Faculty Achievements: Week ending February 28, 2014

Professor James Duane was quoted in a news article in The Record titled “Analysis: Should Fifth Amendment Protection Apply to Documents in GWB Case?” It addresses the George Washington Bridge scandal: members of Governor Chris Christie's staff are using Fifth Amendment protection to avoid providing documents to a legislative committee investigating the bridge shutdown.

Professor Natt Gantt and a group of law students that included Kevin Hoffman, Holly Ortiz, and Rebecca Vermette, presented a CLE program, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Ethical Issues Surrounding Lawyer Mobility," to the James Kent Chapter of the American Inn of Court on February 19.

Professor Michael Hernandez is completing the final edits for his book for West Publishing on "Estates in Land and Future Interests."

Professor Bradley Jacob was interviewed by WVEC on February 14 regarding the recent ruling against Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

On February 15, Professor Lynne Marie Kohm was a guest on the Moody Radio Network program Up for Debate. The program addressed whether pastors should marry cohabitating couples. Professor Kohm was also a guest on CBN News on February 14 and offered comments on a Norfolk federal judge's ruling that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm’s article, “Marriage, State Domestic Regulations Power and Family Strength,” was published in the February 2014 edition of Virginia Lawyer.

On March 18, Professor Kathleen McKee will speak at the APA Film Screening on human trafficking at the Regent University School of Communication & the Arts.

Professor David Wagner sent an article out for publication. It addresses parental rights and home schooling based on his presentation at the 16th Annual Federalist Society Annual Meeting during the Association of American Law Schools Convention in New York.

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton accepted an offer from Capital University Law Review to publish his article, "Preserving the European Convention on Human Rights: Why the UK's Threat to Leave the Convention Could Save It," this spring. 

Professor Gloria Whittico sent her article, "The Persistence of Analogy: Motor Vehicles, 'The Broccoli Horrible,' Logic, Analogy and Rhetoric in the U.S. Supreme Court's Commerce Clause Analysis in National Federation of IndependentBusiness v. Sibelius," for publication. On March 13, Professor Whittico will also present at the Wells Conference on Adoption Law at Capital University Law School.

Alumni News Recap: February 2014

Brian Babione '93 was quoted in "A changing judicial landscape for gay rights," an article in The Washington Times.

The Oklahoma Bar Journal published Danielle Fields' '11 article called "Returning Justice to the Community: Restorative Justice to Reform Oklahoma Juvenile Justice System."

Noel W. Sterett '06 has been named a 2014 SuperLawyer under Land Use & Zoning. He is currently an attorney for Mauck & Baker, LLC, a firm in Chicago.

Seth Wilson '06 published an article in The Indiana Lawyer, "Tips for Catching Up After Snow Days."

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending February 21, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching will present his paper "Justice and Harsh Results: Beyond Individualism and Collectivism in Contracts" at the 9th Annual International Conference on Contracts in Miami, which is held from February 21-22. He will participate in a panel on behavior, bargaining, incentives, and contracts. 

Professor Bradley Jacob
 was a guest on The Tony Macrini Show on 790 AM WNIS on February 14 to discuss a federal judge's recent ruling that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's article "Are We There Yet? Immigration Reform for Children Left Behind," which she wrote with alumnus Keila Molina '12, is the most downloaded immigration-related paper on SSRN since it was posted on January 20, 2014. This week, the article is also ranked number one in downloads for AARN: Kinship, Gender, the Body & Sexuality.

Judge Patricia West, distinguished professor and associate dean of Regent Law, was highlighted in The Virginian-Pilot andVirginia Lawyers Weekly regarding her new role with Regent Law.

ABA Affirms Regent Law Accreditation

After a comprehensive review, the American Bar Association (ABA) has reaffirmed its full accreditation of Regent University School of Law.

"Regent Law received a very favorable report. The reviewers gave high praise for our faculty and our program of education, and they particularly emphasized our superior quality of teaching," said Jeffrey A. Brauch, dean of the law school. "They also noted the high level of respect between faculty and students."

The ABA's review process began with a site visit in fall 2012. The review team of legal educators submitted their evaluation report in mid-2013, with the ABA's formal notice of approval coming to Regent in early February 2014.

Regent Law has been fully accredited by the ABA since 1996. This is the second accreditation review that Brauch has experienced as dean, and one of several in his nearly 20 years with the school. The ABA visits each fully accredited school once every seven years. He described the intense preparation that precedes the ABA site visit, as well as ongoing work throughout the process.

"Doug Cook, our associate dean for academic affairs and student services, led the process, preparing materials for the review team and preparing us for the visit. I commend him for his diligent and excellent work," Brauch said.

For several years, Regent Law students have consistently placed well in regional and national law tournaments. In recent months, Regent Law has received a number of accolades that include being recognized among the Top 10 Law Faculty in the Nation by The Princeton Review. Last fall, Regent Law's Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform was included in PreLawInsider as among the "25 Most Innovative Ideas" in legal education reform.

Regent Law continues to offer legal education programs that prepare graduates for the changing legal marketplace. Learn more about Regent Law's full slate of academic programs, including a traditional J.D. program, as well as accelerated and part-time J.D. programs, a Master of Arts in Law and the school's Integrated Lawyer Training initiative.

PILAR Preps for 12th Annual Auction

On February 24–25, the Public Interest Advocates of Regent (PILAR) hosts its 12th Annual Silent Auction. All auction proceeds fund grants for students who have unpaid summer internships at public interest organizations.

Dean Jeffery Brauch is auctioning his vintage Wisconsin cheese hat.
PILAR President Stephanie Hartman Rojo, who has received two PILAR grants, started prepping for the auction last semester. She established a PILAR Board, hand delivered letters requesting donations from local businesses, and designed flyers.

“I’m ecstatic about the work the PILAR Board and friends have put into this auction,” says Rojo. “Student organizations have donated their time; faculty, staff, and students have contributed wonderful items; and others have gone out of their way to do outreach to recruit donations.”

The auction is only a few days away, and Rojo is pleased with the approximately 90 items that have been donated. Items on the auction block include:
  • Dean Jeffery Brauch’s Wisconsin cheese hat 
  • Tickets to the Virginia Opera’s rendition of Carmen, valued at $150 
  • Estate Plan, valued at $5,000 
  • Themis, Kaplan, and Barbri Bar-prep vouchers 
In the past five years, 29 students received grants to supplement their work in the community. This year, PILAR strives to fund at least six students. Third-year law student Abigail Skeans, who received a grant when she worked for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, says that both she and the people she served benefitted from the financial compensation.

“Because of the PILAR grant, I was able to serve many individuals and families in the Virginia Beach area who were seeking counsel on family law matters,” says Skeans. “I was equipped to counsel individuals on family law issues, learned about the Domestic Relations Code in Virginia, and learned how family law attorneys can work with local service providers to support individuals dealing with custody and divorce matters.”

The auction runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on February 24–25 in Robertson Hall Lobby. All Regent University students, faculty, and staff are welcome to bid. Auction participants may also bid on the PILAR Facebook page. A complete list of items is available online.

If you would like to donate an item or money, please contact Stephanie at pilar@regent.edu and visit the PILAR page to review the donation form.

Regent Celebrates Moot Court Success

While exhibiting excellence in the classroom throughout their three years of law school is important to the legal profession, another vital component of training to become a lawyer is writing, researching and defending an argument.

Last week, a number of Regent University School of Law students were given the opportunity to exhibit their speaking and reasoning skills at three different Moot Court competitions in Virginia and New York.

"I continue to be amazed at the skill, preparation and success of our moot court teams. They excel in every aspect of their competitions," said Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent Law. "I am deeply proud of our students and their faculty coaches—and I praise God for their success."

Saturday, Feb. 8, Regent Law assistant professor Tessa Dysart led her team of 3L students, Andrew Stevener, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Drew Cziok (pictured above) through the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition. The team finished in second place overall in the competition hosted by George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

"It's always exciting to see students succeed because you know how many hours they put into preparing for the competition—and I think that's really one thing that that makes our team stand out," said Dysart. "It also continues to show what an excellent program of legal education that we offer at Regent, and it gives us a great name as we go out and interact with other students and the judges."

Along with placing in the ranks ahead of big-name schools such as Georgetown University, New York Law School and Howard University, Schlittenhart was also awarded the title of "Best Oralist" for the entire competition.

"I am so thankful to have received the award, and excited that I had another opportunity to show off the quality of Regent's training," said Schlittenhart. "The truth is that any oralist is only as good as the rest of her team—Drew and Andrew played just as much of a role in the win as I did."

From Monday, Feb. 10 to Wednesday, Feb. 12, Regent students also competed in the National Moot Court Competition in New York City. Third year law students Sharon Kerk and Joshua Smith advanced to the top 16 in the competition, from 194 teams that entered the competition at the regional level. Kerk and Smith were led by Michael Hernandez, professor in the School of Law.

Hernandez explained that the importance of the competition lies within the ability to make good contacts and enhance the reputation of the caliber of legal education Regent has to offer.

"The team did an outstanding job, they performed with excellence—even in the round we lost, the judges commented on how persuasive and impenetrable our arguments were," said Hernandez. "It was a close round against our competition, and they did really well."

The national competition put Regent up against law schools such as Wake Forrest University, Texas Tech University and the University of Memphis.

Regent's team also participated in the College of William & Mary's 43rd Spong Tournament from Friday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 15. Associate professor Kathleen McKee led second-year law students Danielle Bianculli, Stephen Cady, and Jeffrey Pommerenck. The team advanced to the top eight in the competition.

"I was just so impressed by the way the team collaborated to produce such a positive outcome; I think they really walked out what our university's mission is," said McKee. "What is important is that not only were our students skilled in their performance, but they also conducted themselves in a way that everyone commented on how positive their presence was at the competition."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Schlittenhart 

Student News Recap: January 27-February 14, 2014

Twenty students received Eagle Awards for earning the highest grade in Fall 2013 law school courses. Read the full story here.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will resume their weekly tutoring program at the Norfolk Detention Center on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The tutoring program is open to all students.

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) will host a speaker series on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:00 pm in Robertson Hall 103. The panel will include local Talent Agent, Sylvia Hutson from Hutson Talent Agency, Regent University and CBN General Counsel, Lou Isakoff, Esq., Actor Derek Leonidoff, and Director/Producer and Regent University School of Communications Professional-in-Residence, Mark Paladin. Each member will describe his role in the industry, and tell law students what to expect when entering the field.

Spotlight on 3L Angela Desmond.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board held the 2014 Intramural Negotiation Competition. Join us in congratulating the winners and finalists: First Place, Leah Achor and Brian Lagesse; Second Place, Robert Gould and Joel Lewicki; Third Place, Paul Davis and Sean Reilly; Fourth Place, Richard Cairnes and Cynthia Swift.

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society had its first speaker series of the Spring Semester on Tuesday, February 11. Speakers included local Talent Agent Sylvia Hutson, Actor Derek Leonidoff, Regent University and CBN General Counsel Lou Isakoff, and Director/Producer Mark Paladini. View the recording of the event here.

Jim Golden 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.

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending February 14, 2014

Professor Jim Davids presented "The Role of Worldview in Judicial Decision-Making: A Case Study of John Paul Stevens" on February 8 at the 2014 International Conference on Law and Political Science in Delhi, India. Cambridge Scholar is expected to print the paper.

Professor Tom Folsom presented his work at a panel called "Designing Law in a Coded World: Finding Superman in Cyberspace" at St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, Texas on February 6.

Professor Natt Gantt presented “Teaching Agape Love to Law Students" at the Pepperdine University School of Law Symposium on Law and Love. The symposium was held on February 7-8 in Malibu, California.

"Are We There Yet? Immigration Reform for Children Left Behind," an article by Professor Lynne Marie Kohm and Regent Law alumnus Keila Molina ('12) that addresses immigration reform, is the most downloaded immigration-related paper on SSRN since it was posted on January 20, 2014.

Ernie Walton, administrative director for the Center for Global Justice, wrote "Preserving the European Convention on Human Rights: Why the UK's Threat to Leave the Convention Could Save It" to the Council of Europe following its open call for information, proposals, and views on the "Longer-term Future of the System of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights."

Alumni News Recap: January 2014

Anna Adams '12, Dean J. Lederer '99, and 14 other attorneys filed a Joint Comment in Opposition to the Oregon State Bar’s Proposal to Amend RPC 8.4 with the Supreme Court of Oregon. The amendment would limit Christian attorneys' right to practice law based on their beliefs. The Supreme Court of Oregon has not made a decision.

Joshua Bachman '09 and Daniel Baker '08 helped investigate whether health information privacy laws include anti-abortion research and medical clinics. The project was for the National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA).

Matt Osman '01, a District Court judge for Mecklenburg County, N.C., was appointed to the North Carolina Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force.

Keila Molina ('12), Director of community relations and hispanic affairs for the Honorable Edward R. Royce, 39th Congressional District (CA), co-published with Professor Kohm an article in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal. The article is titled "Are We There Yet? Immigration Reform for the Best Interests of Children."

Megan Lindsey '07 was quoted in "Looking for a life locked away," an article in the Sun Sentinel about adopted children who seek their birth information.

Kerry Hodges '07 has been elected partner at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, a leading Phoenix-based law firm.Thanks to work from Noel Sterett '06 and L. Shaw Sullivan '07, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin approved a settlement that resolved a lawsuit between a church’s Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the City of Milwaukee. Because of the settlement, the church can continue to operate at its current location and receives financial compensation for damages and attorneys’ fees.

IPELS Panel Provides Insightful Perspective of Entertainment Industry

On February 11, four seasoned entertainment professionals gathered at the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) Entertainment Law 360 panel to share their experiences in the field.

IPELS President Jennifer Brown, who plans to become an entertainment lawyer, organized the panel as a joint event for Regent Law and School of Communication and the Arts students.

Sylvia Hutson, Derek Leonidoff, Jennifer Brown, Lou Isakoff, Mark Paladini
“I wanted to host an event that would educate others about the intricacies of the industry and what to expect when going into this field,” she says. “By inviting Regent Law and Communications students, I hope to begin a professional relationship between the two schools.”

The panel included local Talent Agent Sylvia Hutson of Hutson Talent Agency, Regent University and CBN General Counsel Lou Isakoff, Esq., Actor Derek Leonidoff, and Director, Producer, and Regent University School of Communication Professional-in-Residence Mark Paladini. The panelists encouraged students to work hard and work late, take risks, be creative, and be wary of unethical practices.

Attorney Lou Isakoff advised future entertainment lawyers that backgrounds in business law, labor law, international law, and accounting are extremely helpful. Overall, he says experience is the ideal training ground.

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Hutson cautioned students to be wary of “shady” practices. She described her experience with a talent school that invited her to critique students. When she asked to review the video of performances, she learned the company only pretended to record their clients. Huston says similar practices occur regularly, but there are no laws in place to protect aspiring actors.

Professor Paladini offered advice applicable to anyone who has ambitious professional dreams. He remarked that working long hours and doing grunt work are merely a rite of passage to success. His casting credits, which include well-known movies such as The Mask and Mortal Kombat, are a testament to his advice.

Actor Derek Leonidoff used humorous stories to encourage students that creativity opens doors of opportunity. He recounted his three attempts at establishing a relationship with an agent in California. After two rejections, he created an Easter basket that included toys for her dog, his photo, and his reel. He received a call from her, which initiated a relationship that has lasted about two decades.

Student feedback regarding the event has been strong. Brown, a third-year law student, hopes the events marks continued collaboration between Regent Law and the School of Communication.

Click here to view a video of the 360 Panel.

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending February 7, 2014

Professor Tessa Dysart will present her article, "The Protected Innocence Initiative," at Duke University School of Law's "Current Issues in Sex Trafficking" symposium on March 3. The article is published in the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm was quoted in a The Daily Beast article, "Pressure Builds on Democratic Attorneys General to Quit Fighting Gay Marriage." Published on January 24, the article addresses Virginia Attorney General Mike Herring's decision to not defend the Commonwealth’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Professor David Wagner's 2007 article, "The End of Virtual Constitutionalism," was cited in an opinion of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on January 21, 2014 regarding Commonwealth v. Williams.

Professor David Wagner's article, "Who Loves a Jury?" was cited in The Legal Examiner.

Judge Patricia L. West joins the Regent community as a distinguished professor of law and government and an associate dean at Regent Law. Judge West served as a judge in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and most recently served as chief deputy attorney general of Virginia.

Regent Law Inaugurates Eagle Award Ceremony

In January, 20 Regent Law students received Eagle Awards for earning the highest grade in Fall 2013 law school courses. The inaugural award is based on Isaiah 40:31.

“These awards celebrate the success of the recipients and our entire community,” says Douglas Cook, associate dean of academic affairs and student services.

“Scripture says we are to rejoice with those who rejoice, and that is exactly what it felt like at the ceremony. Our students were encouraged and spurred on to greater accomplishment by seeing the excellence of their classmates.”

Matthew Dunkley was pleasantly surprised when he learned that he was an Eagle Award recipient for Professor Bradley Jacob’s Christian Foundations of Law class.

“This award is a confirmation that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and that I am doing exactly what God has called me to do,” he says. “Although I sometimes doubt my ability to do well in law school, this award reminds me that God equips those whom He calls.”

Regent Law congratulates the following Eagle Award recipients: Constance Daly, Matthew Dunckley, Marie Louise Dienhart, Sean Reilly, Renee Knudsen, Sarah Schmidt, Kathleen Knudsen, Ann Hegburg, Marie Walch, Joel Ready, Brittany Jackson, Kevin Briggs, Darron Enns, Jeremy Smith, Kris Klingensmith, Jennifer Baumgardner, Katherine Nace, James Wheeler, Joseph Pricone, and Danielle Donner.

Former Virginia Chief Deputy Attorney General Joins Regent Law

Judge Patricia L. West, who served as a judge in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court and who most recently served as chief deputy attorney general of Virginia, is joining Regent University as a Distinguished Professor of Law and Government and as associate dean in the School of Law. Her appointment is effective immediately.

"We are delighted to welcome Judge West to this new
leadership role at Regent, where our students will benefit from her tremendous experience and legal insights," said Regent Chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson. "Judge West is highly regarded in the legal community for her wise counsel, and Regent will be blessed to have such a dedicated public servant among our distinguished faculty and administration."

West joined the Attorney General's office in 2012, after serving as a judge in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. She was named to the bench by the Virginia General Assembly in March 2000 after previously serving on the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Former Virginia Governor George Allen appointed West to serve in his Cabinet as secretary of public safety in 1996. She also served as director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and headed the Governor's Commission on Juvenile Justice Reform.

"I am excited to formalize my relationship with Regent University. I have watched the Law School grow and gain national prominence and recognition under the leadership of Dr. Robertson and Dean Brauch," said West. "I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty and staff at the Law School to continue to attract the best and brightest students and prepare them to go out into the world and make a difference."

Many at Regent are already familiar with West, who has served on the School of Law Board of Visitors since 2003.

"Judge West is highly respected in Virginia legal and policy circles. She was an outstanding judge and has served with distinction as the Chief Deputy Attorney General," said Law Dean Jeffrey Brauch. "Judge West also is a tremendous advocate for this school, having helped to open important doors for our students. I look forward to working with her even more closely in the years to come."

West also served in an advisory capacity to two previous attorneys general. She was a member of Attorney General Mark Earley's 1998 Commission on Gangs and Youth Violence and also served on a commission investigating child abuse fatality rates in the Hampton Roads area. Under Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, she served on his Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee and Legal Services Committee.

She received her law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1986, and is a 1983 graduate of the College of William and Mary.

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Photo courtesy of Judge Patricia L. West.

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