Alumni News Recap: March 2014

John M. Balouziyeh's ('08) latest book, A Legal Guide to Doing Business in Saudi Arabia, was released by Thomson Reuters last month.

Justin Bush ('05) became managing partner of a new law firm in Suffolk, Va. Justin was also listed in “Virginia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars” and is the former 5th Judicial District Representative for the Young Lawyer Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Antionette Duck ('10), founder of Mafgia Ministry, was interviewed by Three Angels Broadcasting Network regarding recovery and healing post-abortion.

Noel Sterett ('10), an attorney at Mauck and Baker in Chicago and founding member of Courtside Ministries, was quoted in the Daily Herald regarding Courtside Ministries' work in DuPage County.

Courtney Lemmond ('13), who served as law chaplain during her 3L year, spoke at law chapel on March 27.

School of Law Graduates Post Strong Employment Rates

In a competitive legal job market, Regent University School of Law students are successfully making their way into the profession. From the 2013 graduating class, 83 percent reported in an annual survey that they are employed, including eight graduates who are serving in prestigious judicial clerkships.

From the moment students set foot on campus in their first year, Regent Law professors stress more than just understanding the ins-and-outs of a legal education. With programs such as Regent's Integrated Lawyer Training (ILT) as well as the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, students have opportunities for hands-on training in legal skills, ethics, and professionalism throughout their three years of study.

Jeffrey Brauch, dean of the School of Law, explained that he is not surprised by the success of recent graduates and is very grateful that their legal training is being utilized in positions both nationally and internationally.

"From day one in their careers, our students are ready to serve with excellence and integrity and are ready to make a difference in the lives of their clients and their communities," said Brauch. "It's a joy to see them begin their careers in such influential roles."

Darius Davenport, director of career and alumni services for the School of Law, explained that the strength behind the numbers reaches further than just a positive review of job reports. Davenport said the percentages of graduates landing jobs that require a bar admission in tandem with their law degrees increased by 23 percent.

"These numbers are a testament to the fact that our students are trained well and are performing well," said Davenport. "They are doing so not only in the court room but also in the interview room."

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Regent Law Faculty Bloggers Engage Christian Community

Many Regent Law professors are active bloggers, writing about topics ranging from their legal passions, such as bankruptcy law, professionalism, and how to be a Christian lawyer, to current events.

In Pryor Thoughts, Professor Scott Pryor dialogues about bankruptcy law, but he also sprinkles in lighthearted articles about the new LEGO movie and Regent University’s production of The Trojan Women.

"I use Pryor Thoughts as a platform to refine my own thinking about legal matters and about the relationship of the Christian faith to the law in particular and culture generally," says Professor Pryor. "Additionally, it provides me with a way to let folks who don’t read law review articles know about the scholarly articles I’ve written."

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm (pictured) started Family Restoration to address the relationship between the law and God’s plan for families, and to encourage her audiences that family reconciliation and restoration are obtainable realities.

“Regent Law students have the opportunity to receive excellent training to serve as counselors at law and to study in an environment that will challenge their own spiritual growth while they learn how to provide remedies for family breakdown,” she says. “They learn how to be healers of human conflict and to use the law to work toward family restoration. This blog gives voice to those events, connecting solutions to current events in family law.”

Professor Bruce Cameron manages Sabbath School Lessons and GoBible.org. He began GoBible.org in 1996.

Professor Cameron says that GoBible.org has received about 1.8 million unique visitors and 8.4 million page views since March 2009, and has reached nearly every country in the world. Sabbath School Lessons has had about 388,000 unique visitors and 1.3 million page views since March 2009.

“I am completely surprised at the reach of GoBible.org,” he says. “Tens of thousands around the world study my lessons weekly. Statistics are one thing, but the reality of this hit home a few months ago when I attended a lawyer’s conference in California. On Sabbath, I visited a small local church for the first time, and was astonished to realize that the lesson being taught was mine!”

In addition to Professor Pryor, Professor Cameron, and Professor Kohm, several other Regent Law professors informally write about their areas of expertise:

Faculty Achievements: Week ending March 21, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching's article, "Justice and Harsh Results: Beyond Individualism and Collectivism in Contracts," will be published in the fall edition of the University of Memphis Law Review. His presentation of this paper at the 9th International Conference on Contracts is available here.

Professor James Duane's latest publication, "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Pointless Remand," has been recommended as “supremely entertaining” in a blog on habeas corpus.

Professor Scott Pryor has been invited to present at Campbell Law School’s symposium on Chapter 9 (municipal) bankruptcy on October 17. On April 14, he will present at Widener University School of Law’s symposium on Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

On March 18, the International Law Society held a lunch event with Professor Tessa Dysart, who discussed her recent publications on human trafficking.

Regent Launches New Journal of Global Justice and Public Policy

Beginning in the 2014–2015 academic year, Regent Law will launch the Journal of Global Justice and Public Policy (JGJPP), which combines the Regent Journal of International Law (RJIL) and Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy (RJLPP). Rising 3L Aaron Lindquist will serve as editor-in-chief.

The only law journal of its kind, the JGJPP integrates law and policy with a Christian perspective to address public policy and global justice issues through legal scholarship.

“The journal offers a unique opportunity to publish relevant legal articles that are affecting law and policies across the globe,” says Matthew Poorman, editor-in-chief of the RJLPP.  “Publishing this array of topics will make it a very appealing journal for many top legal writers to submit their work for publication and impact international law and policy.”

As editor-in-chief of RJGJPP, Aaron Lindquist says his main goal is to establish the journal’s visibility and prestige within the legal scholarship community as the only international law and public policy journal with a Judeo-Christian perspective.

“I am very excited and humbled to be leading a new journal,” says Lindquist. “I have a great staff returning to serve in leadership positions and everyone is very excited at the prospect of laying a great foundation for the journal's future success. The two predecessor journals published high-quality work, and I desire to improve upon that quality and further raise the standard of our publications.”

The Journal of Global Justice and Public Policy will have an informational meeting on Monday, April 7 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Robertson Hall 103.


Faculty Achievements: Week Ending March 14, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching presented his article, "Justice and Harsh Results," at the KCON9 Conference in Miami, which was held February 21 and 22.

Professor James Duane's article, "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Pointless Remand," was published in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law and may be available on SSRN soon. Professor Duane was also quoted in "Newport News: Juror selection in capital cases can be more difficult," a Daily Press article regarding jury selection in the John Moses Ragin trial.

Professor Duane’s hit lecture “Don’t Talk to the Police” has received more than 3.6 million views on YouTube, a figure that does not include views for other versions floating around on the Internet, one of which has more than 2.2 million hits. Now, the lecture has been acknowledged on primetime television. In “Conventions,” a February 26, 2014 episode of the NBC drama Chicago P.D., a criminal suspect requests to remain silent under protection of the Fifth Amendment and references the popular lecture. Read the full story here.

Professor Tessa Dysart presented her work on minors and human trafficking, "The Protected Innocence Initiative," at Duke University School of Law. The presentation combined her article, which will be published by Duke, and additional work in this area.

Professor Natt Gantt presented a CLE titled "The Role of Mentoring in Developing Lawyers' Professional Identity" to the South Hampton Roads Bar Association on February 25.

Professor Gantt's article, "Deconstructing Thinking Like a Lawyer," which was published in the Campbell Law Review, will be translated into Chinese.

Professor Louis Hensler posted "Flexible Interpretations of 'The Powers that Be' from Constantine to Mandela and Beyond" to SSRN's Working Papers Series. The piece canvasses significant interpretations of Romans 13:1-7 within their historical contexts.

An article Professor Lynn Marie Kohn co-authored, "'Are We There Yet'? Immigration Reform for Children Left Behind," was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list for PSN: Politics of Immigration.

Professor Kohm will participate in the International Studies Association Annual Conference in Toronto on March 26 as a panelist for a segment called "25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Around the World" with a presentation entitled "A 25-Year Assessment of Whether the CRC has Helped Children," which is available at SSRN's Working Paper Series.

Professor Kathleen McKee will present at several local venues on the topic of human trafficking:
  • March 18: Panelist for the APA Film Screening on trafficking at the Regent's School of Communication and the Arts
  • April 12: Practitioner-Scholars Conference at Hampton Roads, Interdisciplinary Approach to Law and Psychology 
  • April 17: Bon Secours Community Outreach program
  • April 26-May 1: Crime Stoppers Conference in Hampton Roads

Professor David Wagner will host a panel on the incorporation of civil injuries and the Seventh Amendment on Friday, March 20. An article in The Legal Examiner states that the conference is one of a kind. Panelists include Professor Paul Finkleman of Albany University Law School and Sean P. Tracey of Tracey Law Firm, which is located in Houston.

Professor Gloria Whittico presented "Disproportionate Representation of Children of Color in Child Welfare and Foster Care: Lessons Learned from Dred Scott and other Pre-Civil War 'Freedom Suits'” at Capital University Law School's 10th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption.


Law Professor’s Hit YouTube Lecture Cited in NBC Primetime Program

Professor James Duane’s hit lecture “Don’t Talk to the Police” has received more than 3.6 million views on YouTube, a figure that does not include views for other versions floating around on the Internet, one of which has more than 2.2 million hits. Now, the lecture has been acknowledged on primetime television. In “Conventions,” a Feb. 26, 2014 episode of the NBC drama Chicago P.D., a criminal suspect requests to remain silent under protection of the Fifth Amendment and references the popular lecture.

At approximately 16:50 of the episode, the suspect says, “Do you get the Internet here? Cause there’s this great video on YouTube by this law professor, and he’s very articulate. And he makes a very compelling and convincing argument. It’s called ‘Don’t Talk to the Cops.’”

In the episode, the police don’t respect the suspect’s rights, but Professor Duane says that not talking to the police or any government agent until an attorney is present is a serious matter.

“Of course there are often times when people need to call the police and should do so,” he explains. “For example, when you are a victim of a crime, or a witness to a crime, or when you have been involved in an accident and the law requires you to call the police to report that someone has been injured. But when the police or any government agents come to you without warning to ask you questions in an interview that you did not schedule, no smart individual will take the risk of answering their questions. Indeed, that is exactly what police officers and prosecutors almost invariably advise their own children!”

“The law does not require the police to tell you the truth about what they are really investigating, and whether you are a suspect, or what evidence they already think they have against you, and in fact the police will routinely lie to you about all those subjects and many more. And even if you are innocent, almost anything you say to them will only increase the chances, even if only slightly, that you might give them information that could be used to help convict you of a crime that you did not commit, or some supposed criminal offense that nobody in their right mind would ever imagine might have been a crime.”

Professor Duane is surprised that the lecture, originally given to prospective law students several years ago, has received so much attention.

“I never anticipated that so many people would watch the video. I arranged only to have the video posted on the Regent University website, and do not even know who put it on YouTube. It’s gratifying that the lecture has received such an impressive response and that the writers and producers of Chicago P.D. thought it was good advice.”

As the lecture stays in vogue, schools and criminal defense organizations reach out to Professor Duane, asking him to speak at events. So far, Professor Duane has accepted more than one dozen invitations to speak on the Fifth Amendment. He will give additional lectures on that topic in April at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, in June at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in Tulsa, and in September at a nationwide conference for public defenders in New Orleans.

Third-Annual Symposium Explores Rule of Law

In an entertainment era where television shows broadcast extreme unethical conduct as prevalent in the lives and dealings of the nation's policymakers, these fictional scandals are often the norm in many other nations, according to Ernie Walton '11 (School of Law), director of Regent University's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. And, where the rule of law is absent, chaos takes its place.

On Feb. 21-22, the Center for Global Justice hosted its third annual Global Justice Symposium, exploring the rule of law in East Africa. Students, faculty and staff participated in legal discussion about how to advocate for justice in an area where the law isn't respected or followed well.

"When people travel to these countries, they realize that the laws don't function like they do in the United States," said Walton. "Sure, laws are broken all of the time here, but when a law is broken, it's generally carried out to its consequences."

If no one is following the law, this can leave criminals of serious crimes out on the street to perform them once again. Guest panelist Brian Dennison, a missionary and lecturer at Uganda Christian University, explained that the absence of the rule of law in East African nations is a problem of a faulty, survivor-mode mentality.

"What's in our DNA as Americans is the desire to cooperate and work together," said Dennison. "But in Uganda, the thought process is, 'I've got to take care of myself, and I've got to navigate this place as best as I can.'"

Dennison explained that barriers in East Africa such as language, limited resources, a fear of altering law that is already in place, an immature common law, corruption and a fallen culture contribute to the absence of the rule of law.

Edward Sekabanja (pictured), managing partner of Sekabanja & Co. Advocates and president of Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity, explained that many of the challenges in the East African region arise from a mix of weak opposition to the way the laws have been governed in the past and apathy. He explained that the majority of people in Uganda don't vote or even register because they don't believe anything is going to change.

"Educated Christians must take the lead, because it is their role to fight for those who are poor and those who have been marginalized," said Sekabanja. "The Church needs to start making that move."

Walton agreed, explaining that while it is good for individuals to advocate for the larger, trendier human rights issues, such as trafficking and child sacrifice, the best way to combat these unfortunate realities is to attack the bigger problem beneath the surface—a task he hopes the Center for Global Justice will continue to take on.

"Regent is taking a serious look at how we can actually make effective changes on these issues and get to the root of the problem," said Walton. "We believe in long-term systematic change, and having this perspective is going to give us a real opportunity for influence, both with the people on the ground as well as with lawyers and with government officials."

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

By Brett Wilson

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending March 7, 2014

Professor James Duane was cited in a February 26 episode of Chicago P.D., a primetime drama on NBC. In the episode, titled "Conventions," a criminal suspect questioned by the police mentions that he saw a law professor's "Don't Talk to the Police" lecture on YouTube and would follow his advice. The episode is available online, and Professor Duane is cited at 15:45-17:45.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm was interviewed by Voice of America for its Legal Issues television program on Tuesday, February 25 regarding same-sex marriage. The weekly program airs internationally on satellite television.

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