Regent Law in the News

Monique Miles (’08) was recently selected as a recipient of an Outstanding Service Award from the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference for her work as Chair of the Conference's Women and Minorities in the Profession Commission. She received the award during the Young Lawyers Conference luncheon at the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach on June 15, 2012.

Miles is an associate at the firm of Charlson Bredehoft Cohen Brown & Sakata, P.C, in Reston, Va.

Randy Singer, School of Law adjunct professor, was featured in this Virginian-Pilot article on Sunday, June 24, reviewing his new legal novel, "The Last Plea Bargain."

Darius Davenport, director of career and alumni services with the School of Law, was quoted in a recent Virginia Lawyers Weekly article (link unavailable) discussing job placement statistics for 2011 graduates released last week by the American Bar Association.

James Duane, professor in the School of Law, was a guest on CBN News Thursday, June 28, to offer analysis of the health care ruling. (link unavailable)

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, discussed the Supreme Court decision on Arizona immigration law on American Family News Radio Tuesday, June 26. On the same subject, Jacob was interviewed in this CBN News story on Monday, June 25.

Jacob was also a guest on the Tony Macrini show (WNIS Norfolk) on Thursday, June 28, to talk about an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia because of his comments on President Obama's Executive Order concerning immigration. Jacob returned to the program Friday, June 29, to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

3Ls Exceed National Trend for Satisfaction

Regent University third-year law students are indicating high levels of satisfaction with their educational experience, compared to many of their peers nationwide who express discontent with the state of legal education. In a recent national survey, students rated Regent Law very well in several key areas.

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), co-sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, assesses whether an institution's programs and practices are having the desired effect on students' activities, experiences and outcomes.

The 2012 LSSSE found that, in terms of ethical formation, employment services and overall satisfaction, Regent's law students are very pleased to have come to Regent and, in very high numbers, would come back if they had the chance to do it again.

"My personal experience as a recent graduate confirms the phenomenal academic training and environment Regent provides," said Paul Boller '12. "As I prepare this summer to take the Bar Exam, I repeatedly find myself thankful for the high degree of excellent legal instruction that Regent gave me. As the results of this survey and my own experience indicate, Regent is truly in a class of its own."

Overall, the survey found that:

- 88 percent of third-year Regent students indicated "Very much" in response to being asked if their law school environment encourages the ethical practice of law. This is compared to the national average of 38 percent.

- 68 percent of third-year Regent students indicated "Quite a bit" or "Very much" in response to being asked if their law school environment provides support they need to succeed in their employment search. The national average was 33 percent.

- 68.6 percent of third-year Regent students would "definitely" come to Regent again if they could start over, compared to the national average of 32.8 percent.

- 75.4 percent of third-year Regent students evaluated their entire educational experience as "excellent," compared to the national average of 30.4 percent.

Law school Dean Jeffrey Brauch says the LSSSE results reflect Regent's commitment to training both the heads and hearts of future lawyers within a supportive Christian academic community.

"If you come to Regent, you will not only be trained to be an excellent lawyer, you will be trained to be a lawyer of integrity and honor," he said. "You'll also be trained in an environment in which both students and faculty support you, care for you and encourage you."

Recent graduate Ashleigh Chapman '12 agreed. "I was drawn to Regent Law School because of the motto: 'Law is more than a profession. It is a calling,'" she said. "And indeed, having spent three years among our faculty and student body, and immersed in all that is 'law school,' I have been deeply impressed with Regent's commitment to teach law with excellence; to integrate at every opportunity how one 'ought' to practice law, not just how one may do so; to pour their efforts into training us to be lawyers in the classroom, and working diligently to place us in the field and not just any field, but one we feel called to pursue. I can say with all my heart that I was not disappointed in my expectations."

The 2012 LSSSE measured the expectations and satisfaction among 58,208 law students from 81 law schools, including 17,168 third-year law students. Regent's student response rate was 44 percent; for all schools, the response rate was 43 percent.

Learn more about Regent Law's history of national moot court competition success, bar pass rates, and other measures of academic excellence.

Law Students Receive On-the-Job Training

On-the-job training is a crucial part of a law school education. While this training can take many forms, for three Regent University students who recently completed their second year in the School of Law, it comes as a summer opportunity to work closely with judges across the United States.

Laura Zuber is interning for the Honorable Bobby R. Baldock of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Roswell, N.M. As an intern, her days are spent conducting research for the judge's pending cases and writing bench memoranda based on the parties' briefs submitted to the court as well as other documents related to cases before the court. Her research covers procedural history, the facts of the case and the legal arguments being used.

But, her days aren't simply spent in research and writing. "Throughout the day, I may be asked to proofread a draft, read an opinion in the circuit, or talk with the judge about good skills to have as a clerk and lawyer," she said. "I [also] spent one week with Judge Baldock and his staff in Denver, Colo., for a term of court. A typical day there is hearing oral arguments in the morning and then working in the office in the afternoon on various cases."

Andy Kartchner is in the middle of an externship for the Honorable Michael W. Mosman of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Similar to Zuber, his days are filled with a variety of duties for the judge.

"The judge has a lot on his plate, so basically I work as a third clerk for him, researching the cases and making recommendations on motions and other rulings," Kartchner explained. "Every once in a while there is an interesting hearing or oral argument that I attend as well. That is a great experience because I get to sit up front and watch the attorneys' faces while they argue instead of watching them from the gallery. From that vantage point you can really see how some styles are more effective than others."

Thanks to Regent Law's Career & Alumni Services, Rachel Toberty secured an internship with the Honorable Judge Randolph A. Beales of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Similar to Kartchner and Zuber, her workdays involve assisting Judge Beales and his clerks with legal research.

All three students agree that their first two years at Regent Law prepared them for their work.

"This judicial internship is all about writing clearly and concisely," Zuber said. "Knowing how to research effectively is a good tool as well because I am on Westlaw or LexisNexis for hours each day. Being a part of Regent's Law Review has helped refine my editing skills and those are essential in this internship."

"I put my education to work every single day," Kartchner added. "I spend most of my day researching and writing, so those skills I have learned at Regent have served me well .... I take it personally to represent the school out here on the West Coast."

"My training thus far at Regent has prepared me extremely well for this opportunity," Toberty said. "Working on the Journal of Law and Public Policy has taught me great editing skills and how to be detail oriented. Also, working as a graduate assistant for [John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law] Lynne Marie Kohm has given me research experience that has served me well in this job."

Learn more about Regent Law’s Office of Career & Alumni Services.

By Rachel Judy

Law Student, Coast Guardsman Runs for Heroes

When most people take up running and decide to enter a race, it's usually in the 5k to 10k range—maybe even a half or full marathon for the truly ambitious. But Regent University School of Law student Marshall Griffin took his long distance running about 500,000 steps further to complete a 260 mile ultra-marathon across the state of Georgia this May.

Griffin was one of just eleven individual runners and 13 relay teams to complete the feat Memorial Day Weekend. Organized to benefit House of Heroes, a non-profit organization that provides home maintenance and repair for elderly and impaired veterans, the 2012 Run for the Heroes began on May 24, in Columbus, Ga., and finished May 27, in Savannah, Ga.

"I was attracted to the race first, and then learned about the charity," Griffin said. Fundraising for House of Heroes was optional, but once Griffin got involved, he chose to set a goal. "I felt like [House of Heroes] was doing some good work, so I decided to try to raise money for them and was pretty successful doing so," he said. Griffin raised $2,335 for the organization, far surpassing their $1500 goal.

"House of Heroes goes in and fixes the houses of elderly veterans—most of them are combat wounded or have seen combat—who don't have the means or the physical capability to keep their home in good order," he explained. The Columbus-based charity often installs wheelchair ramps and handicap accessible amenities in veterans' homes as a way of saying thanks for their service.

Coming to the decision to run wasn't as easy as getting the time off work and lacing up some running shoes. "There was quite a bit of prayer involved in this race," Griffin admitted. As he trained for the long race, Griffin was also working through his tough first year as a law student. "God gave me the strength to do it," he said.

Griffin's position as an active duty Coast Guardsman should also have been a hindrance, but it wasn't. "I said, let's just give this to the Lord and see what He does," Griffin said. "One by one, all those barriers just went away and it became evident that this is what God wanted us to do and that He would provide a way for us to do it."

The five days Griffin spent on the road were hot and taxing, as he covered about 52 miles a day through sparsely populated areas in a humid southern climate. But he found inspiration to finish strong in the other runners and in his crew.

Griffin has only been running ultras for three years, but he's up to running four or five of them each year. So far this year, he's run the Shamrock Marathon, a 50k race and the Run for the Heroes. "A lot of people say that's crazy," Griffin said, "But anybody that wants to do this kind of running can do it. It's just a matter of want and training."

Griffin is currently on orders to attend law school through the Coast Guard. When it came time to choose a school, he wasn't convinced Regent was for him until a fellow Coast Guardsman and Griffin's pastor convinced him of the need for Christian lawyers. "You think you know what's good for you, but the Lord will consistently say, 'Pay attention. I've got something so much better,'" Griffin said.

Griffin lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Natalie and their three boys age 9, 6 and 4.

By Amanda Morad

Texas Governor Appoints Alum to Chair Panel

Greg Wilhelm '98 was appointed chairman of the Texas Parental Rights Advisory Panel, according to this Monday, June 4, article from the Waxahachie Daily Light.

And in other recent news, Professor Brad Jacob was interviewed in this article by FOX News regarding a New Jersey woman whose public housing authority asked her to remove American flags from her apartment balcony. The FOX story was also picked up by The Daily Caller.

Jacob was also quoted in this article from the Baptist Press about federal abortion and contraceptive mandates

Regent Law's Wealth Management and Financial Planning Program Renewed

Regent University launched its M.A. in Law program in the fall of 2014. A year later, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson saw the need for a Wealth Man...