Regent Law Alumni Update: Mary Myhre (LL.M., 2016)

Mary Myhre graduated from law school for a second time on May 7, 2016. A former Muslim, she endured severe persecution after becoming a Christian in northern Sudan. “After I converted, I basically lost everything because the government denied all my rights,” she explained. “So I’ve been outcast, and I don’t have anything to prove that I did study law and took the bar exam.”

Myre’s situation grew even more desperate when her husband was murdered. She needed the help of missionaries from Texas to miraculously escape Sudan with her two children. After arriving in the States, she met a School of Law professor who, upon hearing Myhre’s story, encouraged her to consider Regent. So, she applied, was accepted and graduated from Regent Law. “My ultimate dream,” Myhre said, “is to take the bar, pass the bar, and work where I can help those who also are being persecuted for their faith.”

Fast-forward one year, and Mary has just accepted a position as a South Carolina Juvenile Justice Mitigation Specialist. “I will speak for the dignity and value of juveniles who have committed even the worst criminal acts,” said Mary. “When a criminal defendant faces a death sentence or a life sentence, I tell his or her story to the jury in order to advocate for his life.” Mary will be the first person to serve as a mitigation specialist in full capacity in the State of SC and hopes to see this position created across the country.

Law Students Take First Place at International Competition

Typically, the month before graduation from law school, most students are thinking about final exams and graduation ceremonies while anticipating preparation for the bar exam – but not Regent University School of Law students Chelsea Mack and Natasha Delille. From April 15-23, these two third-year law students participated in – and won first place – at the Third Annual Ukrainian Student Summit held at the Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs.



This year’s competition consisted of 22 teams from Ukraine, Poland, Romania and the United States. In keeping with the summit’s goal of proposing ideas for encouraging the development and sustainability of democracy, each team was tasked with creating a presentation addressing “The Challenge to Democracy in Increasing Globalization.”

Mack and Delille’s presentation addressed the topic of judicial reform, outlining ideas for how Ukraine could develop and improve democracy in Ukraine. Their unique presentation featured video interviews with two Regent students from Ukraine.

“We wanted to use our presentation to restore hope amongst Ukrainians [and] communicate that corruption is an issue that can only be solved by first changing the hearts of the people,” Delille explained. “We wanted to show the Ukrainians in attendance that we genuinely cared about the success of their nation.”

In addition to their presentation, the students also spent two days traveling to five different law schools and venues in Ukraine, alongside Regent Law Associate Professor James Davids. “Many students were fascinated [with the idea] that Christian principles could be intertwined into a national system of law and structure,” Mack recalled after the summit. “I was reminded during this trip that there are nations—including developed nations—who are in the midst of searching for a secure foundation to base their legal and political systems on.”




The two law students were first made aware of the opportunity to participate in the summit by Davids, who invited students throughout the law school to compete for two slots to accompany him abroad. “For several years, Regent Law has purposely provided its students with global opportunities to serve,” Davids explained. “These opportunities have broadened students’ perception of life and how law can—and should—serve societies.”

Now that they have graduated, both Mack and Delille are hard at work studying for the bar exam, but their experiences in Ukraine have made them eager to get to work on the international stage.

“Participating in the competition will demonstrate to prospective employers the gravity of our intent to work internationally,” Delille said. “It will also reflect our ability to communicate legal concepts across borders.”



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Regent University School of Law’s Price Media Team Finish Top-16 in International Moot Court Competition


Kate Sawyer, Courtney Marasigan, Pam Dodge, and Professor Jeff Brauch

Earlier this month, three Regent University School of Law (LAW) students made waves in the moot court competition arena as they made it to the top-16 round of the Price Media Moot Court Programme, an international moot court competition in Oxford, England.

Pamela Dodge (’17), Courtney Marasigan (’17), and Kate Sawyer (’17) represented one of 44 teams that qualified for the international round of the competition, and the initial 92 teams that began the tournament in the regional rounds from around the world.

Regent’s team was the only one from North America to earn their way into the international rounds after taking home the second-best brief in the Western Hemisphere in January 2017 at the Americas Region of the Price Media tournament in New York City.

“[The team] did an outstanding job. They performed at the highest level and got increasingly stronger as the tournament went on,” said LAW professor Jeff Brauch “They also represented Regent and Christ with excellence, dignity and good sportsmanship. It was a joy to coach them – and also spend time with them in England. I was honored by the opportunity.”

Dodge, Marasigan and Sawyer worked many long hours preparing for the competition. On top of achieving an impressive performance in the competition, the three agree that they’ve made lifelong friendships with one another, and nod to Brauch’s wisdom and encouragement as “instrumental” to their success.

“The competition was definitely a lot of work,” said Sawyer. “But it was my best experience in law school.”

Marasigan agreed, and said she’s always believed that participating in competitions is one of the times she has felt God’s presence in her life the most.

“Throughout each competition day – literally from early hours in the morning until late at night – the team received texts and Facebook messages from family, friends, professors and classmates,” said Courtney. “It’s really special to be able to experience such a huge outpouring of love, support and prayers.”


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Career & Alumni Services Sets the Bar for Students Seeking Judicial Clerkships

Judge Patricia L. West
Regent University sits in a unique judicial hub all on its own: Many appellate judges have chambers in the area. And just up the road, Norfolk is home to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.

But for Regent Law students wrapping up their legal education, the pathway to finding a judicial clerkship post-graduation goes far beyond location – the resources made available to students through LAW’s Career & Alumni Services sets the stage for 3L students seeking employment after graduation.

Particularly those seeking to be set up for employment in the judiciary.

"Our students are poised to secure competitive clerkships because of our professional support and counseling, our unique resources,  and our network of relationships with judges that we have solidified over the years,” said associate dean of Law Career & Alumni Services Judge Patricia L. West (Ret.). “We have fostered strong relationships with judges in all areas of the judiciary, local, state, and national and our students gain invaluable experience and networking opportunities in their judicial internships which prepares each for both the clerkship application process and serving as judicial clerks.”

According to West, for those 2016 LAW Honors graduates, 26.5 percent were hired for judicial clerkships.

Christopher Holinger ('17) said it was his “good fortune” during his time at Regent to have these partnerships and close contact with Supreme Court justices and federal appeals court judges.

“Clerking is one of those things they say if you get a chance to do it, you should because it’s a great way to get experience,” said Holinger. He will serve as a clerk for Judge Glen Huff, Chief Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals, starting September 2017.

Holinger explained the resources from Career Services assisted him with everything from formatting recommendation letters to connecting him with judges who were accepting application for clerkships at the time.

As a former military member, Holinger said he was primed for clerkship. Much of his job in the past required distilling information for his senior leaders, much like he would for a judge.

“Plus it’s a neat opportunity for a lawyer to dialogue with an experienced one – to challenge a justice and have them challenge you,” said Holinger. “I’m looking forward to learning the ins and outs of the appellate system in Virginia and figure out where God leads me from there.”

Alexandra McPhee ('17) will start her clerkship with Justice Arthur Kelsey on the Virginia Supreme Court. McPhee landed the job after taking one of Kelsey’s courses he teaches on campus.

“It was awesome and it was really unexpected, too,” said McPhee. “It was a really good connection to make.”

Along with the networking she was able to make on campus, McPhee said Career Services was “instrumental” in helping her apply and land the clerkship.

“I didn’t do any of this alone,” she said. “I hovered over Career Services, and the opportunities I had applied for they told me about. It’s a phenomenal resource, people don’t use it enough.”

McPhee said any step she took in her application process was reviewed and vetted by the Center, from her résumé and cover letter to the contacts that she made in the process. To the rest of her LAW peers, she highly encourages them to take full advantage of what Regent has to offer in terms of helping graduates throughout the clerkship application process.

“It would’ve been a lot harder to [obtain a clerkship] without their help,” said McPhee. “I couldn’t have had as many contacts, my application materials wouldn’t have been as well-prepared. They were instrumental. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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