Recently on Campus - 10.26.2012

Regent Law’s Moot Court Team of Anastasios Kamoutsas, Carmen Cabrero, and Samuel Moultrie advanced beyond teams from Harvard and Baylor among others to advance to the semifinal round at the 19th Annual Burton D. Wechsler Moot Court Competition. Congratulations!

The 2013 Strasbourg Study Abroad Program registration is now open. Click here to register.

The Law council of Graduate Students (COGS) held a law school town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 23. Students were able to voice their questions to various members of the Regent faculty and staff.

Career services hosted the event “Social Media: Using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in Your Job Search” on Tuesday, October 23.

Congressman J. Randy Forbes, of the 4th District of Virginia, delivered this week’s Law Chapel message about embracing religious liberties. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

The Moot Court Board hosted the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition on campus from Friday, October 26 through Saturday, October 27.

The Virginia Bar Association Law School Council (VBA) hosted a social with the Portsmouth Bar Association on Thursday evening, October 23.

The Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) held its first meeting of the year on Friday, October 26. Students were able to participate in a meet and greet with board members and enjoy a delicious spread of homemade cultural dishes.

The Federalist Society held a general information meeting on Friday, October 26.

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) held a general information meeting on Friday, October 26.

A general information session for the Oxford Study Abroad program was held on Friday, October 26. See more about Regent Law’s study abroad opportunities here.


Regent Law Dean and Alumus in the News

Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent University Law School, appeared on CBN Newswatch on Friday, Oct. 12, to discuss Regent's decision to participate in a challenge to the HHS birth control mandate and whether the mandate can be overturned. The story was also picked up by blackchristiannews.com. This news was also reported by News Talk 1070 AM KNTH, faithandfamily.com, and religiontoday.com.

Jonathan McDowell'10 (Law, Business & Leadership) has been named to the 2012 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Missouri/Kansas for 2012 (link not available). 

This Week on Campus - 10.12.2012

The Law Review Symposium, Emerging Issues in Social Enterprise took place on Saturday, October 6.

The Federalist Society hosted guest speaker, Brian Morris, a Federally Licensed Polygraph Instructor who spoke about the possibilities for incorporating polygraph tests in law practice. He also conducted a live polygraph demonstration on Monday, October 8.

A special presentation of the Trial of Christ was held on Tuesday, October 9. University of St. Thomas Professor Mark Osler played the prosecuting attorney arguing that Jesus should be put to death. Jeanne Bishop, a Chicago public defender, played the defense attorney.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) held a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 9. Students were able to voice their questions to various members of the Regent faculty and staff.

Dean Brauch hosted “Donut Day” on Wednesday, October 10 allowing students to get to know one another and share in fellowship over coffee and donuts. Read the Dean’s blog.

An informational meeting on the Strasbourg Study Abroad Program took place on Thursday, October 11.

Symposium Addresses Emerging Issues in Social Enterprise

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, interest in social enterprise has increased exponentially. Over the last four years, 18 states have passed statutes allowing the formation of various companies and corporations fitting under this category. While the population of these entities is growing, the existence of these business formations is hotly-debated within the corporate law community.

Recognizing the timeliness of this issue, Regent University's Law Review chose social enterprise as the topic for its 2012 symposium. Held on Saturday, Oct. 6, the Law Review (housed in the School of Law) played host to students and attorneys interested in exploring the developing issues related to social enterprise entities.

"The 2012 symposium was particularly valuable to law students and attorneys because its topic was unlike those that we've explored in past symposia, yet it was compatible with Regent's mission that the practice of law is a calling," explained third-year law student and one of the symposium's organizers, Rachel Bauer. "We recognized that it is edifying and valuable for law schools to debate, discuss and explore new areas of law to help prepare current students while also informing the legal community."

The symposium included panels of distinguished academics presenting papers on the benefits, disadvantages and implications of social enterprise entities, as well as an afternoon workshop where legal practitioners and business owners shared their experiences working in the field of social enterprise.

"We were pleased to have panelists that offered a range of perspectives on the topic of social enterprise, an issue that remains debated and controversial," Bauer added.

The symposium concluded with a banquet featuring keynote speaker Michael Pirron, the founder and CEO of Impact Makers, one of the largest certified B corporations in Virginia. "This [topic] is vital to students because this is an area of growth in the business sector internationally," Pirron explained.


B corporations are certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Established in 1991, the Law Review is published by the School of Law. Since its beginning, student editors and staff members, chosen on the basis of academic achievement and writing ability, have gained valuable experience by writing and editing the Law Review under the guidance of the law faculty.

By Rachel Judy

This Week on Campus - 10.5.12

Members of the Regent community participated in the Stop Slavery Walk held in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 29.

Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri delivered this week’s Law Chapel message about ­­­­open-mindedness, empathy, and altruism. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

The International Law Society (ILS) hosted guest speaker, Mr. Rio Guo an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, who spoke on Property Rights in China.

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) held an interest meeting on Monday, October 1.

The International Justice Mission held its first meeting of the year on Thursday, October 4 to discuss the fight against human trafficking and rehabilitating those victimized by it, as well as opportunities for involvement.

Career Services held a cover letter communications workshop on Thursday, October 4. See a list of upcoming events here.

The Center for Global Missions (CGM) held a summer 2013 mission trip interest meeting for on Thursday, October 4. Students will travel to either China of Ghana next summer.

Dean Gantt and Professor Whittico hosted a Study Skills Workshop on Wednesday October 3  titled “Outlining for Exam Success.”

An Interviewing Skills Program, hosted by Career Services featured speakers from the following offices on Friday, October 5: Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Phillips & Peters, PLLC, Stallings & Bischoff, and Pender and Coward.

Students had an opportunity to meet with former Judge Greg Wilhelm (TX) who is also a Regent alumnus on Friday, October 5.

First Hispanic Attorney General Talks Presidential Leadership

Addressing the foundational leadership characteristics of every strong president, the Honorable Alberto Gonzales, who served as the 80th attorney general of the United States, compared the administrations of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush before an audience at Regent University.

Gonzales spoke to more than 300 guests at the Thursday, Sept. 27, Executive Leadership Series (ELS) luncheon. Held each month, ELS brings together businessmen and women in Hampton Roads to hear from business and leadership experts. Gonzales also spoke to more than 150 Regent University students from the School of Law, Robertson School of Government and College of Arts & Sciences before the luncheon.

"Everyone in this room has a dream," Gonzalez began, explaining that one of the best ways Americans can exercise their pursuit of the American dream is by voting. "We all work and strive to realize that dream," he said, adding that at a time in which the world can change on a dime, the next president will have unique influence over whose dreams come true and whose don't.

"The person we choose to work in the Oval Office will have to work with Congress on a number of substantial issues," he said. Those issues include the domestic and global economy, the Arab Spring, terrorism, Iran's nuclear capabilities, military funding and strategy, and immigration reform, just to name a few. "Our country cannot find answers to these questions without leadership," he said.

Gonzales outlined the kind of leadership a president of the United States must have.

"A great president is a great leader. Our president must have the courage to be lonely, to make decisions for our country that may be controversial," he said. Listing choices made by former presidents that were controversial, Gonzales placed Bush's decisions surrounding 9/11 next to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and Truman's atomic bombs over Japan.

Great leaders cannot be indecisive or inconsistent, Gonzales continued. "Don't judge a leader by what he says, but by what he does."

Great leaders, he added, are also wise. "No one is born with wisdom; wisdom is earned," he said. "A great president must also be moral."

The office of the president carries ultimate responsibility for the nation, Gonzalez added. "There's a sense of awe when people visit the West Wing, and it's because the leader of the free world is there making history every day."

Gonzales had the rare opportunity to be in the room with Bush on 9/11, noting the determination of the president as he made decisions to direct the nation.

"Today, as our government weighs the recent attacks by Islamist extremists on the American embassy in Libya, resulting in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, our president has developed a better understanding of [Bush's] terrorism policy," Gonzales said.

Gonzales then outlined several similarities between the Bush and Obama administrations, pointing out that many measures implemented during the Bush administration continue under Obama, particularly in the areas of war and the exercise of executive power.

"It's much easier to criticize on the campaign trail, but when you put your hand on the Bible and vow to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, your perspective changes," he said.

Gonzales, whose mother and father were poor migrant workers in southern Texas, left the crowd with his own story of the American dream, encouraging them that it's still possible to achieve. "America is still a beacon of hope in the world," Gonzales said. "It's still worth fighting for."

"My mother never dreamed that I'd take her from the cotton fields to the Oval Office," he concluded. "I still believe anything is possible in this country."

Gonzales served as Attorney General of the United States from 2005-2007, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic in executive government to date. Gonzales also served as White House Counsel from 2001-2005. Prior to his service in Washington he served as General Counsel to the Governor of Texas, Texas Secretary of State and Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas.

Presently, Gonzales is counsel at the Nashville, Tenn., law firm of Waller Lansden, and is the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at Belmont Law School in Nashville.

By Amanda Morad

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