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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.

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