Robertson Center for Constitutional Law Celebrates Pro-Life Victory at Supreme Court
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 24, 2022) – Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled two major abortion cases; Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
The Robertson Center for Constitutional Law collaborated with the Christian Legal Society to file an important friend-of-the-court brief in support of the prevailing party. The Center’s brief argued that the Court should overrule Roe and Casey and allow states to craft abortion policy through the democratic process. The Court agreed.
“This is a generational victory for the pro-life movement and the rule of law,” said Brad Lingo, dean of Regent University School of Law and executive director of the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law. “We were honored to partner with the Christian Legal Society and the Hon. Kenneth Starr on our brief,” said Mike Schietzelt, the Robertson Center’s constitutional law fellow—who co-authored the Center’s brief with Dean Brad Lingo, Judge Kenneth Starr, and Kim Colby of the Christian Legal Society.
The Center’s brief in Dobbs is one of four Supreme Court matters that the Robertson Center has worked on in the past two years. “The Center provides Regent students and faculty with an extraordinary platform to work on important constitutional law matters. We look forward to continuing this important work as we train the next generation of advocates,” said Dean Lingo.
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 other appellate courts. Learn more about the work of the Robertson Center at https://constitutionallaw.regent.edu/our-work/.
About Regent University
Founded in 1977, 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.