Regent Law in the News

Professor James Duane was quoted in this Oct. 29th article which explores a defendant’s choice of self-representation in a criminal trial.

Alumnus Rick Morris (’02) was featured in an article highlighting his campaign to win a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Read the article here.

Student Bar Association Collects “Blessing Bags” for the Homeless

The Regent Law Student Bar Association (SBA) will be collecting “Blessing Bags” through Friday, November 4, to help homeless individuals at the Union Mission Shelter in Norfolk, VA.

“This project is specifically helping the Union Mission because it's such a large shelter for homeless people in our area,” said Alex Wolfe, the SBA 3L Class President and Chair of the Community Service Committee.

To contribute a “Blessing Bag,” Regent Law community members should fill gallon-size zip lock bags with toiletries and other smaller items such as: deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, razors, granola bars, snacks, socks, gloves, and other small items.

SBA has only a few more days to collect as many blessing bags as possible. Individuals or groups may also donate $10 and the SBA will use the funds to purchase and fill a “Blessing Bag.”

At this point the SBA has collected roughly 70 bags; however, the SBA encourages more donations to reach the Union Mission’s approximately 300 clients.

A donation box is located in the lobby of Robertson Hall for those that want to bless the lives of the homeless in the Hampton Roads area.

Law Student Wins Best Advocate in National Pretrial Competition

Regent Law Student Ashleigh Chapman’s hard work in the 2011 National Pretrial Competition yielded her an award for “Best Advocate for the First Round.”

Associate Professor David Velloney coached Ashleigh’s team, and remarked that he was proud of their performance and knew Ashleigh deserved the achievement. “I would gladly have her litigating cases for me,” Velloney said. “She’d be my first round draft pick – she’s that good!”

Regent Law’s team was one of 12 that competed in Stetson University’s National Pretrial Competition over the weekend of October 15-16—a competitive, invitation-only event that tests the problems solving skills of aspiring law graduates. In previous years, Regent University School of Law’s trial advocacy teams have been awarded 2 Best Brief Awards, 3 Best Advocate Awards, and one National Championship.

by Sarah Bruso

Regent Law Alumna Honored as Top 40 Under 40

At a reception on Tuesday, Oct. 11, alumnus Corrynn Peters ('03) was honored as an Inside Business "Top 40 Under 40." Inside Business, Hampton Roads' business journal, chose forty professionals within the region's seven cities who not only demonstrate excellent business skill, but are active community members.

Peters is a partner at Phillips & Peters, PLLC. After spending three years as a judicial law clerk, Peters began practicing domestic relations law. "The professors I encountered while at Regent instilled in me a desire to strive for excellence. They also reinforced my belief that the practice of law is a service, not just a career," she said. In 2010, she began her own law firm with colleague and fellow Regent Law alum Kimberly Phillips ('05).

Peters also volunteers with youth at her church, First Baptist Church of Norfolk. She is involved with the Chesapeake Bar Association and the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association. Other community involvement includes the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, the annual Legal Food Frenzy, the international aid organization World Vision, and the Triple R Ranch for Youth camp.

"I was so impressed with the number of honorees who have started their own charities, foundations and programs to help a community, locally, nationally and internationally. I was humbled by their work," said Peters, noting that her personal faith in God is what drives her own impressive resume.

By Amanda Morad

Law Symposium Addresses Sex Trafficking in Virginia

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Shared Hope International presented recent research on the state of domestic sex trafficking at a special mini-symposium held October 13, 2011, sponsored by Regent’s Center for Global Justice.'

Law school Dean Jeffrey Brauch introduced the eye-opening symposium stating, “Many of us have tended to think it is a problem over there, but I think as we’ve come to know, it’s not just over there…It’s everywhere. It’s in the United States, it’s in Virginia, and it’s in the Tidewater region.”

After viewing a brief documentary film called “Demand” comparing sex-tourism and trafficking in Japan, the Netherlands, the United States and Jamaica, Linda Smith, Founder and Director of Shared Hope International and Tessa Dysart, Associate Counsel for the ACLJ, shared how both organizations have been working together to shed light on and tackle the legal issue of domestic sex trafficking.

Smith, a former U.S. Congresswoman, addressed the audience asking, “Did you know the state of Virginia doesn’t have a law addressing the trafficking of children?”

As a part of the Protected Innocence Project, Smith has been commissioned to assess the sex-trafficking laws and policies of all 50 states. The Virginia assessment is complete and other state “grades” will be released in December.
Tessa Dysart, ACLJ staff attorney, offered the ACLJ’s perspective on recent research while thanking the ACLJ’s clerks, many of them Regent students, who assisted in the process, saying the “project could not have been completed or even started” without their help. She encouraged students to educate themselves on their state laws, to advocate for change and to “always pray” for the oppressed, the oppressor, and the law-making authorities.

After hearing the testimonies of two victims of sexual trafficking present in the audience, Erin Kulpa, Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, explained the new and innovative ways that her office is addressing the crime of sex trafficking.

Regent’s Center for Global Justice exists to equip Christian advocates who will promote the rule of law and seek justice for the world's downtrodden--the poor, the oppressed, and the enslaved--and to serve and support those already engaged in such advocacy.

Learn more about Regent Law’s Center for Global Justice.

Regent Law Professor David Velloney in the News

Professor David Velloney was a guest on The Thom Hartmann Show on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to talk about whether or not the killing of U.S. citizens by drone is justified. This is the #8 talk show in the nation, according to Top Talk Radio Audiences.

Regent Law in the News

Regent Law alumnus Jeremy Tedesco (’04) was featured in this article for arguing that a client’s First Amendment rights were violated when she was fired from Eastern Michigan University for refusing to counsel gay and bisexual couples about their relationships.

Alumna and member of the Navy JAG Corps Nell (Osgood) Evans (’02) was recently sworn in as a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Brad Jacob was a guest on The Tony Macrini Show (WNIS Norfolk) on Thursday, Oct. 6, to discuss Constitutional issues.

Hispanic Law Students Association Kicks Off 2011 Programming

Officially approved in the spring of 2011, Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) is one of Regent University’s newest organizations. Current and prospective members recently gathered to discuss the fundamental values of this unique group that aims to raise awareness of issues affecting Hispanics from both a societal and legal perspective.

On October 4th, the organization kicked off its first meeting of the academic year by offering students an opportunity to listen to Latin music, eat mini tostadas, and engage in conversation with a practicing lawyer heavily involved in Hispanic issues. Featured guest speaker and Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Region V Deputy President, Daniel Santos, discussed his transformation from law school to his present role at HNBA.

Santos encouraged attendees to get involved. “The favorable impacts that networking, and engaging in meaningful mentee/mentor relationships, will have on the success of your career cannot be emphasized enough,” he said. “Start the process early and always be ready for the opportunities that will come your way. Active participation in an organization such as the Hispanic National Bar Association is a terrific way to practice these skills, connect with members of the bar, and make contributions on issues of importance to the Hispanic community at large.”

Known also as “la familia,” HLSA’s mission is “to encourage and support Hispanic and non-Hispanic students as they pursue their calling to serve and remain responsive to the social, political, and academic promotion of the Hispanic community; and to promote the recruitment, academic achievement, and retention of Hispanic law students at Regent University School of Law, thereby allowing the Regent community to flourish with greater diversity while fully-equipping Christian law students of every ethnicity to become leaders who will influence their communities for the glory of Jesus Christ."

Committed to the needs of the Hispanic community, the organization also sponsors a number of community outreaches throughout the year including weekly tutoring sessions for youth in a local juvenile detention center.

HLSA invites all students, regardless of their ethnicity, to participate in its programming and members have the opportunity to learn more about the Hampton Roads Hispanic community through guest speakers, community outreach events, and from monthly meetings held on campus.

The 2011-2012 Board members are:
Keila Molina - President
Christian Tran – Vice President of Academic Affairs
Nicole De La Zerda – Vice President of Community Affairs
Jillian Shierts – Finances Director
Johnnie Finch – Administrative Director
Noah Tyler - Communications Director
2L Representative - Raul Ortiz
1L Representative - Iris Becker

Regent Law in the News

Regent Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm was quoted in this report from Christianity Today that asked if pastors should perform marriage ceremonies for cohabiting couples.

Alumnus Nathan Godsey ('10) has joined Waldo & Waldo Attorneys, a Greeley, Colo., estate planning law firm established in 1938, according to this report in The Tribune.

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...