School of Law Teams Continue to Perform in Moot Court and ADR Competitions

As law schools across the nation enter further into the moot court competition season, Regent University School of Law (LAW) students continue to perform well. The weekend of March 18-19 was no exception.

J. Gibbons Moot Court Team.
Photo courtesy of Regent's School of Law
Official Facebook Page.
“The excellent performances of our moot court and negotiations teams this past weekend continue our track record over the past two decades of outstanding skills training and student performances,” said Michael Hernandez, dean of the School of Law. “I am proud of our teams and their faculty coaches, who are outstanding representatives of Regent Law and our Center for Advocacy.”

Regent’s team achieved the title of “quarterfinalists” at the J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall Law in Newark, New Jersey. Kathleen Knudsen ’16, Renee Knudsen ’16, and Andrew Butler ’16 were coached by LAW professor James Duane.

R. Knudsen earned the title of “best oralist”; Butler took home the “second-best oralist” honor.

Team members Glenn Reynolds ’16, Courtney Marasigan ’17, and Alexandra McPhee ’17 – coached by LAW assistant professor Tessa Dysart – won the Charleston Moot Court Competition. Reynolds earned the title “best oralist” for the final round of the competition.

Additionally, Jessica Rigsbee ’17 and Chelsea Harkins ’17 finished second-place overall at the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition at the University of Richmond. The team was coached by LAW professor Eric DeGroff.

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By Brett Wilson Tubbs | March 28, 2016

Regent University’s Center for Global Justice Hosts Global Justice Symposium

Fifty years have passed since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut, famously declared a Constitutional “right to privacy." This case led to other famous Supreme Court decisions, like the turning of Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.

Tiffany Barrans ’09 (LAW).
On Friday, March 4th, Regent University School of Law’s (LAW) Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law held its 5th annual symposium titled, “Women’s Rights 50 Years after Griswold v. Connecticut.”

The symposium provided a series of forums that explored the rights of women living in the United States and women living in other areas of the world. The event opened with a panel discussion titled, “Women’s Rights at Home,” moderated by assistant LAW professor, Tessa Dysart.

Panelists Stephen Casey, president and senior counsel at Casey Law Office, P.C. and co-founder of Texas Center for Defense of Life; Teresa Stanton Collett, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law; and Vivian Hamilton, professor of Law at William and Mary Law School, discussed the current climate of women’s rights in the United States.

The second panel was moderated by LAW professor Jeffrey Brauch, and explored women’s rights in the international context. The panel featured experts such as Azizah Y. al-Hibri, professor emerita of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, and founder and chair of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Isaac Kfir, visiting professor of International Affairs & Law at Syracuse University College of Law; Christine Venter, director of Legal Writing Program at Notre Dame Law School; and Tiffany Barrans ’09 (LAW), former International Legal Director at the American Center for Law and Justice.

In her career, Barrans has represented before the United Nations, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament. She spoke of a trip she took to Iraq, a nation with a prescribed “traditional and honor-driven society.”

Barrans explained that a certain religious group, the Yazidi, value purity in women insofar as to participate in “honor killings” if a woman’s honor is besmirched or worse, taken from her.

Barrans explained the “top down” approach to reforming rights in nations abroad. She said that many times the line between “religion” and “culture” is blurred. Within the Yazidi tribe, the spiritual leader sought a doctoral change that allowed women to reintegrate into their society.

“Now women have a chance to be ‘clean’ again,” said Barrans. “And though the work isn’t finished, the local leadership is stepping up.”

Following the series of discussions, The Honorable Marla Graff Decker from the Court of Appeals of Virginia spoke on women’s rights in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The symposium concluded with an evening benefit banquet at the Founders Inn and Spa titled, “Justice for the Unborn.” The dinner featured a former director of Planned Parenthood turned pro-life advocate, Abby Johnson.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law and the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs |  March 8, 2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of March 7, 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.

Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm and Associate Professor Kathleen McKee presented "Examining the Associations between Sustainable Development Population Policies and Human Trafficking" at the Christopher Newport University Conference on the Global Status of Women and Girls. Visit the Regent Law Family Restoration blog for a review of their presentation and a photo of them with the wife of CNU's president, Rosemary Trible, who is also President of Fear2Freedom.

Professor Natt Gantt and Associate Professor Gloria Whittico will be presenting their proposal “Improving Summer Start and ASP Orientation Programming in Light of Changes in Entering Student Profiles” at the 2016 AASE Conference.

Associate Professor Brad Jacob has had several TV and radio interviews regarding Justice Antonin Scalia. View his TV interviews at the following links:


Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm and Professor Natt Gantt will be presenting at Pepperdine’s Annual Nootbar Conference, “Teaching Millennials Law.”  Their presentation will be based on an appreciation of justice in the context of instruction in professional responsibility (as previously set out at The Emperor Has No Clothes, But Does Anyone Really Care? How Law Schools are Failing to Develop Students' Professional Identity and Practical Judgment) and family law (with state costs of family breakdown previously set out in A Fifty-State Survey of the Cost of Family Fragmentation), examining the problem of moral formation in the context of a millennium generation of law students.

Regent Law's Wealth Management and Financial Planning Program Renewed

Regent University launched its M.A. in Law program in the fall of 2014. A year later, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson saw the need for a Wealth Man...