Recently on Campus - 2.25.13

On Monday, February 22, Regent Law had the privilege of hosting Justice William C. Mims of the Virginia Supreme Court for a luncheon which focused on his experiences in life as they relate to a legal career and as a Justice. The event was sponsored by Phi Alpha Delta.

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) held a university-wide town hall meeting on Monday, February 18. Students were able to voice their questions to various members of the Regent faculty and staff.

Regent Law hosted Duke Law Professor Jefferson Powell for a colloquium on Tuesday, February 19. Professor Powell discussed the field of government service and as an opportunity for law students to live out their Christian calling.

A Counsel Lunch Program hosted by Career Services featured attorneys presently working as corporate Counsel on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Ronnie McAdoo, father of UNC basketball player James McAdoo, delivered this week’s Law Chapel message on Thursday, February 21. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Members of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program are already assisting members of the Hampton Roads community with their Federal and State of Virginia Tax Returns. The group will continue to assist individuals earning less than $49,000 annually through April 1, 2013.

On Friday and Saturday, February 22-13 the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) hosted the annual “Soul Food CafĂ©” in the Regent Ordinary.

Regent Law Alumni Win Injunction in Teen Abortion Case

Regent Law alumni Stephen Casey ’08 and Greg Terra ’01 recently appeared on numerous national media outlets after winning a long-term injunction in a high profile abortion case.

Casey and Terra won an injunction prohibiting their client’s parents from forcing her to have an abortion.

Casey and Terra head the Texas Center for Defense of Life, an Austin-based non-profit organization providing legal support to pro-life organizations and individuals.

Watch the interview with Piers Morgan on CNN and read more on Fox.

The World's Endangered Gender

For many, the news of a newborn girl is met with gifts and pink showers of celebration. But in some places in the world—especially in areas like China and India— the prospect of a baby girl is met with fear, abandonment and, ultimately, their disposal. On Saturday, Feb. 16, Regent University's School of Law hosted five distinguished speakers during the Endangered Gender symposium. The panel explored the impact gendercide has had on the global male to female ratio.

The symposium was sponsored by the Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy and the Regent Journal of International Law. According to Regent Law professor Lynne Marie Kohm, who served as moderator for the panel, 160 million female children are "missing" from the world as a result of gendercide. She said that sex-selective abortion is an issue that will need to be acknowledged by future litigators, and its solutions pursued by "9-1-1 global rescuers."

United States Congressman Trent Franks (pictured) said that the genesis of these destructive issues lies in being distanced from the truth. Franks reminded the audience of the Civil War, when the United States' own history reflected discrimination of race.

"We're never quite so eloquent when we're commenting on crimes of the past," said Franks. "And we're never so blind when we don't decry gendercide today."

The endangered gender issue has become important to the Arizonan congressman in his pursuits of passing the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA). This act would outlaw abortions based on gender or race in the United States.

Franks argued that gendercide was not something that the nation's founding fathers had in mind when they proclaimed that "all men are created equal." He said that eliminating sex-selective abortions goes hand in hand with the Biblical calling to "do unto others," and that the lives of all men and women are transcendent.

"We need to dedicate our heart and purpose to this," said Franks. "Because I don't know how we'll serve Jesus any other way."

David M. Smolin, director of the Center for Children and Ethics and professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, said that gender-selective abortions are the result of China's one-child policy, and stem from the social importance of having male children to carry the family's lineage.

"Families in China want a daughter, but need a son," said Smolin. "But if you eliminate mothers, this will have an effect on population in a profound way."

Steven Mosher, like Smolin, shared an acute concern of the germinating issues of the Chinese population. As president of the Population Institute, Mosher offered his internationally-acknowledged research and expert knowledge of China's population issues. He explained that one of the biggest sources of sex-selective abortions stems mainly from how readily-available and precise ultrasound technology has become.

"The desire to have perfect children will contribute to sex-selection in the future," said Mosher. "This is a problem that will not get better; it will get much, much worse."

Like China, India holds bearing male children in the same heightened esteem. Dr. Ana Aspras Steele, the president of Dalit Freedom Network USA, spoke on the favor of male children in India. Even being pregnant with a female child is cause enough for the perpetual violence and abuse of some women in the nation, according to Steele.

"India is the most dangerous—and deadliest—place on earth to be a girl," said Steele. "There needs to be a cultural recreation to raise the value of the female in India."

Dr. Prakash Tyagi, the executive director of GRAVIS, a center that provides training and aid for those living in the Thar Desert communities in the state of Rajasthan, also spoke on behalf of India. He claimed that there is simply a lack of joy in raising a little girl in his country. As a father of two young girls, Tyagi expressed how personal the issue is to him and his wife.

"Our daughters are our sons, and they can do everything that boys can do," said Tyagi. "And one day they'll have to do their part to make sure people know that."

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By Brett Wilson

Recently on Campus - 2.15.13

The Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) hosted an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 12.

Career Services hosted a Loan Repayment Program on Tuesday, February 12.

A Public Interest Program hosted by Career Services featured prominent public interest attorneys about preparing for your career and advice on job searching on Friday, February 15.

Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy (RJLPP) and the Regent Journal of International Law (RJIL) cohosted the symposium entitled Endangered Gender: A Discussion Sex-Selective Abortion on Friday and Saturday, February 15-16. The symposium featured a diverse panel of legal scholars, practitioners, and other experts in the field, including Congressman Trent Franks, who will discuss the political and legal implications of the human rights issues involved.

Regent Law Professor and Alumna in the News

Law Professor Scott Pryor's recent appointment to serve as resident scholar with the American Bankruptcy Institute was highlighted in this Friday, Feb. 1, article from the DowJones Bankruptcy News report.

Alumna Kelley Holland '08 (Law) has joined the law firm of Williams Mullen, practicing in the Virginia Beach office, according to this report in Inside Business.

Faculty Highlight: Professor Bruce N. Cameron

Bruce Cameron, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, brings to the classroom a lifetime of experience working at the forefront of litigation surrounding compulsory unionism and Right to Work issues.

Cameron is a distinguished attorney with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and is widely considered a pioneer in the area of religious liberty for employees whose faith prohibits them from supporting labor unions. He focuses his professional and scholarly activities on advocating for religious and political freedom for employees of faith, a topic that continues to receive media attention.

Indeed, if recent developments in the State of Michigan’s legislature are any indication, students at Regent who are interested in right-to-work issues will have the privilege of studying with Cameron at a very exciting time in the history of Right to Work legislation.

In December 2012 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Right to Work legislation that prohibits individuals from being forced to join a union or financially support a union to maintain employment and prohibits employers from firing them if they don’t join a union.

Cameron considers this a huge win for individuals who believe they should be free to choose whether to support a labor union.

“Unions are private institutions,” Cameron says. “A government should not compel you to join or financially support a private institution. If you love freedom, the passage of Michigan’s Right to Work law is a win. There is no contest for those who love freedom.”

At Regent, Cameron teaches Religion in the Workplace, Public Sector Labor Law and administers the Right to Work Practicum while adding to his list of numerous published articles on the topics of religion, Constitutional law, the rights of religious dissenters, and labor law.

Earlier this academic year he presented at both the Atlantic Union Attorney’s Conference and Pepperdine University School of Law on the topic of unreasonable religious accommodations in the workplace. He has appeared frequently on television and radio shows including appearances on Dr. Dobson’s Focus on the Family. During thirty years litigating religious freedom and constitutional law cases in the employment context, he never lost a Title VII religious accommodation case in court.

Learn more about Cameron here.

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Regent University School of Law students, faculty,  and staff contributed to the 1.5 million pounds of food collected by the local legal com...