Regent University School of Law
October 2-3, 2020
Welcome! We are so looking forward to you joining us for our 2nd Annual Legal Learning Festival & Law School Alumni Weekend. We have a wonderful virtual weekend planned for you and we look forward to seeing you on-line. Please click below to register and to learn more about the weekend we have to share with you.
Note: all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Friday, October 2, 2020
|9:00 am – 10:00 am||Ethics in the Cloud: Lawyers’ Ethics in the Age of Cloud Computing and Other Technologies (CLE)*
Regent Law Associate Dean Natt Gantt and Professor Ben Madison
|10:00 am – 10:45 am||FISA Court Recommendations
Hon. John Ashcroft, 79th Attorney General of the United States
Q&A with Hon. Mark Martin, Regent Law Dean and former Chief Justice of North Carolina
|10:50 am – 11:50 am||Immigration Law Update: Battle Between the States and the Federal Government (CLE)*
Hon. Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State (2010-2018)
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||An Examination of the Most Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence (CLE)*
Regent Law Professor James Duane
|2:00 pm – 3:30 pm||U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Religious Persecution is an undeniable reality for millions of global residents. This program will highlight documented religious persecution currently taking place in Iraq, Nigeria, Burma, and Xinjiang, followed by Q&A.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
|9:00 am – 9:15 am||Opening – Welcome
Regent University Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Lexi Overcash & Symposium Editor, Jennifer Reinkober
|9:15 am – 10:00 am||COVID-19 and Its Impact on our Courts
Mary McQueen, President, National Center for State Courts
|10:00 am – 11:30 am||Morning Panel: The Constitution and Civil Liberties (CLE)*
|12:30 pm – 1:30 pm||Keynote Address: “America under COVID-19”
|2:00 pm – 3:30 pm||Afternoon Panel: Election Law and COVID-19 (CLE)*
Closing Remarks: Lexi Overcash and Jennifer Reinkober
*Virginia and North Carolina Approved
Thank you for joining us here at Regent University for our Legal Learning Festival. It is an exciting time for us to offer an incredible array of continuing legal education presenters and programs.
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Distinguished Professor, Law & Government; Former Attorney General of the United States
Calling him a “man of great integrity, a man of great judgment and a man who knows the law,” President George W. Bush announced his decision to nominate John Ashcroft to serve as U.S. Attorney General on December 22, 2000. When Ashcroft left office four years later, violent crime was at a record low, gun crime was at an all-time low, a successful corporate crime crackdown had been launched, and more terrorist attacks on the U.S. had been prevented. One of the most high-profile and experienced Attorneys General in the nation’s history, Ashcroft led the U.S. law enforcement community through the challenging and transformational period following the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. His tenure was highlighted by forceful public advocacy of President Bush’s strong anti-terrorism strategy. His quiet government influence was rated highest inside the Bush Administration by The National Journal. Raised in Springfield, Missouri, Ashcroft attended public schools until enrolling at Yale University, where he graduated with honors in 1964. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago in 1967. Prior to entering public service, Ashcroft taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He authored a book honoring his father, Lessons from a Father to His Son, and co-authored multiple editions of two college law textbooks with his wife, Janet. His career of public service began in 1973 as Missouri Auditor. He was later elected to two terms as the state’s Attorney General. His colleagues in the non-partisan National Association of Attorney’s General elected him as their President. Ashcroft served as Governor of Missouri from 1985 through 1993 where he balanced eight consecutive budgets. Fortune magazine rated him one of the top ten education governors, while Financial World and City and State magazines credited him with making Missouri one of the best financially managed states. In 1991, the non-partisan National Governor’s Association voted him Chairman. Ashcroft was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, and worked to reduce crime and safeguard the rights of crime victims. He co-sponsored a bill which designated 911 as the universal emergency number and was a leader in passing legislation directly responsible for allowing U.S. companies to utilize more aggressive encryption technology. During his entire career as senator, Ashcroft served on the Commerce Committee where he advocated for updated U.S. banking laws, the protection of consumer privacy, and increased personal responsibility on the part of consumers. As U.S. Attorney General, Ashcroft reorganized the Justice Department to focus on its number one priority: to prevent another terrorist attack. Leveraging every legal tool available to law enforcement, including the critical tools provided in the USA PATRIOT Act, the Justice Department initiated a tough antiterrorism campaign that has assisted in disrupting over 150 terrorist plots worldwide, dismantling terrorist cells in cities across America, and convicting 191 individuals in terrorism-related investigations to date. At the direction of President Bush, the Department established the Corporate Fraud Task Force to restore integrity to the marketplace by cracking down on companies and corporate executives who abused the trust of their employees and investors. Violent crime was driven to a 30-year low as the Department employed tough tools and tough penalties against criminals who victimized the innocent. The Department implemented President Bush’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, increasing federal gun prosecutions by 76% and driving crimes with guns to a record low. Today, Ashcroft serves as the Chairman of The Ashcroft Group, LLC which provides confidential strategic consulting and crisis counseling to major international corporations. In 2005, Ashcroft was named a Distinguished Professor in the schools of Law and Government at Regent University.
Senior Counsel & Vice President of Appellate Advocacy, Alliance Defending Freedom
John Bursch is senior counsel and vice president of appellate advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom. Bursch has argued 12 U.S. Supreme Court cases and more than 30 state supreme court cases since 2011, and a recent study concluded that among all frequent Supreme Court advocates who did not work for the federal government, he had the 3rd highest success rate for persuading justices to adopt his legal position.
Bursch served as solicitor general for the state of Michigan from 2011-2013. He has argued multiple Michigan Supreme Court cases in eight of the last ten terms and has successfully litigated hundreds of matters nationwide, including six with at least $1 billion at stake. As part of his private firm, Bursch Law PLLC, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, foreign and domestic governments, top public officials, and industry associations in high-profile cases, primarily on appeal. He was inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and serves as a member of the American Law Institute. His work has resulted in repeated listings in Michigan Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He is also the principal author of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Guide for Counsel.
Before entering private practice, Bursch served as a law clerk to the Honorable James B. Loken on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Chief Note & Comment Editor for the Minnesota Law Review. Prior to that, he attended Western Michigan University, where he received degrees in mathematics and music performance summa cum laude. He graduated from the Lee Honors College in 1994.
Bursch is admitted to practice in numerous federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dean, UC-Berkeley Law School
Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.
Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School.
He is the author of twelve books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction. His most recent books are The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State (with Howard Gillman) (Oxford University Press 2020), and We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century (Picador Macmillan 2018).
He also is the author of more than 250 law review articles. He is a contributing writer for the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times, and writes regular columns for the Sacramento Bee, the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.
In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
Professor, Widener Law School
Michael Dimino is an expert on election law. He is the author of a casebook on the subject, and has written widely on the election of judges. He also teaches and writes about constitutional law, legislation, constitutional criminal procedure, administrative law, federal courts, and U.S. Supreme Court politics.
After graduating cum laude in 2001 from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Professor Dimino served as Chief Clerk to Associate Judge Albert M. Rosenblatt of the New York State Court of Appeals, and then clerked for Senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Paul L. Friedman of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
James Duane received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1984. Duane clerked for the Honorable Michael A. Telesca of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the Honorable Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was senior associate at the law firm of Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo, New York, where he practiced civil litigation and criminal defense. Duane has taught Evidence, Civil Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy, and has published more than 40 articles in those fields. He is the co-author of Weissenberger’s Federal Evidence, and is a contributing editor of Black’s Law Dictionary. Since 1995, Duane has been a member of the faculty at the National Trial Advocacy College, conducted annually at the University of Virginia School of Law. Duane has been interviewed about legal matters on television and radio, including National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and has testified before the Advisory Committee of the United States Judicial Conference on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Duane has lectured before lawyers, law professors, and judges at conferences and training sessions across the country. His book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, has been one of the top ten best-selling books on Amazon in the field of the Civil Rights Law for more than three years.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Judge Duncan received his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1994, his J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1997, and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 2004.
After graduating from law school, he clerked for Louisiana-based Circuit Judge John Malcolm Duhé Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
From 2008–2012, Duncan served as Appellate Chief for Louisiana’s Attorney General’s office. From 2012–2014, he served as general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. From 2004-2008, he was an assistant professor of law at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Before becoming a judge, Duncan practiced at the Washington, D.C. firm of Schaerr Duncan LLP, where he was a founding partner. He was appointed by President Trump to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on May 1, 2018.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform; Professor
L.O. Natt Gantt, II, is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at Regent University School of Law. He also serves as co-director of Regent’s Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform. Professor Gantt received his A.B. in psychology and political science, summa cum laude, from Duke University; his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and his Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Before joining Regent in 2000, he served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Donald S. Russell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; as an associate at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C.; and as a proxy analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Gantt has taught Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, Sales, and Contracts.
During his time at Regent, Professor Gantt’s scholarship and presentations have focused on two primary areas: (1) law school academic support and legal education reform and (2) legal ethics and professional identity formation. Regarding his first focus, he has been active on committees and in meetings related to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the Academic Support Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE), and Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL). For instance, he served from 2004 to 2007 as editor of The Learning Curve, the newsletter of the Academic Support Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Regarding his second focus, he has authored or co-authored a book chapter and numerous articles related to legal ethics and legal education and has spoken in various venues related to those topics, ranging from speaking at the 2015 African Christian Legal Education Summit to serving from 2010 to 2013 as a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course. He also currently serves as an Arbitrator on the Virginia State Bar Circuit Committee, Resolution of Fee Disputes, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Higgins Benjamin, P.L.L.C.; Former Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
Justice Hunter has recently been appointed to the American Arbitration Association Commercial Disputes panel and has been a certified mediator in North Carolina since 1994.
He served over 10 years on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina, during which he authored over 1,000 decisions. Before joining the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, Hunter completed his J.D. at the University of North Carolina School of Law and was licensed in 1973. In 2014, he received his LL.M. at Duke University School of Law. While presiding on the bench, Judge Hunter served as adjunct professor at three law schools: N.C. Central University School of Law, Elon University School of Law and Wake Forest University School of Law.
Professor, Stanford Law School
A productive scholar and an award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is co-director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (where she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the department’s highest award for employee performance – as part of the team responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor). Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.
Kansas Secretary of State (2010-2018)
Kris Kobach served as the Secretary of State of Kansas from 2011-2019. A leader in the national effort to stop voter fraud, he drafted and pushed for the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act of 2011, which made Kansas the first state in the nation to combine photo ID requirements at the polls, equivalent ID requirements for mail-in ballots, and proof of citizenship at the time of registration.
Since 2001, Kris Kobach has been a leading figure in the battle to reduce illegal immigration. During 2001-03, as Counsel to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, he led Justice Department efforts to close loopholes in the immigration system that the 9/11 terrorists exploited. He later co-authored Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law of 2010, Arizona’s Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007, and Alabama’s HB 56 of 2011, as well as numerous other state and local laws that discourage illegal immigration. He has defended many of those laws in federal courts across the country. He also represented the 10 ICE agents who sued the Obama Administration to stop the illegal DACA executive amnesty in 2012.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Kobach served as an informal advisor in immigration and border security to then-candidate Donald Trump. After the 2016 election, he served on the Trump Transition team, helping to launch the Trump Administration’s immigration reforms. In 2017, President Trump tapped Kobach to lead the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, along with Vice President Mike Pence. Kobach continues to advise President Trump on immigration law and border security.
Kobach received his B.A. degree with highest distinction from Harvard University in 1988. He graduated at the top of his class in the Harvard Government Department. In 1988, the British government awarded him a Marshall Scholarship, which took him to England for post-graduate study. In 1992 he received his Doctorate in Political Science from Oxford University. In 1995 he received his J.D. from Yale Law School. After serving as a judicial clerk on the 10th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, he was a law professor at the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law from 1996 to 2011. As a professor, he taught constitutional law, immigration law, legislation, and legal history.
Kobach is a regular columnist for Breitbart.com and is seen frequently on FOX News Channel. He and his wife, Heather, have five daughters, Lilly, Reagan, Molly, Charlie, and Josie; and they reside on a farm near Lecompton, Kansas.
Director, Bar Passage Initiatives; Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform; Professor
Professor Benjamin Madison serves as director of the Bar Passage Initiatives and co-director of the Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform. His pretrial practice casebook, Civil Procedure for All States: A Context and Practice Casebook (2012), has drawn praise as one of the first casebooks designed according to the recommendations of the Carnegie Institute in its groundbreaking work, Educating Lawyers (2007).
Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the Legal Profession, elected Madison a Fellow as a result of his casebook and efforts to improve legal education. Madison was also selected to be a contributing author in the Building on Best Practices in Legal Education (2005), a book that evaluates methods to implement the recommendations of the Carnegie study.
More recently, Professor Madison has published a second casebook, FEDERAL PRETRIAL PRACTICE & PROCEDURE (Second Ed. 2018)
Madison was a founding member of the New Law Teachers’ Committee for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and continues to present annually as part of that Committee’s program designed to help new law teachers develop best instructional practices.
Madison—along with Professor L.O. Natt Gantt—led the formation of the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform. They are now the co-directors. The Center began a mentorship program in the 2012-13 academic year, in which first-year law students were paired with judges or lawyers to assist in allowing students to probe those outside of law school with experience in ethical challenges. The Center also organizes presentations, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and workshops focused on the importance of developing ethical boundaries as a professional, and the degree to which that will affect one’s sense of integrity and fulfillment.
In addition to the casebook and Building on Best Practice in Legal Education, Madison has written and continues to write articles on improving legal education. As a former litigation partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams, a past bar association president, a long-time member of the James-Kent Inn of Court, and someone who in practice devoted thousands of hours to pro bono cases.
Madison brings his diverse experience into both teaching and, in particular, into his exploration with students of the scenarios that test lawyers’ ethical values and—he believes—determine the degree to which they find satisfaction in the legal field.
Dean, Regent University School of Law
Mark Martin is Dean and Professor at Regent University School of Law. Martin previously served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
In 1999, at age 35, Martin was installed as the youngest Justice in the history of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Martin served as an Associative Justice beginning in 1999 and was appointed as Chief Justice in 2014. Martin has also served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Superior Court.
Chief Justice Martin has held many national and state leadership roles. Most recently, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Martin as a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, and as Chair of the ABA Judicial Division and Appellate Judges Conference. Martin is a former chair of the Appellate Judges Education Institute Board of Directors.
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Senior Lecturing Fellow, Regent University School of Law
Ken Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. Currently Of Counsel to The Lanier Law Firm, Starr served as president and chancellor of Baylor University and dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. He continues to write articles and books of interest and serves as a guest commentator for various news programs.
Starr has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including during his service as U.S. Solicitor General. He served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, as Counselor and Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, and law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer. He was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.
For 25 years, he taught current constitutional issues as an adjunct or visiting professor at five law schools. Starr also was a partner at two national law firms, Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, specializing in appellate law. He serves on the boards of Advocates International and the Christian Legal Society as well as the Advisory Board of Alliance Defending Freedom. Throughout his professional career, he has championed the cause of religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all persons.
After graduating from San Antonio’s Sam Houston High School, he earned his B.A. from George Washington University, an M.A. from Brown University, and a J.D. degree from Duke University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Texas, California, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.
Starr is author of First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life; Bear Country: The Baylor Story; and his most recent book, Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation (a NY Times bestseller in 2018). National Review’s Rich Lowry calls it “a firecracker of a book … candid, illuminating and authoritative.” Starr has received numerous honors and awards, including the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice and three honorary doctorates. He and his wife Alice have been married since 1970 and live in Waco, Texas. They are blessed with three children and seven grandchildren.
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis T. Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long. He concentrates his practice in litigation, appeals, and mediation/facilitation.
Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Supreme Court as its 112th Justice following his appointment by Governor Rick Snyder on May 9, 2017. Prior to that time, Justice Wilder served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998.
He has memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; and the Wolverine Bar Association. Justice Wilder has a long history in philanthropy, having served as board chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, among others. He currently serves on the Boards of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, and The Children’s Foundation. He was also recently named Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.
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