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

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


Professor Dave Velloney first joined the full-time faculty at the Regent University School of Law in 2008. While an associate professor, he taught classes in criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, trial practice, comparative criminal procedure, national security and human rights law, contracts, and legislation.

Over the years, Velloney has served Regent excellently in other pivotal roles. He served as the executive director of the School of Law’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; developed and directed the law school’s Summer Abroad Program in Human Rights in Mukono, Uganda; and 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.

Velloney also taught and published extensively before joining the Regent Faculty while serving as an associate professor at the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. While there, he taught all substantive criminal law courses and provided extensive trial advocacy seminars and skills training for the school’s ABA-accredited LL.M. in Military Justice program, as well as all JAG officer basic courses and other CLE programs.

From 2013-22, Velloney stepped away from the full-time faculty at Regent Law. Still, he continued to serve as an adjunct professor and senior lecturing fellow, teaching classes in criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure. During that season, he served as the executive pastor at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The church averaged over 3,000 people in weekly attendance during his time there and was listed by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America in 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Velloney also spent 20 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 2008 as a lieutenant colonel 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. Specifically, he served as:

  • 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
  • Trial counsel, administrative law attorney, and legal assistance attorney in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr, Germany

Velloney earned his Bachelor of Science in International Politics (distinguished cadet) from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and his LL.M. (honor graduate in military justice with a specialty in criminal law) from the Judge Advocate General’s School, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.

Velloney and his wife, Felitz, are avid soccer, skiing, and Boston Red Sox fans.


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