Regent Law Advanced to Semifinals at National Environmental Negotiation Competition

On April 5, Katherine David (pictured) and Timothy Chiasson advanced to the semifinals in the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition at the University of Richmond School of Law. They placed among the top four teams. Professor Eric DeGroff, director of the Center for Advocacy, coached the pair.

"This was truly a team effort," says Professor DeGroff. "Timothy, Katherine, and the entire ADR Board worked diligently to research the issues and prepare for every possibility. It was a pleasure to watch how all the work came together in their performance."

"I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to compete on behalf of Regent Law School," Katherine says. "Advancing to the semifinals was certainly a team effort, and we could not have done it without the coaching and support given by Professor DeGroff and the rest of the ADR Board. The experience I had was very rewarding and certainly something that will help my ability to negotiate as I enter the legal profession."

Regent Law has competed in Merhige Environmental Negotiation Competition for more than 20 years. Regent Law teams were national champions four times, national finalists seven times, and semifinalists twice.

100% of Regent Law First-Time Takers Pass Virginia Bar

One hundred percent of Regent University School of Law graduates passed the February 2014 Virginia Bar Exam on their first attempt, according to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. The average pass rate for state-wide first-time bar exam takers was 69.96 percent.

"I was very gratified to see the results of the February Virginia Bar Exam. Regent Law graduates performed better than those from any other school in Virginia." said Law School Dean Jeffrey A. Brauch. "The results reflect a lot of hard work by these dedicated men and women and by the outstanding faculty that trained them. They also reflect God’s blessing and grace in their lives. They are now ready to serve clients and their communities with excellence and integrity. Today is a day of joy!"

Regent’s overall pass rate, including repeat takers, also excelled, with 69.57 percent passing the exam, a pass rate over 10 points above the state average of 59.41 percent.

See the complete results below for law schools in Virginia:

First-time Takers
All Virginia Bar Exam Applicants

        Virginia Law Schools:

Appalachian School of Law

College of William and Mary

George Mason University

Liberty University

Regent University

University of Richmond

University of Virginia

Washington and Lee University

Continued Moot Court Success for Regent Law

Spring 2014 continues to be a successful semester for Regent University School of Law students participating in regional and national Moot Court Competitions.

On Friday, April 11, Regent Law students Kellisia Hazlewood, Abbie Nordhagen, and Sarah Decker (pictured) claimed second place overall, second-best brief, best oralist, and second-best oralist in the Touro Law Center's National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion at the Alfonse D'Amato Federal Courthouse, in Islip, New York.

Regent's team, led by assistant professor Dr. Tessa Dysart and third-year law student Elise Girani, followed closely behind the competition's champions, Emory University.

Not only did competing students work well as a team, they also performed well individually. Hazlewood won best oralist for her argument. Nordhagen won second-best brief in the competition.

"I am really proud of our team. Abbie, Kelli, and Sarah but an incredible amount of time into preparing for the competition, and Elise provided invaluable help as the assistant coach," said Dysart. "Their hard work clearly paid off and we are looking forward to hopefully returning to the Touro competition next year."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson

Four Regent Law Students Secure IJM Internships

Four Regent Law students will work with the International Justice Mission this summer. Krystle Blanchard and Lindsey Brower will intern for IJM Kenya; Michael Aiello will intern in Thailand; and Sandra Alcaide, a Blackstone Fellow, will work in South Asia.

Lindsey Brower, an IJM intern
“I could not be more proud of these students,” states Ernie Walton, administrative director of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. “Securing an internship with IJM, highlighted by U.S. News & World Report as one of ‘10 Service Groups That Are Making a Difference,’ is a great accomplishment. For years, IJM has faithfully carried out God’s mandate to seek justice for the oppressed, and I am thrilled that some of our students will have the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing through IJM.”

Krystle and Lindsey will aid the IJM Kenya team in prosecuting sexual violence cases, protecting the poor from power abuse among local law enforcement, and releasing individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned. They’ll help men like Anthony and Silas, who were wrongfully accused of robbing a family simply because they were near the crime scene, and thrown in prison on baseless charges. Accusing and charging those near a crime scene with committing the crime is all too common among the police in Kenya. With help from IJM, Anthony and Silas were freed two years later, and IJM helped them restart their lives.

Krystle and Lindsey have already begun working on an IJM Student Staff Project with the Center for Global Justice to be better prepared for their internships.

Michael’s work will focus on sex trafficking, sexual assault, and securing citizenship for hill tribe people. According to an IJM article, more than 12 million people worldwide do not have citizenship, which means they don’t have access to fair wages or education and do not receive legal protection. Women and girls without citizenship are also more likely to be exploited or trafficked, according to UNESCO. IJM Thailand strives to combat these issues by providing an Identity Card for stateless hill tribe citizens.

Through Blackstone, Sandra received a six-week internship with IJM. She will review IJM advocates’ trip reports, create curriculum materials for training advocates in organizations that partner with IJM, research, and write briefs.

“Through the Center for Global Justice, Krystle, Lindsey, and Michael received grants to intern with IJM, which allows the Center for Global Justice to fulfill its dual mission of equipping Christian advocates to seek justice for the oppressed and serving those in the field,” says Walton. “I cannot think of a better internship placement for our students to be equipped or a better organization that we could support than IJM.”

Faculty Achievements: Week ending April 11, 2014

One of Professor James Duane's latest articles, "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Pointless Remand," can now be downloaded from SSRN.

Professor Lynn Marie Kohm is sending her recent article "The Challenges of Teaching Gender Equality in a World of Reproductive Gendercide," which is published in the Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy, to all gender law professors and feminist scholars.

Professor Benjamin Madison and Professor Natt Gantt secured another book contract with Carolina Academic Press on identity formation in legal education. 

Law Excels at National Competition

As Regent University School of Law leads students to become successful advocates, its Moot Court teams continue to excel in their competitions.

On March 28-29, Regent students competed in the fourth annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University. The team, consisting of Regent law students Tiffany Bennett, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Jaclyn Walliser, advanced in the rounds from 25 participating teams and into the semifinal round.

During the competition, Bennett, Schlittenhart and Walliser also won the Best Brief Award for Petitions' Brief. The team lost by one point during the semifinal rounds to the winning team from Southwestern Law School.

"I am very proud of these teams and how well they represented Regent," said Michael Hernandez, professor in the School of Law and coach for the Moot Court team. "The brief award reflects the outstanding quality of their work and also the strength of the writing instruction provided at Regent Law."

Regent was one of 16 law schools represented by the 25 participating teams in the national competition, finishing ahead of teams from the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, the College of William & Mary, Wake Forest University and George Mason University.

The law school's second competing team of students, consisting of Ashleigh Davenport, Rebecca Lawrence, and Elizabeth Libertini, finished in the quarterfinal rounds of the competition.

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson

Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Society Hosts Sports Law Dialogue

To provide guidance for Regent Law students pursuing sports law, the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) hosted a discussion, “Getting in the Game: How to Start a Sports Law Practice,” featuring Michael P. Giordano, Esq. of Vandeventer Black LLP.

IPELS Board with Michael Giordano (second right)
“While sports law is not currently taught at Regent, I wanted to give students the opportunity to hear from a local attorney who is new in the field and is creating a niche for himself,” states IPELS President Jennifer Brown. “I hope this dialogue helped current students who are interested in starting a sports law practice.”

Giordano began his sports law practice, which is just one of his practice areas at Vandeventer, much like an entrepreneur begins a small business: through hard work, networking, and research.

One of the most difficult aspects of entering sports law in the Hampton Roads region is that there are no major league teams here. The Norfolk Tides (baseball) and Norfolk Admirals (hockey) are minor league teams. After researching sports teams and organizations, Giordano found his niche. He joined the Sports Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the Norfolk Sports Club.

During the discussion, Giordano provided numerous tips for law students who plan to pursue sports law:
  • Join local sports law organizations and athletic interest groups 
  • Gain business skills 
  • Know the local industry and make connections by contacting local sports professionals and developing rapport 
  • Talk to your firm: they might help you develop a sports law practice 
  • Continue to develop professional skills through mentorship at your firm 
  • Stay up-to-date on sports news and events 
Overall, Giordano encourages students that success in sports law, despite its reputation as a small and competitive industry, is an obtainable reality.

“Find what you’re passionate about, and keep working at it. If you do good work, people will hear about you, and they will find you,” he says.

View the video below:

Faculty Achievements: Week ending April 4, 2014

Professor James Duane's recent article, "The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court’s Surprising Six-Way Split," will be published in the next issue of The Green Bag.

Professor Tom Folsom delivered a well-received presentation at the Drake Law Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable.He presented a paper he is currently working on: "Algorithm Methods: A New Clue for Patent Eligible Subject Matter." It is based on the popular software case, CLS Bank Intern v. Alice Corporation, which was argued before the Supreme Court this week. He hopes to offer the same presentation at Regent on April 15.

Professor Michael Hernandez's new book, Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests, will be published this month and available for Fall 2014 courses.

Professor Bradley Jacob appeared on The Randy Tobler Show and discussed the Affordable Care Act's Contraception Coverage Mandate. Listen to the interview here (3-29-14 The Randy Tobler Show, Hour 2).

Last week, Professor Lynne Marie Kohm participated in the International Studies Association Annual Conference in Toronto. On March 26, she was a panelist for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She presented "A Brief Assessment of the 25-Year Effect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child." Her previous article on this topic,
"Suffer the Little Children," is her most downloaded piece.
Professor David Wagner's recent article on the constitutionality of home schooling will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of theOklahoma City University Law Review. Professor Wagner will also address the University of Illinois at Champagne Federalist Society on April 3 on the Sixth Amendment confrontation clause.

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...