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On October 1, Regent University Law Review (pictured below) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a symposium featuring keynote speaker Justice Daniel Kelly ('91) of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

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Regent Law was privileged to host the 2016 Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools (RALS) on September 29-30, titled "Challenges and Opportunities for Faith Based Legal Education."

Regent University students, faculty and staff commemorated Constitution Day on Friday, September 16, by gathering to hear lectures by Dr. Jim Davids and Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart. Associate Dean Natt Gantt moderated.

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Please welcome our newest faculty members, Distinguished Professor Harry Hutchison and Assistant Professor Caleb Griffin. Professor Hutchison served as a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He has produced more than fifty law review articles, review essays, public policy studies, and civil rights opinions. Professor Griffin joins us from Vinson & Elkins in Houston, TX, having graduated with his JD from Harvard Law and a BBA from Oklahoma Christian University. His expertise is in business law.

Ernie Walton
was promoted to the positions of Academic and Administrative Director of the Center for Global Justice and Regent Law Lecturer.

Kim Van Essendelft
has been promoted to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Natt Gantt has been promoted to Associate Dean of Instructional and Curricular Affairs.

Jeff Brauch is now Executive Director of the Center for Global Justice.

Jessica Matthews has joined our Admissions team as the newest Enrollment Counselor.

Rosey Mellion was promoted to Associate Director of Law Career & Alumni Services.


The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law hosted Dorothy Douglas Taft from the Market Project, who spoke on The Intersection of Public Service, Justice, and Healing.

This year, 17 interns from the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law served in five countries with 13 nonprofits and government organizations.

The Center for Global Justice started this academic year under new leadership.

The Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform Co-Director Associate Dean Natt Gantt was recently featured as an August Harvey Fellow.

The Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform Co-Director Professor Ben Madison presented at the 2016 SEALS Conference.



Regent Law is now ranked 5th in the nation for our Moot Court Program.

Natasha Delille
(3L) and Alexandra McPhee (3L) were sponsored by the Diversity Conference to attend the Virginia State Bar’s 78th Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, VA.

Trayce Hockstad (3L) will have her article, "Rats and Trees Need Lawyers, Too: Community Responsibility in Deodand Practice and Modern Environmentalism," published in the Fall 2016 issue of Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.

Joshua Charles (3L), a researcher/writer for the Museum of the Bible, was interviewed on the Dennis Prager Show about his new book, Liberty’s Secrets: The Lost Wisdom of America’s Founders and God, Israel and You: The Scandalous Story of a Faithful God.

Congratulations to Regent Law for winning first place in the 2016 Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition among Virginia law firms and organizations to collect food for those in need. Regent was the Law School Winner of the Attorney General’s Cup, providing the most donations among other law schools in the region.

Regent Law Community Service Day

More than 150 law students, faculty, and staff participated in the 8th annual Law School Community Service Day (pictured above). View additional photos on Facebook >



Public defender Toussaint Romain ('07) was in national news for showing courageous leadership by promoting peace during recent Charlotte protests. Read the full story here >

Greg Wilhelm ('99) former Judge of the Ellis County Court at Law No. One, and former Ellis County Treasurer, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the statewide Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors.

Nicholas Lee ('14) just obtained the James Wilson Fellowship.

Darden Barrett ('15) is now an Associate Attorney at Stackhouse, Nexsen & Turrietta, PLLC.

Aubrey Cross ('15) is now a Litigation Associate at Samuel I. White, P.C..

Brittany Gold ('15) is now a Staff Counsel for Geico.

Marie Dienhart ('16) is now an Honors Program Law Clerk for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Atlanta, GA.

Daniel Koblitz ('16) is now a Product Legal Consultant for Church Mutual Insurance Company.

Brandon Matthews ('16) is now an Associate Attorney at Bush & Taylor, P.C.

Jason Rodriguez ('16) (pictured above) is now
Assistant Attorney General, criminal division, Attorney General's Office, FL.

Andrew Butler, Marie Dienhart, Kathleen Knudsen, and Renee Knudsen (all '16) secured federal clerkships.



Law Faculty News


James Duane presented his new book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, at the Cato Institute.

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Gloria Whittico was part of a panel with the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in Courts.

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Tessa Dysart is the new Managing Editor of the Appellate Advocacy Blog on the Law Prof Blog network.

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Marie Hamm is writing a book chapter for the next edition of the A Guide to Legal Research in Virginia. Publication is scheduled for March 2017.


Law Faculty Scholarship


"Would Jane Austen Be on eHarmony? How Changes in Women's Legal Status Have Influenced the Choice of a Spouse" by Lynne Marie Kohm and Kathleen Knudsen

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"Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality, and Democratic Government: America, a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship? "
by James Boland

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"The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America’s Sex-Trafficked Children"
by Tessa Dysart

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