Global Justice Center Names Administrative Director

To Ernie Walton '11 (School of Law), the dedication to justice is the same as committing to Christ. During the fall 2013 semester, Walton began serving as the administrative director for the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

As a Law school alumnus, and one of the Center's first summer interns, Walton spent his summer as a 2L in Strasburg, France, at the European Center for Law and Justice; and worked largely on cases involving intervention for religious freedom.

"That began the training, equipping and fulfilling that I believe was God's calling on my life to do this type of work," said Walton.

As he takes on his new leadership role, Walton hopes that Regent Law students involved in the Center for Global Justice will experience a combination of academic and on-the-ground work that will train them to be legal justice advocates—just as Jeffrey Brauch, dean of the School of Law, witnessed in Walton's life as a student.

"As long as I have known him, Ernie has been devoted to protecting the poor, oppressed and enslaved and to promoting the rule of law. He is a young man of tremendous skill, energy and passion," said Brauch. "He stands poised to lead the Center's efforts to equip the next generation of justice advocates, and I am excited to see how God will use him in the lives of our students and those they go to serve."

But becoming a lawyer, or even attending law school, was not always the career track Walton had in mind. Through his undergraduate years, Walton pursued international sports ministry, connecting with churches and evangelizing in countries like Romania, the Czech Republic, Japan and Mexico.

"Sports really connect people," said Walton. "You drop a ball in a foreign country and, all of a sudden, 200 kids show up."

It was an injury and a three-year calling on his heart to seek justice on behalf of others that made Walton decide to attend Regent. He has discovered through the years that assisting in legal and human rights matters is similar, in a way, to sports ministry, because it allows him to "meet people where they are."

"The law will be our bridge and the similar passion for the law will help us reach and influence them—and influence them for the gospel as well, just like sports did," said Walton.

Without the rule of law, explained Walton, those who are the most oppressed are the ones who suffer the most. He explained that once law is "king," the most marginalized and oppressed people in society are protected—and even loved.

"My heart and my vision for the center is to make sure that, from a Biblical perspective, we have a dialogue about what human rights are and why they're important," said Walton. "Human rights have to have a foundation; they can't change with the wind."

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

By Brett Wilson

Regent Law Launches Master of Arts in Law

In an increasingly complex society, the need for legal training is becoming even more vital. Many people interacting with the law—human resource managers, compliance officers, contract managers and others—will need legal training but not necessarily a J.D. That's why the Regent University School of Law will offer its first Master of Arts in Law for prospective students seeking a competitive edge in today's job market.

This newest program is just one in a series of steps Regent Law is taking in its efforts to position the school for the future and better meet the needs of employers and students.

"Regent Law is, again, at the vanguard at reforming legal education and making it attainable," said Sean Kirnan, director of Enrollment Marketing & Communication for the School of Law. Other recent program innovations include options for a two-year J.D. and the launch of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform.

Though many occupations in the current climate of employment do not require a three-year J.D., Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent Law, emphasized that the in-depth legal training the M.A. in Law will provide to students will be extremely beneficial for many organizations.

"We are excited to broaden the law school's reach with this new master's program; many jobs and careers today require individuals to interact with legal issues in some meaningful way," said Brauch. "As with our successful J.D. program, we are committed to training individuals to display excellence and integrity in all that they do."

Due to the pervasive nature of law, Kirnan explained that the M.A. in Law is a "competitively-priced credential," with each class designed to be very practical for those interested in law, but not wishing to be practicing attorneys.

"We're becoming an increasingly-regulated society—laws and regulations aren't going anywhere anytime soon, in fact they're increasing," said Kirnan. "This graduate degree's subject matter is directly applicable to immediate, urgent situations that are going to impact an organization's bottom line."

The 30-credit-hour "hybrid" program—offering courses both online and on campus—consists of six concentrations that students can choose from, including Business Management, Human Resources Management, Non-Profit Management, Business & Commercial Law, National Security and Criminal Justice.

Each concentration is designed to guide professionals through legal matters that may arise in their respective organizations, giving them the same quality of education, without requiring them to advance to a full degree allowing them to practice law.

"We do believe that God is calling students to get a J.D; we can say this with confidence," said Kirnan. "But we also get the sense that He isn't calling everyone to get a J.D., and therefore we want to be able to respond to the market need."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson

Student News Recap: Week of October 21, 2013

The Regent Law Moot Court Board hosted the 13th Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition on October 18 and 19 at Regent University.

On Monday, October 21, Career Services hosted a panel called “Jobs in the Federal Government,” which featured several attorneys: Nicole Foltz ‘08, who was recently named one of “The 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” Spiro Ballas ‘07, a former PMF Fellow who is now serving as a senior foreign affairs analyst for the U.S. Department of State, and Valerie Payne ‘09, an attorney for Campus Crusade for Christ and a former judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court.


On Tuesday, October 22, the Center for Global Justice hosted a Developing Justice and Reconciliation in Affairs luncheon, which featured guest speakers Leah Boyd, who is the director of justice initiatives at African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), and South Sudanese Pastor James Baak.

Professor Gloria Whittico shared pre-finals academic success tips with Black Law Student Association (BLSA) members on Tuesday, October 22.

Dean Jeffrey Brauch hosted “Donut Day” on Wednesday, October 23, allowing students to fellowship over coffee and donuts.

Professor Scott Pryor spoke at Law Chapel on Thursday, October 24. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Regent Law Launches New Bankruptcy Practicum

Processor Scott Pryor will oversee the new Bankruptcy Practicum beginning in the Spring 2014 Semester.

Through the practicum, students, who will serve consumers filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, will apply legal concepts to real-life situations, interact with clients facing financial hardship, and gain professional skills.

Each semester, up to four students will be accepted into the program, and each student will spend 60 hours over the course of the semester working in mentoring relationships with bankruptcy lawyers in Hampton Roads.

The practicum will allow law firms to provide discounted consumer bankruptcy work for clients who cannot afford it, helping decrease the current strain on the court system.

“Over one million people in the United States file individual Chapter 7 bankruptcies,” Professor Pryor explains. “To file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, lawyer fees are about $2,500. Many people don’t have the money, so some go online, complete the confusing forms and file them. That’s a disaster for them and the system.”

“There is a bit of a nationwide movement for a practicum like this because so many individuals file independently and clog up the court system,” adds Professor Pryor. “The practicum can help solve this problem at our local level.”

Professor Scott Pryor teaches first-year Contracts and upper-level courses on Uniform Commercial Code and Bankruptcy. He has served as the resident scholar of the American Bankruptcy Institute where he worked closely with judges and leading members of the practicing bankruptcy bar.

Read Professor Pryor’s blog, Pryor Thoughts.

Faculty Achievements: Week of October 14, 2013

Professors Kenny Ching, and David Wagner will be participating in a panel discussion on a Christian perspective on constitutional law during the Regent Law Faculty Colloquium on October 29.

Professor James Davids presented a lecture entitled “Is the Present Administration the Worst Abuser of Executive Power in History?”  last week at Calvin College, Hillsdale College, and Spring Arbor University.

Professor James J. Duane will be lecturing on constitutional law to the Federalist Society at Nova Law School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 4.

On October 25 Professor Thomas Folsom will be participating at the Seventh Annual Intellectual  Property Scholars Forum sponsored by the University of Akron School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property and Technology. On October 28, Professor Folsom will be a speaker at Gonzaga Law School where he will be presenting a paper entitled “Building a Trademark and Copyright-Compliant Internet: Can it be Done?”

On October 31- November 1, Professor Lynne Marie Kohm will be participating in Elon Law Review’s Annual Symposium.  This year, the symposium is focused on the SCOTUS marriage decisions from the summer of 2013. Kohm will present a paper entitled “The Collateral Effects of Windsor and Perry on Family Law” (co-authored with 3L Elizabeth Oklevitch). The paper will be published by the Elon Law Review (see http://www.elon.edu/e-web/law/law_review/default.xhtml).

Faculty Achievements: Week of October 7, 2013

In its annual law school rankings, The Princeton Review has recognized Regent University School of Law's faculty as among the top ten in the nation. Read the full story here.

Professor Kenneth Ching will present “Justice and Harsh Results: Beyond Individualism and Collectivism in Contracts” at KCON9's 9th Annual Conference on Contracts. Professor Scott Pryor presented a paper at the conference last year. 

Professor James J. Duane will lecture about constitutional law at the invitation of the student chapters of the Federalist Society at Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va., on Thursday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m., and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass., on Tuesday, October 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm presented “Child Participation in Justice: Family Involvement as the Key to Love and Respect” in Haifa, Israel, as a part of a forthcoming publication from Oxford University Press and hosted a roundtable discussion on juvenile justice among top Israeli scholars.  

Professor Scott Pryor’s work last semester as the Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute was recognized in the latest American Bar Association's “The Disclosure Statement: The Newsletter of the AALS Section on Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights.”

Professor David Wagner will lecture about constitutional law to the Federalist Society at the University of Arkansas School of Law on Thursday, October 10. 

Regent's Law Professors Recognized in The Princeton Review

In its annual law school rankings, The Princeton Review has recognized Regent University School of Law's faculty as among the top ten in the nation. The rankings are generated from student surveys conducted across the United States each year to help prospective students to find the school that is best suited for them.

"I am gratified to see The Princeton Review's recognition of the outstanding law faculty we have at Regent University School of Law,” Jeffrey Brauch law school dean.

“These men and women are excellent teachers and are dedicated to teaching students with rigor and excellence. In addition, they care personally and deeply for our students and invest in their lives. It's a joy to be a part of this learning community."

The 2013 survey placed Regent Law professors among a select group of law schools including Duke, Stanford, Washington and Lee, and the University of Virginia. The Princeton Review surveyed more than 18,500 students at 169 law schools, in addition to collecting data from school administrators, to create school profiles and ranking lists in 11 categories.

"This recognition is a testament to the law faculty’s dedication to the mission of the law school. We are here to prepare each student to practice law selflessly and to be a focal point for positive change in the world," said Darius Davenport, director of Regent Law's Career and Alumni Services.

"It also embodies the faculty and staff's desire to go beyond legal theory and provide a comprehensive practical legal education that encompasses how students are ethically formed as lawyers and leaders in their respective communities."

Attorneys Admitted to Supreme Court

On Monday Oct. 7, as the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) opened for its new October 2013 term, 10 former Regent University School of Law students serving as staff attorneys for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) were admitted to the Supreme Court bar.

"Moving the admission of 12 ACLJ-trained lawyers and 10 Regent Law graduates to the Supreme Court bar is a part of the vision that Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson had when he founded the ACLJ over 20 years ago," said Jay Sekulow '04 (School of Business & Leadership), chief counsel for ACLJ.

Sekulow is also a guest lecturer in Regent's School of Law, teaching elective courses such as Supreme Court History and seminars regarding the latest Supreme Court cases.

Regent's campus is home to one of the primary offices of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), providing School of Law students volunteer and paid opportunities to assist ACLJ staff attorneys on international pro-family and pro-liberty cases.

Regent Law alumni Tiffany Barrans '09, Matthew Clark '08, Carly Gammill '07, Shaheryar Gill '09, Marshall Goldman '08, Jordan Sekulow '09, Abigail Southerland '07, Michelle Terry '09, Miles Terry '09 and Tyler Weiss '09, were among the 12 ACLJ attorneys joining the Supreme Court bar.

POLITICO.com, a premier publication dedicated to political and governmental news coverage, made mention of the event.

Learn more about Regent University School of Law and the American Center for Law and Justice.

By Brett Wilson

Student News Recap: Week of September 30, 2013

Students involved in the Right to Work Practicum with Professor Bruce Cameron worked on the labor law case of Mulhall v. UNITE HERE, a case granted review by the Supreme Court of the United States, which may be mooted at Regent Law.

So far this fall, the Civil Litigation Clinic has conducted intake on 23 different cases.

3L Donnie Gayle of Norfolk, Va, was featured in a student spotlight.

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) held a general meeting on Monday, September 30.

The Student Bar Association (SBA) Mentor Luncheon was hosted on Tuesday, October 1.

Students posed for a bowtie photo with Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on Tuesday, October 1.

Professor Lynne Kohm presented research from the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law and the Child Advocacy Practicum in a talk titled, “Child Participation in Justice: The Teen Court Movement” on Tuesday, October 1.

Reverend John C. Bates lead pastor of Freedom Fellowship Int., spoke at Law Chapel. Previous Law Chapel messages may be viewed here.

Regent University School of Law hosted the Professional Development Conference put on by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference on Friday, October 4.

The Business Law Society hosted a table day on Friday, October 4.

Faculty Achievements: Week of September 30, 2013

Professor James Boland is publishing "Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality and Democratic Government: America a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship" with the Drexel Law Review (forthcoming 2013).

Professor Eleanor Brown presented "Tax Sweets or Eliminate 'Sweet' Subsidies from the American Diet? Can Taxation Make Us Healthier?" at the Regent University Law Review Symposium on Emerging Issues in Food Law. The symposium was held on September 28, 2013.

Professor Eric DeGroff is working on "An Assessment of the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act" to examine the effectiveness of the Uniform Code on Environmental Covenants, which was promulgated in 2003 and has been adopted by a few state jurisdictions.

On Friday, September 27, Professor Brad Jacob spoke at two university chapels at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. Several thousand students, faculty members, and administrators attended. His message, "Making God’s Priorities Our Priorities," was based in Haggai 1.

On Saturday, September 28, Professor Jacob spoke at the breakfast meeting of the Virginia Beach Republican Party. His talk was titled, "Wanted, Dead or Alive: The United States Constitution."

Professor James J. Duane will lecture about constitutional law at the invitation of the student chapters of the Federalist Society at Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va., on October 17 at 2:30 p.m., and at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass., on October 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm and coauthor Keila Molina received the final edits for their article, "Are We There Yet? Immigration Reform for the Best Interests of Children," forthcoming in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (2013). The article will be reprinted by the Regent Journal of International Law.

Professor Kohm will also present on "Child Participation in Justice as the Key to Love and Respect" at a workshop from October 7 to October 11 in Haifa, Israel, which is a part of a forthcoming Oxford University Press publication.

Professor Gloria Whittico’s proposal on a historical look at child welfare was accepted for presentation and publication by The Capital University Law Review’s Annual Wells Conference on March 14, 2014.

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