Regent Law Faculty Achievements - September 25, 2015

Regent University's School of Law Faculty members willingly share their knowledge and expertise beyond the classroom to spark scholarly debate and advance the practice of law. Their latest endeavors include the following.

Professor Natt Gantt’s and Assoc. Dean Ben Madison’s paper, "Teaching the Newly Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Values in a Changing World," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: AARN: The Legal Profession.  View/Download their paper.
Next week, Professor Natt Gantt is presenting on “Leadership Development for Law Students” at the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference in Denver, Colorado.

On October 13, Craig Stern, executive director of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights & the Rule of Law, is presenting "Positive Rights: Threat or Menace?" to kick off the 2015-16 Center for Global Justice Forums.

Assoc. Dean Lynne Marie Kohm's paper, "The Unspoken Consequences of Obergefell: Calling Convictional Christian Scholars," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: AARN: Case Studies of Religious Groups (Topic); AARN: Christianity (Sub-Topic); AARN: Family Law (Topic); LSN: Family Law (Sexuality) (Topic); and PSN: Post-Conflict Reconciliation (Topic). View the abstract | Full article. She will also present this work in progress as part of the new Faculty Colloquium Series.

Regent School of Law Welcomes the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick to Campus

Judge Leslie Southwick was nominated as a federal judge and lives to tell about it.

At least, that's what he said Monday, Sept. 14, at a luncheon hosted by Regent University's chapter of the Federalist Society, where he took School of Law students and faculty through the steps on his occupational road less traveled.

Asst. Professor Tessa Dysart with
Judge Leslie Southwick
It happened, as it does with any federal judge nomination: clearing a list of hurdles including selections, questions, presidential selections, waiting and even FBI investigations.

"And a whole lot of luck," added Southwick.

It's a process he's written about in his book, The Nominee: A Political and Spiritual Journey; what he expresses feeling like a character from the Pixar-animated film, Toy Story.

"We were all waiting to see who 'Andy' would pick to take off the shelf next," said Southwick with a laugh.

Tessa Dysart, assistant School of Law professor, formerly worked as a counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice on vetting judicial nominees and assisting them through the confirmation process. One of the nominees whose nomination she worked on was Southwick's.

"I wanted the students to hear Judge Southwick's story, not just to understand the confirmation process," said Dysart. "But also to see the importance of civility, grace under pressure, and character, which are all qualities that Judge Southwick emulates."

But Southwick's story is a little more complicated and even, according to him, a bit "awkward" to talk about. Because when George W. Bush nominated Southwick to the federal appeals court, Fifth Circuit, he had no idea the controversy that would arise.

Just days before his hearing, a progressive advocacy group brought attention to two cases Southwick had been involved in at the state level: A case involving a racial slur spoken in a workplace, and a case regarding the custody of a child in a family with a father and a bisexual mother.

Despite the flurry of media attention and the general perception that he was being treated unfairly, Southwick explained that he tried to have faith.

He found solace in Habakkuk 3:17-18 which states, "Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines…"

"Still I will rejoice in the Lord," recited Southwick. "This was very meaningful to me."

And it was there, in that place of battling and questioning, that he learned to strike a balance between trusting the Lord and expecting a miracle. After a long journey, he received surprising support from a Democrat senator, and thus enough votes to receive his confirmation.

He continues to talk about his story, and encourages those he meets on his path today.

"Keep your priorities straight. Be willing to take chances and leave your comfort zones," said Southwick. "At the same time, avoid being rash – follow your dreams very carefully, and think about your options if your pursuit fails."

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By Brett Wilson Tubbs

Professor Serves on State Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

For 40 years, Bruce Cameron, professor in Regent University's School of Law, has dedicated his career to bettering the lives of employees with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

Now, as a result of his years of dedicated passion to litigating Foundation-funded cases representing employees whose religious or political beliefs have been compromised due to compulsory unionism, Cameron has been appointed as a member of the Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

"The goal of my life is to advance the Kingdom of God," said Cameron. "The employees I help are extremely grateful to be able to keep both their faith and their jobs. Regent Law students are able to work with me in helping these employees. Being a blessing to employees and students in a way that advances the work of God is extremely gratifying – it is a privilege to do this work."

Cameron will carry over this passion to serve both his clients and his students during a five-year term with the committee, advising the Federal government on civil rights issues in the commonwealth of Virginia.

He hopes to translate this "real-world" experience to his classroom of Regent Law students, helping them develop the tools they need for such litigations from a unique vantage point: the inside.

"Litigating cutting-edge constitutional, civil rights and labor law cases, and serving on the Virginia Civil Rights Commission, allow me to shape the law I teach to my students and to share with them the inside knowledge that will allow them to become superior lawyers," said Cameron.

"And if the Federal government values my opinion on civil rights, hopefully the law students in my Employment Discrimination will value the class."

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By Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent Wealth Management & Financial Planning Concentration CFP® Board Registered

Regent Law's M.A. in Law - Wealth
Management & Financial Planning
Concentration is CFP® Board Registered.
Regent University School of Law has registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide a new concentration focusing on financial planning as part of its Master of Arts in Law program.

An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification marks, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements. Students completing the financial planning curriculum at Regent will have met the Education requirement for the CFP® Certification Examination administered by CFP Board.

“CFP Board is pleased to approve the program at Regent University as a CFP Board Registered Program,” said Richard P. Rojeck, CFP®, chair of CFP Board’s Board of Directors. “As student interest in financial planning as a career continues to grow, we anticipate that Regent University’s program will contribute significantly to the number of qualified candidates seeking to attain the CFP® certification, the standard of excellence for competent and ethical financial planning.”

Regent Law has received recognition for the high quality of its professors. The Princeton Review has ranked Regent among the top 10 law schools in the nation with the "Best Professors" for two consecutive years.

In its letter approving Regent’s financial planning program, CFP Board observed that “the academic and professional experience of this faculty can enhance the learning experiences of the student as well as the professional standing of the program, bringing student placement opportunities, additional resources, and other forms of engagement to the students at Regent University.”

“At a time when many Americans are hoping to enjoy a happy retirement period, the need for financial planning expertise is greater than ever,” said Janis L. Kirkland, director of Regent’s Wealth Management & Financial Planning curriculum. “CFP professionals are uniquely qualified to help individuals solve financial problems and achieve their financial goals.

“Working as a financial planner can be both personally and financially rewarding. Financial specialists were identified among the top career fields for coming years in a recent article by Money,” Kirkland continued. “Regent’s Wealth Management & Financial Planning curriculum will provide students with the educational component required to enter this robust field. Furthermore, Regent’s program integrates the love of Christ into its degree programs, supplying students with moral and ethical training important in a financial professional.”

Students can begin the new 30-credit Wealth Management & Financial Planning concentration, which is offered online, as early as October 26, 2015, and finish in about a year. More information can be found here.

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