Faculty Achievements: Week of January 21, 2014

Professor Tessa Dysart will participate in a Federalist Society Faculty Division Colloquium on Freedom of Assembly and Religious Liberty in Dallas, Texas from January 24 to January 25. The colloquium discusses whether rediscovering the freedom of assembly is necessary to ensure the autonomy of private associations.

Professor Dysart's article, “The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America's Sex-Trafficked Children” in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, garnered great success in 2013. The article was cited in 15 different sections of McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated; eight sections of McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated under the Family Court Act; six sections of the Penal Law; and one section of the Social Services Law.

Professor Natt Gantt spoke to the University of Virginia School of Law Christian Fellowship on Thursday, January 23. He will also present "Teaching Agape Love to Law Students" at Pepperdine University School of Law's Love and Law Conference, scheduled February 7 through February 8.

Several of Professor Craig Stern's articles have been recognized by law reviews at law schools U.S. News & World Report ranks highly. Michigan Law Review, Washington Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and Georgia Law Review cited "Sue?” Northwestern University Law Review also cited "What's a Constitution Among Friends?—Unbalancing Article III."

Professor Stern's article "Look Who's Talking" was cited in the U.S. Code Annotated: West, as well as in McKinney's Consolidated Statutes of New York. “Torah and Murder: The Cities of Refuge and Anglo-American Law” was cited in the West’s Annotated Indiana Code.

Student News Recap: Week of January 21, 2014

Jim Golden, a practicing attorney and thought leader in high-stakes negotiations, spoke at the Student and Faculty Retreat on Thursday, January 23 in the University Chapel.

Students in the Fall 2013 Child Advocacy Practicum (CAP) received a commendation from the State Deputy Commission and Director of Child Support Enforcement for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The director praised the services, resources, encouragement, and ingenuity that the CAP team put forth.

As a result of amicus work a group of CAP and Center for Global Justice students did regarding the protection of children and parental rights in L.F. v. Breit, the Virginia Code has been amended. The amendment states, “A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of the parent’s child.”

In December 2013, Macy Gurley presented a Fathering Court initiative to the Tennessee District Attorney. The presentation was based on her article, “Daddy Do-Over: How Fathering Courts Address Tennessee’s Child Support Problems” and her efforts with the Portsmouth DCSE and Family Restoration Network.

The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law hosts its 3rd Annual Symposium, The Rule of Law in East Africa, on February 21 and February 22. Visit the symposium website for a detailed schedule and registration information.

Regent Law Announces New Integrated Lawyer Training Program

In addition to its efforts to reform legal education for up-and-coming lawyers and global leaders, Regent University School of Law is focusing on providing professional, hands-on training for its students.

Regent's Integrated Lawyer Training (ILT), a program available to all Regent Law students, is a response to the legal market's constant need to provide training beyond what students learn in a traditional classroom setting. Few universities take appropriate interest in ensuring their law students learn how to navigate through moral and ethical dilemmas that typically unfold in a legal workforce; ILT is revolutionizing the way law students learn.

"I am excited about this program. Through it our students will not only learn to think like lawyers, they will be equipped with the practical skills they need to be an excellent lawyer from day one," said Jeffrey Brauch, dean of the School of Law.

Brauch explained that the program is about even more than just training lawyers for a career filled with professionalism; it's about learning how their faith works into the profession as well.

"By participating in ILT, they will be prepared to display the character of Christ as they face ethical challenges that arise in the practice of law," said Brauch.

ILT offers many different avenues for students to pursue in order to gain practical and professional tools they need to effectively practice law. The program provides lawyer mentorship, matching students with local practicing lawyers—drawing from the Regent alumni and other practicing Christian lawyers around the country—as well as faculty mentorship.

Students, through ILT, will also have the opportunity to participate in field placement by working in a law office for academic credit, as well as apprenticeships for select third-year students.

Learn more about Regent's School of Law and Integrated Lawyer Training.

By Brett Wilson


Law Professor Featured in U.S. News & World Report Article

U.S. News & World Report recently featured Associate Professor and Director of Regent’s LL.M. and M.A. Programs James Davids in an article on online LL.M. programs.

Professor Davids highlighted the versatility of online LL.M.s, which enable international lawyers to pursue a degree in American law without relocating. 

“I am very pleased to have Professor Davids and Regent featured so prominently in this U.S. News piece,” says Regent Law Dean Jeffery Brauch. “Regent Law's online LL.M. is an innovative program that truly has a global reach. I am excited to see the program grow and thrive under Professor Davids' leadership.”

Because American law is applicable worldwide, LL.M. degrees broaden international lawyers’ expertise. Regent Law’s LL.M. in American Legal Studies provides online students an academically rigorous legal education offered by a university that U.S. News recognizes as a leader in online education. By studying online, international layers can keep their jobs and save money on the housing and relocation costs they would accrue if they moved to the United States.

“As a leader in this arena, Regent will continue to receive notices like this in the future," Professor Davids states in light of the opportunity to contribute Regent Law’s perspective to the article.

The online LL.M. in American Legal Studies is one of a number of recent initiatives Regent has launched in response to changes in legal education and practice.

Regent’s part-time J.D. can now be completed entirely in the evenings. Other new programs include Integrated Lawyer Training, which equips law students to be successful attorneys through mentorship and practical skills training, and the Master of Arts in Legal Studies, designed for professionals who are interested in legal education and professional advancement but do not desire to practice as an attorney. 


Strasbourg and Uganda Study Abroad Programs Open for Registration

Regent University School of Law designed the Uganda and Strasbourg Study Abroad Programs for students interested in international law. The setting of each program is very different, but both offer students an American Bar Association-approved opportunity to investigate international human rights issues from a Christian perspective.

The Uganda Study Abroad Program is based in Mukono, Uganda, and is headed by Professor Kenneth Ching. The program, running from May 25 to June 21, 2014, allows students to develop an informed relationship with the people and legal issues of East Africa.

Students will live and study at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, and will visit organizations such as the International Justice Mission branch office and the Uganda Supreme Court and Constitutional Court.

Former participants, like 2L Kevin Weldon, explained that studying law in Uganda was life changing, and felt the experiences they had outside of the class room, such as rafting on the Nile River, were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
“We saw legal reform in action, heard from amazing guest lecturers, and received outstanding classroom instruction,” said Weldon. “I highly recommend this program to every law student interested in international human rights."

The Strasbourg Study Abroad Program, led by Professor Scott Pryor, is one of Regent Law's most popular programs. It incorporates classes, trips to international legal organizations and personal travel time, allowing students to make the most of their journey abroad.
Students visit sites such as the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Council of Europe. On the weekends, students may venture outside of Strasbourg to neighboring countries like Switzerland and Germany.

"The Strasbourg Program will enrich your law school experience by not only providing a unique opportunity to interact with distinguished faculty members, but also by providing beneficial exposure to the legal and cultural perspectives of Europe," said 2L Abraham Haven.

Applications for the Uganda program are due February 20, and registration is available here. The Strasbourg program will be available for the Summer 2015 semester.

School of Law Launches Part-Time Evening Program Option

While students at Regent University School of Law could always study part-time if they wished, they will now be able to earn a J.D. by taking classes entirely in the evenings.

School of Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch sees the night school option as an attractive one for professionals interested in continuing their careers while earning a valuable credential.

“Our part-time evening program option is one more way Regent is trying to make the law school experience more accessible and affordable,” Brauch said. “Students who study part-time in the evenings will enjoy the same Princeton Review “Top 10” faculty and the same robust academic curriculum and supportive Christian community as our full-time students. Part-time students receive funding as part of our $4.7 million financial aid program as well.”

Regent has recently launched several academic programs in response to changes in legal education and the legal job market, including the two-year accelerated J.D. program, the Master of Arts in Law, and the Integrated Lawyer Training initiative.

One innovation in particular, the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform, was singled out by the PreLawInsider as among the “25 Most Innovative Ideas” in legal education reform.
Learn more about why Regent Law is a wise investment in an academically rigorous legal education taught from a Christian worldview.

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