Recently on Campus - 3.25.13

Phi Alpha Delta members participated in a networking mixer on Friday, March 22.

Regent University celebrated the Grand Opening of the Chapel. The ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted on Friday, March 22. Read more here.

Law Chapel on Thursday, March 14, was a special event. Each of the Co-Chaplains delivered an independent message. Co-Chaplain Courtney Lemmond spoke of “being fearless” and Co-Chaplain Anastasios Kamoutsas spoke on “being watchful and vigilant.” Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Regent Students were encouraged to attend, “The Living Word: Ancient Treasures From Biblical History” hosted by Regent University from March 20-23.

The International Law Society hosted a panel discussion entitled, “The Path of the Immigrant: Arriving, Becoming Employed, Getting a New Life” on Tuesday, March 19. The three panel members included Senior Immigration Services Officer Frank Reffel (USCIS), Attorney Anne C. Lahren (Pender & Coward, P.C.), and Attorney Olga Antle (Gardner and Mendoza, P.C.).

The office of Career Services hosted a Magistrate program on Tuesday, March 19. The program featured guest panelists Beth Turnbull, supervisor, and Daniel Holser, Chief Magistrate and Regent alum, to discuss the dynamics of various magistrate positions.

On Monday, March 18, members of the Federalist Society met to discuss nominations and elections for next year’s board member positions.

Law Student Volunteers Assist Community with Tax Prep

It’s tax time and once again Regent University School of Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is up and running.

Each spring semester Regent’s law students volunteer their time, two to three hours per week for about eight weeks, to help prepare taxes for individuals in the Hampton Roads community.

“We often have repeat clients from previous years including a mother and daughter who come every year, a number of older couples, as well as whole families,” says VITA site coordinator and student Kelley Goldberger. “I've had clients tear up when they see the refund they will be getting. They greatly appreciate our service and trust our work.”

VITA prepares an average of one-hundred returns each year, but that number varies based on our volunteer participation. Goldberger says VITA will staff about twenty volunteers this year, almost double the number from last year. The volunteer certification process is rigorous and time-consuming. Over Christmas break volunteers take several certification exams to prepare for the program.

To receive VITA tax preparation assistance, all individuals earning annual incomes $49,000 or less are invited to stop by Robertson Hall on the campus of Regent University to have their Federal and State of Virginia Tax Returns prepared for free.

The office is open Monday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (RH 116), Wednesday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (RH 112), and Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (RH 114).

The last week of operations for the season will be April 1, 2013. To make an appointment or for questions, e-mail VITA@regent.edu. Walk-ins are welcome at any time.

Recently on Campus - 3.18.13

On Monday, March 11 the Federalist Society hosted Professor Scott Gaylord from Elon School of Law. Professor Gaylord discussed the topic, “Look Who's Talking: Government Speech and Choose Life Specialty Plates.”

Career Services hosted a Judicial Internship Program Information Session on Tuesday, March 12.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12-13, Regent’s Student Alumni Ambassadors held the spring’s 3rd annual Infusion Blood Drive.

Dean Brauch hosted a special Town Meeting for law students on Wednesday, March 13.

Judge Mark Davis, a member of Regent's Board of Visitors, delivered this week’s Law Chapel message on Thursday, March 14. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Career services hosted a Solo Practitioner Lunch Program on Friday, March 15.

Regent Law Partners with Norfolk State University

Regent University president, Dr. Carlos Campo (pictured R), signed a formal partnership agreement with Norfolk State University president, Dr. Tony Atwater (pictured L), at NSU's Lyman Beecher Brooks Library on Wednesday Feb. 27. The agreement marked the start of the Bachelor of Arts-Juris Doctorate program between NSU and Regent.

The program will provide qualified pre-law NSU students with a clear and concise pathway through the rigorous application process that law school entails. The signing signified Regent's commitment to guiding students through the law school admissions process. Together, the two schools are dedicated to offering NSU students counsel throughout the LSAT process, special campus tours of Regent as well as sessions with law faculty, students and admissions officers.

Campo hopes this agreement will be both encouraging and beneficial to NSU pre-law students seeking their future in law. He welcomed these prospective students into the Regent family.

"I don't want to hear that NSU doesn't have a law school," said Campo. "NSU does have a law school—and it's Regent University."

Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent University School of Law, welcomed the agreement with NSU, and introduced Regent's philosophy of law to the students and faculty attending the ceremony.

"Lawyers are to be servants; people come to them when things are going wrong," said Brauch. "We teach our students how to speak wisdom into their lives, homes, and families."

Atwater said he is excited to see the prospects this partnership with Regent could offer for the future of qualified NSU students participating in this program.

"I'd like to see renowned attorneys and even members of the Supreme Court of the United States come from this program," said Atwater.

Both presidents noted that this partnership will not generate preferential treatment, or relax admissions standards, but said that it will simply aid in alleviating the pressures pre-law students face when applying for law school.

Brauch said he looks forward to the potential generation of lawyers that may come from NSU, and hopes this partnership will give them the chance to pursue a degree they are truly passionate about.

"I can tell that NSU students care deeply about their community—that's in [Regent's] heart as well," said Brauch. "We're looking for servant leaders who can change the world one client at a time."

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By Brett Wilson

Recently on Campus - 3.4.13

On Tuesday, February 26, Career Services held a Black Legal History Program highlighting legal history in Hampton Roads as influenced by African American lawyers. Panelists included: Honorable Aundria Foster, Retired Chief Judge from Newport News Circuit Court; Gloria A. Whittico, Professor at Regent Law; Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Associate Professor at Norfolk State University; and W.T. Mason, local Civil Rights Attorney.

John Mackey, Co-Founder & CEO of Whole Foods came to campus for a talk as a part of the Regent University Executive Leadership Series on Tuesday, February 26.

Professor James Duane of Regent University School of Law spoke of 5th Amendment rights in a talk entitled, “What Every American Needs to Know about the Fifth Amendment” at both Duke Law School in Durham, North Carolina on Tuesday, February 26 and at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, February 27.

Regent Law students, staff, and faculty gathered together to pray for the alumni taking the bar exam on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27.

Dr. Travell Travis who serves as serves as Assistant Dean of Hampton University School of Business, a minister at City of Refuge Church, and an attorney, delivered this week’s Law Chapel message on Thursday, February 28. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

The Black Law Student Association hosted its second annual book drive for the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center.

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.

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