J.D., LL.M. Mark D. Martin



  • Dean and Professor, Regent University School of Law

  • Chief Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

  • Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

  • Associate Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals

  • Resident Superior Court Judge

  • Legal Counsel to Governor James G. Martin

  • Private practice of law, McNair Law Firm

  • Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Clyde H. Hamilton

Professional Outreach to Support the Bench and Bar, and Serve the Public Interest

  • Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States

  • Chair, Professionalism and Competence of the Bar Committee, and member, Board of Directors, Conference of Chief Justices

  • Chair, ABA Judicial Division and ABA Appellate Judges Conference

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Appellate Judges Education Institute

  • Commission on the World Justice Project (helped convene multidisciplinary rule of law state level meetings; World Justice Forum (Vienna, Law and Justice breakout, 2008); and World Justice Forum III (Barcelona, North America regional breakout, 2011)

  • Awards Committee, American Inns of Court, and member, James Kent Inn of Court, and former member, Craven-Everett and Susie Sharp Inns of Court

  • Board of Directors, Bolch Judicial Institute

  • Making Justice Accessible: Designing Legal Services for the 21st Century, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Co-Chair, ABA Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts (culminating in national summit among thirty-eight participatory state justice systems)

  • Chair, John Marshall Award Selection Committee

  • Governor’s Crime Commission

  • Convener, NC Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice

  • Vice-Chair, NC Federal-State-Tribal Judicial Council

  • Host, 2016 Inter-Court Conference, Federal Judicial Center and National Center for State Courts

  • Chair, Commission on the Future of the NC Business Court

  • Chair, Chief Justice’s Commission of Professionalism

  • Region 15 Advisory Committee, American Law Institute

  • Vice President, North Carolina Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use

  • Chair, North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission

Awards and Honors

  • Warren Burger Society, National Center for State Courts

  • Patriot Award, United States Secretary of Defense

  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine, State of North Carolina

  • Judicial Excellence Award, North Carolina Police Benevolent Association

  • President’s Award of Excellence, Wake County Bar Association

  • Leadership in the Law Award, Elon University School of Law

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Western Carolina University

Select Presentations and Publications

  • Panelist, “Judicial Leadership in Civil Justice Reform,” Southern Region Civil Justice Summit, Conference of Chief Justices, Little Rock, AR (May 2018)

  • Presenter, “Deference, Discretion, and Expertise in Administrative Law,” Federalist Society Las Vegas Lawyers Chapter, Las Vegas, NV (January 2018)

  • Keynote Address, Elon Law School Graduation Ceremony, Elon, NC (December 2017)

  • Co-Moderator, “Promoting Cooperation between State and Federal Courts,” Conference of Chief Justices, Philadelphia, PA (August 2017)

  • Panelist, “Best Practices to Identify and Rectify Wrongful Convictions,” Criminal Justice Reform Conference, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, Boston College Law School, Newton, MA (February 2017)

  • Presenter, “Recusal Procedures: How Best to Ensure Transparency, Fairness, and Timeliness,” Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Colorado Springs, CO (November 2016)

  • Panelist, “The Emerging Regulation of Legal Services: Examining ABA Resolution 105,” 21st Annual Thomson Reuters Law Firm Leaders Forum, New York, NY (October 2016)

  • Moderator, “Brave New World: Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security in the Twenty-First Century,” 2016 Inter-Court Conference, Asheville, NC (September 2016)

  • Panelist, “A Respected Judiciary – Balancing Independence and Accountability,” 2016 Annual Florida Bar Convention, Orlando, FL (June 2016)

  • Course Faculty, “Judicial Ethics for Judges,” Duke Law School LL.M. Program, Durham, NC (June 2016; June 2015)

  • Keynote Address, Campbell Law School Graduation Ceremony, Raleigh, NC (May 2016)

  • Keynote Address, “Twentieth Century Assumptions in a Twenty-First Century World,” National Workshop for United States District Judges, Federal Judicial Center, Charleston, SC (April 2016)

  • Panelist, State Chief Justice Access to Justice Program, White House Forum on Access to Justice, Washington, DC (April 2016)

  • Keynote Address, “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” Federalist Society Triangle Lawyers Chapter, North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh, NC (January 2016)

  • “The Role of Judicial Leaders in the Administration of Justice,” in The Improvement of the Administration of Justice (8th ed. 2016)

  • Panelist, “Judges’ Roundtable Discussion on Improvement of Justice: A Comparative Approach,” Appellate Judges Education Institute Annual Summit, Washington, DC (November 2015)

  • Panelist, “Civility Matters,” TIPS Program, Chicago, IL (July 2015)

  • State of the Judiciary Address, Joint Session of the North Carolina General Assembly, Raleigh, NC (March 2015)

  • Keynote Address, Oklahoma State Judges Association Annual Meeting, Norman, OK (July 2013)

  • Panelist, “Inside the Judicial Sanctum: The Art and Science of Judicial Decision-Making,” Appellate Judges Education Institute Annual Summit, Washington, DC (November 2011)

  • Panelist, “Without Fear or Favor – The Expanding Threats to Judicial Independence,” Defense Research Institute, Washington, DC (October 2011)

  • Moderator, “18th Century Courts – 21st Century Expectations,” Kentucky Law Journal Symposium on Court Funding, Lexington, KY (September 2011)

  • Recent Experience with Intermediate Scrutiny Under the North Carolina Constitution: Blankenship v. Bartlett and King v. Beaufort County Board of Education, 59 U. Kan. L. Rev. 761 (2011)

  • “Justice is the Business of Government: The Crucial Role of State Courts,” THE JUDGES JOURNAL, Volume 49:1 (Winter 2010)


  • University of Virginia School of Law – Charlottesville, VA

     LL.M. in Judicial Process, 1998

  • University of North Carolina School of Law – Chapel Hill, NC

     J.D. with honors, 1988

     Editor in Chief, NC Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation

  • Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC

     B.S. with highest honors, 1985

Meet Our Faculty

Cheryl Beauchamp, M.S.

Lecturer, Engineering & Computer Science

Director, Institute for Cybersecurity

757.352.4772 cherbea@regent.edu
Corné J. Bekker, D.Litt. et Phil.

Dean, Director of Th.M & Ph.D. Programs, Professor

757.352.4258 clbekker@regent.edu
William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4216 willbro@regent.edu
Barbara Harrington, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 bharrington@regent.edu
Bradley J. Lingo, J.D.

Associate Professor

Executive Director, Robertson Center for Constitutional Law

757.352.4337 blingo@regent.edu
Mary B. Manjikian, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean, NSS Director

757.352.4138 mmanjikian@regent.edu
Micah Mattix, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4464 mmattix@regent.edu
Joshua McMullen, Ph.D.


Department Chair; Associate Professor, General Education

757.352.4776 jmcmullen@regent.edu
John E. Mulford, Jr., Ph.D.

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship


757.352.4354 johnmul@regent.edu
Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.


Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice

757.352.4296 jennrip@regent.edu