Three Regent Law Grads Win Texas Coerced Abortion Case

Stephen Casey (‘07) and Greg Terra (‘01) of the Texas Center for Defense of Life and Michael Casaretto (‘10) won a Texas coerced abortion case in which a teenager’s parents persuaded her to have an abortion against her will. The court granted the teenager an injunction, ordering the 16-year-old girl’s parents to stop coercing her to have an abortion. The attorneys defended their client on the grounds of Roe v. Wade, which states that women have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. The case gained attention from national media outlets, and the attorneys interviewed for programs such as 20/20.

Regent Law Grad Challenges Constitutionality of Mass. Law Safeguarding Abortion Clinics

Michael DePrimo (‘89) worked with two attorneys to have a Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court granted in McCullen v. Coakley. The case challenged the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that supported a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.

Regent's Journal of Law and Public Policy in the News

Regent's Journal of Law and Public Policy was mentioned in this column by syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt on on Friday, July 12.

Law School Launches Uganda Summer Program

For Regent University School of Law students longing to fulfill the Biblical charge of "seeking justice" and "encouraging the oppressed," changing the world begins in Uganda.

This summer marked the pilot summer program as Regent partnered with Uganda Christian University (UCU), located just outside of the nation's capital city of Kampala. Students participating in this month-long program earned four credit hours toward their law degree as they studied courses in the East Africa Legal Environment and Human Rights in Africa.

"We wanted to develop a summer program for our students who want to work in East Africa," said David Velloney, School of Law adjunct faculty member and developer of the summer program. "We've seen an increase in undergraduates and older students coming to law school who are interested in social and international justice issues. This program will help all of our students be better trained in that."

Velloney credits simple awareness of the many international social justice issues—such as slavery and sex trafficking—as the catalyst for the program. Students, while learning within the East African context, have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to combat these issues that are prevalent in many East African nations.

"God is in the business of reconciling the world to Himself," said Velloney. "These are hurting, oppressed people—and helping them is on the hearts of our students because it's on the heart of God."

During the program, UCU provided administrative and logistical support, offered areas for students to study, and coordinated guest lecturers and visits to the nation's legal institutions.

"We look at Uganda Christian University as a great school to be affiliated with because they're doing things right in terms of their influence within society and their influence in training leaders for the country," said Velloney. "And they're doing it in East Africa."

Progress for the program began in February 2012—the start of the 18-month long process of beginning and accrediting the summer program. Velloney's 20-year tenure in the U.S. Army as a lawyer and his experience as a law school professor, along with his own passion for aiding oppressed peoples, prepared him for the initiation of the program.

And while it is essential for students to have a strong calling to alleviate major social justice issues in the world—whether in the United States or overseas—Velloney explained that true opportunities to make a global impact is to have the patience to learn basic legal skills.

"Develop a heart and vision for the world, but also develop your skillset now and work hard," said Velloney. "It will pay dividends down the road."

Learn more about the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

By Brett Wilson
Photo courtesy of David Velloney.

Regent Law Alumni in the News

Alumna Nicole Foltz '08 was named by The National Journal as one of the 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35. She serves as counsel for the House Budget Committee.
Alumna Heidi Isenhart '95 recently earned two honors: she was named one of Florida Trend magazine's "Legal Elite" and named a 2013 Florida Super Lawyer. The news was reported on her firm's website.

School of Law Leaders Travel to New Nation of South Sudan

When the violent storms of the 22 year-long Sudanese Civil War settled, the world's youngest nation was born. This week, as the Republic of South Sudan celebrates its two-year anniversary as an independent nation, it faces another challenge: rebuilding its identity.

South Sudan's efforts to dismiss former judicial practices steeped in Muslim faith and Sharia law and to adopt English as the official language begins at the educational level. Regent University School of Law's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law is seeking to aid the University of Juba—a public university in South Sudan's capital city—in its beginning stages of adopting and instilling English common law into its judicial practices.

Common law is the body of law based on custom and general principles that, embodied in case law, serves as precedent or is applied to situations not covered by statute. Common law has been administered in the courts of England since the Middle Ages and is also found in the U.S. and in most of the British Commonwealth.

"The nation faces significant challenges as it seeks to build a legal system based on common law and the rule of law," said Dean Jeffrey Brauch. "We are hopeful that Regent can come alongside the University of Juba and Christian lawyers in South Sudan and support them in their efforts."

Brauch, along with law professor Craig Stern, traveled to South Sudan in June to meet with University of Juba representatives as well as members of the United Nations, the U.S. State Department and various legal non-profit groups in order to encourage the growth of the common law movement in the nation's legal education system.

"For us to have a role in this is a tremendous and marvelous thing," said Stern. "Our brothers and sisters in South Sudan are really trying to do something that our nation has had the benefit of for centuries already."

Though the relationship between Regent and the University of Juba is still in its exploratory and informative stages, the opportunities for aiding the school are vast. Stern explained that Regent's role as an international advocate will likely entail supporting the university's networking opportunities, helping teach English courses, and encouraging alumni to assist in the nation's transition.

"We don't want to be there just for the sake of being there; we want to help the University of Juba develop their ownership of common law," said Stern.

Stern explained that the future of Regent's relationship with the University of Juba will rest solely in showing solidarity as the Lord directs. Though the transitional process will be long, Stern attests that the nation's commitment to this process is "awe-inspiring."

"What impressed me the most was the need of the situation; there is a lot of room for help," said Stern. "There is a lot of opportunity to assist the youngest nation in the world and to honor their desire to have a common law English system—it's really a lot of work to do."

Learn more about the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

By Brett Wilson
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Judge Jennifer Dorow ('95) Honored by Wisconsin Law Journal

The Wisconsin Law Journal recently honored Judge Jennifer Dorow ‘95 for her judgment, integrity, and role serving families as a Waukesha Country Circuit Court judge. She was one of 27 women in the state to receive the award at the 2013 Women in the Law Banquet.

Read about the 2013 Women in the Law Banquet here.

Professor Duane Cited by U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently cited Professor James Duane’s public statements on whether IRS official Lois Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she appeared before that Committee.

Read Duane’s official statement to the Committee here.

Regent Law Secures Victory at 12th Annual Statewide Legal Food Frenzy for Third Year Running

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