School of Law Presents the Ronald L. Fick Book Award Ceremony for Fall 2015 Courses

When Ronald Fick, shareholder and attorney at Dunwody White & Landon, P.A. in Palm Beach, Florida, learned that his daughter, Allison Fick ’14 (LAW) received the highest grade in her Contracts I course, he proudly proclaimed that she would receive the book award for her efforts.

But he didn't know that, at the time, Regent University’s School of Law had no book award program.

“I decided I’d make a concerted effort to see if I could convince Regent to begin giving these awards to honor future students, like today’s recipients,” said Fick.

Due to that effort, Regent launched its first set of book awards in January 2014. The second set was awarded in September 2014, just in time for Fick’s daughter to be presented with an award for the highest marks in her Corporate Tax class.

“All’s well that ends well,” Fick said to LAW students, faculty and staff at the Ronald L. Fick Book Award Ceremony on Thursday, January 21st. This semester’s ceremony honored students who received the highest marks in their fall 2015 courses.

“Today, I’d like to take a moment to thank the law school administration and faculty who are working very hard to prepare you students to become the next generation of lawyers,” said Fick. “Regent has assembled one of the finest law school faculties in the country. All of the men and women who serve on this illustrious faculty are not only accomplished in their particular area of law, but are also men and women of God.”

Additionally, Jared Birckholtz ‘10 (LAW), alumnus and staff counsel for Geico, presented a monetary award for excellence of performance in Negotiations and community service. He congratulated the book award recipients, and encouraged them to keep their focus on their character.

“I’ve come to realize the integrity that you have carries over and is a huge part of your practice,” said Birckholtz. “Seventy-five percent of my job is building relationships and being a man of my word. You all have the book-knowledge; you’re very smart. And you’re well-equipped because of the faculty here. Build on that integrity.”

Law students Cassandra Payton ‘16 and Sean Mitchell ’15 received the Geico honor. Mitchell said the honor was not something he won on his own, but was a collection of all his studies at law school and the guidance from the faculty. He recalled shopping in Home Depot the day he received an email notifying him that he had been admitted into law school.

“I immediately dropped to my knee in the middle of Home Depot and thanked God for all he’d done and what he was going to do. So my plan for late April after I take the bar exam is to go back to that same Home Depot and wait,” said Mitchell with a laugh. “My only hope is that I’ll do whatever it is that God has for me to do.”

Payton also received the book award for her Secured Transactions course, a feat that she never thought was possible until she changed her priorities. She began to find joy, and even fun, in her studies.

“I was so shocked that I’d achieved the highest grade in two classes, and it was the semester I wasn’t trying for the grade’s sake, I was trying for the sake of the Lord,” said Payton. “I think last fall was one of my best semesters because I had a great time. I enjoyed my work.”

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By Brett Wilson Tubbs | January 27, 2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements -- October 30 - December 11, 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.


WEEK OF OCTOBER 30, 2015:

Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart is the featured scholar on the Scholastica blog. This is a great feature for Professor Dysart and for Regent as Scholastica is the elite law review submission distribution site, and their article featuring her work is now being disseminated to a nation of elite legal scholars. 

At the Law Library Faculty Colloquium this past week, Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart presented her article "The Affordable Care Act, the Origination Clause, and Indirect Constitutional Violations," published by the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy.

Associate Professor Brad Jacob was a featured speaker for the forum at Cedarville College on October 21, where he presented and a Cedarville political science professor moderated the legal and moral implications of Obergefell v. Hodges for Christians as well as how the church should respond. Please note that Professor Jacob will offer a message considering an analysis of Obergefell on November 17 at the next Regent Law Library Faculty Colloquium to be held in the Law Library's third floor balcony.

Last week, Regent Law Graduate Assistant Sandra Alcaide and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm presented a paper on the "Future of Marriage after Obergefell," at BYU Law School. This provided an excellent scholarly mentoring opportunity. View the symposium's presentations online:

Past Conferences
Symposium October 12th Recordings

Professor Eric DeGroff's work will be featured at the University Faculty Research & Scholarship Presentations on November 13, where he will present "The Dynamics of the Contemporary Law School Classroom."

On Friday, October 2, Associate Professor James Davids gave a presentation to the CCCU Attorneys' Conference entitled "The Last Stand: The Ministerial Exception: How to Position Your Institution to Gain the Most Benefit from the Ministerial Exception." View his SSRN page.

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton's
essay, "Conservatives Should Attack Obergefell's Interpretations Method, Not its Hijacking of the Democratic Process," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: AARN: Political Organization (Topic) and AARN: State & Non-State Political Organization (Sub-Topic).

This week, Associate Professor Gloria Whittico posted her very pivotal original historic research on custody litigation brought by freed slave mothers to seek family reunification with their children. Read her work here:

'A Woman's Pride and a Mother's Love' the Missouri Freedom Suits and the Lengths and Limits of Justice

'If Past is Prologue': Toward the Development of a New 'Freedom Suit' for the Remediation of Foster Care Disproportionalities Among African-American Children 

Additionally, her excellent piece in memoriam to the beloved late Chief Justice Leroy Hassell, is available here.

Professor Natt Gantt and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm will be presenting at Pepperdine Law School's upcoming Nootbaar Conference, March 11-12, 2016. The conference is titled, "Doing Justice without Harm," and their presentation will focus on methods legal educators can adopt to promote a love for justice among law students who will become lawyers to act as healers in a hurting world. They will address an appreciation of justice in the context of a student body of millennials who have grown up in an age of family and societal breakdown. The problem of moral formation is particularly acute in the context of a millennium generation of law students who have often been raised in an era of family law fluidity, family breakdown and parental dysfunction. We will address how the law can best be taught to promote the ideals of justice and empower students as healers of future client relationships, while also recognizing that many of those same students have faced the greatest harm from the law in their own personal experience through situations such as divorce, family breakdown, or racial injustice.

The Center for Global Justice is presenting its Fifth Annual Symposium of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law on March 4, 2016, on "Women's Rights: 50 Years After Griswold v. Connecticut." This symposium will explore the history and future of women's rights in light of developments in the 50 years since the landmark decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, where the Supreme Court declared a new constitutional right to privacy. The symposium will kick off with a panel discussion about the current state of women's rights in the United States, the likely future direction of the Supreme Court, and other pertinent issues relating to women's rights. A second panel will follow and will discuss the status of women's rights internationally. Topics to be discussed may include strategies to employ to advance women's rights in Muslim and African countries, where women are often guaranteed rights on paper but not in practice, and whether the women's rights movement is a form of western imperialism. Following the morning panel discussions, the symposium will include a lunch and two-credit ethics CLE for Virginia attorneys, which will be led by Thomas E. Spahn of McGuireWoods, LLP. Tom has spoken at more than 1,400 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries. The symposium will conclude with an evening banquet at The Founders Inn, where banquet proceeds will benefit the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law internship grant program and other human rights projects. For information, visit www.regent.edu/justice.


WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20, 2015:

Associate Professor Brad Jacob did a great job presenting “A Christian response to the impact of Obergefell” at the Law Library Faculty Colloquium by unpacking a biblical approach with regard to sexual immorality and state policy decisions in marriage.  View some of Professor Jacob's work.

Judge Patricia West and Associate Professor Kathleen McKee were a part of a Forum last night for Child Advocacy in Juvenile Justice Reform.

Associate Professor Jim Davids was presenting lectures on the rule of law and Christian discipleship principles to Eastern European Leadership Forums at various law schools throughout Kiev, Ukraine.  View some of Professor Davids' publications

This week, Law Graduate Assistant Ally Haefner and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm presented “Teen Courts – Juvenile Justice Reform through Child Participation,” at the American Society for Criminology’s annual conference in Washington DC.  Download their article. You can find photos of their efforts on Regent Law Facebook and Twitter pages.

Associate Dean Ben Madison attended the ABA Associate Dean Curriculum Workshop at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA last weekend on “Building an Assessment Plan from the Ground Up.”  As associate dean in charge of working on ensuring we come into compliance with ABA Standards on program assessment (Standards 301, 302, and 303) and Standards on Variety in Classroom Assessment (Standards 314 and 315), he was able to connect with other associate deans, ABA spokesman Barry Currier, and the experts in assessment in legal education.  View Associate Dean Madison's work

Professor James Duane’s piece “The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari” was the most frequently read article in this month's online issue of the ABA Journal. View the article.  


Associate Professor Gloria Whittico’s paper, "'If Past is Prologue': Toward the Development of a New 'Freedom Suit' for the Remediation of Foster Care Disproportionalities Among African-American Children" is ready for your download and review here

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton’s article, “Conservatives Should Attack Obergefell's Interpretive Method, Not its Hijacking of the Democratic Process," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: LSN: The Judiciary & Judicial Process (Topic). View the abstract and download it here

Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm's article, "The Unspoken Consequences of Obergefell: Calling Convictional Christian Scholars," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Law & Religion eJournal. View the abstract and download statistics here.

Professor Natt Gantt and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm had their proposal accepted for presentation at the Pepperdine Law School’s Nootbar Institute in March of 2016, where they will be speaking on “Teaching Lawyers to do Justice in an Age of Family Breakdown.”

Associate Professor Kathleen McKee and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm submitted a proposal to the Christopher Newport University Conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls to be held in March of 2016. If accepted, they will be presenting their work on the effects of global policies toward sustainable development on women available here, which has just gone over 100 downloads.


WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2015:

Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart with Judge Leslie Southwick will publish the 3rd Edition of "Winning on Appeal" with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 2016.

Associate Professor Kathleen McKee and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm had their proposal accepted for the Christopher Newport University (CNU) international conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities at CNU in Newport News, VA on March 3-5, 2016. We will be presenting "Examining the Associations between Sustainable Development Population Policies and Human Trafficking," 23 MICH. ST. INT'L L. REV. 1 (2014). View the abstract.

Professor Craig Stern has just posted a book chapter entitled, “Mens Rea and Mental Disorder.”  View the abstract here and find the book here.

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton’s paper, "Conservatives Should Attack Obergefell's Interpretive Method, Not its Hijacking of the Democratic Process," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: AARN: Political Organization (Topic) and AARN: State & Non-State Political Organization (Sub-Topic), and can be downloaded here.

Regent Law Students Participate in John Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition

Three Regent Law students recently participated in the John Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by Antonin S...