Lynne Marie Kohm


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John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law

Regent University School of Law

Regent University School of Law, RH 337
1000 Regent University Drive 
Virginia Beach, VA  23464         
T. 757.352.4335
F. 757.352.4571

Curricula Vitae Summary

Scholar:  Professor, 2002 to present; Tenured 2000; Appointed John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law; Associate Professor, Regent University School of Law, 1998; Assistant Professor, Regent University, 1993-1998, Teaching, researching and writing in the area of Family Law and developing the Family Law Curriculum: Family Law, Advanced Family Law, Child Law, Elder Law, Gender & the Law, Bioethics, Human Life and Death; also teaching, researching and writing in the areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates; also teaching writing analysis in Advance Legal Reasoning and Analysis, and various Independent Study Writing Courses;  Teaching experience also in Real Estate Transactions, Property I and II, Legal Research and Writing; Author of a series of books entitled Estate Planning Success; contributor to many other books; Researching and publishing in the areas of families, children, women, marriage, reproductive rights, domestic relations, estate planning and trusts.  See Publications list attached.

Attorney and Counselor at Law: licensed to practice law in New York (1989), Massachusetts (1989), District of Columbia (1990), Florida (1991), Virginia (1994), U.S.D.C. (NDNY); Serving on the Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section Board of Governors since 1997; Serving on the Domestic Relations Council, of the Virginia Bar Association since 2005; Webster & Kohm 1990-93; Associate, Attorney Evan L. Webster, Groton, NY 1989-1990;


Regent University School of Law
Associate Professor 1998
Appointed John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law 1999
Tenured 2000
Full Professor  2002

William & Mary, Marshall-Whythe School of Law, Adjunct Professor 2000

Cornell University, Guest Lecturer 1990-92

Family Law - Wills, Trusts and Estates
Advanced Family Law Seminar - Human Life and Death
Advanced Legal Reasoning, Analysis and Writing
Elder Law - Bioethics
Juvenile Law - Gender and the Law
Child Advocacy Practicum
Academic Awards and Recognitions
Regent University Chancellor’s Award, Professor of the Year 2005
Regent University Faculty Recognition Award Spring 2004
Regent University 2L Class Professor of the Year 2003
Regent University 3L Class Professor of the Year 2002
Regent University Class of 1996 Outstanding Professor Award
Regent University Student Bar Association awards 1997, 1998, 1999


Juris Doctor, Syracuse University College of Law 1989
Theological Studies, Institute of Biblical Studies 1986
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, State University of New York at Albany 1980

Campus Crusade for Christ, International
Associate Campus Director, Syracuse University 1984-1987
Traveling Representative to New England Women’s Colleges 1981-1984                    
Various Overseas Missions Assignments 1980-1986
The Man Called Jesus 1999


Licensed Attorney: Supreme Court of United States, New York, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Florida, Virginia, U.S.D.C. (NDNY).

Serving on the Domestic Relations Council, of the Virginia Bar Association since 2005

Partner at WEBSTER & KOHM 1989-1993


Virginia Bar Association, Domestic Relations Council, Chair  2007- present
Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section Board of Governors, Law School Liaison; and “Spare the Child” DVD Project Committee Chair, 2007- present
Marriage Commission, Virginia Family Foundation, 2006-present
Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee to the new Virginia Family Court, 2004
National Marriage Foundation, Trustee, 2006-present
Real Estate Appraisers Board, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1996-2002
Governor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2002-2003
Education Section, Virginia State Bar, Newsletter co-editor,  2002-2003
Certified as a Guardian Ad Litem in Virginia, 1994-present
Alliance Defense Fund/National Litigation Academy Faculty Member, 1996-present
Affiliate Attorney for the American Center for Law & Justice, Virginia Beach, VA
Affiliate Attorney for the Rutherford Institute, Charlottesville, VA, 1989-1993
Board Member and Officer, Bethany Christian Services of Hampton Roads, 1996-2004
Member, Concerned Women for America, 1984-present
Member, Christian Legal Society, 1986-present
President, Women’s Republican Club, Tompkins County, New York, 1992-1993
Member, Rotary International, 1989-1993
Member, Eagle Forum, 1999-present
Alumni Advisor, Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, 1990-1993


Books and Book Chapters

What’s the Harm to Women and Children? A Prospective Analysis, in What’s the Harm: does legalizing same-sex marriage really harm individuals, families or society? 79 (Lynn D. Wardle, ed. 2008).

The Christian Guide to Wills, Living Trusts and Estate Planning: How to plan your estate for an eternity of benefits, with Mark James (2007).

Family Manifesto: What went wrong with the moral base for the family and how to restore it (William S. Hein Co. 2006)

Estate Planning Success for Women, with Mark James (2005).

Estate Planning Success for Florida Residents, with Mark James (2005).

Estate Planning Success for Virginia Residents, with Mark James (2004).

Estate Planning Success for Ohio Residents, with Mark James (2005).

Estate Planning Success for New York Residents, with Mark James (2006).

Estate Planning Success for New Jersey Residents, with Mark James (2006).

Reply to Arthur S. Leonard, and Marriage by Design, Chapter 3 of Marriage and Same-Sex Unions, A Debate, Lynn D. Wardle, Mark Strasser, William C. Duncan and David Orgon Coolidge, Eds. 78-90 (2003).

Virginia Domestic Relations handbook, Margaret F. Brinig and Lynne Marie Kohm, Lexus Law Publishing (1999 Supplement).

Death of the Obligor, in J. Thomas Oldham’s Child Support (1998).

Journal Articles

Lynn D. Wardle and Lynne Marie Kohm, The "Echo-Chamber Effect" in Legal Education: Considering Family Law Casebooks, __ ST. THOMAS J. L. & PUB. POL'Y __ (forthcoming fall 2012).

Take it to Court, Fostering Families: Leading Christians on Pressing Questions, Village Green, CHRISTIANITYTODAY.COM (May 2012).

The Intersection of Family Law and Immigration: Virginia and the Big Picture, 60 VIRGINIA LAWYER 34 (Feb. 2012).

Lynne Marie Kohm, Diane J. Chandler, and Doris Gomez, Christianity, Feminism, and the Paradox of Female Happiness, 17 TRINITY L. REV. 191 (2011).

A Hitchhiker's Guide to ART: Implementing Self-Governed Personally Responsible Decision-Making in the Context of Artificial Reproductive Technology, 39 CAPITAL U. L. REV. 413 (2011).

The Latest Twist on the Rich Girl Dilemma: My Partner Wants My Money and My Child, 3 TEXAS TECH. EST. PLAN. & COMM. PROP. L. REV. 1 (2011).

The First Amendment, Homosexual Unions, and "Newspeak": Has the Language Surrounding the Marriage Debate Altered the nature of Marriage Itself, or Affected the truth of the Issues Inherent in Alternative marriage Demands? 4 LIBERTY U. L. REV. 593 (2010).

Restoring the Lost Virtue of Prudential Justice to the Life Debate, 22 REGENT U. L. REV. 191 (2009-2010).

Suffer the Children: How the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Has Not Supported Children, 22 N.Y. Int'l. L. REV. 57 (Summer 2009).

A Christian Perspective on Gender Equality, 15 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol’y 339 (2008).

Tracing the Foundations of the Best Interests of the Child Standard in American Jurisprudence, 10 J. L. Fam. Stud. 337 (2008).

From Eisenstadt to Plan B, 33 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 787 (2007)(cited in Jennifer E. Spreng, Pharmacists and the "Duty" To Dispense Emergency Contraceptives, 23 Issues L. & Med. 215 (2008); James T. O’Reilly, Losing Deference in the FDA’s Second Century: Judicial Review, Politics, and a Diminished Legacy, 93 Cornell L. Rev. 939 (2008); 23 Issues L. & Med. 301 (2008); 83 N. Dak. L. Rev. 1365 (2008); 9 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 235 (2007); Bibliography, 14 Cardozo J. L. 819 (2008).

“To Grandmother’s House We Go!” Securing the Legal Interests of Grandparents, Newsletter of the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar, Winter 2008 (co-authored with Melinda Inman Butler and Darrell M. Harding).

Virginia: Judicially Honoring the Rule of Law, State Supreme Court Project, Americans United for Life (2008).

International Examination of Same Sex Parent Adoption, (co-authored with Megan Lindsey and William Catoe), 5 Regent U. J. Int’l L. 237 (2007)(and presented at International Family Law Society European Regional Conference, Chester, England, July 2007).

Family Law and Juvenile Law Annual Survey, 42 U. Rich. L. Rev. 417 (2007).

Even in Virginia? Same-sex cohabitation as termination for spousal support, 36 VBA J. 8 (June/July 2007).

What’s My Place in this World? 35 Capital U. L. Rev 563 (2007).

To What Extent Should Same-Sex Couples have the Same Rights as Other Couples? Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, published by ABC-CLIO (internet resource for high school age students)(2006).

Women as Perpetrators: Does Motherhood have a Reformative Effect on Prostitution? 33 Fordham U. L. J. 407 (2006).

Understanding and Encouraging Realistic Reconciliation in an Age of Divorce, 32 VBA J. 8 (June/July 2006).

Cohabitation and the Renaissance of Marriage (coauthored with Karen M. Groen), 17 Regent U. L. Rev. 261 (2005)(cited in Lynn D. Wardle, What is Marriage? 6 Whittier J. Child & Fam. Advoc. 53 (2006).)

The State of Marriage in America – and in Virginia, 53 Virginia Lawyer 23 (Feb. 2005).

Does Marriage Make Good Business? Examining the Notion of Employer Endorsement of Marriage, 25Whittier L. Rev. 563 (2004)

Moral Realism and the Adoption of Children by Homosexuals, 38 New Eng. L. Rev. 643 (2004) in Symposium: “Same-sex Marriages: Can Anyone Show Just Cause Why These Two Should Not be Lawfully Joined?” 

Sociocultural Issues, the Law and the Future of our Civilization, National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality Collected Papers (NARTH 2003).

Prom Mom Killers: Distorted Statistics, Blame Shift, and Their Impact on Punishment for Neonaticide, 9 Wm & Mary Women's L. J. 43 (Fall 2002) (with Scott Liverman)
The Collateral Effects of Civil Unions on Family Law, 11 Widener J. Pub. L. 451 (2002)

Adoption, Race, Foster Care and the Exodus 2 Paradigm, National Litigation Academy IX CD-ROM, Alliance Defense Fund (November 2002).

Fairness, Accuracy and Honesty in Discussing Homosexuality and Marriage, 14 Regent L. Rev. 249 (2002) coauthored with Dr. Mark Yarhouse; reprinted at Social Science Research Network, available at (May 2002).

How Will the Proliferation and Recognition of Domestic Partnerships Affect Marriage? 4 J. Fam. Stud. 105 (2002); also available at

What do VAWA, Elian and Grandparents Have in Common? Federal Involvement in Family (Law) Governance, Virginia Lawyer 18 (Feb. 2001).
Marriage and the Intact Family: The Significance of Michael H. v. Gerald D., 491 U.S. 110 (1989), 22 Whittier L. Rev. 327(2000).
The Rising Tide of Juvenile Violence: The Natural Disaster of Values Free Education, Culture and Families, 1 Barry U. L. Rev. 109 (2000).

The Rise and Fall of Women’s Rights: Have Sexuality and Reproductive Freedom Forfeited Victory? 6 William & Mary Journal of Women and Law 381, (Winter 2000).

A Comparative Survey of Covenant Marriage Proposals in the United States, 12 Regent Law Review 31 (1999).

Of Princesses, Charities, Trustees, and Fairytales: A Lesson of the Simple Wishes of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, 21 Hawaii L. Rev. 393 (Winter 1999) with J. Robert M. M. Seto.

Integrating Religion, Faith, and Morality in Traditional Law School Courses, 11 Regent U. L. Rev. 49 (1998)(with Dr. Mary A. Scarlato)/

Domestic Relations, 32 U. Richmond L. Rev. 1165 (Nov. 1998).

What is a Christian University, Regent University Center for Instructional Development Web (1999); republished in part in 1 Foundations 3 (1999).

Liberty and Marriage-Baehr and Beyond: Due Process in 1998, 12 BYU J. Pub. L. 253 (1998).

Sex at Six: The Victimization of Innocence and Other Concerns over Children’s “Rights,” 36 Brandeis J. Fam. L. 361 (Summer1997)(lead article, co-authored with Maria E. Lawrence).

Sex Selection Abortion and the Boomerang Effect of a Woman’s Right to Choose: A Paradox of the Skeptics, 4 Wm & Mary J. Women & L. 91 (Winter 1997).

Women and Assisted Suicide: Exposing the Gender Vulnerability to Acquiescent Death, 4 Cardozo Women’s L. J. 241 (Winter 1997)(with Britney N. Brigner).             

“Honey I Froze the Kids”: Implications for Marriage and the Family in Light of Reproductive Technology, 46 Virg. Lawyer 37 (April 1998)(reprinted in Minn. Fam. L. J., October 1998).

“The Family Advisor”: The New Trend for Athletes with Family Values, 14 U. Miami Entertainment & Sports L. Rev. 113 (1997)(with Joseph A. Kohm, Jr.).

A Reply to “Principles and Prejudice”: Marriage and the Realization that Principles Win Over Political Will, 22 J. Contemporary L. 293 (1996).

The New Paradigm for the Feminine Mystique: The Authentic Women’s Perspective, 2 Liberty, Life & Family 259 (June 1996).

The Homosexual “Union”: Should Gay and Lesbian Partnerships be Granted the Same Status as Marriage? 22 Journal of Contemporary Law 51 (Spring 1996).

A Fresh Perspective on Women and Motherhood: The Traditional Values Mother Is One of a Few Good Men, 81 Women Lawyers J. 8 (June 1995).

Designer Babies: Are Test Tubes and Microbes Replacing Romance?  Relevant Legal Issues and DNA, 16 Am. J. Forensic Medicine & Pathology 1 (1995)(with Kathleen A. Miller).

[Numerous Blog Entries: see Regent Family Restoration  ]

Amicus Briefs

IACHR, Best Interests of Daughters of Atala, Sept. 8, 2011.

Additional Presentations

Women and Philanthropy, Western Michigan Council of Estate Planners, Jan. 12, 2012.

The Challenges of Family Preservation in Immigration Policy, presented at the Athens Institute of Education and Research, July 18, 2011, Athens, Greece.

The Impact of Artificial Reproduction on Marriage, Divorce and Children: A Guide to Understanding the Issues in Self-governed Personally Responsible Decision-making, The 6th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law, The Future of the Family: Modern Challenges Facing Adoption Law, Capital U. L. School, Mar. 11, 2010, available at

A Primer on Real Property for Appraisers, Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, Virginia Beach, VA, Nov. 2010.

Biblical Foundations of Family Law, Guest lecturer at Institute for Reformation, Belarus, Nov. 2010 (5 lectures, including presentation of research on children and the Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Christianity and Gender Equality, Law Professors Christian Fellowship/Lumen Christi, in conjunction with AALS Annual Meeting, Jan. 8, 2010, New Orleans, LA.

Speak at Your Own Risk, Constitution Day, Regent University Library, Virginia Beach, VA, September 17, 2009.

Estate Planning Success for Women, Barnabas Foundation, Key Note Address and Workshop, September 17, 2008, (Chicago, IL).

Estate Planning Success for Women, Bon Secours Healthcare Foundation, Key Note Address and Panel Discussion, September 24, 2008 (Richmond, VA).

Choosing a Client is like Choosing a bottle of wine: How to Choose Wisely and Ethically, Virginia Bar Association CLE presentation, July 18, 2008 (Homestead, VA).

SEALS Summer Conference, New Scholars Presentations on Law and Religion, Moderator, July 30, 2007 (Palm Beach, FL).

State of Marriage in America, State Of The Family Symposium, National Center for Family Law, Richmond University T.C. Williams School of Law, September 16, 2007.

Same-Sex Parent Adoption Comparative Law in Europe. International Society of Family Law, Eastern European Regional Conference, July 17, 2007, Chester, England.

The Convention on Rights of Children: Debate with Prof. James Dwyer, Pubic Interest Law at Regent, Annual Conference, Feb. 10, 2006.

Creating Dialogue out of Controversy: Same-sex Marriage, Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference, Oct. 26, 2006, Philadelphia, PA.

Virginia Municipal Conference, Same-sex Marriage and the Virginia Constitutional Marriage Amendment, Oct. 17, 2006, Virginia Beach, VA.

Estate Planning Success for Women, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH, October 4, 2006.

Adoption Law: An Overview of the Basics & Foresight into Current Trends, National Litigation Academy, Alliance Defense Fund, Laguna Nigel, CA, July 5, 2006.

"Got Birth Control?" Vanderbilt University, Symposium: law, divinity & medicine, Feb 2, 2006.

Estate Planning Success for Women, Bethany Christian Services of Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, VA, Feb. 24, 2006.

Gender Law: Defining the Parental Rights of Gays and Lesbians, University of Virginia, Conference on Public Service and the law, available at, March 17-18, 2006.

Same-sex Marriage, Civil Unions or Domestic Partnerships, A Debate at T.C. Williams Richmond U. L. School, November 2005.
Estate Planning Success for Women, American Heart Association, NY, NY, November 2005.

Estate Planning Success for Women, SUNY, University at Albany, and Hudson Valley Community College Heritage Association, Albany, NY, October 2005.

Schiavo Law-Fact Paradigm, Regent Students for Life, November, 2005.

Regent Reads C.S. Lewis: Common Read Lectures: Finding Yourself in the Chronicles of Narnia, Feb 21, 2006.

Schiavo Law-Fact Paradigm, Tidewater Pastor’s Council, Virginia Beach, VA, April 10, 2005.

Renaissance of Marriage, Weidner Law Symposium, Weidner, PA, November 6, 2004.

Estate Planning Success for Women, National Conference on Planned Giving, Dallas, TX, October 21, 2004.

Roe at 30: Examining the Constitutionality of Roe v. Wade and Its Progeny, and Projecting Its Impact Into the Future, Virginia Society for Human Life, January 2003.

Adoption: The Legal Basics on Providing for Orphans, Alliance Defense Fund, National Litigation Academy, Phoenix, Arizona, October 2002.

Numerous Presentations for Teen Pact Judicial, Annual Summer Workshop, Regent University.
Numerous Presentations for Public Interest Law at Regent (PILAR).

Television, Radio, Internet and Newspaper

- Blog Entries at Family Restoration, at
- Ann Romney for President, CBN Newswatch, CBN News, Apr. 25, 2012.
- Stem Cell Research Lawsuits, CBN News, numerous radio shows nationally, August 16, 2010.
- California Marriage Cases, CBN Newswatch, CBN News, August 6, 2010.
- Faith Conflicts Increase in Divorce, CBN Newswatch, Feb. 16, 2010.
- Clash of the Titans 2011, liaison for Laura Ingraham; Clash of the Titans 2011, liaison for Norah O’Donnell
- Haiti Missionaries Charged with Child Trafficking, CBN Newswatch, Feb. 2, 2010.
- Baby Isaiah on Life Support, CBN News, Jan. 27, 2010.
- California Proposition 8 Federal Marriage Trial, Jan 14, 2010.
- More Analysis of Rifqa Bary’s Case, CBN News, Jan. 6, 2010.
- Maine’s Marriage Vote, CBN News, Nov. 3, 2009.
- Deportation of Rifqa Bary? CBN News, Oct. 23, 2009.
- What are Levi Johnston’s rights? Experts weigh in on Bristol Palin’s ex and other unwed dads, by Rosemary Black, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 14, 2009.
- To What Extent Should Same-Sex Couples have the Same Rights as Other Couples? Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, published by ABC-CLIO (internet resource for high school age students)(2006).
- National Public Radio affiliate KUER, Saltt Lake City, UT, County Domestic Partnership Ordinance discussion, July 26, 2005.
- NEWSWATCH, CBN Television Network, Review of Three Lesbian Custody Cases in California, May 26, 2005.
- National Public Radio (NPR), SHOW: Morning Edition 10:00 AM EST NPR, Barbara Bagley Haggerty, May 6, 2005 Friday, “…Regent University Law School's mission is to integrate the will of God and the nation's law ... law. Teaching here, says Lynne Marie Kohm, allows her to expand the boundaries of legal thinking….”
- WTAR, “Ask the Experts,” Regent Law School, w/ Eleanor Brown, Mar. 31, 2005, Norfolk, VA.
- Targeted News Service, August 16, 2007, RICHMOND, Va.: University Of Richmond Family Law Center To Host State Of The Family Symposium.
- Kay Young, WAVY TV, Marriage Amendment, interview, Oct. 25, 2006.
- Gillian Gaynair, Some unwed heterosexual couples wary of vote, Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 1, 2006.
- Chris L. Jenkins, Va. Ban’s Reach is at Center of Fight, Same-Sex Marriage on November Ballot, WASHINGTON POST, Oct. 2, 2006, at B01.
- Sandra Jill Pennecke, Family Law Professor lauds family for contributing to her recognition, THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT(Norfolk, Va.), July 7, 2005 Thursday, Beacon Edition, Pg. V20.
- The Future of Our Civilization, SOUGHT OUT Newsletter, October 30, 2003.
- FTC Regulations and Their Effect on Family Lawyers, VSB Family Law Section Newsletter, April 2003.
- “Group Wants Hearing to Protest New Foster Rules,” Interviewed and cited by staff writer, Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia), July 12, 2000.
- “Rules Would Let Parents Spank Foster Children.” Interviewed and cited by staff writer, Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia), July 1, 2000.
- "Covenant Marriage Endorses Lifetime Vows" op-ed piece, The Virginian-Pilot, Feb. 21, 1998, at C12; cited in James Duane, 12 REGENT U. L. REV. 145 (1999).
- "Family Values - Differing Values," IMPACT MAGAZINE, Vol. 6 Issue 2, at 16 (Nov.1996).
- Nearly 30 Family Law Monthly Columns in the HAMPTON ROADS CHRISTIAN community newspaper.

  • Family Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Property Law
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • Elder Law
  • Bioethics