Michael V. Hernandez, J.D.

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      Michael V. Hernandez


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JD, University of Virginia School of Law

B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia


Dean Hernandez joined the faculty of Regent University's School of Law in 1992 and has taught Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Christian Foundations of Law, International Human Rights, Property, and Race & the Law. While at Regent, he has served as the director of the LL.M. in American Legal Studies degree program, the director of the Honors Program, faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board and to the Hispanic Law Students Association, and as the head coach of Regent's award-winning Moot Court teams. He currently serves as dean of the School of Law, a position to which he was appointed in June 2015.

Prior to teaching, Dean Hernandez practiced law in the areas of products liability litigation at McGuire Woods and environmental litigation at McSweeney, Burtch & Crump, both law firms in Richmond Va. He has served as a consultant for attorneys litigating cases in state and federal court, including before the United States Supreme Court.

Dean Hernandez's scholarship focuses on property law, race and the law, law and religion, law and public policy, and appellate advocacy. He is the author of the book, Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests, and co-author of Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings with Professor Wade Berryhill of the University or Richmond School of Law.


Appellate Advocacy, International Human Rights, Property, Race & the Law

Scholarly Publications

Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests (West Academic Publishing)

Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings (West ed.) (co-author with W. Wade Berryhill).

The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican “Contra Prohibition” Immigrants, 9 Regent J. Int'l. L. 29 (2012).

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).

Professional Presentations and Papers

Contemporary Issues in Law, Race, and Education” (moderator), Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Amelia Island, FL, August 2014

“Teaching Race, Discretion, and Implicit Bias in the Criminal Justice System” (panel moderator), Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, Fla. (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, Cal. (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).


  • Appointed Sole Representative of the Legal Academy to the Virginia Bar Association's inaugural Pro Bono Council (2015)
  • 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)

Professional Affiliations

  • 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


Dean 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 experience in a competitive job market.