S. Ernie Walton
Administrative Director for the Center for Global Justice
Class of 2011
Five years ago I came to Regent law for one reason: because God called me to use the law to fight injustice. Regent was the only place I knew where I would receive not only a top-notch legal education, but also a biblical perspective on human rights, two things I viewed as indispensable to preparing me to fulfill God's call on my life. My first year was challenging and rewarding. I not only learned the law, but also how to think critically from a biblical worldview. At the end of my second year, Regent Law launched the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, much to my excitement. Through the Center's internship grant program, I received one of four grants that year and was sent to Strasbourg, France to intern at the European Centre for Law and Justice. Using the law to protect persecuted Christians in the Middle East and to help secure the right to life for unborn children in Europe was exhilarating. I was doing what God had called me to do!
Through my internship, clerking with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) throughout the school year, taking classes like international Trafficking in Persons from expert Kathleen McKee, and receiving excellent teaching in all of my law classes, I felt completely prepared to use the law to fight injustice at the end of my three years at Regent. I now stand here humbled that the Lord has graciously allowed for me to return to the Center for Global Justice to help prepare more advocates for justice. Take a look below and see what some of our alumni are doing in the human rights field.
Keila E. Molina
Class of 2012
A native of Mexico, Keila returned there as a rising 3L to work for Casa Alianza Mexico with orphans, street children and trafficked victims, while also continuing to build the Center’s partnership with Christian Congresswoman Rosi Orozco, a leader in human rights advocacy. Keila recently shared this update with us:
In March 2016, I will commence working for the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, Child and Family Protection Division, Protective Services Section, as an Assistant Attorney General. Specifically, this position will entail representing the state in juvenile dependency matters and making recommendations to the court on behalf of the state concerning children, youth, and families who are in circumstances involving child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. It is solely due to God's providence that I've been hired for such a specific position which fits each and every area which I've desired to be involved in as an attorney, as well as a child advocate.
Seven years prior, in my personal statement as I applied to Regent University School of Law, I wrote: "Many times things do not make sense and I do not understand why God allows painful situations to occur, and yet my own life serves as a reminder of the blessings that can come amidst painful circumstances." Having worked with abused and neglected children prior to law school, my heart and passion towards advocating for the protection of children led me to pursue a law degree. This calling towards child advocacy has been something I've at times fought against; I've even tried to forget about it when tremendous fears and challenges arose which simply seemed impossible to overcome. My journey while in law school was far from easy and even after graduating from law school, I faced even more serious adversity and hardship.
Now, as I embark on this exciting chapter of life, I do so realizing that God's ways are indeed higher and better than any of mine. My focus verse as I celebrate this new beginning is Isaiah 26:12: "Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us."
Kirk works for Tiny Hands International (THI)—a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the church in the developing world and helping the poor overcome poverty. THI is particularly called to orphans, street children, and the victims of the sex-trafficking industry.
While at Regent, Kirk had the opportunity, with the help of the Center for Global Justice, to intern in Lira, Uganda. He worked with the Justice Centre, a branch of the local court that helps indigent clients who, due to a history of war in the area, had lost their land. Experiencing a new culture and engaging the legal processes in a developing country were invaluable experiences that helped prepare him for the work that he is doing with THI.
THI seeks to help “the least of these.” In the last year and a half, THI intercepted about 1,000 girls at the border of Nepal/India. Yet, UNICEF reports that 7,000 women and girls are trafficked out of Nepal each year. Kirk helps THI brainstorm and implement better ways to rescue these girls and deter the traffickers.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). This verse helps him to keep close as he transitions from school and begins to follow the path the Lord lays out before him. Kirk readily admits that he has many weaknesses especially when considering that he has entered a new country, with an unfamiliar culture, a different people, various religions, and a foreign language! But Kirk emphasized, "fortunately, we have a God whose power is made perfect in my weakness."
Class of 2013
During her second year at Regent Law, Olivia worked with the Center for Global Justice as a Student Staff member. She assisted on various research projects, including exploring possible internship opportunities for future students.
In the summer of 2012, Olivia interned throught the Center with the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) in Strasbourg, France. During her time with the ECLJ, Olivia conducted research pertaining to issues of first impression for the ECHR, gained a deeper understanding of European law, attended ECHR proceedings, and worked on a project to help the cause of then-imprisoned Iranian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani. In addition, she translated several ECLJ documents from French to English, one of which was presented to the ECHR.
Olivia now works as an associate attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice. Her work is primarily focused on protecting the First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion, but she also works to protect the rights of the most vulnerable—unborn children.
Class of 2014
Kristy knew her interest in the legal field looked something like love and justice for the least of these. Regent was just the place to discover the calling God had for her. Through her work with the Center, her path became brighter and brighter before her. She had the opportunity to intern with the Kansas Department for Children and Families addressing policy on children sexually exploited for commercial purposes.
Her experience there led to a full time position after graduation. She currently serves as Strategic Partnerships Liaison for the Faith-based and Community Initiatives division of the Department for Children and Families in Topeka, Kansas. Her job requires a working knowledge of the intersection between child welfare issues and the legal aspects of building a case to prosecute perpetrators. The position provides a unique opportunity to work in tandem with the Kansas Attorney General’s office, the Agency’s foster care providers and community partners across the State to implement statutory requirements for responding to this issue. She gives credit for her successes to a strong work ethic cultivated by the rigorous academics of Regent’s program, the Center’s support, and most of all, God’s divine positioning and favor on her life.