Faculty Achievements: Week ending July 25, 2014

During the quarterly faculty/staff meeting on Monday, July 21, the following law and law library employees received service awards:
  • Professor Tessa Dysart, Assistant Professor, 5 years
  • Professor Marie Hamm, Assistant Director for Collection Development, Law Library, 15 year

Professor James Duane's article "The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court's Surprising Six-Way Split," which has received significant press, was recently listed in SSRN's Top 10 Download lists for the following topics:
  • Legal Education (Topic)
  • Law & Rhetoric eJournal
  • Law & Society: The Legal Profession eJournal
Professor Tessa Dysart's paper, "Child, Victim, or Prostitute? Justice Through Immunity for Prostituted Children," was recently listed on SSRN's Top 10 Download lists for the following topics:
  • Ethical Issues
  • Family & Children's Law eJournal
  • Women, Gender & the Law eJournal
Professor Scott Pryor's article "Who Bears the Cost? The Necessity of Taxpayer Participation in Chapter 9" was cited by Martha E.M. Kopacz, who is the expert appointed by the Bankruptcy Court overseeing the Chapter 9 bankruptcy of Detroit, in her 226-page report to the court on the feasibility of Detroit’s plan of adjustment. Feasibility is one of the requirements for confirmation of a city's plan, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is the first to appoint an expert to help determine that Detroit's plan is achievable. Read more in Professor Pryor's blog post on the topic.

Professor Craig Stern's article "Does the Constitution Work?" was just published by the Akron Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy.


Alumnus Teresa Hammons Honored as 2014 Judge of the Year

Regent University School of Law acknowledged the Honorable Teresa N. Hammons ’88 (pictured) as the 2014 Judge of the Year at its 10th Annual Judicial Internship Banquet held this June.

Hammons currently serves as a judge for the Virginia Beach General District Court, where she handles civil, criminal, and traffic cases. Previously, she was the Associate City Attorney in the litigation section of the Virginia Beach Office of the City Attorney, where she managed civil defense litigation, adult and child protective services, employment law, worker’s compensation defense, and prosecution of misdemeanor appeals. She was also a staff attorney for the Tidewater Legal Aid Society, Senior Law Center.

Throughout her career, Judge Hammons has mentored countless interns who admire her dedication to the law and how she deeply considers the impact her rulings have on individuals and the judicial system.

The Judicial Internship Program began in 1998 when Regent Law matched first-year law students with judges and clerks in local city courts. Since its inauguration, the program has evolved into a year-round, multi-tiered judicial internship and externship experience. This year, 15 courts provided opportunities for more than 50 students.

Read more about the Judicial Internship Banquet.

Faculty Achievements: Week ending July 18, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching's recent paper, "What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price," was highlighted in Lawrence Solum's Legal Theory Blog. Solum, who is a professor at Georgetown Law, highly recommends Professor Ching's piece.

Professor Scott Pryor's paper, "Municipal Bankruptcy: When Doing Less is Doing Best," was recently listed on SSRN's Top 10 Downloads list for these topics:
  • Political Economy: National, State & Local Government
  • Intergovernmental Relations eJournal
  • Political Institutions: Federalism & Sub-National Politics eJournal
Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's article, “The Intersection of Family Law and Immigration: Virginia and the Big Picture,” will be presented by a North Carolina immigration attorney during a section of a Continuing Legal Education program called “The Intersection of Immigration Law and Family Law.” 

Law Professor and Students’ Work on U.S. Supreme Court Case Pays Off


Bruce Cameron, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law and National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW) staff member (pictured), and three Regent Law students participated in Harris v. Quinn, a case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in January 2014. This summer, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of NRTW; the Foundation's attorneys represented Pamela Harris.

Harris v. Quinn investigates whether state-paid home healthcare employees like Harris, who cares for her disabled son, should pay compulsory union dues. Home healthcare employees are friends and relatives of the sick and disabled who choose to provide home care rather than institutionalize their loved ones. Due to declining membership, union leaders asked states that created home care programs to recognize these workers as state employees for purposes of collective bargaining.

In June 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Harris and several other employees represented by NRTW staff attorneys, stating that it is unconstitutional that union dues be mandatory.

Professor Cameron partnered with William Messenger, an NRTW attorney who represented several home healthcare employees. Cameron edited a brief, suggested case strategy, and worked with Regent Law students who did research on issues related to Harris v. Quinn.

Three Regent Law students also worked on the case. Megan (Herald) Donley ’12 assisted both Messenger and Professor Cameron, and wrote an article for Regent University Law Review on the case. Jennifer Brown ’14 and Zachary Hoffman ’13 worked on research for Harris v. Quinn when it went before the Supreme Court.

“I continue to work towards the goal of eliminating compulsory union fees, and Regent students continue to help me,” states Professor Cameron. “We are changing the balance of political power in the United States to better reflect the free choice of citizens.”

Read more about Regent Law’s involvement with Supreme Court cases.

Faculty Achievements: Week ending July 11, 2014

Professor Bruce Cameron published an article, "A Good Day for Employee Freedom," in Room for Debate, a popular opinion blog in The New York Times. Read more here.

Professor Cameron was part of the legal team that represented employees in Harris v. Quinn, in which the Supreme Court ruled that homecare workers who are funded by Medicaid should not be forced to pay fees for a union in which they are not a member. 

Professor Cameron wrote an article for the Church State Council Blog entitled “A Westboro Moment.” He discusses the First Amendment right to free speech and how it relates to Dr. Eric Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist associate pastor and director and health officer for the City of Pasadena, who was suspended from his job with the City of Pasadena when the city learned of his conservative beliefs.

One of Professor Kenneth Ching's latest papers, "Beauty and Ugliness in Offer and Acceptance," is currently the second most downloaded article on SSRN under the topic "Legal Scholarship Network: Contracts."

Professor Ching also posted a new article, "What We Consent to When We Consent to Form Contracts: Market Price," on SSRN. The paper argues that consent to form contracts should be construed as consent to pay market price.

Professors Eric DeGroffBenjamin Madison, and Natt Gantt recently joined the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law.  The organization, which began in 2011, strives to transform legal education in response to challenges that have emerged in the field. Members represent 113 law schools and legal service organizations. The professors also represented Regent Law last month at an invitation-only workshop, "Helping Each Student Internalize the Core Values and Ideals of the Profession," held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's article, "Roe's Effects on Family Law," was recently listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list for the topic of AARN: Family Law.

The latest article by  Professor Lynne Marie Kohm and alum Elizabeth Oklevitch ('14), “Federalism or Extreme Makeover of State Domestic Regulations Power? The Rules and Rhetoric of Windsor (and Perry),” is now available on SSRN.

Professor Cameron Published in Popular New York Times Opinion Blog

Professor Bruce Cameron published “A Good Day for Employee Freedom” in Room for Debate, a popular opinion blog in The New York Times. His post responds to the topic “Union Dues and the Court.” He and three other experts weigh in, answering the following question: “Should public employees be required to pay union dues, even if they don’t join the union that represents them?”

Professor Cameron agrees with the Supreme Court of the United States’ conclusion that employees who do not join a union should not be required to pay dues. He cites the recent decision, stating, “… the First Amendment prohibits the state of Illinois from requiring home-care providers to pay union ‘agency fees,’ because those individuals are not full-fledged public employees, and the union uses this money to influence the actions of the government.”

Professor Cameron is the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent University School of Law. He teaches Religion in the Workplace, Labor Law, and administers the Right to Work Practicum.

Alumni News Recap: June 2014

Noel Sterett ('10) published "Supreme Court Says Public Prayers Need Not Be to 'generic God,'" an article on the case for public prayer in Town of Greece v. Galloway.

Jeremy Tedesco ('04) ) was interviewed on The Blaze TV about Jack Phillips, a baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple in 2012 because it violated his religious beliefs. After the couple sued Phillips for discrimination, Colorado's Civil Rights commission upheld a court ruling that now forces Phillips to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

Seth Wilson ('06) wrote "Start Page: Make the Most of Your 24 Hours with Workflow Planning," an article for the Indiana Lawyer.

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