Judge West Prepares Christian Leaders for Tough Challenges in their Careers

Violent crime, sexual abuse and broken families are harsh realities the real world offers on a daily basis. Some Regent University graduates will serve in careers that demand close interaction with those involved in challenging situations. While it's impossible to perfectly prepare anyone for these tragedies, The Robertson School of Government (RSG) invited Judge Patricia L. West, distinguished professor, to share stories of ethical challenges she's faced in her career, and how she handled them from a Christian perspective.

Judge Patricia L. West
"God doesn't want us to all be together in a little clump, pat ourselves on the back, and tell each other what great Christians we are," said West. "He wants us to be out there in the darkness. That's the only way that we can ever win anyone."

West sat down and shared stories from her time as a judge in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and her experience working for Virginia's Attorney General. She shared stories of cases involving tragedy, tough decisions and teachable moments. Facing unrepentant convicted murderers, child sex predators, and victims of haneius crimes took peace, calmness and discernment West says only came from her relationship with God.

"God has granted me the ability to see all of this awful stuff, hate that it happens, but not get jaded by it," said West. "I know it's there, and these things happen, and I cannot explain it apart from God's grace. The things that I've seen and talked about today are a side of the world that most people don't even need to know about, unless they're working in it and want to try to help with it."

As a prosecutor, West counseled and nurtured victims. As a judge, she delivered justice to convicted criminals. After serving sentences, some would come forward and thank her.

"I'm sure a lot of the people I locked up didn't really know I was hoping that I was really making a positive difference in their life, but that was my prayer always, that they would go into prison, and a prison ministry might change their life. They needed to be punished, but my deepest desire, when I imposed those sentences, was that they would come out better people."

West is an associate dean in Regent's School of Law, and is a distinguished professor in the RSG. During her informal "Defense Against the Dark Arts" presentation, guests were able to comfortably ask questions and share experiences.

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By Brennan Smith

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of April 25

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 Eric DeGroff attended and presented at the Representation in Mediation Competition Conference, spending the first two days of his time at the conference in New York last week helping to run this competition.  He was also appointed to serve as the lead co-chair for this ABA committee throughout the next year.  On the final day of the conference, Proffesor DeGroff presented on a panel for a CLE program at the Legal Educators’ Colloquium.  To learn more about his research in this area, see his most downloaded article: Training Tomorrow's Lawyers: What Empirical Research Can Tell Us About the Effect of Law School Pedagogy on Law Student Learning Styles.

Professor Tom Folsom presented and participated in a debate at Faulkner Law School, on April 14, on the topic “Designing New Law for a Coded World—Whether, When, and How (Easterbrook’s ‘Law of the Horse’ 20 years after).”  View some of his work here.

Professor James Duane’s book “You have the Right to Remain Innocent” is #1 again on Amazon.  Professor Duane also presented this week at Stanford Law’s Symposium entitled “Cutting Edge Issues in Criminal Justice,” where he had his own panel.

The paper,  Empowering Love and Respect for Child Offenders through Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Teen Courts Example that Alison Haefner and Associate Dean Lynn Marie Kohm have published in an online international journal at Sociology and Anthropology 4(4): 212-221 (2016), was featured on Law Professors TypePad’s CrimProfBlog.

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton is attending a conference called Faith and Law Around the Globe (FLAG) sponsored by CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) in South Africa, which will run April 20-27.  See him on Twitter with other attorneys at the conference. 

In light of this week’s events at the Supreme Court of the United States, you may want to read Associate Professor Jim Boland’s piece Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality, and Democratic Government: America, a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship?

1L Competition 2016

Every year the law school's Moot Court Board hosts an intramural competition for the first-year students. The competition is integral to the success of the Legal Research & Writing department as well as the Board. In requiring students to compete, talents both known and unknown are honed and even discovered. The Board is convinced that God has chosen to work through it as a medium so that His name is ultimately glorified. The Board greatly looks forward to cultivating the talents He has blessed Regent students with through the competition.

This year's final four competitors were Christopher de Blank, Blaine Hutchison, Leah Oswald, and Alexxa Pritchett. There is no doubt that each advocate was meant to be in the final round based on the caliber of the arguments they made. In the end, Ms. Pritchett (pictured right) received the highest score from the judges and became the second woman to win the competition in the past 14 years.







Photos taken and edited by Michael Aiello

Regent School of Law Students Complete Competition Season Strong

Photo courtesy of the Regent
Law Facebook page.
Regent University’s School of Law (LAW) students wrapped up the Moot Court Competition season strongly with a second-place overall win at the Touro Law Center’s Third Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion Competition in Islip, New York on Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.

LAW students Adam Burton '17, Cassandra Payton '16, and Lucille Wall '17 were coached by LAW professor Bruce Cameron. In addition to taking home the second-place victory, Wall earned marks for Best Oralist in the competition.

This most recent victory contributed to Regent Law’s current status as 4th in the nation for best Moot Court program out of more than 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association by the University of Houston Law Center. This is currently the highest ranking in Regent LAW history.

Schools that finish within the top-16 rank for the 2015-2016 academic year are invited to compete in Houston’s national Moot Court championship in January 2017.

“I am very proud of Lucy, Adam, Cassie, and their coach, Professor Cameron. This is the third year in a row that we have competed and won significant awards at the Touro competition, which reflects the longstanding and ongoing commitment to excellence in our moot court program,” said Michael Hernandez, dean of the School of Law. “Our students and faculty have done a phenomenal job this year.”

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Regent Law Students Complete Competition Season Strong, Ranked #4 Best Moot Court Program in the Nation

Regent University’s School of Law (LAW) students wrapped up the Moot Court Competition season strongly with a second-place overall win at the Touro Law Center’s Third Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion Competition in Islip, New York on Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.

Photo courtesy of the Regent Law
Facebook page.
LAW students Adam Burton '17, Cassandra Payton '16, and Lucille Wall '17 were coached by LAW professor Bruce Cameron. In addition to taking home the second-place victory, Wall earned marks for Best Oralist in the competition.

This most recent victory contributed to Regent Law’s current status as 4th in the nation for best Moot Court program out of more than 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association by the University of Houston Law Center. This is currently the highest ranking in Regent LAW history.

Schools that finish within the top-16 rank for the 2015-2016 academic year are invited to compete in Houston’s national Moot Court championship in January 2017.

“I am very proud of Lucy, Adam, Cassie, and their coach, Professor Cameron. This is the third year in a row that we have competed and won significant awards at the Touro competition, which reflects the longstanding and ongoing commitment to excellence in our moot court program,” said Michael Hernandez, dean of the School of Law. “Our students and faculty have done a phenomenal job this year.”

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs

School of Law Continues to Progress in Moot Court Competitions

There are many marks of a great lawyer. Apart from oral arguments, legal writing is key. Regent University School of Law students proved their merit at the Price Media Moot Court Competition in Oxford, England, Wednesday March 30-April, 2.

Price Media Moot Court Team.
Photo courtesy of the Regent School of Law
Facebook page.
The team – Christy Hurst, Palmer Hurst and Sandra Alcaide, coached by LAW professor Jeffrey Brauch – took home the Second-Best Memorial in the World at the international competition.

Additionally, two Regent teams traveled to the Billings, Exum & Frye Competition at Elon School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina. The first team, including law students Brittany Jones, Daniel Rouleau, and Joshua Gamboa, earned Best Respondent Brief award and overall Best Brief in the competition of 40 teams.

The second team consisting of law students, William Thetford, Lindsey Gilman, and Sam Walsh earned the Best Petitioner Brief award.

“This performance validates that our legal writing and skills training is second to none, in the U.S. and around the world,” said Michael Hernandez, LAW dean. “We prepare our students not just to be moot court champions, but to be highly skilled, principled, and ethical advocates who will serve clients with excellence and better the world around them. I am very proud of our students and their accomplishments!”

According to the University of Houston Law Center annual Moot Court Program rankings, Regent’s Moot Court Program currently stands as seventh-best out of all American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. This places Regent's Moot Court ranking above other universities such as Georgetown University Law School, Texas A & M School of Law, William and Mary University Law School and Yale Law School.

Regent’s competition season will continued Thursday, April 7 as law students entered the Touro Competition at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs | April 8, 2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of April 11, 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 appeared on CBN News again regarding the SCOTUS nominee. Watch it here.

Associate Professor Brad Jacob appeared several times on WNIS 790 AM at 9 AM discussing law and politics.

Professor Tom Folsom debated at the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, in Dallas, TX, on March 9, presenting “Streamlined Innovation or Regulatory Capture? A Five Year Retrospective on the America Invents Act.”

Professor Natt Gantt and Associate Dean Lynn Marie Kohm presented at Pepperdine’s Annual Nootbar Conference, “Teaching Millennials to Love Justice,” discussing in a plenary session how to build an appreciation of justice for millennials as law students (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) particularly in the context of family breakdown costs to millennials (see A Fifty-State Survey of the Cost of Family Fragmentation).

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton will be attending a conference called Faith and Law Around the Globe (FLAG) sponsored by CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ).

Allison Haefner and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm have published "Empowering Love and Respect for Child Offenders through Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Teen Courts Example," in an online international journal at Sociology and Anthropology 4(4): 212-221 (2016). This paper was also presented at the American Society for Criminology Annual Conference, in Washington, D.C. back in November.

Professor Craig Stern’s SSRN downloads have recently topped 1,200 all-time downloads. View his research.

Associate Dean Ben Madison’s SSRN downloads just topped 500 for the year, and he’s approaching 2,000 all-time downloads.  View his publications.

Professor James Duane’s latest book You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, where Amazon has currently ranked it in the top 10 "Hot New Releases" in the Social Sciences Reference area. Professor Duane has also seen his SSRN numbers rise above 2,000 in total downloads, and more than 1,200 for the past twelve months.  View his publications.

School of Law Continues to Progress in Moot Court Competitions

Price Media Moot Court Team
There are many marks of a great lawyer. Apart from oral arguments, legal writing is key. Regent University School of Law students proved their merit at the Price Media Moot Court Competition in Oxford, England, Wednesday March 30-April, 2.

The team – Christy Hurst, Palmer Hurst and Sandra Alcaide, coached by Professor Jeffrey Brauch – took home the Second-Best Memorial in the World at the international competition.

Additionally, two Regent teams traveled to the Billings, Exum & Frye Competition at Elon School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The first team, including law students Brittany Jones, Daniel Rouleau, and Joshua Gamboa, earned Best Respondent Brief award and overall Best Brief in the competition of 40 teams.

Billings, Exum & Frye Teams
The second team consisting of law students, William Thetford, Lindsey Gilman, and Sam Walsh earned the Best Petitioner Brief award.

“This performance validates that our legal writing and skills training is second to none, in the U.S. and around the world,” said Regent Law Dean Michael Hernandez. “We prepare our students not just to be moot court champions, but to be highly skilled, principled, and ethical advocates who will serve clients with excellence and better the world around them. I am very proud of our students and their accomplishments!”

According to the University of Houston Law Center annual Moot Court Program rankings, Regent’s Moot Court Program currently stands as seventh-best out of all American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. This places Regent's Moot Court ranking above other universities such as Georgetown University Law School, Texas A & M School of Law, William and Mary University Law School and Yale Law School.

Regent’s competition season will continued Thursday, April 7 as law students entered the Touro Competition at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law.

by Brett Wilson Tubbs

Alternative Dispute Resolution Board Hosts Panel

ADR Faculty Advisor Professor Eric DeGroff
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board partnered with Phi Alpha Delta to host an ADR Panel on the importance of skills in negotiation, mediation and client counseling

The three panelists included: John Stepanovich, Mary Commander, and Ben Titter.
















The Panelists









Regent Law Success in Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition

Competition:

  • Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition
  • Elon University School of Law
  • March 31-April 2, 2016


Teams:

  • Regent Team 20: Daniel Rouleau, Brittany Jones, and Joshua Gamboa
  • Regent Team 26: William Thetford, Lindsey Gilman, and Samuel Walsh.
  • Coaches: Joshua Jenkins and James Wheeler


Results:

  • Daniel, Brittany, and Joshua won the award for best respondent brief, and overall best brief in the competition!
  • Will, Lindsey, and Sam won the award for best Petitioner brief in the competition.
  • There were 38 other briefs submitted at Elon.
  • Both teams were eliminated after a hard fought quarterfinal round.

Price Media Moot Court Team Wins Second Best Brief

Competition:

Team:

  • Team (pictured L to R): Palmer Hurst, Christy Hurst, Sandra Alcaide
  • Coach: Professor Jeffery Brauch

Results:

  • Congrats to our Price Media Moot Court team for winning 2nd best brief in the world! 


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...