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Regent Law Review

Regent University Law Review seeks to present academically excellent scholarship on relevant issues facing the legal community today from the perspective of a historic Christian worldview. It is committed to a jurisprudence based upon a Higher Law; that is, law based upon the Law of God, yet remains open to publishing opposing viewpoints in certain contexts. It is the goal of the Law Review to provide a forum for scholarship that applies this perspective to our current legal system and that edifies the practicing bar.

Established in 1991, the Law Review is published by Regent University’s School of Law. Since then, student editors and staff members, chosen on the basis of academic achievement and writing ability, have gained valuable experience by writing and editing the Law Review under the guidance of the law faculty.

Past contributors include United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, Judge Edith H. Jones, Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Robert P. George, George Allen, Charles W. Colson, Charles E. Rice, Phillip E. Johnson, David Barton, Nancy R. Pearcey, Professor Lyman Johnson, and James Bopp.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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The Regent University Law Review is published biannually at Regent University and is produced and edited by the students of the Regent University School of Law. Each publication contains scholarly legal articles on a wide range of pertinent and timely subjects authored by practitioners, professors, and judges from across the country. Additionally, the Regent University Law Review also contains student notes and comments that have been chosen for publication.

All articles copyright © Regent University Law Review, except where otherwise expressly indicated. To purchase a subscription or a particular issue, please visit our Subscriptions & Back Orders section below.

Regent University Law Review welcomes the submission of manuscripts for possible publication in future volumes. The Law Review is published biannually, once in the spring and once in the fall. Articles submitted for publishing consideration should be submitted electronically to


The Board of Editors carefully evaluates and considers all submissions. Articles selected for publication will be well written, demonstrate extensive scholarship, and espouse an original viewpoint. In addition, the Board privileges articles that expressly accord with the Law Review’s mission and that are received in an immediately publishable condition. It is the intention of the Board that all selected articles reflect as much as possible the author’s own style and argument. Thus it endeavors to work closely with authors throughout the editing process. All changes are submitted to the author before publication.


All titles to published articles will appear in the Current Law Index and Index to Legal Periodicals and will be available on Westlaw and LexisNexis. The Law Review also makes articles available, with the author’s permission, on SSRN.


The domestic subscription rate is $10.00 per issue, mailed third class postage-paid from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Absent receipt of notice to the contrary, subscriptions to Regent University Law Review are renewed automatically each year.  Claims for issues not received will be filled only for issues published within one year preceding the receipt of the claim. The Law Review maintains the address list of our subscribers. Distribution and billing are handled through William S. Hein Co., Inc.  However, if you have a question about your subscription or order, please contact us by email at

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Regent University Law Review
Regent University School of Law
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Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464


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The Regent University Law Review is excited to celebrate its 31st published edition! The 2018-2019 Law Review Board and Staff invite you to join us in celebration of this occasion at our annual Law Review Symposium.

Mental Health Within the Legal Profession,
Mental Health Within the Court System, and Mental Health Within Juvenile/Family Law.

Friday, November 2, 2018
Moot Court Room, Robertson Hall
Regent University
8:15 a.m.

Luncheon with Special Keynote Speaker

Corinna Barrett Lain, Esq.
S.D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law, University of Richmond

This Symposium is designed to address mental health within the law. The Keynote address will discuss Mental Health and Capital Punishment. The Closing Remarks will address Mental Health and Sentencing.

Featured speakers include John Berry, Esq.; The Hon. Tanya Bullock; Christianna Cunningham, Esq.; The Hon. John R. Doyle III; Leonard Heath, Esq.; Emily Hedrick, Esq.; Dr. Kristen Hudacek, Psy. D.; Corinna Barrett Lain, Esq.; Kamala Lannetti, Esq.; James Leffler, MS LPC; Julie E. McConnell, Esq.; The Hon. Joseph A. Migliozzi Jr.; Mark C. Palmer, Esq.; Mary Kelly Tate, Esq.; Leslee Tingle, Esq.; and The Hon Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi;


Students: $20 for Keynote Address and Banquet Lunch only.

Keynote Address for a Non-Regent student not seeking CLE credit: $25 for Keynote Address and Banquet Lunch only.

Practicing Attorneys: $50. Includes printed CLE materials and seat at Keynote Address and Banquet Lunch.

Symposium Schedule | Campus Map & Parking

In partnership with the Regent Law Federalist Society, on September 30, Regent Law hosted the 2017 Regent University Law Review Symposium, titled “The Expansion of Technology in the 21st Century: How the Changes in Technology are Shaping the Law and the Legal Profession in America.”  Keynote speaker was the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys, Virginia Court of Appeals.

The Law Review’s first issue was published in 1991, and since then, the Law Review has completed 30 volumes encompassing 390 articles. More.


Chief Justice Hassell, in memorium of whom Regent University Law Review hosts the The Hon. Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., Writing Competition.

The Hon. Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., Writing Competition is held every spring in memoriam of the esteemed Virginia jurist. Regent University Law Review sponsors this competition to foster and celebrate excellence in legal scholarship among the Regent University community. The winner receives a cash prize of $500 and their article becomes eligible for publication in a future edition of the Regent University Law Review.

We are pleased to announce the eleventh annual Hon. Leroy R. Hassell, Sr., Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: March 3, 2018

Writing Topic: This year’s writing topic is a semi-open topic. Any paper submitted that otherwise complies with the rules will be considered if it is scholarly material of publishable quality that advocates a legal position consistent with the Regent University Law Review mission statement as set forth below:

The Mission of the Law Review is to bring glory to God and to make the character and person of Jesus Christ known through the publication of excellent and principled legal scholarship. The Law Review strives to achieve this mission in the following ways: (1) The publication of well-written scholarship that demonstrates the application of Christian principles to legal issues; (2) the publication of well-written scholarship that benefits the practicing bar; (3) the training of Law Review members in legal writing and editing; and (4) the equipping of Law Review members for effective leadership in the legal community.

Although the Law Review encourages students to consider incorporating Biblical principles into their submissions, a paper will not be penalized merely because it does not explicitly include Biblical integration.

  1. One electronic copy must be submitted.
  2. The cover page of the electronic copy must include the following:
    1. Title
    2. Author’s name
    3. Email address
    4. Current mailing address
    5. Phone number
    6. If the paper was written to satisfy a rigorous writing requirement or other school requirement, the faculty supervisor should be denoted on the cover page as well.
  3. The title of the paper and page number should appear at the top right of every page.
  4. Form of paper: The page layout must be 8 1/2 x 11 inches, double-spaced, and with at least twelve-point type. Margins should be one inch on all sides. Citations must be in footnote (not endnote) form, single-spaced, and with at least ten-point type. Font shall be Times New Roman. Papers shall not exceed 30 pages in length, including citations. Subject to the foregoing, all citations must be in law review format and in accord with the 20th edition of A Uniform System of Citation (a.k.a. “The Bluebook”).
  5. The electronic copy must be submitted in one file in Microsoft Word format (2000 and forward compatible) and emailed to by the deadline date, March 3, 2018 (to be construed as 11:59 PM on March 3, 2018).
  6. Any violation of these rules is grounds for disqualification. Entry constitutes certification by the entrant that the entrant is eligible to participate and that the paper conforms to the rules of the competition.
  7. Eligible Entrants: Any full or part-time student of the Regent University School of Law.  Current members of the Law Review Editorial Board as of December 31, 2017 may not participate. Current Staff Members of the Law Review may participate.
  8. Plagiarism and Copyright: All papers shall be the original work of the individual entrant. Entrants may consult with others as to ideas, but all writing and editing must be the sole work of the entrant. This paragraph, however, allows the sort of consultation and editing that normally occurs during a professor’s direction of a student’s rigorous writing experience. The paper may not have been previously published in a law review or similar scholarly journal.
  9. Permission to Reprint: The Regent University Law Review shall have the right to copy, reprint, or print all papers submitted. Entrants agree to hold the Law Review harmless from, and to indemnify it from, any and all damages and costs relating to copyright infringement, plagiarism, or similar loss.
  10. Judges and Judging Criteria: Papers shall be judged and the scholarship awarded at the sole discretion of the Law Review. The Law Review will perform an initial review and screening of all submissions and forward those of the highest quality to a panel to identify the winning paper. The panel may include a combination of academics, sitting judges, and practicing attorneys. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of conformance to these rules, topic creativity, writing quality and clarity, originality, analysis, and soundness of legal reasoning. The Law Review reserves the right to decline making an award in this competition.
  11. Announcement of Winner: The winner will be announced publicly in Spring 2018. All entrants will be notified of the results by email. There is one scholarship prize of $500. The winner must provide a short biographical entry and digital photograph suitable for media publication. Entry in the competition constitutes the winner’s agreement, at the Law Review’s discretion, to allow publication of the winning paper in the Regent University Law Review.
  12. Interpretation/Change of Rules: Disputes over the interpretation of these rules will be resolved in the discretion of the Law Review’s Editor-in-Chief. A majority of the Law Review Executive Board may override the Editor-in-Chief’s interpretation. The Regent University Law Review reserves the right to modify these rules at any time without notice.

At the conclusion of each spring semester, typically during the last week of the final exam period, Regent University Law Review hosts a writing competition open to all students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher over at least two full semesters (30 credit hours) of study. Every student interested in joining the Law Review must complete the Spring Writing Competition, which consists of two parts: (1) Bluebook exercises designed to gauge the student’s level of citation proficiency and (2) the submission of a law review style article. The topic for the article is chosen by the Board of Editors and is the same for all applicants.

Students typically have approximately two to three weeks to complete their submissions. The Board then grades and ranks the submissions using a combined score from both the Bluebook exercises and the article. Rising 2L students who rank among the top 5% of their class and score in the top half of all submissions on the Bluebook portion of the Writing Competition, or score at least a 70% on the Bluebook portion of the Writing Competition, are extended an invitation to join the Law Review. All other invitations are made on the basis of the students’ scores and the Law Review’s needs for the upcoming year. Membership offers are extended sometime in late June or early July.

All students interested in academic writing are strongly encouraged to participate in the Spring Writing Competition.

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