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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…

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 inv…

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 a…

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 sai…

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.