Michael V. Hernandez
Director, Honors Program
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J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
B.A. (with High Distinction) 1984, University of Virginia
Professor Hernandez joined the faculty at Regent University School of Law in 1992 and teaches Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, International Human Rights, Property I & II, and Race & the Law.
He is the Director of the Honors Program, serves as faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board and the Hispanic Law Students Association, and is the head coach of Regent’s moot court teams.
Prior to teaching, Professor Hernandez practiced law in the areas of products liability defense litigation and environmental law. He has served as a consultant for attorneys litigating cases in state and federal court, including before the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Hernandez’s scholarship focuses on property law, race and the law, law and religion, law and public policy, and appellate advocacy. He is the co-author of a book on Virginia Real Estate Closings and a workbook on Estates in Land and Future Interests.
Appellate Advocacy, International Human Rights, Property, Race & the Law
The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican “Contra Prohibition” Immigrants, 9 REGENT J. INT'L. L. 29 (2012)
11 VIRGINIA PRACTICE SERIES: REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS (West 2012-2013 ed.) (co-author with W. Wade Berryhill).
Theism, Realism, and Rawls, 40 SETON HALL L. REV. 905 (2010).
Theistic Legal Realism and Normative Principles of Law, 2 LIB. L. REV. 703 (2008).
Restating Implied, Prescriptive and Statutory Easements, 40 REAL PROP. PROB. & TR. J. 75 (2005).
Practice and Feedback in the Property (and on the Golf) Course, TEACHING THE LAW SCHOOL CURRICULUM 340-42 (Carolina Acad. Press 2004).
A Flawed Foundation: Christianity's Loss of Preeminent Influence on American Law, 56 RUTGERS L. REV. 625 (2004).
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Property Law, 35 U. RICH. L. REV. 777 (2001).
Lessons Learned from Teaching a Seminar on Race & the Law, 9:2 EDUC. & PRAC. 5 (spring 2001).
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Property Law, 34 U. RICH. L. REV. 981 (2000).
Bridging Gibraltar: Latinos as Agents of Reconciliation in Relations Between Black and White America, 11 LA RAZA L.J. 99 (2000).
The Right of Religious Landlords to Exclude Unmarried Cohabitants: Debunking the Myth of the Tenant's "New Clothes," 77 NEB. L. REV. 494 (1998).
In Defense of Moot Court: A Response to "In Praise of Moot Court -- Not!", 17 REV. LITIG. 69 (1998).
Cost Recovery or Contribution?: Resolving the Controversy Over CERCLA Claims Brought By Potentially Responsible Parties, 21 HARV. ENVTL. L. REV. 83 (1997).
“Teaching Race, Discretion, and Implicit Bias in the Criminal Justice System” (panel moderator), Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, FL (August 2012).
“Chief Justice’s Pro Bono Summit” (co-master of ceremonies), Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond, VA (April 2012).
“Immigration and the Law: Seeking Solutions for Enforcement and Reform” (panel moderator), Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, VA (February 2012).
“Living Latino” (panel participant), Global Roundtable, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA (February 2011).
“Theistic Legal Realism and Modern Legal Theory,” Religious Legal Theory: State of the Field Conference, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ (November 2009).
“Theistic Legal Realism and Normative Principles of Law,” Natural Law Symposium, Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, VA (February 2008).
“The Best Accreditation System in the Country” (panel moderator), Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, FL (July 2007).
“A Christian Perspective on Influencing the Law through Normative Legal Principles,” The Lawyer’s Christian Fellowship UK Litigation Academy, London, England (May 2007).
“Mentoring Students,” Christian Prelaw Advisors Conference, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA (March 2007).
"Theistic Moral Realism and Normative Principles of Law," Southern Association of Law Schools Conference, West Palm Beach, FL (July 2006).
“Natural Law and the Protection of Life,” Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (April 2006).
"Training Christian Lawyers to be Counselors," Christian Pre-Law Advisors Conference, Virginia Beach , VA (February 2004).
"Race, the Law, and Christian Pre-law Students," Christian Pre-Law Advisors Conference, Virginia Beach , VA (February 2003).
"On Reparations," Public Interest Law Week Forum, Regent University , Virginia Beach, VA (March 2002).
"Integrating Christian Principles in Law School Curricula - Regent University As A Model," Religiously Affiliated Law Schools Conference, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA (February 2002).
"A Christian Perspective on Current Racial Issues, presented at a panel discussion entitled Is Racism Dead?," Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk , VA (February 2002).
"On Reparations," Public Interest Law Roundtable Discussion, Regent University , Virginia Beach, VA (October 2001).
"Excellent Briefs and Oral Arguments," Fall Retreat of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Association, Virginia Beach , VA (October 1999).
"Bridging the Racial Divide Between Black and White America," First Annual Latino Symposium, Columbia University School of Law, New York , N.Y. (April 1999).
"Relocation -- Case Study of Abex CERCLA Site," written statement presented to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (NEJAC), Atlanta , GA (January 1995).
Who's Who in America (57th & 58th Eds.)
Who's Who in American Law (10th, 11th & 14 Eds.)
Who's Who in American Education (7th Ed.)
Academic Keys Who's Who in Law Education (WWLE) (2005-present)
Regent University School of Law 1L Professor of the Year, 2000-01, 1998-99, & 1993-94
Regent University Faculty Award for Excellence (spring 2008)
Regent University Outstanding Faculty Advisor (Moot Court Board) (2011)
Member of Virginia State Bar since 1987
Admitted to practice before the following courts:
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of Virginia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia American Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Professor Hernandez, discusses the impact that “a high quality legal education grounded in Christian principle” has on current students and alumni. Watch this short video to learn about the opportunities open to Regent Law students - from trial competitions to our new Honors Program - and to hear about the success that our graduates are experiencing in a competitive job market.