Law Student Wins Best Oral Advocate Award

Law student Lindsey Fields (2L) was named Best Oral Advocate by the American Bar Association (ABA) at its recent regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition held in Washington, D.C., according to a recent release.

Fields was one of over 80 advocates participating in the regional competition held March 8-10, 2012, which included teams from American, BYU, Emory, George Mason, Georgetown, Liberty, Maryland, Richmond, Rutgers, Temple, Washington & Lee, and William & Mary, among others.
According to team Professor Mike Hernandez, Field’s achievement underscores the dedication to excellence that characterizes Regent’s competition teams.

"Lindsey is not only an exceptionally talented oral advocate, but she worked hard to refine her skills and arguments," Hernandez said. "She relied on the Lord’s wisdom and guidance throughout the competition and was also a valuable teammate, helping our other students refine their arguments as well."

Regent University School of Law has won over 60 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards in its 25 year history. See a list of recent wins.

Recently on Campus: March 19-23

  • The Regent Federalist Society hosted Professor Robin Wilson of Washington & Lee University School of Law for a luncheon talk on the contraception mandate and rights of conscience.

  • Judge Randolph Beales of the Virginia Court of Appeals delivered a luncheon message to students titled, “Making a Difference as a Lawyer: A Career in Public Service.”

  • Law students attended the annual Barrister’s Ball at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center.

  • Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House was the guest speaker at University Chapel.

Regent Law in the News

"Media and the Law: Seeking Justice for the Least of These," an upcoming symposium sponsored by the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, was featured in this Monday, March 19, Christian Post article. The symposium was also mentioned the same day in this article from Washington Square News. The article looks at how teens and young adults are responding to issues of human trafficking and mentions the symposium as one of these responses.

Law Faculty Teach at University in Uganda

The idea that law is more than just a profession is what has driven students to Regent University's School of Law for the last 25 years. It is also what inspires the school's faculty and administration to constantly work to improve the value of education students are receiving. This same idea recently sent Regent Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch and Associate Professor David Velloney to Uganda.

For several days in early March, the two visited and taught at Uganda Christian University (UCU), located about 15 miles from the country's capital city of Kampala. Their goal was to explore future partnership opportunities between Regent and the law program at UCU.

"I think we came away encouraged that we ought to have a summer exchange program," Brauch said after his return. "We've just been sensing God leading us as a school to do something to promote the rule of law in Africa."

The legal system in east African countries—including Uganda—is vastly different than the American system Regent Law students are familiar with. This means that an exchange would provide significant learning opportunities on both sides.

Interest in developing a relationship between the two schools—both Christian universities dedicated to training leaders for the marketplace—came when Velloney began corresponding with an American lawyer living in Uganda. The trip was planned, and Brauch and Velloney were able to see firsthand the quality of education and the opportunities available in Uganda.

"We look at UCU as a Christian university that's doing things extremely well in east Africa," Velloney explained. "It was very inspirational to interact with the students who want to live out their Christian faith. They want to see the rule of law followed in their country; they want to be lawyers with integrity."

The need for quality lawyers in Uganda is great. While the country has stabilized much in recent years, Brauch and Velloney explained, recovering in the aftermath of a tumultous past has been a challenge. One of the greatest legal challenges the country faces right now, in fact, is property disputes.

"They desperately need principled, accountable, Godly leaders for the next generation," Brauch said.

Regent Law's increasing emphasis on human rights and the rule of law culminated in the 2010 formation of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. The center, which is set to host the "Media and the Law" symposium March 29-31, places students in internships around the globe to gain firsthand legal experience working as human rights advocates.

Brauch sees a future exchange with UCU as a great asset to the center's efforts. "For those who are serious about human rights work, this would be a great program." Velloney added: "This is an opportunity for [students] to be globally involved in a part of the world many of them feel called to."

This Week on Campus

  • Public Interest Advocates at Regent (PILAR) held its annual silent auction. Items up for grabs included a flat screen TV, an iPad, a pool party/bbq at Professor Hernandez's home, a membership to the YMCA, Dean Brauch's bow tie, and a number of gift cards. Click here for more information about PILAR.

  • Dean Brauch hosted his annual doughnut day. Read the Dean’s blog.

  • Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) and International Law Society (ILS) hosted Yuri Mantilla, Focus on the Family's Director for International Government Affairs, as a guest speaker at Law Chapel on Thursday and for a school luncheon on Friday.

  • The American Red Cross hosted a blood drive on campus. If you did not have a chance to donate blood click here for the nearest donation center.

Regent Law in the News

James Duane, professor in the School of Law, was quoted in this Tuesday, March 6, article in The Virginian-Pilot discussing a Norfolk judge's decision to reverse a murder verdict handed down by a jury in 2012.

Virtual Worlds and Law Expert Addresses Regent Law Students

Professor Joshua A.T. Fairfield, a videogames, e-commerce and law expert from Washington and Lee University School of Law, recently presented a lecture to the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society on the need for the regulation of the use of virtual currencies in real-world economies.

Fairfield began his talk highlighting the work of economist Ted Castronova who measured the GDP of EverQuest, a popular virtual game world, and discovered it had a larger economy than any real-world nation.

While for Fairfield, the idea that people on EverQuest were paying thousands of real dollars for imaginary spaceships was shocking in itself, he claims the era we find ourselves in now is even more so.

"What is more startling than people paying real money for fake objects is people using virtual currency to buy real goods," he said, pointing to the recent "Kut Ku" coin crisis in China. In that instance, virtual coins actually competed with government backed, or "fiat currency," as Fairfield terms it, forcing China to shut down the operation.

"Money doesn’t exist. It’s a consensual hallucination," said Fairfield. According to Fairfield, we could say the same about virtual worlds and currencies, a policy that the United States has taken towards financial game fraud.

However, when real money is inserted into a virtual system, it means that people can and are getting ripped off, with the perpetrators of some schemes being convicted and sentenced to jail.

"Yes, it’s a real jail," Fairfield clarified in response to a student query.

A self-proclaimed libertarian, Fairfield believes government regulation of virtual currencies should be minimal, with the government possibly "granting immunity" to game worlds that use their freedom wisely and for good purposes.

Regardless of the level of government intervention, however, Fairfield believes virtual currencies that compete with government-backed currencies are worth immediate attention.

The hour-long luncheon was hosted by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society.

By Mallory Hitt

Regent Law in the News

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in this Saturday, Feb. 25, article on crosswalk.com discussing a growing number of lawsuits filed by Christian colleges against the federal government over the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

Law Team Wins Transactions Competition

As the competition season continues, Regent University School of Law students continue to showcase their skills and abilities at a number of competitions around the country.

Third-year law students Max Thelen and Mike Pallai recently took first place at the third annual Business Transactions Competition held at Liberty University in Lynchburg on Saturday, Feb. 25. At the one-day competition Thelen and Pallai bested two teams from Washington and Lee School of Law and seven from Liberty University School of Law to win the championship.

Their win adds to recent Alternative Dispute Resolution and Moot Court Top Five and Top Eight national competition finishes, respectively.

Several other Regent teams have also had remarkable competition seasons.

The moot court team of third-year law student Jonathan Young and second-year law student Jessica Pak recently advanced to the quarterfinals of the J. Braxton Craven Jr. Memorial Competition held Feb. 22-25, at the University of North Carolina's School of Law. At the competition, Young received the Best Oralist award.

At the William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament held at William and Mary Law School Feb. 17-18, Regent's team of second-year law students Paul Bailey, Becca Tingstrom and Caleb Wan advanced to the quarterfinal round finishing fifth overall.

In early February, third-year law student Mattia Corse and second-year law student Christopher Young finished among the top five teams in the NBLSA National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Regional Competition.

Regent Law's client counseling teams finished strong at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition on Friday, Feb. 17. The team of second-year law student Yodani Powell and third-year student Alethea Ypsilanti made the semi-final round and finished among the top four teams out of twelve. Regent's team of second-year students Alisha Jackson and Steven Scordalakis placed fifth overall.

Regent University School of Law has won over 60 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards in its 25 year history.

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