The School of Law’s Federalist Society Welcomes Solicitor General Elbert Lin

Elbert Lin, solicitor general for the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General, grew up as a “stereo-typically good math student” and hated to read.

As a first-generation American within a family who immigrated to the United States from Taiwan, he claims that his sole reference point to what a lawyer did came from the 1992 classic, My Cousin Vinny.

“Not typical of a law student,” said Lin.

He shared the “hows” and “whys” of taking his current position as solicitor general with members of Regent University School of Law’s Federalist Society for their spring introduction meeting on Monday, January 23.

As a graduate of Yale Law School, Lin’s career has taken on several iterations throughout the years – including work as a United States Supreme Court clerk and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

But throughout the turns of his career, he said his work as solicitor general is by far his favorite. Much of his role entails overseeing the Office of Attorney General’s appellate practice, legal opinions and federal litigation. His presence is a signal to the courts that the state “takes appeals seriously as a general matter and that certain cases are particularly important.”

“They feel like someone is minding the shop. I’ve been told by a number of state supreme court justices that they appreciate my presence there,” said Lin. “It’s a thrill to stand up and say, ‘I’m here on behalf of the state of West Virginia’…you feel like you’re making a difference.”

First and foremost, he advised students to do well in their current jobs and avoid making the mistake of planning too far ahead. He encouraged students to continue developing their practical skills, to “write, write, write and write some more,” learn the skills of appellate law and to pursue clerkship.

Additionally, he encouraged students to be prepared to work outside of New York or the District of Colombia, and to always “go to work for the people,” rather than for the work itself.

“I love what I do,” said Lin. “I can honestly say that I love my job 100 percent of the time. Every day I’m excited about going to work, because everything that we do, no matter how small, is meaningful to someone in the state somewhere.”
By Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent Law Dean Appointed to Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association

On Saturday, January 21, the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) inaugurated its statewide representatives for their 2017 term.
Dean Michael Hernandez

Regent University School of Law (LAW) Dean Michael Hernandez was among those new leaders as he accepted his appointment as a representative by the Board of Governors of the VBA.

Hernandez will represent law schools on the VBA board for a minimum of a one-year term. He is the first Regent LAW faculty member to be appointed to this distinction.

“It is an honor to serve as the sole law school representative on the Board of Governors and a privilege to be a part of this accomplished group of prominent attorneys.  I am excited to work with the other Board members to build on and continue the standard of excellence that the VBA has upheld since it was founded in 1888,” said Hernandez.

“The other members of the Board of Governors are the most accomplished lawyers in Virginia, and the Board is collegial and committed to the highest standards of professionalism,” he continued. “It was humbling to be chosen to serve in this role.  When I first began practicing law 30 years ago, I never imagined I would be given this honor one day.”

The VBA is the first statewide and largest voluntary organization for lawyers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its members are active in promoting legislation before the Virginia General Assembly.

Made up of about 5,000 members, it seeks to “advance the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service,” according to an official news release from the organization.

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By Brett W. Tubbs

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of January 19, 2017

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.

Law Library Assistant Director Marie Summerlin Hamm’s Book Review "Stop Telling and Start Showing: Show, Don't Tell: Legal Writing for the Real World by Adam Lamparello & Megan E. Boyd," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for:
  • LSN: Book Reviews (Sub-Topic)
  • LSN: Practice of Law Librarianship (Topic)
  • RCRN: Writing Across the Curriculum (Topic)
  • Rhetoric Educator: Communication, Composition, Rhetoric, & Writing eJournal. 
She also did a review of The Complete Legal Writer (Carolina Academic Press), published in 108 Law Lib. J. 660 (Fall 2016).  The book, written by a couple of legal writing professors at UNC, explains their unique “genre discovery” approach to teaching legal writing.  The authors were so pleased with her review, that one blogged about it - Katie Rose Guest Pyral, one of the authors, posted a response to the book review on her blog. 

Director Janis Kirkland has recently published several case summaries in several journals including the EPA Administrative Law Reporter, the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter, Bank & Corporate Governance Law Reporter, the RICO & Securities Fraud Law Reporter, the EPA Administrative Law Reporter, the Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter, and the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter

Assistant Director Hamm and Director Kirkland, and Assistant Dean Kimberly Van Essendelft presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s One-Day Workshop at Wake Forest in December. The assistant director of that LAWR program sent Dean Hernandez a letter praising their work.

Associate Dean Natt Gantt and Professor Ben Madison’s paper, "Is There a Paradox Between Ethics and Happiness? Moral Formation for Lawyers," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: LSN: Law Firms/Legal Practice (Topic).  

Professor Eric DeGroff’s book chapter, “Access to Information: international perspective,” has just been published in Decision Making in Environmental Law, by Paddock, Glicksman, & Bryner.  The book is one volume of a two-volume encyclopedia covering environmental regulation and the environmental decision making process in the United States and internationally.

Carol Daugherty Rasnic, one of our fall adjunct professors, published "What the German Bundestag might have learned from the U.S. Congress on workers' right to strike." 

Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm's piece co-authored with Sandra Alcaide (’16) “Obergefell: A Game-changer for Women," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Sexuality & the Law eJournal, among others. 

Professor Craig Stern’s downloads on SSRN have now eclipsed 1,550, led by "The Heart of Mens Rea and the Insanity of Psychopaths."

Distinguished Professor Harry Hutchison’s downloads are about to hit 4,100. View his work.

Professor James Duane’s downloads are nearly at 2,650, led by "The Right to Remain Silent: A New Answer to an Old Question" which has 1,239 downloads after being posted for just eight months.

Regent Law Secures Victory at 12th Annual Statewide Legal Food Frenzy for Third Year Running

Regent University School of Law students, faculty,  and staff contributed to the 1.5 million pounds of food collected by the local legal com...