Director, Honors Program
Professor Craig A. Stern is a professor at Regent University School of Law and the director of the Honors Program. He began as an adjunct with Regent in 1988 and came on full time in 1990. Stern received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. cum laude from Yale University. At Yale he studied Classics.
Stern has been admitted to the bar in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and several federal jurisdictions. He has served as an associate attorney for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman, as the Assistant Deputy Director of the Legal and Administrative Agencies Group, Office of President-elect Ronald Reagan, as counsel to the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, as the associate editor of BENCHMARK for the Center for Judicial Studies in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Virginia, as special counsel and director of publications for the Constitutional Law Center, and as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk.
His teaching and research interests include: Human Rights, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Jurisprudence, Legal History and Criminal Law.
Books and Monographs:
Church, State, and Education: A Federal Circuit Manual (1985).
Judging the Judges: The First Two Years of the Reagan Bench (1985).
"Mens Rea and Mental Disorder" in The Insanity Defense: Multidisciplinary Views on Its History, Trends, and Controversies (2017).
Select Journal Articles and Notes:
"Megillath Esther and the Rule of Law: Disobedience and Oblication, 17 RUTGERS J.L. & RELIGION 244 (2016).
"The Heart of Mens Rea and the Insanity of Psychopaths," 42 Capital University Law Review 619 (2014).
"The Founders on: 'Does the Constitution Work?'" 5 Akron Journal of Constitutional Law & Policy 1 (2013-14).
"Another Sign from Hein: Does the Generalized Grievance Fail a Constitutional or a Prudential Test of Federal Standing to Sue?" 12 Lewis & Clark Law Review 1169 (2008).
"The Coherence of Natural Inalienable Rights," 76 UMKC Law Review 939 (2008) (co-authored with Gregory M. Jones).
"The Common Law and the Religious Foundations of the Rule of Law Before Casey," 38 University of San Francisco Law Review 499 (2004).
"Article III and Expanding the Power of the United States Court of Federal Claims," 71 George Washington Law Review 818 (2003).
"Torah and Murder: The Cities of Refuge and Anglo-American Law," 35 Valparaiso University Law Review 461 (2001).
"Crime, Moral Luck, and the Sermon on the Mount", 48 Catholic University Law Review 801 (1999).
"Justinian: Lieutenant of Christ, Legislator for Christendom," 11 Regent University Law Review 151 (1998).
"What's a Constitution Among Friends? Unbalancing Article III," 146 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1043 (1998).
"Things Not Nice: An Essay on Civil Government," 8 Regent University Law Review 1 (1997).
"Foreign Judgments and the Freedom of Speech: Look Who's Talking," 60 Brook Law Review 999 (1994).
Distinguished Professor of Law
Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice