2.08.2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of February 8, 2016

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.

Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart presented at Campbell Law School on a trafficking panel moderated by the state’s Lt. Gov., and at the Savannah Law School Federalist Society on the topic of human trafficking.  You can find her impactful work on this area of law at The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America’s Sex-Trafficked Children and at Child, Victim, or Prostitute? Justice Through Immunity for Prostituted Children.

Professor James Duane
was on Channel 3 on Monday night, February 1. View the "Watch Your Words: Should You Talk to the Police?" news clip here.

Professor Natt Gantt was interviewed in The Virginian-Pilot's article regarding Portsmouth Councilman Bill Moody. View the article here.  Professor Gantt also got some great responses from a recent presentation titled "Leadership Development for Law Students" at the Fourth Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers (ETL) Conference in Denver, Colorado. Professor Gantt's presentation focused on defining leadership, explaining the need for leadership education in law schools, and identifying specific initiatives Regent Law has implemented to promote leadership development among its students.  "Many leaders in this country are lawyers," said Professor Gantt. "Yet law schools have traditionally focused very little on how they can prepare students for these leadership roles. As law schools devote more instruction on the skills that are important for professional success, we as legal educators need to do more to help our students understand the skills and attributes of effective leaders."  Watch Professor Gantt's presentation online »

Associate Dean Ben Madison authored a blog post on formative assessments for Best Practices for Legal Education. His worked received collegial praise in this comment posted below the blog: “Professor Madison has a great idea here. Students get feedback by engaging in a low burden, practical exercise that also teaches them things they need to know for their final exams, yet the professor’s burden is relatively small. I do feel compelled to add that this approach to formative feedback is one of Professor Madison’s many great ideas for improving legal education.” 

Professor Craig Stern’s "Mens Rea and Mental Disorder" paper was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Criminal Law eJournal. 

Associate Professor Bradley P. Jacob’s paper,
"The Bible and the Constitution," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: CRN: History (Christianity).

Regent Law has improved its position in the SSRN rankings, moving from #128 to #124, up nearly 1,000 downloads in one month – and just 2,000 downloads out of the top 100.  This increase was largely due to increased traffic to Professor James Duane’s page in downloads for his work at The Extraordinary Trajectory of Griffin v. California: The Aftermath of Playing Fifty Years of Scrabble with the Fifth Amendment, and at The Right to Remain Silent: A New Answer to an Old Question.

Both Professor Eric DeGroff and Janis Kirkland, director of Regent Law's Wealth Management concentration in the M.A. program, contribute regularly to two commercial environmental publications. Professor DeGroff is the managing editor of the Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter and a monthly contributor to the EPA Administrative Law Reporter. Ms. Kirkland is a regular author for both publication, which are published twice a month, online. They feature short articles of current interest and summaries of all significant federal environmental case decisions, covering the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Superfund, the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, and other laws.


Be sure to mark your calendar and register for the Center for Global Justice 5th Annual Symposium, Women's Rights: 50 Years After Griswold v. Connecticut to be held March 4th, 2016. This event includes two panel discussions, a two-credit ethics CLE, luncheon and a banquet with featured speaker Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic and now prominent pro-life advocate. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has also been invited to speak. For more information on the conference, the CLE and to register, visit the Center for Global Justice website