Regent Law in the News

Kristen Waggoner '96 (Law), representing the plaintiffs in a court case to decide if Washington state could force pharmacies to sell emergency contraceptives, was pictured in this Thursday, Feb. 23, article from MSNBC.com.

Ashleigh Chapman, administrative director of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, was interviewed by CBN News on Thursday, Feb. 23, discussing global issues of human trafficking and the upcoming Freedom Sunday awareness event.

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in this Wednesday, Feb. 22, article from World Magazine, discussing a growing number of lawsuits filed by Christian colleges against the federal government over the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

Lynne Marie Kohm, the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law in the School of Law, was interviewed by WVEC 13 (ABC Norfolk) on Monday, Feb. 20, regarding the constitutionality of Virginia's bill on requiring ultrasounds of women seeking abortions.

Regent Moot Court Board Hosts Annual Competition

Regent University Law School's Moot Court Board hosted the eleventh annual Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Moot Court Competition over the weekend of Feb. 17-18, drawing thirteen competition teams from across the nation to Virginia Beach, Va.

Teams from New York School of Law, Brigham Young University, Touoro Law Center, and the William & Mary Law School were judged by a number of distinguished competition guest judges including Virginia Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn. Several practicing attorneys and Regent Law faculty members rounded out the judging panel.

Liberty University School of Law's team won the championship in a 5-4 final round decision. As event hosts Regent Law s teams did not compete.

"The competition is named in honor the late Virginia Supreme Court Justice and Regent Law jurist-in-residence Leroy R. Hassell Sr. "We want to honor Justice Hassell's memory because of his tremendous service to the Commonwealth, as well as Regent Law," said Moot Court Board member and third-year law student Sonny Behrends. "He motivated and inspired us to seek justice and pursue our dreams, and his life exemplified excellence as the first African-American chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court."

In addition to hosting national competitions, Regent s competition teams continue perform with excellence nationwide. Two teams from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) placed among the top five teams in the American Bar Association (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans Feb. 3-4.

Regent's Moot Court Board team advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) held Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 in New York City, finishing among the top eight teams in the nation.

Regent Law in the News

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

News about two of Regent University's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board teams placing in the top five teams in the American Bar Association (ABA) National Negotiation Competition was included in this Saturday, Feb. 11, article from Yahoo! News. The news was also published on the same day by bizwireexpress.com and American Banking News.

Law School Hosts Legal Networking Event

Few students enter law school knowing for certain in what area of the law they'll eventually practice. From serving in public interest and government positions to big-firm practice or solo practitioner settings, the options abound—and they can be daunting.

Thanks to Regent University School of Law's Office of Career & Alumni Services, Regent's law students had the opportunity to meet attorneys from a wide variety of practice settings at the recent speed networking event on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The annual event is designed to expose students to the career options open to them.

Over the course of a dozen brief one-on-one networking rounds, held in the Robertson Hall atrium, more than 50 law students were able to explore multiple practice areas while conversing with local attorneys. Twenty-five local attorneys ranging from corporate counsel, public defenders, solo practitioners, judicial clerks and government lawyers attended the event.

This particular event is a huge boon to the students, who often find themselves with internship offers before they leave the building.

According to Kathy Stull, assistant director of Career & Alumni Services, this year three law students were offered internships from local attorneys as a result of the speed networking event.

"This year's speed networking was a huge success," Stull said. "It's one of our biggest and most popular events all year, and it's indicative of the lengths the Office of Career Services goes to enable our students to own their careers."

Quite often events like speed networking are just the beginning of the school's long term relationship with local attorneys and firms. According to Stull, students who attend such events are able to arrange for future interviews with attorneys in attendance, and the attorneys themselves often decide to pursue regular on-campus interviews as a result of their positive experiences.

Each year, in addition to interview coaching, resume blitzes, online social networking workshops and over 40 professional panels and events programming, the law school's Office of Career & Alumni services holds over 1,300 on-one-one career counseling sessions with current law students.

Learn more about Regent Law's Office of Career & Alumni Services and view Regent alumni employment and Bar passage statistics.

By Sean Kirnan

Law Teams Earn Top Placement at National Competitions

Competing among the top legal students in the nation, three Regent University School of Law competition teams recently placed among the top five and top eight at two national competitions.

Two teams from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) placed among the top five teams in the American Bar Association (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans Feb. 3-4.

Regent's Moot Court Board team advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) held Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 in New York City, finishing among the top eight teams in the nation.

Regent Law's ADR teams were two of 24 teams competing at the prestigious ABA event. Regent was the only law school to send two teams to this competition, and those teams finished second and fifth in the nation. At the regional level, 228 teams started this competition. The University of Minnesota won the title, and other law schools in the finals included the College of William & Mary, Boston University School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

"These outstanding results are another confirmation of the rigorous training future lawyers receive in Regent's School of Law," said Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo. "My congratulations to the students and their professors whose diligence and commitment to excellence brings glory to our Lord."

Hannah Carter and Chris Bell were the number two team, and Shiann Ashenbrenner and Braden Morgan finished fifth. Law professor Eric DeGroff coached the teams.

"I am deeply proud of these students and our coach, Professor Eric DeGroff. This result reflects great talent, dedication and tremendous effort—and the blessing of God! I wouldn't trade our advocacy training program for any program in the country," said Regent Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch.

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

Regent's Moot Court team—composed of Tristen Cramer, Amy Vitale and Megan Donley—advanced to the quarterfinals at the NMCC, defeating teams from Pepperdine, Lewis and Clark, and Loyola New Orleans.

They finished as one of the top eight teams out of a field of 191 teams from around the country. Their competition brief was graded as the second best brief in the nation.

According to team coach Professor Mike Hernandez, "The NMCC is one of two true national championships for moot court," Hernandez said. "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."

Cramer won the award for the best oralist in the final round at the regional competition, and Regent's team produced the second best brief there as well.

Regent Law in the News

Lynne Marie Kohm, the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law in the School of Law, was quoted in this Friday, Feb. 3, WORLD Virginia article regarding the status of legislation to repeal the mandatory HPV vaccine in Virginia.

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was a guest on The Tony Macrini Show (WNIS Norfolk) on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to talk about constitutional issues in the news.

J. Haskell Murray, assistant professor in the School of Law, authored research regarding benefit corporations that was featured on the Social Enterprise Law website on Monday, Jan. 30.

Sarah Miranda '98 (Law) was recently named to the 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers list as a “North Carolina Rising Star” and recently received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell for both legal ability and ethics, according to this Monday, Jan. 30, article from dsnews.com.

Moot Court Team Places in Top 10 at National Competition

Regent Law’s Moot Court team of Tristen Cramer, Amy Vitale, and Megan Donley recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) held Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in New York City, finishing among the top 8 teams out of a field of 191.

Their competition brief was graded as the second best brief in the nation.

According to team coach Professor Mike Hernandez, "The NMCC is one of two true national championships for moot court," Hernandez said. "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.”

Regent’s team advanced past teams from the University of Virginia, Duke University, the University of Kentucky, Campbell University and Charlotte School of Law at the regional competition to make the national round.

Tristen Cramer won the award for the best oralist in the final round at the regional competition and Regent's team produced the second best brief there as well.

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

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