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Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of November 13, 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, Professors James Duane, Natt Gantt and Ben Madison, and Associate Professor Kathleen McKee presented various topics at the National Christian Legal Society Convention in Washington, D.C. October 20-24. 

Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart spoke at the student Federalist Society chapters at Concordia Law School in Boise, Idaho on Oct. 13, and at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon on Oct. 20.  These presentations were largely based on her articles: The Origination Clause, the Affordable Care Act, and Indirect Constitutional Violations, and The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America’s Sex-Trafficked Children.

Associate Professor Mike Schutt was the keynote speaker at the recent Advocates International Conference in Australia in early October, speaking from his book Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession.

Professor Eric DeGroff was a panelist on Teachers’ Rights in the Public Schools, at the 2016 Public School Education Summit, sponsored by Education Services of Hampton Roads, Inc., in Norfolk, VA on Oct. 8, 2016.  His work on this can be downloaded at Sex Education in the Public Schools and the Accommodation of Familial Rights. Professor DeGroff also was formally selected last week as chair of the Environmental Section of the Virginia State Bar and will serve in that role for the next year.

Professor James Duane spoke about the Fifth Amendment during the week of October 18 at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., and at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY on his articles: The Right to Remain Silent: A New Answer to an Old Question, and The Extraordinary Trajectory of Griffin v. California: The Aftermath of Playing Fifty Years of Scrabble with the Fifth Amendment.  Professor Duane will be presenting his work "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent" at Albright College, in Reading, PA, in cooperation with the Berks County Bar Association Lecture in Contemporary Legal Issues for a 2017 event. He was also invited by Alliance Defending Freedom to participate as faculty for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship 2017.

Associate Professor Jim Davids has accepted an offer from Liberty University Law Review to publish his article, "The Role of Worldview in the Judicial Decisions of John Paul Stevens" in their upcoming judiciary-focused spring issue.

Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm presented “Baby Daddy Drama: Father’s Rights in the Context of Abortion” (working off a parallel piece: A Prospective Analysis of Family Fragmentation: Baby Mama Drama Meets Jane Austen) at the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates Conference in Fredericksburg, VA on October 27.

Professor Lou Hensler’s proposal for "Religious Critiques of the Law" was accepted for Pepperdine Law School’s Nootbaar Conference in March 2017.

Assistant Professor Caleb Griffin’s proposal was accepted to the SEALS New Scholars Program which will take place July 30 through August 6, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL.

Professors Natt Gant and Ben Madison
will present at the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Conference next year on professional identity formation.

Professor Ben Madison’s proposal on "The Rubric Meets the Road in Legal Education: Program Assessment of the Degree to Which a Law School’s J.D. Program is Achieving it Learning Outcomes" was accepted for the Detroit Mercy Law Review.  Professor Madison also just accepted an invitation to present at an ABA Conference in St. Louis May31-June 2, 2017.

Dean Michael Hernandez, Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm, and Professors Natt Gantt and Lou Hensler were invited to participate in an official induction ceremony for their publications over the past two years into the University Library collection, featured as the Spotlight on Faculty Scholarship event on November 15, 2016.

Regent Law Adjunct Professor Dr. Carol Rasnic is presenting "How (if at all) did the 2013 and 2015 U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decisions Affect Employment Discrimination Law?" this week at the Annual General Meeting of the Irish Association of Law Teachers in Waterford, Ireland.

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Honors Students Meet with Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, Supreme Court of Virginia

On November 3, twelve of our Regent Law Honors Program students traveled to Richmond, VA, to visit the Supreme Court of Virginia.  They met with the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice, for a lively discussion. 

After hearing oral arguments in two cases, State Law Librarian Gail Warren spoke with the students about the court, its work, and its history. 

Some students also were able to speak with the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey, Justice, joined by his clerk, Alexandra McPhee (Regent Law 2017 grad). 

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Lynne Marie Kohm Awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence in Service Award

Each quarter, Regent University’s Office of Academic Affairs honors faculty members with Faculty Excellence Awards.

On November 7, Regent Law professor Lynn Marie Kohm was awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. According to Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president of Academic Affairs, Kohm “embodies the cheerful servant leader,” and claims that her most important service to LAW is her commitment to coordinating a student women’s discipleship group.

“[Kohm] exemplifies servant leadership,” said Moreno-Riaño. “She works tirelessly to promote her school to external audiences … in her faculty development role, she passionately encourages faculty to develop their research and scholarship.”

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