Student Group Provides Free Tax Preparation

Are you afraid of doing your taxes? Fear no more!

The Business Transactions Law Society will be providing free tax preparation assistance in Robertson Hall on February 6th through April 5th 2012 as part of the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

VITA helps the community by providing competent, free tax preparation services for low to moderate income families and individuals who may not be able to prepare their own tax returns.
According to David Brennan, 2L and past VITA volunteer, the best part of the experience for volunteers is the opportunity is to help clients face down their fear of taxes.

Law students interested in volunteering to serve through VITA should contact Brennan at davidbr6@regent.edu for more information. Volunteers will receive free mandatory training.

Those interested in receiving free tax preparation assistance can do so in Robertson Hall on the following days and room locations:

  • February 6 – April 5, 2012

  • Monday 4-6pm, RH 114**

  • Wednesday 5-7pm, RH 114***

  • Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, RH 114

- Please arrive at least 1 hour before the end of each time period.
- Closed for Spring Break (Feb. 27 – Mar. 2)

Bring:

  • Photo IDs

  • Social Security Cards

  • Birth Dates

  • All Tax Forms (W2, 1099, etc.)

  • Bank Routing and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit

Questions: Contact David Brennan at davibr6@regent.edu.
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* VITA is an IRS program that services taxpayers earning $49,000 or less.

** On 3/26/12, we will be available from 4:45-6:15 pm in RH 107.

***On 2/15/12, we will be available from 5:15-7:15 pm in RH 116.

Regent Law in the News


David Velloney, associate professor in the School of Law, was recently interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) addressing the trial of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning and how his command, upon recognizing his possible mental instability, could have allowed him to continue to serve. Velloney's remarks were also picked up by more than 100 other online publications in the region, including the Augusta-Margaret River Mail and Sunraysia Daily.

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in this Friday, Jan. 13, article from worldoncampus.com regarding a recent Supreme Court decision. Jacob was also a guest on The Tony Macrini Show (WNIS Norfolk) on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to discuss Constitutional issues.

Former RNC Chairman Talks Faith, Calling

"Is it more important to matter in the world or in the kingdom?" This is the question Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, posed to a group of law and government students during a recent visit to Regent University.
Steele, the first African-American to serve in this role, has experienced firsthand the challenges of being a person of faith in politics. Prior to working with the RNC, he was the lieutenant governor of Maryland.

In politics, "You can't please everyone, but you can certainly tick them all off at the same time," he admitted. "[It's a] constant struggle against the norm, against what's expected, against the stereotype."

Steele has found that focusing on one day at a time plays a big part in his ability to enjoy a job in a field known for tearing people down. "Every day appreciating what lies before you helps you prepare to deal with it," he said. "It's tough to do your job and remain in those time-honored values that were taught to you by your mama and your daddy."

Recognizing that many students gathered in the Moot Courtroom aspire to lives of public service, Steele offered some suggestions for remaining grounded in faith and still being a successful public servant. "Leadership is born out of a spirit of service," he said, using the example of a lawyer who takes the time to put their client's needs first.

Ultimately, he explained, faith can provide an excellent foundation for a life of service, even in law and politics; however, he also stressed the need to put first things first. "Does your faith inform your decisions and actions, or do your decisions and actions inform your faith?" he asked.

He concluded with encouragement for each student to pursue both a career and faith wholeheartedly. "Answer your call, and be good at what you do when you answer that call, because God is not afraid and neither should you be."

Steele's visit to Regent was sponsored by the university's chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

By Rachel Judy

Professor Kohm Featured at Monthly Assembly

Family, individualism and the concept of liberty. These were the themes of the latest Regent University School of Undergraduate Studies (RSU) Assembly held on Monday, Jan. 9. The monthly gathering is designed to bring together RSU students, faculty and staff for a time of learning, fellowship and reflection.

This month's featured speaker was Lynne Marie Kohm, the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law in Regent's School of Law.

Kohm's address began with an exploration of individualism. "It's such a fundamental concept that it makes bedfellows on both sides of the debate," she said. Kohm then provided background of how legislation—particularly a number of significant legal decisions—has impacted society's definition of individualism and how, in turn, that definition has impacted the idea of family.

While Kohm is quick to explain that a healthy sense of individual is good for families and societies, she is quick to note that it can go too far. "The assumption is that individualism ... is an American right," she explained. "Individualism without boundaries is really dangerous."

She referenced a number of Supreme Court decisions where individual rights have ultimately prevailed as a priority over marriage and children.

Ultimately, Kohm stressed that individuals cannot just look to the law to determine their individual rights. "Law can be informed by truth to restore meaning to individual rights," but, she said, quoting James 2:13, "Mercy triumphs over judgment."

Ultimately, a renewed sense of morality will also inform the law. "Only when we as individuals ... turn to a true freedom in Christ will that be possible," she said.

Click here to read Prof. Kohm's discussion.

By Rachel Judy

Regent Law Alumna Appointed as Circuit Court Judge

Jennifer Dorow '95 (Law) was appointed to serve as a judge in Waukesha County Circuit Court by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, according to this Friday, Dec. 23, article in the Journal Sentinel. The original news release from the governor's office can be read here.

This brings the total of Regent Law alumni currently serving as judges to 20.

In other news, Professor David Velloney continues to be quoted in a number of national and international publications addressing the trial of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, an imprisoned soldier accused of leaking classified material in the WikiLeaks scandal. His comments were included in articles distributed by Thomson Reuters News and Insight and a number of other outlets including the International Business Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Yahoo! News. In total, Velloney's comments were picked up by more than 100 news outlets in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, India and Singapore.

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