• 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

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., J.D.

United States Supreme Court

Senior Lecturing Fellow

John D. Ashcroft, J.D.

Distinguished Professor
Law & Government

Jeffrey A. Brauch, J.D.

Executive Director, Center for Global Justice


757.352.4040 jbrauch@regent.edu
Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law

757.352.4522 bcameron@regent.edu
Judge Bernice B. Donald, J.D., LL.M.

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, J.D., LL.M.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr., J.D., LL.M. (Ret.)

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Natt Gantt II, J.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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


757.352.4734 nattgan@regent.edu
Michael V. Hernandez, J.D.


Director, LL.M. Programs

Faculty Advisor, Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board

757.352.4040 michher@regent.edu
Judge Robert J. Humphreys, J.D.

Court of Appeals of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Harry G. Hutchison, J.D., PGCE

Distinguished Professor

Justice Barbara A. Jackson (Ret.), J.D., LL.M.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Bradley P. Jacob, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Director, M.A. in Law Program

757.352.4523 bradjac@regent.edu
Justice D. Arthur Kelsey, J.D.

Supreme Court of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Janis L. Kirkland, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Director, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing

757.352.4334 janikir@regent.edu
Lynne Marie Kohm, J.D.

Professor; John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law

757.352.4335 lynnkoh@regent.edu
Audrey J. Lynn, J.D.

Head of Electronic Services & Digital Initiatives, Law Library

Adjunct Professor

757.352.4463 audrlyn@regent.edu
Benjamin V. Madison III, J.D.

Director, Bar Passage Initiatives

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


757.352.4586 benjmad@regent.edu
William E. Magee, J.D., MSLS

Assistant Director for Public Services, Law Library

Justice Stephen R. McCullough

Supreme Court of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Kathleen A. McKee, LL.M.

Associate Professor

Director of Experiential Learning

757.352.4639 kathmck@regent.edu
Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr., J.D., LL.M.

United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

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

Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

Distinguished Professor of Law

Randy Singer, J.D.


Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum

757.352.4554 rsinger@regent.edu
Ray Starling, J.D.

General Counsel to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

President of the NC Chamber Legal Institute

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Judge Ken Starr, J.D. (Ret.)

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Craig A. Stern, J.D.

Director, Honors Program


757.352.4080 craiste@regent.edu
Judge William B. Traxler Jr., J.D.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Kimberly R. Van Essendelft, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

757.352.4689 kimbvan@regent.edu
S. Ernie Walton, J.D.

Assistant Dean of Admissions


Director for the Center for Global Justice

757.352.4315 stevwa1@regent.edu
Gloria Whittico, J.D.

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
Rose Coley
David Dennison
David Dildy
Timothy Drewry
Eric Enlow
Shaheryar Gill
Michael Halvorsen
Kirstin Hark
Geoffrey Hemphill
Laura Hernandez
Hon. Robert Humphreys
Joshua Jenkins
David Johnson
Christopher Kall
Hon. D. Arthur Kelsey
David Lannetti
Hee Eun Lee
Stephen Lentz
Joseph Liberatore
Elizabeth Libertini
David McGinley
James Metcalfe, CAPT
Hon. Henry Morgan
Susan Moritz
Anthony Mulford
Gustav Nelson
Hon. H. Thomas Padrick
Drew Page
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
Farnaz Thompson
Hugo Valverde
David Velloney
Shawn Voyles