Alumni News Recap: October 2014

Three more Regent University School of Law alumni have been appointed to judgeships, bringing the total number of Regent Law alumni currently serving on the bench to 28. Read the full story.

Lindsey Bachman ('09) has joined Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliot as an attorney.

Kerriel Bailey ('08) was selected as the 2014 Champion for Children in the legal field.

Timothy Creed ('08) has joined the Coleman Law Group.

Kristy Mutchler was hired as the Strategic Partnerships Liaison by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Ginger Poynter ('03) is  running for District Judge in Baldwin County, AL. Poynter will face off against sitting Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason in the November election.

Wise attorney Charles H. "Chuck" Slemp III on Tuesday announced his intention to seek the local Republican party nomination to become the next commonwealth's attorney in Wise County pending the determination of a special election for the office. Read the full story.

Jeremy Tedesco
 ('04), the senior attorney on an Idaho case about jailed pastors refusing to perform same-sex marriages, was recenly quoted in the news.

Wayne S. Wallace
 ('13) is now an Immigration Case Manager at IBM at Experis.

Brian Walsh 
('00) will be speaking at The Regent Federalist Society Alumni Chapter Breakfast on November 15 at 8 am at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, DC. (Contact Professor Tessa Dysart to RSVP.)

Jesse Wiese ('11) published an article entitled, "I Was Free to Find Religion in Prison. Will the Supreme Court Protect That Freedom?"

Laura Zuber has joined the Solomon Law Group. Zuber handles family law, divorce, custody, wills and bankruptcy. 

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending October 24, 2014

Professor Jim Boland's article, "Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality, and Democratic Government: America, a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship?", was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for the topic of International & Comparative Law.

Dean Jeffrey Brauch just signed a book contract with Kirkdale Press for a book called "Marred Perfection: Why Getting Human Nature Right Matters."

Professor James Duane recently spoke at Villanova Law School, and afterward had dinner with several Regent Law alumni in the area.

Professor Tessa Dysart’s article, "The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America's Sex-Trafficked Children", was cited in 44 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 619, 2013 WL 2251701, 44 CLMHRLR 619.

Professor Tom Folsom will be a Colloquium discussant and session moderator at an Intellectual Property and Free EnterpriseColloquium held by the Federalist Society and John Templeton Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia, November 7-8, 2014.

Professor Folsom also had a book note accepted for publication entitled Review of Christopher Marshall’s “Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice,” __ Religious Studies Review No. __ (forthcoming, 2014).

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm had several recently published pieces and blog posts posted at

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending October 17, 2014

Regent Law professor James Duane's article, "The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari," was discussed on

Regent Law professor Brad Jacob was interviewed by CBN News.

Professor Craig Stern posted a subject piece entitled "Megillath Esther and the Rule of Law: Disobedience and Obligation" on SSRN.

JGJPP - The Bible & Divorce: How can a faithful Christian reconcile the two?

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 19:4-9 (NIV)

The legal profession is not short on traps for the unwary. It creates pitfalls and labyrinths within the day-to-day struggle to not only zealously advocate for one’s client, but to also remain faithful to the moral underpinnings developed by our worldviews in the face of cultural pressure to conform. As Christian lawyers, these commitments, compelled by love, keep us restrained from the addiction of compromise, not because of its inherent desirability, but because of its inherent ease.  We tether ourselves to the cross in an effort to become a living-breathing sacrifice, to illuminate the path for those walking in darkness and to help the glory of God be magnified in our lives through the legal profession. During this process, Christians face a host of issues that create undeniable conflicts. One issue is in the arena of divorce litigation. The question of whether a Christian can be a divorce lawyer is full of theological and legal implications. A believer’s purpose is to master the nuances of these dilemmas and conduct himself in a worthy manner. See Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; Philippians 1:27.
 The Christian Legal Society is honored to host this Lunch Series on the topic of the Bible and Divorce.  Professor Anthony S. Mulford was gracious enough to offer his time and advice on the means of reconciling the biblical model of marriage/divorce and the legal responsibility we have to our clients. The tension is real! It is important that students begin to wrestle with these dilemmas early in order to better prepare themselves for the eventual conflicts. By doing this, we allow the truth of scripture to shape our lives instead of allowing our lives to shape the truth of scripture.


CLS is here as a resource for Christian student-lawyers dealing with the struggle of the legal profession. For more information please visit our website at if you're a Regent student at

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email Anton Sorkin (

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending October 10, 2014

Professor Tom Folsom presented 1001 Arabian (and Islamic) Mights: What the Islamic Legal Traditions Might Teach about Law, Morality, Supernatural Law, and a Rule of Law in a Global and Tech Era—as a guest lecturer at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, on October 2, 2014 at the invitation of the Federalist Society.

Professor Tom Folsom had an article accepted for publication entitled Designing Food, Owning the Cornucopia: What the Patented Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Might Teach about GMOs/ Modified Foods, and the Replicator, 8 Akron Intell. Prop. J.__  (forthcoming 2014).

Professor Lou Hensler has a book publication offer from Vandeplas Publishing, LLC, for Torts: Cases, Materials, Questions and Comments.

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm will be at BYU this weekend presenting “A Prospective Analysis of Family Fragmentation: Baby Mama Drama Meets Jane Austen,” and moderating a faculty panel consisting of Rick Duncan (Nebraska), Richard Meyers (Ave Maria), and Scott Fitzgibbon (Boston College).

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's blog post, "Tale of Two States Reveals Leadership to Restore Families," was featured's commentary section.

Regent has moved up and is now ranked #130 on SSRN. Learn more

Regent's Law Professors Rank Top Ten Again in the Princeton Review

Regent University School of Law's faculty has once again ranked among the top ten in the nation. In its annual law school report, The Princeton Review provides rankings generated from student surveys conducted across the United States to help prospective students to find the school that is best suited for them.

Here is where Regent Law ranked this year:

Top 10 for Best Professors (#10).  The full top ten list was comprised of Duke, Boston U, UVA, Washington and Lee, Chicago, Pepperdine, Stanford, U. St. Thomas, Samford, Regent.

Top 10 for Most Conservative (#2).  The full top ten list was comprised of Ave Maria, Regent, BYU, Samford, George Mason, Faulkner, Notre Dame, Baylor, Mississippi, Pepperdine.

Regent Law was also featured in an article on the Huffington Post.

Regent Turns Fear 2 Freedom for Sex Trafficking Survivors

Every two minutes in the United States, a woman becomes a victim of sexual assault. And in developing nations, the numbers only increase.

"This is unacceptable; this is crazy," said Rosemary Trible (pictured), founder of Fear 2 Freedom (F2F) as she spoke to Regent University students on Friday, Oct. 3. "And tonight, we're going to be able to do something about it—we're going to restore that joy."

Trible shared these statistics at the university's second gathering to assemble 200 kits of toiletries, letters of encouragement, and clothing for survivors of human trafficking and assault in South America.

F2F and Regent partnered with Orphan's Promise, a ministry born out of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) to deliver the packages to women and children in the nations of Peru and Costa Rica. They are meant to restore joy and dignity in the lives of those who have been affected by sexual trauma.

F2F will continue to travel throughout Virginia, Texas and Colorado to spread its efforts in universities and hospitals across the nation. And though the students were serving hurting people from nations far away, Trible reminded volunteers that these issues strike everywhere, even close to home.

"Our mission is to empower college students to change the cultural understanding of sexual assault in our city, state, country and around our world," said Trible. "We're going to make a difference one person at a time."

Trible's passion for bringing relief to victims of assault began when she was 25 years old. She was at the height of her career as a television host in Richmond, Virginia.

And when she featured a show on sexual assault, Trible was astounded by the number of phone calls and letters revealing women eager to share similar stories of their own experience.

She couldn't have known that just a few days later she would have a story of her own to share.

While she was preparing to shoot footage for shows to put "in the can" during the Christmas holiday, she was interrupted by an intruder who held a gun to her head.

"He tore my body; he stole my joy, and my heart was frozen," said Trible. "But I made it through; I got my joy back, and I want others to know how good God is."

Through time, and her reliance on God, Trible was able to release her fear and trust and encourage others who have undergone traumas similar to her own.

"No matter what has happened in your life, no matter what has broken your heart, this cycle of fear can be broken," said Trible. "Be the change and make a difference one person at a time."

By Brett Wilson

Alumni News Recap: September 2014

Three more Regent University School of Law alumni have been appointed to judgeships, bringing the total number of Regent Law alumni currently serving on the bench to 28. Read the full story.

Elizabeth Oklevitch ('14) and Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's article entitled,  "Federalism or Extreme Makeover of State Domestic Regulations Power? The Rules and Rhetoric of Windsor (and Perry)," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: PSN: Policy Analysis (Topic).

Ginger Poynter ('03) is  running for District Judge in Baldwin County, AL. Poynter will face off against sitting Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason in the November election.

Danielle Ridgely ('14) was recently accepted to Georgetown’s LL.M. in Taxation program.

Monica Rey-Bailey ('13) is now an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law.

Kahryn Riley ('14) is now Regional Fundraiser at Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Wise attorney Charles H. "Chuck" Slemp III on Tuesday announced his intention to seek the local Republican party nomination to become the next commonwealth's attorney in Wise County pending the determination of a special election for the office. Read the full story.

Seth Wilson ('06) recently wrote an article for the Indiana about creating Outlook e-mail distribution lists to reduce email frustration.

Faculty Achievements: Week ending October 3, 2014

Professors Natt Gantt and Benjamin Madison presented "Cultivating Professional Identity in Law School: One School's Experience" at the Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference in Denver on September 18.

Professor James Duane will be giving a talk at Villanova Law School on October 14 at the invitation of the Federalist Society.

Professor Tessa Dysart received and accepted an offer to publish her article "The Origination Clause, the Affordable Care Act, and Indirect Constitutional Violations" from the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, one of the top three law and policy journals and among the top 100 student-edited law journals generally.

On Friday, October 10 Professor Lynne Marie Kohm will be presenting A Prospective Analysis of Family Fragmentation (or Baby Mama Meets Jane Austen) at BYU for a symposium there on the Future of the Family.

The Honorable Patricia West, distinguished professor and associate dean in Regent University Schools of Law and Government, spoke at the second annual Senator A. Willis Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics, hosted by the Robertson School of Government at noon on September 23, 2014 in the Moot Courtroom of Robertson Hall.  

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