Programs in France and Israel Broaden Legal Perspectives

Picture floating in the Dead Sea, visiting the City of David, or walking through Hezekiah's tunnel, all while earning course credit and learning about Israel's government and legal system. Or, picture learning about international law and human rights issues firsthand from officials of European legal and human rights organizations.

Regent University law and government students with an adventurous spirit and heart for travel will have the opportunity to apply for two unique study abroad opportunities taking place in summer 2012.

For five weeks in Strasbourg, France, Regent Law students can take six units in the areas of civil liberties and national security law, international human rights, comparative criminal procedure, and origins of the western legal tradition. Courses will be taught by former Attorney General and current distinguished professor John Ashcroft and professors Michael Hernandez, James Duane and Eric DeGroff.

Second-year law student Jillian Reding, the current graduate assistant for the program, emphasized, "This is an incredible experience you are just not going to get in any other way in law school."

Previous participant, Nicole De La Zerda also offered praise of the program. "I can promise you, you will not regret it if you go," she said. "Academically, it is doable. Why not do it in France?"

Amanda Moss, another former student of the program, said, "Academically, this program is great," and recommended that students begin classes with an open mind. "International Human Rights law is going to stretch your mind and stretch your opinion," she said.

Students will arrive in Strasbourg on June 30 and leave after August 5.

Registration is also open for law and government students interested in joining Dr. Robert "Skip" Ash, an associate professor in the School of Law, and Dr. Joseph Kickasola, a professor with joint appointments in the Robertson School of Government and Regent Law, in the a summer program in Israel, May 18 - June 6.

Students will take classes titled "Holy War and Just War in Islam and Israel" and "Issues of International Law and the State of Israel."

Third-year law student Scott Lambert described the Israel program as being "more than a tourist trip." Lambert highlighted the program as providing "good exposure to government issues" and said he had no problems walking around Jerusalem either during the day or evenings. "I felt totally safe," he said.

Olivia Summers, a second-year law student, agreed. "It was an amazing trip," Summers said. "You really get to meet some incredible people and there's never a dull moment."

Students in the program will have access to areas that are usually unavailable to the typical tourist and enjoy a full itinerary of historical sites and museums.

Learn more about the Strasbourg program.

Learn more about the Israel program.

By Stephanie Hartman

Regent Law in the News

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Os Hillman Speaks to Law Students on Becoming Change Agents

Religion, business, arts and entertainment, education, family, media, and government. These are the seven mountains of culture as defined by author and speaker Os Hillman. Speaking at Regent University's School of Law Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 17, Hillman challenged students to recognize their roles as "change agents" in these seven areas of influence.

Discussing the age-old debate over vocation versus calling, Hillman asked the students, "How do we bring the entire area of our life into our calling?" The idea of calling raises the question of purpose—specifically God's purposes for His people. "What God's put us on the earth for is to manifest His presence on the earth," he explained. "Transformed people transform culture."

"It was [once] thought that if we could just get more Christians in the culture, then we could change the culture," Hillman said. But, he added, sheer numbers of people claiming faith are not what brings change. He proposed that there are four primary things that distinguish Christians in careers outside of the organized Church: excellence, integrity, servant leadership, and miracles.

Ultimately, Hillman said, God uses a refining process to push people towards the “larger story” for their lives. That process includes steps of character development, times of isolation, networking and bearing fruit. "As you are going through your journey, you are going to see these marks, “Hillman said.

Most Christians want the “larger story,” but are often not prepared to know what it will cost. Sharing from his own life, Hillman related a great crisis that proved to be preparation for his current career. Everything had been going well. He had a successful advertising business for twelve years with many loyal clients. Yet in a space of three months, he was utterly devastated. “I lost over half a million dollars, eighty percent of my business…and my wife left me,” said Hillman. Recovering was a seven year process.

Yet this tragedy transformed Hillman’s perspective of God. “So many times when God takes us through crisis, it’s to reveal something about him” Hillman said. A new depth inspired him to write a devotional series. His writing opened doors.

Through his story, and several others, Hillman encouraged the students to allow God to work through their chosen professions, even now as they are in law school. "God is preparing you and do not despise small things," he said, paraphrasing Zechariah 4:10. Other workers in the marketplace want to know who they are dealing with—the wisdom that makes a Christian different. According to Hillman, that special insight is exactly what Regent students are learning here.

by Mallory Hitt and Rachel Judy

Moot Court Team Advances to National Competition

After an intense weekend of competition in Richmond, Va., Regent University School of Law’s moot court team will advance to the nationals of the National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) to be held January 30- February 2 in New York City.

The NMCC consists of fifteen regional competitions among law schools nationwide followed by a final competition amongst the top thirty teams in the nation (the top two teams from each region).

Regent’s team of Tristen Cramer, Amy Vitale, and Megan Donley advanced, along with a team from William & Mary, to the national rounds. Regent defeated teams from the University of Virginia, Duke University, the University of Kentucky, Campbell University, and Charlotte School of Law.

Tristen Cramer won the award for the best oralist in the final round. Regent’s team also produced the region’s second best brief.

The NMCC allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession. According to team coach Professor Michael Hernandez, the NMCC offers participants a very high level of competition.

“This is one of two true national championships for moot court,” Hernandez said. “The quality of schools in our region is exceptionally high. The other moot court national championship is sponsored by the American Bar Association, and we won that national title in 2006. Tristen, Amy, and Megan did a phenomenal job, and we are eagerly anticipating the national rounds.”

The NMCC is sponsored by the New York Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers and is now in its 62nd year.

Click here to learn more about Regent’s Moot Court Board.

Two Regent Negotiation Teams Place Among the Top Four at Regional ABA Competition

Regent University School of Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) made a strong showing at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition held November 12-13, 2011 at the Richmond School of Law in Richmond, Va.

The team of Hannah Carter and Chris Bell placed finished second overall from a roster of over 24 teams representing George Mason, William & Mary, Georgetown, American University, Washington & Lee and other law schools throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C

Both of Regent’s teams made the final round of four, with the team of Shiann Ashenbrenner and Braden Morgan finishing third overall.

Carter and Bell are hopeful they will receive an official invitation from the ABA to compete in the national competition, February 3-4, 2012 in New Orleans, La.

Team coach Prof. Eric DeGroff commented on his students’ exemplary performance.

“They were a joy to behold,” he said. “What impressed me most about them was that they were able to think both intelligently and globally about what would be good for their client in this case,” he said. “They went into the negotiations with a plan, and they carried it out."

Other recent Regent ADR wins include the 2009 Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition and the 2007 ABA National Negotiation Championship.

Registration Opens for Summer Program in Israel

How would you like to float in the Dead Sea, visit the City of David, or walk through Hezekiah’s tunnel all while earning course credit and learning about Israel’s government and legal system firsthand?

Law and government students interested in joining Professors Robert “Skip” Ash and Joseph Kickasola for Regent University School of Law’s summer program in Israel, May 18 - June 6, 2012, are encouraged to register immediately while space remains.

At a recent interest meeting held in Robertson Hall, program faculty and previous Israel program participants discussed their experiences attending the summer program in Israel.

Scott Lambert, a current 3L, described the Israel program as being “more than a tourist trip.” Lambert highlighted the program as providing “good exposure to government issues” and said he had no problems walking around Jerusalem either during the day or evenings. “I felt totally safe,” he said.

Olivia Summers, a current 2L, agreed. “It was an amazing trip.” Summers said. “You really get to meet some incredible people and there’s never a dull moment.”
Kirk Schweitzer, a current 2L, noted that the itinerary was preplanned so that students visit diverse sites of interest together. He added that the “hotels are top notch” and the “food was amazing.”

Students in the program will have access to areas that are usually unavailable to the typical tourist and enjoy full itinerary of historical sites and museums.

The cost of the program has decreased from last year with total cost - including cost of coursework, breakfasts, dinners, and day trips and more – at roughly $6,850.

Learn more about the summer program in Israel.

Regent Law Review Hosts Annual Symposium

The Regent University Law Review recently welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies along with a panel of right of conscience legal experts to its annual symposium held over the weekend of Nov. 4-5, 2011 on Regent's campus.

Over the course of a Friday evening banquet and Saturday panel sessions this year's symposium, titled "Protecting Conscience: Harmonizing Religious Liberties and the Offering of Commercial Services," brought leading legal minds together to address some of the emerging issues in right of conscience litigation, specifically in the area of commercial business.

From foster-care workers facing license revocation for refusing adoption to homosexual couples and medical professionals required to provide abortions and students "encouraged" to sign statements violating deeply held religious beliefs or face expulsion, Christians in all sectors of society are increasingly impacted by federal-anti discrimination laws.

A brief video presentation at Friday's banquet highlighted Christians who have faced legal action as a result of a conflict of conscience. After the presentation, Carlson-Thies, a public policy expert and the founder and president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, argued for an enlargement of the definition of "freedom of conscience."

Many businesses also face the issue of complying with federal anti-discrimination laws or having their licenses revoked. Noting this, Carlson-Thies contended for an expansion of the definition of "freedom of conscience" to protect the right of both individuals and institutions to not only avoid doing wrong but also allow them the "freedom to do right."

Saturday's panel participants further explored the complications professionals with moral convictions face as a result of their beliefs. Panelists included legal experts from St. Thomas University School of Law, the American Center for Law and Justice, the Alliance Defense Fund, and the Heritage Foundation's DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.

Learn more about Regent University's School of Law.

By Mallory Hitt

Law Chapel Highlights “Operation Christmas Child"

Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by the Samaritan’s Purse ministry, is once again underway at Regent University School of Law. 

The program seeks to bless the lives of underprivileged children across the globe by providing them with a shoebox of small gifts and the Gospel. Much more than a toy donation, the shoeboxes are much needed support for children that live in poor conditions and represent to each child that people haven’t forgotten them and that God loves them. 

At the law school’s November 3, 2011, chapel Jim Weaver, a local full-time volunteer for Samaritan’s Purse, reported that in 2010 Operation Christmas Child distributed shoeboxes to 8.2 million children in 109 countries. Since 1993, over 85 million shoe boxes have been donated and delivered worldwide.  According to Weaver, “The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is in every box.”

The Moot Court Board will be collecting filled shoeboxes through November18th at numerous drop-off stations in Robertson Hall.

Shoeboxes can be individualized for a male or female child between the ages of 2 and 14. The contents of the box may include anything from toys and crayons to toothbrushes and candy that will not melt. (Toy guns or toys that represent violence are not permitted.) Donors are also suggested to include a picture of the donor’s family and a letter to the child.

Learn more about Operation Christmas Child here.

by Stephanie Hartman

Regent Law in the News

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Political Heavyweights Debate Solutions for Economic Crisis

As Wall Street and an increasing number of cities around the nation find themselves "occupied" by protesters, and markets experience a daily rollercoaster of ups and downs, it's clear that America's economic crisis is very much dictating today's headlines. With this in mind, Regent University's ninth annual Clash of the Titans®, "Countdown to Collapse: Solving America's Economic Crisis," could not be a more timely or vitally needed discussion.

With the theatre at Regent's Communication & Performing Arts Center filled with more than 700 people, it was quickly apparent that this debate would be far from simply an academic exercise in rhetorical ideas. More than mere observers to America's current economic predicament, each speaker in his own way has helped shape the economic policies of Congress and of the last three presidential administrations.

Representing the left were Lawrence H. Summers, who served as director of the White House National Economic Council under President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton, and Robert Gibbs, who served as White House press secretary and advisor to President Obama. Representing the right were Alan Simpson, a three-term U.S. senator from Wyoming, and Karl Rove, the deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush.

Assuming the helm of the debate as moderator, FOX News' distinguished anchor Bret Baier invited the speakers to begin the debate by presenting their opening remarks.

Summers led the way by saying the economy has grown for the last two years, but, "It's not anything what we would like it to be." Simpson stated that in order to fix the economy, people need a willingness to address Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and defense spending. To put it more simply, "You cannot get there without touching all four of these."

Gibbs widened the discussion by stating that America's economic woes "[aren't] something that started in 2008, but started 10-15 years ago." Rove sharpened the debate by concluding that America is still in an economic crisis, "despite our two-and-a-half-year experiment in spending ourselves to prosperity."

True to any debate concerning economics, numbers flew around the room. Simpson reminded the people that just for today alone, the government borrowed over $4.6 billion. Gibbs remarked on the consensus in the room: "We are on a path that is simply unsustainable," he said. But he added the nation could not simply grow, cut, or tax its way out of this situation. Summer affirmed this by adding, "Everything has to be on the table."

Rove agreed all sides must be willing to compromise, but he also credited President Obama for creating an environment where there cannot be a bi-partisan solution, pointing to the president's recent statement that Republican plans involved having "dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance."

As the debate progressed, the speakers continued to interject new perspective into how to solve America's economic issues. Summers remarked that while America's future depends on fixing the deficit, "It also depends on whether we educate our children." Simpson and Gibbs both touched on the need to have political leadership and the fortitude to get things done. Rove submitted the idea of cutting bills into smaller sizes and thereby avoiding the roadblock that larger bills face today.

Despite the sharp disagreements that arose throughout the debate, many important agreements were expressed. According to Gibbs, "There is not any problem that this country will face, this year or next, or next week, that cannot or will not be solved by the greatest of the people in this land. "Rove remarked that," The country is fundamentally sound because the people are fundamentally sound." Summers echoed these sentiments by concluding that he would rather face America's problems with its citizens, than face any other problem that could be found in the world today. Simpson concluded that much of the issue rests upon the lack of leadership in Washington.

Whether America's financial issues result from an unwillingness to compromise or a philosophical battle about the size of government, the debaters reminded the audience of Regent's Clash of the Titans® that America's crisis is one that demands action and true leadership if America is to avoid a "countdown to collapse."

Cox Communications will rebroadcast the debate in the Hampton Roads area on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. and again on Monday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on Cox Channel 11.

By Paul Boller '12

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...