Moot Court Team Advances to National Competition

Continuing a tradition of excellence among Regent University School of Law competition teams, the Moot Court Team recently won the Region IV competition of the National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) sponsored by the New York Bar Association. Held Nov. 16-17, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., the competition included 22 teams.

Regent's team of third-year law students Paul Bailey, Andrew Kartchner, and Jessica Pak (shown, l to r) also won the award for the best brief.

The NMCC is one of two moot court national championships. This year, 183 teams entered the competition, which encompasses 15 regions around the country. Other schools competing in Region IV included the University of West Virginia, University of Louisville, University of Richmond, the College of William & Mary, and Duke University.

Only 30 teams across the country—Regent among them—will advance to the national competition Jan. 28-31 in New York City.

"This is a very prominent victory that demonstrates that our students can compete with the best students at the top law schools in our region," said Professor Michael Hernandez, the faculty advisor for the Moot Court Team, which is part of Regent Law's Center for Advocacy. "Moot court is an invaluable aspect of legal education at Regent because it involves all of the skills necessary to succeed in the practice of law: analytical ability, legal research, writing and oral advocacy."

Learn more about past wins for Regent Law teams.

By Rachel Bender

Accelerated Program Shaves Year Off Traditional Law Degree

Thanks to its new accelerated degree programs, Regent University's School of Law is at the front of the pack when it comes to making a law degree more affordable. Beginning in June 2013, students can enroll in a two-year Accelerated Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program, shaving a year off of a traditional program.

The financial burden associated with the traditional three-year option can be daunting for some. "We are seeking to provide students with options that help them manage the cost of law school," said Dean Jeffrey Brauch. "Students in the two-year program save time and living expenses. They also enter the job market a year earlier than they otherwise would."

While the approach is untraditional (Regent is one of just a handful of law schools offering this option), Brauch believes it will be particularly appealing to older students looking to enhance or change their career. "The cost and time savings may be particularly attractive to applicants with families or those already employed," he said. "It of course might be attractive to many others who value the savings as well."

The accelerated nature of the program will not compromise the quality of education received in the classroom. Accelerated program students will follow the traditional ninety-hour J.D. course requirements, simply in a compressed format. Whereas traditional first-year law students would begin their course of study in August, the accelerated students would begin in June. After the first summer, accelerated program students are integrated into the same classes as all other law students, studying the same curriculum under the same professors as enjoyed by students in the traditional three-year program.

Accelerated degree students will also be required to complete a law-practice externship as a part of the accelerated program.

Because of the accelerated format, the application requirements are rigorous. Applicants must have at least a 152 LSAT, a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA, and other indicators of high academic promise.

"This is part of our commitment to provide flexibility for our applicants to choose the program that fits them best," Brauch explained.

In addition to the two-year option, applicants may also choose a program that lasts two and a half years, a traditional three-year program, or a part-time option for those who wish to work full-time while attending law school. The part-time option lasts four or five years.

"We want applicants to know that we understand law school is a challenging and expensive proposition," Brauch said. "We are at the forefront of making law school more flexible and affordable."

The application period for the accelerated J.D. is now underway. Learn more about the program.

By Rachel Bender

Professor David Velloney in the News

David Velloney, associate professor in the School of Law, was quoted this week in a number of national and international publications addressing the trial of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, an imprisoned soldier accused of leaking classified material in the WikiLeaks scandal. Professor Velloney's comments were included in articles distributed by Thomson Reuters News and Insight to a number of national and international outlets including the Ma'an News Agency, Yahoo!, and The Oregon Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, The Daily Press, the Oman Daily Observer and The U.S. Daily.

Professor Velloney was also quoted in this Wednesday, Nov. 14, article from Discovery News discussing the legality and security of public officials having affairs.

This Week on Campus - 11.16.2012

Congratulations to the Regent University School of Law's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) which won the 2012 American Bar Association (ABA) Regional Negotiation Competition on November 10-11, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Third-year law students Hannah Carter and Chris Bell (pictured right) placed first from a roster of 24 teams representing different universities. Read the full article here.

An informational luncheon regarding the 2013 Israel Summer Law Program was held on Monday, November 12.

Doug Bandow, a Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute spoke on the debt crisis and fiscal cliff that faces the United States at a Federalist Society meeting on Tuesday, November 13.

Professor James Davids of Regent Law and the Robertson School of Government delivered this week’s Law Chapel message about better understanding our “calling.” Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Law students were able to participate in the Mock Interview Program with local attorneys hosted by Career Services on Tuesday, November 13.

The Virginia Bar Association Law School Council (VBA) hosted a social with the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association on Thursday evening, November 13.

The 3L class composite photo was taken on Thursday, November 15.

1L students were able to participate in a Resume Blitz program offered by Career Services on Friday, November 16.

Representatives from the Navy came to campus on Friday, November 16 to explain opportunities for law students within the Navy JAG Corps.

Regent Hosts Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference

The decision to attend law school is not one to be taken lightly.

In an effort to serve local community members interested in legal education, Regent University School of Law recently hosted the Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference, held by the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

With 88 students in attendance, the day featured first-hand accounts from attorneys, law students and law professors, all designed to expose college and high school students to law school and legal career opportunities.

"The Virginia State Bar hosts the Minority Pre-Law Conference because we wish to expose students to all aspects of law school and educate them about opportunities in the legal profession with the goal of diversifying the legal profession," explained Edwin Wu, co-chair of the conference and adjunct professor at Norfolk State University. "With an ever-growing diverse population, the need for diversity in the legal profession has become even more important."

The day included a number of workshops and informational sessions, including a Law School Fair, featuring information and representatives from law schools nationwide. The day also included a mock law class led by Regent Law Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Academic Success Gloria Whittico.

The conference also featured a keynote address by the Honorable Bonnie L. Jones, a presiding judge with the eighth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

Students from Regent's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) were on hand to talk to attendees and help them understand the process of applying for and attending law school.

"Many students attended not believing they could attend law school because they felt under qualified,” said first-year Regent Law student and BLSA member Philip Pinckney.

“But college students had a chance to talk with current law students like myself who shared their educational and cultural backgrounds in many respects. They began to see the possibility of themselves attending law school successfully."

Meet members of the Regent University School of Law academic community.

Negotiation Team Wins Regional ABA Competition

Continuing a tradition of excellence in legal competition, Regent University School of Law's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) won the 2012 American Bar Association (ABA) Regional Negotiation Competition Nov. 10-11, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Regent Law's winning team will be among the teams competing at the ABA National Negotiation Competition in Dallas Feb. 8-9.

Third-year law students Hannah Carter and Chris Bell placed first from a roster of 24 teams representing universities like Georgetown, American University, George Mason, George Washington University, University of Richmond, the University of Maryland, Washington & Lee, William & Mary and other law schools throughout Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

By winning the competition, Bell and Carter advance to the National Competition for the second time in two years. Last year they finished second in the nation behind the University of Minnesota.

"Our students continue to amaze me with their skill and determination," said Regent Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch. "I can’t wait to see what happens in February as Hannah and Chris compete for the national championship. I am deeply proud of them, and I praise God for his blessing on their efforts."

“Chris and Hannah displayed the highest level of professionalism and ethics as they negotiated some challenging transactions on behalf of their ‘clients,’” said team coach Eric DeGroff. “Their effort was exemplary, and we are thankful for the results.”

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

Regent Law’s advocacy teams have won over 60 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards in the school’s 26-year history.

View a complete list of team wins here.

This Week on Campus - 11.9.2012

Judge Rossie Alston from the Virginia Court of Appeals delivered this week’s Law Chapel message about learning how to “surrender.” Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) offered their insight to pre law students attending the Hampton Roads Minority Pre Law Conference on Saturday, November 3.

The Regent University Chili Bowl Championship and Tailgate took place on Saturday, November 3.

An informative meeting regarding the Uganda 2013 Summer program took place on Monday, November 5. If you were unable to attend the meeting please contact Professor Velloney at dvelloney@regent.edu.

Students were able to learn about Pathfinder and Vault through a tutorial offered by Career Services on Monday, November 5.

1Ls participated in a Resume Blitz through Career Services on Monday, November 5.

The Regent Law Moot Court Board hosted the 2012 Regent Cup Competition on campus from Wednesday, November 7 through Friday, November 9. The competition is designed to enhance the written and oral advocacy skills of Regent students and was open to 2Ls and 3Ls.

A Blackstone Information Panel was held on Friday, November 9.

Law Alumni Win Big in Recent Elections

Congratulations to three Regent University School of Law alumni on their recent election success:

Megan Revis Frederick ('09) was elected Commonwealth Attorney in Culpeper, Va.

Erika James ('02) was elected as a District Judge for North Carolina District 8

Mary Howard Wells ('02) was elected as a District Judge for North Carolina District 11.

James and Wells are the 4th and 5th alumni to take the bench in 2012, bringing the total number of Regent Law alumni currently serving as judges to 24 and the number who have served all-time to 28.

Over 40 Regent Law alumni have served as elected officials in the schools 26-year history.

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...