Student News Recap: Week of September 23, 2013

3L Min-shik Kim of Daegu, South Korea, was featured in a student spotlight.

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) held a general interest meeting on Monday, September 23.

Regent Students For Life (RSFL) held a general interest meeting on Monday, September 23.

The International Law Society (ILS) held a general interest meeting on Tuesday, September 24.

The office of Career Services hosted representatives from the Navy JAG Corps on Tuesday, September 24.

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft welcomed students to his summer home for an ice cream social on Wednesday evening, September 25.

Professor Michael Hernandez spoke at Law Chapel. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

An annual Constitution Day Debate was held on campus on Thursday, September 26.

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) hosted an event on Friday, September 27.

Faculty Achievements: Week of September 23, 2013

Professor Eric DeGroff has circulated an article discussing his latest research on the impact electronic distractions have on law students' learning processes to various journals. DeGroff was recently named the Managing Editor of the Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter and was appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Waste Management Board.

Professors Natt Gantt and Ben Madison submitted a book proposal to Carolina Academic Press on best practices for teaching professional identity formation .

Professor Louis Hensler submitted his book, "Torts: Cases, Materials, Questions and Comments" (2014-15 ed), to publishers.

Professor Michael Hernandez accepted a publication offer from West for his book "Mastering Estates in Land & Future Interests."

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm recently published "Why Marriage is Still the Best Default in Estate Planning Conflicts," 117 Penn State L. Rev. 1219 (2013), which is available for download here. She also co-published The “Echo-Chamber Effect” in Legal Education: Considering Abortion and Family Law Casebooks, 6 St. Thomas J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 104 with Lynn D. Wardle of BYU, which is available for download here. Kohm's work with Rachel K. Toberty, A Fifty-State Survey of the Cost of Family Fragmentation, 25 Regent U.L. Rev. 25 (2012) (available for download here) was cited in the New York Children’s Lawyer.

Professor Kathleen McKee’s article, Modern-Day Slavery: Framing Effective Solutions for an Age-Old Problem, 55 Cath. U. L. Rev. 141 (2005), was cited again in An Analytical Ode to Personhood: The Unconstitutionality of Corporal Punishment of Children Under the Thirteenth Amendment, 53 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1 (2013).

Professor David Wagner is circulating his article “AT THE TABLE OF MEYER AND PIERCE: ECONOMIC FREEDOM AS HOST, PARENTS' RIGHTS AS HONORED GUEST – IS HOMESCHOOLING THE ELIJAH OF THIS FEAST? A Benign Look at Meyer and Pierce, Provoked by a Recent Refugee Case Involving Homeschooling,” to law reviews.

Regent Law Recap: Week of September 16, 2013


2L Katherine David  of Leesburg, Virginia, was featured in this student spotlight.

The Student Bar Association (SBA) hosted a table day for student organizations on Monday, September 16.

Interviews with Army JAG were held on campus on Tuesday, September 17.

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) hosted an interest meeting on Tuesday, September 17. The group is now accepting students for their tutoring program at the Juvenile Detention Center.

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) hosted table days on Tuesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 19.

As part of Regent Law's Academic Success Program, Professor Gantt and Professor Whittico hosted a Study Skills Workshop on Thursday, September 19, titled “Outlining for Exam Success.”

Professor Gantt delivered the week’s Law Chapel message. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.


Professor James Boland is publishing an article titled "A Progressive Revolution: Man, Superman, & the Death of Constitutional Government" with the Charlotte Law Review this fall.

Professor James Duane recently lectured on constitutional law at the invitation of the law school student chapter of the Federalist Society at the University of Maryland.

Professor Tessa Dysart served as a panelist for Regent's Constitution Day event on September 23.

Professors Natt Gantt and Ben Madison recently completed a chapter based on professional identity formation for the latest edition of the Best Practices for Legal Education textbook. They also submitted a presentation proposal entitled "Teaching Agape Love to Law Students" to Pepperdine Law School's upcoming Nootbaar Annual Symposium.

Professor Louis Hensler published "Torts as Fouls: What Sports Taught me about Corrective Justice, Strict Liability, and Civil Recourse in Tort Law", 42 Sw. U. L. Rev. 291 (2013). He also finished editing the text "Torts: Cases, Materials, Questions and Comments" (2014-15 edition) and will soon release it for publication.

Professor Michael Hernandez updated and published the latest edition of the Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings (West 2013, with W. Wade Berryhill). He also completed a draft of "Mastering Estates in Land & Future Interests" and will soon release it for publication.

Professor Kathleen McKee was a guest on HearSay with Cathy Lewis (89.5 WHRV-FM, Norfolk, Va.) on Monday, September 9, to discuss current issues  in human trafficking and slavery.

Professor Craig Stern published "A Legal History Course for a Christian Legal Education," 53 AM. J. LEGAL HIST. 402 (2013).

Professor Gloria Whittico submitted a proposal to Capital Law School's Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law offerings a historical analysis of disproportionate representation of children of color in the social welfare system.

Corrynn Peters ('03) was selected as a 2013 Virginia Super Lawyer. She was previously selected as a 2012 Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Law Students Start Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter

This September, five Regent Law students launched a chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, an organization that provides a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting and advancing animal rights through the legal system. It is the only law student organization of its kind on campus.

SALDF President and Founder Leslie VanOrden says she has always been an animal lover and decided to start an SALDF chapter after joining the national Animal Legal Defense Fund.

“Students will have an opportunity to look at the issues animals face from a legal point of view,” she explains. “Our organization seeks to bring these issues to the public’s eye, address them from a legal perspective, and raise awareness.”

With animal interests impacting many types of law, including entertainment, food, and family law, the chapter’s founders say that SALDF provides an opportunity for students to understand that animal interests is a diverse and growing area of law.

“By making people aware of the correlation between animal abuse and human violence, I hope that lawyers will be cognizant of the signs of animal abuse when they deal with criminal, elder, and family clients,” states Jennifer Brown, SALDF public relations director and co-founder. “I hope that they will help our efforts to stop the initial abuse of animals before it escalates.”

Vice President and Co-Founder Stephanie Hartman says that when Leslie VanOrden first asked her if she wanted to start the chapter, she was one hundred percent on board.

“Simply put, Regent SALDF members are just students who love animals. We want to better understand animal laws and how to use the law better advance animal interests,” she says.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the SALDF plans to invite several speakers to campus and support local animal shelters, humane societies, and charities. The SALDF’s first general meeting is on Monday, September 23.

Student officers include Leslie VanOrden, Jennifer Brown, Stephanie Hartman, Antwan Williams, and Amanda Boswell-Wallace.

Read more about the Regent Chapter of the SALDF here.

Like SALDF on Facebook.

Regent Law Recap: Week of September 9, 2013


3L Joseph Maughon of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was featured in a student spotlight.

On Monday, September 9, the Federalist Society hosted guest speaker Doug Bandow, a senior fellow with the CATO institute to discuss the issue of Syria and what involvement, if any, the United States should have in the matter.

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) hosted a table day on Thursday, September 12.

Interviews with Suffolk City Attorney's Office were held on campus on Thursday, September 12.

Dave Velloney, pastor at River Oak Church and professor at Regent Law, delivered this week’s Law Chapel message titled “The Gift of Work” about work as a blessing and gift from God. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

The Virginia Bar Association Student Council (VBA LSC) hosted a table day on Thursday, September 12. In part to bring awareness to the month of September as Hunger Action Month, members also dressed in orange (the symbolic color of hunger) to spread awareness of hunger issues in the Hampton Roads community. VBA LSC coordinates numerous student and local attorney networking events and participates in community service events year-round. In the spring of each year, the VBA LSC hosts a food drive on campus for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.

Students working in the Civil Litigation Clinic are handling an active caseload, and so far this month, they have already represented clients in six cases, which include Admin Law and Protective Order cases.

Regent University Law Review will be holding a Food Law Symposium on September 27-28, 2013. Register today!


Professor Kathleen McKee was interviewed on HearSay with Cathy Lewis (WHRO, Norfolk) on Monday, September 9. McKee discussed current issues regarding human trafficking and slavery in the United States and the rest of the world.

Professor Eleanor Weston Brown presented Fewer Walls and More Bridges: Removing Barriers to Social Enterprise Through Tax Reform, at the June 2013 Law and Society Annual Meeting.

Professor James J. Duane will be lecturing about constitutional law this month at the invitation of the law school student chapters of the Federalist Society at St. Louis University (on September 12) and the University of Maryland (on September 18).

Professor Tessa Dysart presented a piece at the Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) as part of the New Scholars program. Here piece was called Health Care and the Origination Clause: An Indirect Constitutional Violation.

Professors Tessa Dysart, Tom Folsom, and Scott Pryor participated in a SEALS discussion group on the topic of “The Religiously-Affiliated Law School and the Legal Academy” at the SEALS 2013 Annual Conference in August, 2013.

Professor Tom Folsom presented a piece at SEALS on a Copyright Panel entitled “The 'America Invents Act' and Patent Reform: The Solution, or Just More Problems?”

Professor Bradley Jacob appeared on CBN's NewsWatch on Friday, August 30. Professor Jacob talked about Constitutional issues regarding possible U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Professor Scott Pryor moderated a podcast recently called “Experts Examine Current Chapter 9 Cases and What Lies Ahead for Municipal Distress in 2013,” which can be found here. From that experience he decided to write an article about Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The leading bankruptcy specialty law journal invited him to publish the initial version of his piece; however, since finishing the article, he has submitted it to a number of top law reviews to achieve better placement. Pryor also wrote a short review of “Evangelicals and Catholics Together on Law: The Lord of Heaven and Earth (Joint Statement by Evangelical and Catholic Legal Scholars),” published by the Journal of Christian Legal Thought.

Professor Gloria Whittico was published In Memoriam: Remembrances from the Legacy of Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., 25 Regent L. Rev. 403, Spring 2012-2013. Whittico has also been nominated to submit to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer 2014 Stipend Proposal on Legal Principles and the Institution of Chattel Slavery in Missouri’s Courts of Last Resort (1821-1865).


Grady Palmer ('00) has joined the law firm of Poole Mahoney PC and will be part of its land use practice group working at the Chesapeake office.


PreLaw Magazine cited the Center for Ethical Formation as an ‘innovative idea’ for law school reform. Read the story here.

PreLaw Magazine Cites Center for Ethical Formation as an ‘Innovative Idea’ for Law School Reform

PreLaw magazine, a premier publication for prospective law students, recently highlighted Regent University School of Law’s Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Reform in its “Back to School” issue.

The issue explores 25 new ideas law schools are advancing to recast legal education by incorporating skills and training that will better equip students to practice law after graduation.

“We are pleased with the recognition in preLaw magazine, as it is another indicator of how legal education is experiencing a needed renaissance in its focus on the character formation of law students,” says Professor Natt Gantt, co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation.

Regent Law’s Center for Ethical Formation is at the vanguard of legal education reform.

Drawing on the principles outlined in the Carnegie Foundation’s landmark report, “Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law,” the Center for Ethical Formation develops the ethical framework necessary for students to achieve the highest standards of competence and professionalism.

“The literature on legal education is reporting that character, values, and integrity are as indicative of a lawyer’s effectiveness, if not more so, than intellectual aptitude,” says Professor Benjamin Madison, co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation. “Regent has known this for some time. Developing students to be virtuous lawyers has always been a hallmark of Regent Law's approach to preparing law students for practice.

Gantt adds, “We intend the Center for Ethical Formation to be a leading voice in this movement. We are excited about how Regent Law can contribute to this dialogue in the legal academy and legal profession and, through this dialogue, improve our own curriculum and programmatic offerings.”

Read more about the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Reform. Access preLaw’s “Back to School” issue here.

Regent Law Recap: Week of September 2, 2013


Professor Kenneth Ching spoke at Regent Law chapel this past Thursday. View chapels online here.

Professor Kathleen McKee will be a panelist for the Hampton Roads World Affairs Council on issues surrounding human trafficking on Wednesday, September 11 in Norfolk.  See for more details.

Professor Ben Madison recently posted his latest piece on identity formation to SSRN.

Professor Tessa Dysart’s article published by the Columbia Human Rights Law Review can be found here.

Professor Kenneth Ching recently posted his latest piece on a Thomist approach to collectivism in contracts to SSRN.

Professor Jim Davids is sending out his latest piece on public funding of religious colleges to all the CCCU deans and colleges. 5 Regent J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 11 (2013).

Dean Jeffrey Brauch just published a piece on human rights since 9/11 at 31 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 339 (2013).  

Professors Ben Madison
 and Natt Gantt are writing a chapter for the updated Best Practices in Legal Education.

Professors Natt Gantt and Gloria Whittico presented a piece on identity formation and academic success at the Association of Academic Support Educators conference.


Profile story on Jessica Krentz, a 2L from Wausau, Wisconsin, whose favorite novel is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


Congratulations to Megan Lindsey ('07), who was recently featured in JURIST magazine. Read her commentary here.

Matt Sexton ('07) was recently hired by Colorado Christian University to teach constitutional law and a number of law-related undergraduate courses.  

Alumnus Dean Broyles Interviewed for California Lawyer

Alumnus Dean Broyles ('95) was interviewed for the September edition of California Lawyer regarding his passion for protecting religious freedom, as well as protecting Christians from persecution.

Professor Bradley Jacob Appears on CBN

School of Law Professor Bradley Jacob appeared on CBN's NewsWatch on Friday, Aug. 30. Professor Jacob talked about Constitutional issues regarding possible U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Commentary from Law Alumna Featured in Jurist Magazine

Commentary from law alumna Megan Lindsey '07 was recently featured in Jurist magazine. Jurist is the world's only law school-based comprehensive legal news and research service. Lindsey serves as counsel for the National Council for Adoption. Read Lindsey’s commentary 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...