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Established in 1991, the Law Review is published by Regent University’s School of Law. Since then, student editors and staff members, chosen on the basis of academic achievement and writing ability, have gained valuable experience by writing and editing the Law Review under the guidance of the law faculty.
Past contributors include United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, Judge Edith H. Jones, Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Robert P. George, George Allen, Charles W. Colson, Charles E. Rice, Phillip E. Johnson, David Barton, Nancy R. Pearcey, Professor Lyman Johnson, and James Bopp.
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Vol. 29, No. 1 | 2016-2017 Masthead
Vol. 7 | 1996 (Fall) Masthead
In partnership with the Regent Law Federalist Society, on October 1, Regent Law hosted the 2016 Regent University Law Review Symposium, titled “First Amendment post-Obergefell: the Clash of Enumerated & Unenumerated Rights.” The symposium’s first panel was on education and the effect of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges opinion on religious universities and law schools. Participation in the panel included LAW dean, Michael Hernandez; Canadian Counsel of Christian Charities’ Barry Bussey; professor at Duquesne Law, Bruce Ledewitz; and professor at St. Mary’s Law, Bill Piatt.
A second panel focused on Obergefell‘s effect on the First Amendment rights of religious objectors in for-profit companies, non-profit entities and churches. Speakers on this topic included Family Research Council’s Travis Weber; First Liberty Institute’s Chelsey Youman; and Alliance Defending Freedom’s Caleb Dalton.
2016 marks the Law Review‘s celebration of its 25th anniversary. Its first issue was published in 1991, and since then, the Law Review has completed 28 volumes encompassing 390 articles. More.
The Hon. Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., Writing Competition is held every spring in memoriam of the esteemed Virginia jurist. Regent University Law Review sponsors this competition to foster and celebrate excellence in legal scholarship among the Regent University community. The winner receives a cash prize of $500 and their article becomes eligible for publication in a future edition of the Regent University Law Review.
We are pleased to announce the tenth annual Hon. Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., Writing Competition.
2017 SUBMISSION RULES AND PROCEDURES
Submission Deadline: March 20, 2017
Writing Topic: This year’s writing topic is a semi-open topic. Any paper submitted that otherwise complies with the rules will be considered if it is scholarly material of publishable quality that advocates a legal position consistent with the Regent University Law Review mission statement as set forth below:
The Mission of the Law Review is to bring glory to God and to make the character and person of Jesus Christ known through the publication of excellent and principled legal scholarship. The Law Review strives to achieve this mission in the following ways: (1) The publication of well-written scholarship that demonstrates the application of Christian principles to legal issues; (2) the publication of well-written scholarship that benefits the practicing bar; (3) the training of Law Review members in legal writing and editing; and (4) the equipping of Law Review members for effective leadership in the legal community.
Although the Law Review encourages students to consider incorporating Biblical principles into their submissions, a paper will not be penalized merely because it does not explicitly include Biblical integration.
At the conclusion of each spring semester, typically during the last week of the final exam period, Regent University Law Review hosts a writing competition open to all students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher over at least two full semesters (30 credit hours) of study. Every student interested in joining the Law Review must complete the Spring Writing Competition, which consists of two parts: (1) Bluebook exercises designed to gauge the student’s level of citation proficiency and (2) the submission of a law review style article. The topic for the article is chosen by the Board of Editors and is the same for all applicants.
Students typically have approximately two to three weeks to complete their submissions. The Board then grades and ranks the submissions using a combined score from both the Bluebook exercises and the article. Rising 2L students who rank among the top 5% of their class and score in the top half of all submissions on the Bluebook portion of the Writing Competition, or score at least a 70% on the Bluebook portion of the Writing Competition, are extended an invitation to join the Law Review. All other invitations are made on the basis of the students’ scores and the Law Review’s needs for the upcoming year. Membership offers are extended sometime in late June or early July.
All students interested in academic writing are strongly encouraged to participate in the Spring Writing Competition.
The Responsibilities of Staff Editors of Regent University’s Law Review