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David D. Velloney, J.D., LL.M.
Senior Lecturing Fellow

David D. Velloney, J.D., LL.M.


Dave Velloney joined the faculty at the Regent University School of Law in 2008 as an Associate Professor. While serving on the full-time faculty, he taught classes in Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, Comparative Criminal Procedure, National Security and Human Rights Law, and Legislation.  He also served as the Executive Director of the law school’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law; he directed the law school’s Summer Abroad Program in Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; he developed and directed the law school’s Summer Abroad Program in Human Rights in Mukono, Uganda; and he taught Multistate and Virginia Criminal Law for BARBRI.  He also coached multiple trial teams to successful results as an advisor for the Trial Advocacy Board, including a national championship at the National Pre-trial Competition held at Stetson University School of Law.

After leaving the full-time faculty, Professor Velloney continued to serve as an Adjunct Professor at Regent Law, teaching classes in his primary areas of expertise, which include Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Trial Practice.  Professor Velloney also taught and published extensively prior to joining the Regent Faculty, while serving as an Associate Professor at the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he taught all Substantive Criminal Law courses and provided extensive Trial Advocacy seminars and skills training for the school’s ABA-accredited LL.M. program in Military Justice, as well as all Judge Advocate Officer Basic Courses and other resident and nonresident CLE programs.

Professor Velloney spent twenty years on active duty in the U.S. Army, serving initially as a Field Artillery Officer in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, and ultimately retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  His career as an Army lawyer included service as a Legislative Counsel for the Secretary of the Army and extensive criminal law experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and supervisor of trial attorneys engaged in criminal litigation.  Specifically, he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 24th Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Kansas; Senior Defense Counsel at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Officer in Charge of the Law Center and Command Judge Advocate for the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Augsburg, Germany; Command Judge Advocate for Task Force Able Sentry in Skopje, Macedonia; and Trial Counsel, Administrative Law Attorney, and Legal Assistance Attorney in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Professor Velloney earned his B.S. (distinguished cadet) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, his J.D. from the Yale Law School, and his LL.M. (honor graduate in military justice with a specialty in criminal law) from the Judge Advocate General’s School.  He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.

Professor Velloney currently serves as the Executive Pastor at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, Virginia.  River Oak averages over 3,000 people in weekly attendance and was listed by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America in 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  While faithfully ministering to men, women, and families throughout the Hampton Roads community, Professor Velloney continues to have a heart for intentionally teaching, training, and mentoring the next generation of Christian attorneys, passionately desiring to see them live out their vocational callings in the law with excellence, integrity, and unwavering commitment to Christ.  He is an avid soccer, skiing, and Boston Red Sox fan.


LL.M., The Judge Advocate General’s School

J.D., Yale Law School

B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point


Articles and Book Reviews:

Balancing the Scales of Justice:  Expanding Access to Mitigation Specialists in Military Death Penalty Cases, 170 Mil. L. Rev. 1 (2001).

Recent Developments in Substantive Criminal Law:  A Continuing Education, Army Law., April/May 2003, at 64.

The Art of Trial Advocacy – Tactical Charging:  Choosing Wisely the Terrain on Which You Want to Fight, Army Law., September 2002, at 54.

Recent Developments in Substantive Criminal Law:  Broadening Crimes and Limiting Convictions, Army Law., April 2002, at 41.

SON THANG:  An American War Crime, 166 Mil. L. Rev. 234 (2000) (book review).

Casebooks and Reference Books:

Advanced Substantive Criminal Law Casebook, TJAGSA, (author, editor) 2002, 2003.

Crimes and Defenses Handbook, TJAGSA, (primary contributing author, editor) 2003.

Military Judges Course Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author) 2002, 2003.

USAREUR Criminal Law Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author) 2002, 2003.

Basic Course Criminal Law Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author) 2001-2003.

Graduate Course Criminal Law Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author) 2001-2003.

Criminal Law Advocacy Course Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author) 2001-2003.

New Developments Course Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author, editor) 2001, 2002.

Military Justice Managers Course Deskbook, TJAGSA, (contributing author) 2001, 2002.


Member of the Connecticut Bar since 1994

Judge Advocate General’s Corps Regiment since 1994


Professor of the Year, Regent University School of Law, 2010, 2012, 2013

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Regent University, Fall 2011

Military Awards:  Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, United Nations Medal (Macedonia), Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award, Airborne and Air Assault Badges