Michael V. Hernandez, JD

Dean and Professor


Dean Michael Hernandez joined the faculty of Regent University's School of Law in 1992 and has taught Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Foundations of Law, International Human Rights, Property, and Race & the Law. While at Regent, he has served as the director of the LL.M. in American Legal Studies degree program, the director of the Honors Program, faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board and to the Hispanic Law Students Association, and as the head coach of Regent's award-winning Moot Court teams. He currently serves as dean of the School of Law, a position to which he was appointed in June 2015.

Prior to teaching, Hernandez practiced law in the areas of products liability litigation at McGuire Woods and environmental litigation at McSweeney, Burtch & Crump, both law firms in Richmond, Virginia. He has served as a consultant for attorneys litigating cases in state and federal court, including before the United States Supreme Court.

Hernandez's scholarship focuses on property law, race and the law, law and religion, law and public policy, and appellate advocacy. He is the author of the book, Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests, and co-author of Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings with Professor Wade Berryhill of the University or Richmond School of Law.


Who's Who in America (57th & 58th Eds.)

Who's Who in American Law (10th, 11th & 14 Eds.)

Who's Who in American Education (7th Ed.)

Academic Keys Who's Who in Law Education (WWLE) (2005-present)

Regent University School of Law 1L Professor of the Year, 2000-01, 1998-99, & 1993-94

Regent University Faculty Award for Excellence (Spring 2008)

Regent University Outstanding Faculty Advisor (Moot Court Board) (2011)


Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association (2017-present)

Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Education Section (2015-present)

Board of Directors, Christian Legal Society (2018-present)

Member, Virginia Bar Association's inaugural Pro Bono Council (2015-17)


“In Defense of Pluralism:  Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, Olympianism, and Christophobia,” 48 Toledo Law Review 283 (2017).

"Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests" (West Academic Publishing) Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings (West ed.) (co-author with W. Wade Berryhill).

"The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican "Contra Prohibition" Immigrants," 9 Regent Journal of International Law 29 (2012).

"Theism, Realism, and Rawls," 40 Seton Hall Law Review 905 (2010).

"Theistic Legal Realism and Normative Principles of Law," 2 Liberty Law Review 703 (2008).

"Restating Implied, Prescriptive and Statutory Easements," 40 Real Prop. Prob. & Tr. J. 75 (2005).

"Practice and Feedback in the Property (and on the Golf) Course, Teaching the Law School Curriculum," 340-42 (Carolina Acad. Press 2004).

"A Flawed Foundation: Christianity's Loss of Preeminent Influence on American Law," 56 Rutgers Law Review 625 (2004).

"Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Property Law," 35 University of Richmond Law Review 777 (2001).

"Lessons Learned from Teaching a Seminar on Race & the Law," 9:2 Education & Practice 5 (Spring 2001).

"Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Property Law," 34 University of Richmond Law Review 981 (2000).

"Bridging Gibraltar: Latinos as Agents of Reconciliation in Relations Between Black and White America," 11 La Raza Law Journal 99 (2000).

"The Right of Religious Landlords to Exclude Unmarried Cohabitants: Debunking the Myth of the Tenant's 'New Clothes,'" 77 Nebraska Law Review 494 (1998).

"In Defense of Moot Court: A Response to 'In Praise of Moot Court -- Not!'" 17 Review of Litigation 69 (1998).

"Cost Recovery or Contribution?: Resolving the Controversy Over CERCLA Claims Brought By Potentially Responsible Parties," 21 Harvard Environmental Law Review 83 (1997).


Member of Virginia State Bar since 1987

Admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia American Bar Association

Meet Our Faculty

John Ashcroft, JD

Distinguished Professor of Law and Government

James M. Boland, JD

Associate Professor

Director, Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Program

757.352.4632 jboland@regent.edu
Jeffrey A. Brauch, JD

Director, LL.M. Programs

Executive Director, Center for Global Justice, Human Rights & the Rule of Law


757.352.4040 jbrauch@regent.edu
Bruce N. Cameron, JD

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law

757.352.4522 bcameron@regent.edu
Douglas H. Cook, JD

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


757.352.4331 dougcoo@regent.edu
James J. Duane, JD

Director, Center for Advocacy


757.352.4336 jamedua@regent.edu
Natt Gantt II, JD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4734 nattgan@regent.edu
Harry G. Hutchison, J.D., PGCE

Distinguished Professor

Janis L. Kirkland, JD

Director, M.A. Wealth Management & Financial Planning Concentration

Acting & Assistant Director, JD Legal Analysis, Research & Writing Program

Principal Lecturer

757.352.4334 janikir@regent.edu
Lynne Marie Kohm, JD

Professor; John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law

757.352.4335 lynnkoh@regent.edu
Benjamin V. Madison, III, JD

Director, Bar Passage Initiatives

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4586 benjmad@regent.edu
William "Bill" Magee, JD, MSLS

Law Library Assistant Director for Public Services

Kathleen A. McKee, LL.M.

Associate Professor

Director of Experiential Learning

757.352.4639 kathmck@regent.edu
James E. Murphy, JD

Director, M.A. in Law Program

Manager, Business Affairs


757.352.4724 jamemur@regent.edu
Michael P. Schutt, JD

Associate Professor

Global Recruiter

Jay Sekulow, J.D., Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Law

Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

Randy Singer, JD


Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum

757.352.4554 rsinger@regent.edu
Craig A. Stern, JD

Director, Honors Program


757.352.4080 craiste@regent.edu
Kimberly R. Van Essendelft, JD

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Principal Lecturer

757.352.4689 kimbvan@regent.edu
Ernie Walton, JD

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Academic & Administrative Director, Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, & the Rule of Law


757.352.4315 stevwa1@regent.edu
Patricia L. West, JD

Associate Dean of Career & Alumni Services

Distinguished Professor

757.352.4040 pwest@regent.edu
Gloria Whittico, JD

Director, Academic Success Program

Associate Professor

757.352.4852 gwhittico@regent.edu


Julie Anjo
Robert Ash
Kerriel Bailey
Tracy Banks
George Bruch
Gary Bryant
Justin Bush
George Buxton
Kathryn Byler
James Chapman, Ph.D.
Rose Coley
Douglas Cook, Ph.D.
Erin DeBoer
David Dennison
David Dildy
Timothy Drewry
Eric Enlow
Shaheryar Gill
Michael Halvorsen
Kirstin Hark
Geoffrey Hemphill
Laura Hernandez
Robert Humphreys, Ph.D.
Joshua Jenkins
David Johnson
Christopher Kall
Denham Kelsey
David Lannetti
Hee Eun Lee
Stephen Lentz
Joseph Liberatore
Elizabeth Libertini
David McGinley
James Metcalfe, CAPT
Henry Morgan, Judge
Susan Moritz
Anthony Mulford
Gustav Nelson
H. Padrick
Corrynn Peters
Stephen Pfeiffer
Nathaniel Pierce
Wainscott Putney
Carol Rasnic
Mandy Rogers
Fred Ross
Randy Singer
Catherine Six
Tristen Small
Martha Smith
John Stepanovich
Norman Thomas
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Hugo Valverde
David Velloney
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