual Community Service Day on Friday, Aug. 19. The group completed an estimated 600 hours of work at a number of locations around Hampton Roads, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Norfolk Law Library, St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, Union Mission, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and The Bridge-Swap & Shop.

"We were able to provide real and significant help to individuals and organizations in our community," said Regent Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch. "In doing so we were able to extend the love of Christ with both actions and words. Plus, the day was just fun &. After a week of academics, it was a joy to put the books aside and make new friends as we worked shoulder-to-shoulder for the good of others."

Among other things, the students shucked 2,000 pounds of corn at a farm in Virginia Beach, served 230 families at the Foodbank and provided the equivalent of two weeks of full-time groundskeeping at St. Mary's. They also worked on the grounds and sorted books at Union Mission and helped with clothing and school supply distribution at The Bridge.

"It's grown every year," observed Darius Davenport, director of Regent Law career and alumni services. "Students who participated in the past are coming back." Several returning students, alumni and faculty worked alongside the new students. The annual event concludes a week of orientation events for first-year Regent Law students.

"Local outreach, service, and fellowship are some of the reasons I enjoy participating each year with other volunteers from Regent University School of Law during Community Service Day," explained Jennifer Meyer, a second-year law student. "Over the last two years, I have learned how Regent Law embraces the university's mission, for Christian leadership to change the world. By emphasizing the importance of engaging in servant-leadership in the local community, Regent Law has taught me that community service coincides with Christian leadership and is a part of implementing positive change in the world."

"This event is important because it serves to remind the community that students at Regent Law care about people," said third-year student Eric Bensinger. "As Christ's servants, it is important to serve Christ by serving other people in need. Community Service Day gives students that opportunity."

Regent Law Professors Teach at Korean University

This summer, Regent University's School of Law continued its partnership with Handong Global University's Handong International Law School. The South Korean school is an English-speaking Christian law school located in Pohang.

Regent has a close relationship with Handong that has included sending its faculty to teach courses in South Korea.

Regent Law associate professors Brad Jacob and Kathleen McKee both taught courses at Handong. Jacob taught Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and McKee taught Professional Responsibility.

This was McKee's fifth time teaching at Handong. "They really are our sister law school," she said. "I love the students and they're a joy to teach."

The Korean students take courses taught by American professors in English. Many of the students go on to take a bar exam in the United States and practice international law.

After his three-and-a-half week course, Jacob found that his students had grown both professionally and personally. "It was a lot of material to cover in a very short time, so I know they all found this course very challenging, but most of them really enjoyed it," he said. "Many of them talked about how the devotionals had impacted them. [They were also impacted by] seeing that there are lawyers in the United States who really seek to serve Christ in the legal profession, not just using it as a job, but seeing it as a way to live out kingdom values."

Both professors stressed the importance of the relationship between the two schools, which includes sharing chapel services once a semester. Students gather at each school and share music and a speaker through video feed.

"The relationship between the two schools has been a real blessing," said Jacob. "I think all of us here at Regent and at Handong would like to see that relationship continue and strengthen because there is such a unity of spirit and such a like mind."

By Rachel Judy

Internship Gives Student New Perspective

Third-year law student Keila Molina came to Regent University for the sole purpose of learning how to be an advocate for abused and neglected children. This summer, she put her classroom education to good use with an internship at Casa Alianza, an organization dedicated to providing shelter, rehabilitation assistance, protection services and advocacy for children in Mexico City.
While she spent much of her first month in the legal offices of Casa Alianza, Molina also developed a friendship with Rosi Orozco, a Christian congresswoman for Mexico's Federal District. Orozco is a vocal advocate for anti-human trafficking legislation. Along with her husband and members of their church, Orozco has established Fundacion Camino a Casa (The Way Home Foundation) which provides housing, counseling and hope for victims of sex trafficking and exploitation.

For the second month of her time in Mexico, Molina lived with a group of girls from Camino a Casa and taught computer classes to the girls there. She also witnessed an historic event in Mexico. Along with the girls from the home, Molina attended a signing ceremony with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon. "[He] held a signing ceremony to make several changes to the Mexican Constitution in order to better protect victims of human trafficking, and the girls were special guests at this event," she wrote on her blog. "Afterward, the president personally met and greeted each of the girls and me as well! It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

By working with both and Camino a Casa, Molina experienced both sides of advocacy.

"During the month that I worked [at Casa Alianza], I was able to help the legal department by processing documentation for the children who currently live in the shelters as well as reporting to local authorities when children leave the shelter," Molina said in a July blog post. "In Mexico, children are considered to have the 'right' to live where they want to, even if this means living on the streets."

At Camino a Casa, her role was one of a teacher and friend. "Watching girls who have been rescued from horrific, traumatizing circumstances filled with God-given life and energy to dance and twirl across a stage with joyful smiles and cheers was simply astounding," she wrote.

Molina's family is originally from Mexico, but now the country holds an even bigger place in her heart. "I have been praying that God keeps allowing me to learn everything I can about Mexico's legal system and that someday I might be able to work on influencing to improve Mexico's laws in order to better protect children and their best interests," she wrote. "I know that God has a purpose for my time here and as difficult (or impossible) as it seems to ever make a difference, only He knows why He has allowed me to see and understand the needs that exist."

Read more about Molina and other Regent Law interns.

By Rachel Judy

Regent Law in the News

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was a guest with Todd Starnes on Fox News Radio on Thursday, Aug. 18, to discuss First Amendment rights in the case of a Florida school teacher who was suspended and could lose his job after he voiced his objection to gay marriage on his private Facebook page.

Law professor James Duane was quoted in this Tuesday, Aug. 16, article from the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) discussing judicial powers regardng contempt of court. The article resulted from the case of a woman who died while being held in a local jail on contempt charges.

Attorney-in-residence Randy Singer was a guest on 700 Club Interactive on Thursday, Aug. 18, discussing the plight of the "untouchables" in India and why he included them in his latest book. (link unavailable)

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