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Douglas H. Cook, J.D.
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Douglas H. Cook, J.D.


I was born and raised in Ohio, and earned my J.D. at The Ohio State University College of Law. After practicing law in Arizona, I moved to Virginia Beach in 1987 to join the faculty of the new law school at what was then CBN University. I taught and researched in the areas of Torts, Nonprofit Organizations, Contracts, Criminal Law, and Commercial Law. I served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the law school from 1999 to 2014. In 2014 I joined the university’s Office of Academic Affairs as Associate Vice President, remaining there until 2019, when I transitioned to the College of Arts & Sciences.

In addition to my work at Regent, I have a part-time law practice with Davis Law Group in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Carole. We have four children and ten grandchildren, with two more grandchildren on the way. I enjoy hiking, running, yardwork, and travel.


J.D., with honors, Ohio State University College of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, Miami University


Books and Monographs

Cases and Materials on Nonprofit, Tax-exempt Organizations (1992 and Supp. 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996) (2d ed. 1997).

Journal Articles and Notes

A Faith-Based Perspective on Tort Causation, 16 St. Thomas L. Rev. 455 (2004)

The Politically-Active Church, 35 Loyola-Chicago L. J. 457 (2004)

Sir William Blackstone: A Life and Legacy Set Apart for God's Work, 13 Regent U. L. Rev. 169 (2000)

Cases and Materials on Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Lupus Publications Ltd., 1992 (Second Edition 1999)

A Day in the Life of Tort Law, 49 Maine L. Rev. 111 (1997).

Does a Minister Have Legal Rights? Pulpit Digest, July/August 1997, at 81 (co-authored with Carroll D. Stevens)

Personal Responsibility and the Law of Torts, 45 Am. U. L. Rev. 1245 (1996).

Can the Car Battery Be Charged? Intentional Torts Under Automobile No-Fault Statutes, 12 Cooley L. Rev. 163 (1995).

How I Spent My Sabbatical, or What Happens When a Torts Professor is a Juror in a Negligence Case , 14 Rev. Litig. 219 (1994), reprinted in 44 Def. L. J. 707 (1995).

Negligence or Strict Liability? A Study In Biblical Tort Law, 13 Whittier L. Rev. 1 (1992).

Tort Liability for Cult Deprogramming, 43 Ohio St. L.J. 465 (1982).

Newspaper and Periodical Articles

Does a Minister Have Legal Rights? , (co-authored with Carroll D. Stevens) Pulpit Digest (July/Aug. 1997).


Christian Legal Society