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Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of September 12, 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 Professor Jim Davids’ article "Religious Colleges' Employment Rights Under the 'Ministerial Exception' and When Disciplining an Employee for Sexually Related Conduct" was solicited, offered, and accepted by the Texas Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights for publication. 

Associate Professor Jim Davids and Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart, moderated by Associate Dean Natt Gantt, spoke at Constitution Day today, sponsored by the Regent Law Chapter of the Federalist Society.

Associate Professor Brad Jacob’s Federalist Society talks coming up this fall include:
  • Oct. 26 – University of Chicago Law School – The Unintended Consequences of the 17th Amendment
  • Oct. 27 – Chicago-Kent Law School – Religious Liberty in the “Lobbying Nineties” and Today
  • Nov. 10 – University of Baltimore School of Law – The Unintended Consequences of the 17th Amendment

Professor Eric DeGroff co-chairs the Law School Committee of the 2016-2017 ABA DR Section Leadership on Dispute Resolution.

Dean Michael Hernandez’s paper, "The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican Contra Prohibition Immigrants” was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: SIRN: Federal-State Relationship (Sub-Topic). As of 11 September 2016, it had been downloaded 33 times.

Professor James Duane has had several recent invitations to speak, which include:
  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, Fifth Amendment, October 2016
  • Indigent Defense Training Commission, keynote speaker, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
  • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Speaker Series, Norfolk, VA, Winter 2017

Professor Duane was also recently interviewed and quoted about his latest book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, in a Sinclair News Group syndicated article that is now available on multiple news sites.

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