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Robertson Center Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief Advocating for the Unborn

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (July 28, 2021) – Today, the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law and the Christian Legal Society filed an amicus brief in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This is the fourth brief — and second U.S. Supreme Court brief — filed by the Robertson Center since Regent University launched the center last summer. 

Many court watchers view Dobbs as the most significant abortion case that the Supreme Court has taken in decades. In Dobbs, the court will consider the constitutionality of a Mississippi law prohibiting most abortions after 15 weeks. 

Dobbs is the most significant abortion-related case in a generation,” said Professor Brad Lingo, executive director of the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law. “We’re grateful that the Robertson Center could play such a meaningful role and do it with a partner like the Christian Legal Society. We’re asking the Supreme Court to restore our constitutional traditions and return to the people the role of determining abortion-related policy.”

The work provided an opportunity for Regent Law students to get firsthand experience working on a Supreme Court brief. “It was an incredible learning experience to observe leading Christian constitutional lawyers strategize and craft a Supreme Court brief,” stated Gabrielle Bruno, a rising second-year student at Regent Law who serves as an intern at the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law. “My experience with the center deepened my understanding of appellate advocacy and sparked a passion to get more involved in this work.”

The Robertson Center for Constitutional Law is an academic center within the Regent University School of Law. Established in 2020, the center pairs advocacy and scholarship to advance first principles in constitutional law, including originalism, separation of powers, and religious liberty. The Robertson Center has represented former members of Congress, Christian ministries, and others in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and circuit courts of appeals. Learn more about the work of the Robertson Center at https://constitutionallaw.regent.edu/our-work/.

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About Regent University

Founded in 1978, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study, including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

About Regent Law

Regent Law’s more than 3,300 graduates practice law in 49 states and over 20 countries and include 38 currently sitting judges. The School of Law is currently ranked 22nd in the nation for obtaining judicial clerkships and ranked 20th in the nation for Ultimate Bar Passage in 2019. The school offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) in three-year and part-time formats, an online M.A. in Law, an online M.A. in Financial Planning & Law, an on-campus and online LL.M. in Human Rights, and an on-campus and online LL.M. in American Legal Studies.