Regent Law Students Mentioned in Christianity Today Article

A group of Regent Law students was mentioned in this Tuesday, April 24, article from Christianity Today for research they are doing to support efforts to build and support two-parent families.

First-Time Virginia Bar Takers Post 100% Pass Rate

Congratulations to Regent University School of Law’s first-time Virginia Bar exam takers who achieved a 100% pass rate on the February 2012 exam. The average first-time taker pass rate for all Virginia law schools was 66%.

Results from the February 2012 exam released by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners include the following pass percentages for first-time testers from each school:

Appalachian School of Law:
College of William and Mary: 60.00%
George Mason University: 100.00%
Liberty University: 66.67%
Regent University: 100%
University of Richmond: 66.67%
University of Virginia: 75.00%
Washington and Lee University: 70.00%

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Law Professor Honored for Advancing Legal Education Practices

Regent University School of Law's Professor Benjamin Madison was recently named a fellow of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). Madison was selected for this honor because of his role in advancing legal education, specifically related to the State Civil Procedure Course he developed and teaches at Regent.

IAALS is a national, independent research center out of the University of Denver dedicated to the continuous improvement of the process and culture of the civil justice system.

Madison authored a casebook Civil Procedure for All States that incorporates what is known as the "Carnegie model." This model goes beyond the traditional teaching method in many law schools—known as the "Socratic Method"—to provide students with the practical experience and ethical training they need to be successful attorneys later on.

"The students' role in the class (as defined by the book) is that of a junior associate in a law firm and the professor is the senior partner to whom they report," Madison explained. "Thus, my role is to mentor as I teach the various stages of a case."

Madison's casebook and teaching style were influenced by two recent studies on deficiencies in law school teaching and, while he's confident that Regent Law is already on the right track, he wants to continue to expand the opportunities for his students.

"The emphasis on helping students form ethically before entering law practice has been one of our goals for years," Madison explained. "Our Professional Responsibility course teaches that lawyers can rise above the minimum standards of the ethics rules of a state and practice with integrity. My effort simply is to amplify what I've seen my peers doing."

Regent Law in the News

Lynne Marie Kohm, the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law in the School of Law, was a guest on CBN Newswatch on Thursday, April 12, to discuss recent comments made about Ann Romney's experiences as a stay-at-home-mom.

Media and the Law: Seeking Justice for the Least of These, a symposium sponsored by the Center for Global Justice, was the subject of this Tuesday, April 3, report from CBN News.

A recent fifth place finish by Regent Law's Moot Court Team was included in this Saturday, April 7, legal news round-up from the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.).

Symposium Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking

"We tend to endure under the comforting illusion that slavery is a thing of the past," said Dr. Aidan McQuade, the director of Anti-Slavery International, speaking to a room full of human rights advocates. "The truth about forced labor in the world today is we are all implicated in this in a profound way."

The idea that no one is separate from issues of forced labor—broadly termed "human trafficking"—was the foundation for "Media and the Law: Seeking Justice for the Least of These," a symposium sponsored by Regent University's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. Held on Regent's campus March 29-31, the symposium brought together about 100 human rights organizations and panelists from a variety of fields, including law, government and the arts. McQuade was one of 60 featured speakers at the event.

"The goal of the entire conference was to foster collaborative networks and partnerships, to bring these people under one roof to share what they're doing that's wonderful in the world of human rights," explained Ashleigh Chapman, the administrative director of the Center for Global Justice. "I believe it was a great success."

Symposium topics included human trafficking, the protection of children, religious freedom, the rule of law and corrupt governments, among other issues. The purpose was to encourage creative collaboration and explore how media arts and the legal system can partner to affect change for oppressed people around the world.

Noted presenters and panelists included representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Anti-Slavery International, Open Doors, Voice of the Martyrs, International Justice Mission, Focus on the Family, Truckers Against Trafficking, the Polaris Project and the A21 Campaign.

"It was a great privilege to be surrounded by so many dedicated scholars, practitioners and activists who are fully committed to holistically combatting slavery and violence around the world and who are working tirelessly to restore hope and a sense of normalcy to victims of oppression," said David Velloney, the executive director of the Center for Global Justice and assistant professor in the School of Law.

Regent Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch echoed Velloney's sentiments. "We had prayed that the event would facilitate meaningful partnership and collaboration and generate creative ideas and solutions to overcome obstacles to protecting the oppressed around the world," he said. "The event was inspirational to students and veteran human rights advocates alike."

The symposium kicked off on Thursday, March 29, with an evening of previews, presentations and interaction with global justice film producers. A number of dramatic and documentary films were screened, including a film directed and written by Regent alumnus Daniel McCullum '11 (School of Undergraduate Studies). McCullum wrote the screenplay and directed Alone while he was a student at Regent. A number of Regent students also served on the cast and crew.

One of the highlights of the three-day event was the banquet held on Friday, March 30. The event featured keynote speaker Ken Wales, the producer of the motion picture Amazing Grace, which tells the story of William Wilberforce, a British man who was instrumental in ending the British transatlantic slave trade.

As he worked on the movie, which released in 2007, Wales found that understanding Wilberforce's work provided perspective on today's global struggle against human trafficking. "We have to be as bold as Wilberforce was. He wasn't afraid," Wales explained. "The encouragement is to keep going because you've opened the door and the first thing to do is to say 'slavery is wrong.'"

While many ideas were presented, questions discussed and connections made, the point of the symposium was summed up early on in remarks from Danielle Sisk, the national director of student advocacy for the Dalit Freedom Network, an organization that works with a historically oppressed group of 250 million people in India. "None of us should ever be comfortable with the fact that slavery exists," she said. "Once you know, you are responsible."

Regent's Center for Global Justice provides strategic resources for law school students and those around the world who seek to combat human rights abuses. Learn more about the Center for Global Justice.

By Rachel Judy

Moot Court Team Finishes Top 5, Wins Best Oral Advocate Award

Regent Law’s team of Anastasias Kamoutsas, Carmen Cabrero, and Samuel Moultrie finished fifth out of 33 teams at the annual Billings, Exum & Frye Moot Court Competition held at Elon University School of Law, March 30-31, 2012.

Carmen Cabrero won the Best Oral Advocate award for the competition’s preliminary rounds.

Regent Law’s team went undefeated in preliminary rounds and advanced to the round of 8, losing by one point to the eventual competition champions from George Mason.

According to team coach Professor Kathleen McKee, Regent’s teams performed with both legal excellence and professional integrity

“As our teams progressed through the rounds, the judges not only complimented them on their preparation but also on their courtroom demeanor,” she said. “They represented Regent well by arguing with both professionalism and civility.”

Elon’s annual competition draws dozens of competitors from law schools nationwide. Teams from Duke, George Mason, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, and South Texas among others attended this year’s event.

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Recently on Campus: March 26-30

  • The Center for Global Justice held its inaugural symposium, "Media and the Law: Seeking Justice for the Least of These." Hundreds of guests and partner organizations enjoyed panel sessions, networking, and inspiring addresses exploring the issues of human trafficking, the protection of children, religious freedom, and the rule of law in corrupt governments.

  • U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride spoke at a law student luncheon about his work pursuing justice in the areas of national security and terrorism, human trafficking and child pornography, violent crimes and drug cartels, and financial integrity.

  • The Christian Legal Society sponsored the inaugural 5K Race for Global Justice at Regent University, drawing dozens of faculty, staff, and students to campus on a Sunday afternoon and raising over $1,000 for the Center.

  • Reverend Nate Atwood, lead pastor at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, was the guest speaker at Law Chapel. He spoke on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and the need to be thankful to God in all circumstances.

  • The Moot Court Board hosted the annual 1L Moot Court Competition. Congratulations to finalists Joshua Smith, Sharon Kerk, Erik McCauley, and Jacob Balderson!

Regent Law in the News

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was a guest on Geraldo Rivera's radio program, (WABC New York and streamed online) to discuss the Affordable Care Act that went before the Supreme Court last week. WABC is the largest radio station in nation, in the #1 market with an average audience of more than one million listeners. Speaking on the same topic, Professor Jacob was also a guest on The Tony Macrini Show (WNIS Norfolk), on Wednesday, March 28.

David Velloney, associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted in this Monday, March 26, report from CBN News discussing legal issues surrounding the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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...