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Regent Hosts Judicial Internship Banquet

During their three-year stint in the juris doctorate programs, many students focus on the theory of law, absorbing two-dimensional cases from books laced with legalese. But, through its Judicial Internship Program, more than 50 Regent University School of Law students have the opportunity to learn from judges and clerks from local city courts.

On Tuesday, June 25, the School of Law, along with the Office of Career & Alumni Services, hosted the 10th Annual Judicial Internship Banquet at The Founders Inn and Spa.

There, program participants from more than 15 courts—such as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and the Virginia Beach Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court—were honored for their service in guiding students.

Judge Patricia West, associate dean for the School of Law (pictured), welcomed the students, judges and clerks who participated in the Judicial Internship Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. A…

Faculty Achievements: Week ending June 27, 2014

Professor James Duane's article, "The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court's Surprising Six-Way Split," continues to be cited online. University of Wisconsin Law School professor Ann Althouse addressed the article in her popular ephonymous blog, and National Law Journal featured the article in "No Video, But Here's Audio of How Justices Say 'Certiorari.'"

Professor James Duane also had the opportunity to speak in Tulsa, Okla., as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Criminal Defense Institute sponsored by the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Professor Bradley Jacob was interviewed by CBN News regarding legal challenges related to recent attempts to redefine marriage.

Professor Scott Pryor's paper, "Municipal Bankruptcy: When Doing Less is Doing Best," was recently listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list in these categories: ERN: Other Political Economy: National, State & Local Government; Intergovern…

Law Professor’s Article on Ambiguous Pronunciation of ‘Certiorari’ Goes Viral

When The Green Bag, a journal known for featuring humorous legal articles, published “The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court’s Surprising Six-Way Split,” Professor James Duane didn’t expect major legal news outlets to make his article headline news.

The article uncovers inconsistencies in the pronunciation of “certiorari,” an order that allows a higher court to request a lower court’s records. The confusion is a classic case of poh-tay-toh/poh-tah-toh: there seems to be more than one way to say it, and no one has standardized the pronunciation.

When researching, Professor Duane consulted legal dictionaries, but he only found inconsistencies. Then he turned to recordings of 13 modern Supreme Court justices speaking in court. Ideally, to save face, a lawyer should mimic the Supreme Court justices’ pronunciation, but it turns out that their pronunciations are inconsistent too.

The article has gone viral in the legal world. It was the topic of several National Law Jo…

Faculty Achievements: Week ending June 20, 2014

Professor Eric DeGroff was elected secretary of the Board of Governors for the Virginia State Bar’s Environmental Section. The position lasts for one year.
Professor James Duane's article, "The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court's Surprising Six-Way Split," has earned tremendous popularity. It was the subject of the headline story in the National Law Journal, one of the top headline stories and most read items in the ABA Journal, discussed in Ed Whelan's blog in National Review Online, and mentioned by Adam Liptak of The New York Times on his Twitter account.

Professor Tessa Dysart's article, "Child, Victim, or Prostitute? Justice through Immunity for Prostituted Children," is available on SSRN. She argues that prostituted children should be immune to prosecution. The article is published in the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's paper, "Roe's Effects on Family Law," which is p…

Faculty Achievements: Week ending June 13, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching's new essay, "Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance," made the following top 10 lists on SSRN: LSN: Other Issues Involving the Sale of Goods or Services to Consumers (Topic)PRN: Aesthetic Experience, Judgment, Value (Topic)PSN: Other Political Theory: Political Philosophy (Topic)Political Theory eJournalsPolitical Theory: Political Philosophy eJournal
Professor James Davids wrote "The Role of Worldview in Judicial Decision-Making," a chapter in a book that Cambridge Scholars Publishing accepted for publication.

Professor Thomas Folsom is presenting at an international program (property, new remedies, intellectual property) scheduled June 17-19 in Aix-en-Provence, France. He will also lead a seminar entitled "Liberty, Law, and Politics: Islamic and Western Perspectives" for Regent's Oxford Study Abroad Program at Oxford Brookes University from June 23 to July 4.

ProfessorMichael Hernandez just …

Students Research for Wrongful Death Trial

While many soon-to-be law graduates were preparing for the impending ceremony and wrapping up their final exams on the week of graduation, four Regent University School of Law students were assisting in a three-day $8 million civil trial in Westmoreland County, Va. The plaintiff's lawyer, Randy Singer, is attorney-in-residence at Regent Law, who regularly taps students to work with him.

Throughout the spring 2014 semester, Kevin Hoffman, rising third-year law student Sarah Morris, Matthew Puchferran '14, and Katelyn Rodebeck '14 assisted Singer in preparing for a civil case exploring the wrongful death of a Westmoreland County woman who was found frozen in a snow bank in February 2010.

Each year Singer, who is also managing partner of Singer Legal Group, LLC, pastor of Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Va., and esteemed author of several "legal thriller" books, selects four Regent students to participate in a practicum course designed to give law students hands…

Faculty Achievements: Week ending June 6, 2014

Dean Jeffrey Brauch was a guest on The Tide 92.3 FM (Virginia Beach) on Tuesday, May 27. He discussed some of Regent Law's distinct characteristics. An audio clip of the interview is available here.

Professor Kenneth Ching's article "Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance" recently made the SSRN top 10 list for contracts.

Professor James Duane was cited in Bryan Garner's Usage Tip of the Day, which the Oxford University Press distributes. The tip addresses when to use "whether" and "whether or not." Read Professor Duane's article.

Summer Assignments: Center for Global Justice 2014 Interns

This year, 19 Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law interns are scattered around the globe, serving organizations that protect children, promote religious freedom, fight human trafficking, and aid the poor. Some of our interns serve organizations located a short drive from Regent University’s campus, such as the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative. Others travel a bit further to Washington, D.C., and Texas, while others board long flights to Africa and Asia.

No matter where they go, the Center for Global Justice interns will be equipped to seek justice for the downtrodden and combat human rights abuses.

Take a look at where some of the interns are serving this year and the causes they support:
Michael Aiello (Chang Mai, Thailand): International Justice Mission, Human TraffickingEmily Arthur (Texas): Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and Mosaic Family Services; Immigration, Protecting Children, and Human TraffickingTiffany Bennett (Washington, D.C.): Jubilee …