Center for Advocacy Director Honored for Excellence

Prof. Kathleen McKee
Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for academic affairs, presented the Spring 2016 Faculty Excellence Awards at a recent Regent University all-staff meeting.

Associate Law Professor Kathleen McKee, director of the Center for Advocacy, received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of teaching. Moreno-Riaño noted that McKee holds her students accountable to master their material and the skills they need when they enter the field of law.

“She is a vital contributor to the curriculum due to the time-intensive, clinical courses she teaches,” said Moreno-Riaño. “Professor McKee's teaching produces students who posses strong analytical and writing skills, and she works tirelessly to accommodate students…including providing intensive one-on-one sessions with students in an already demanding skills context.” 

by Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent University School of Law’s Moot Court Program Ranked 5th in the Nation

At the close of the 2015-2016 Moot Court competition season, Regent University School of Law ranked fifth in the nation for Best Moot Court Program by the annual report of the University of Houston Law.

Law schools that rank within the top 16 are invited to Houston in January 2017 to participate in the national championship. Regent ranked above schools such as the University of Virginia, Baylor University Law School, Colombia University Law School, and Duke University Law School to qualify for the competition.

This year’s ranking follows the eighth-place Regent teams earned during the 2014-2015 competition season. The data is pulled from more than 200 law schools in the United States accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

The rankings are listed annually, and according to Regent Law Dean Michael Hernandez this ranking ties the university’s highest-ever – having achieved the same ranking in 2008.

“This ranking, yet again, confirms what our track-record of over 20 years reflects,” said Hernandez. “Our top-notch skills program is consistently one of the best in the nation and around the world.” 

Professor Tessa Dysart, who served as the Moot Court faculty advisor for the 2015-2016 academic year, attributes the success of the program to several factors:

“First, it’s the hard work of the students. They put countless hours into preparing for these competitions, and it really showed this year!” said Dysart. “Second, the contribution of the faculty. We won several brief awards this year, which speaks well of our excellent legal writing program.” 

Additionally, Dysart said the success of the teams was guided by the work of several faculty members who volunteered to coach teams, as well as support from the central university. This is especially important, as Regent students interact with members of teams and faculty from competing schools as well as local attorneys and judges.

“By being so well-prepared and demonstrating excellence at the competition, we show what a great legal education program Regent offers,” said Dysart.

 Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law.

by Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent School of Law Students Complete Competition Season Strong

Photo courtesy of the Regent
Law Facebook page.
Regent University’s School of Law (LAW) students wrapped up the Moot Court Competition season strongly with a second-place overall win at the Touro Law Center’s Third Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion Competition in Islip, New York on Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.

LAW students Adam Burton '17, Cassandra Payton '16, and Lucille Wall '17 were coached by LAW professor Bruce Cameron. In addition to taking home the second-place victory, Wall earned marks for Best Oralist in the competition.

This most recent victory contributed to Regent Law’s current status as 4th in the nation for best Moot Court program out of more than 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association by the University of Houston Law Center. This is currently the highest ranking in Regent LAW history.

Schools that finish within the top-16 rank for the 2015-2016 academic year are invited to compete in Houston’s national Moot Court championship in January 2017.

“I am very proud of Lucy, Adam, Cassie, and their coach, Professor Cameron. This is the third year in a row that we have competed and won significant awards at the Touro competition, which reflects the longstanding and ongoing commitment to excellence in our moot court program,” said Michael Hernandez, dean of the School of Law. “Our students and faculty have done a phenomenal job this year.”

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

School of Law Continues to Progress in Moot Court Competitions

Price Media Moot Court Team
There are many marks of a great lawyer. Apart from oral arguments, legal writing is key. Regent University School of Law students proved their merit at the Price Media Moot Court Competition in Oxford, England, Wednesday March 30-April, 2.

The team – Christy Hurst, Palmer Hurst and Sandra Alcaide, coached by Professor Jeffrey Brauch – took home the Second-Best Memorial in the World at the international competition.

Additionally, two Regent teams traveled to the Billings, Exum & Frye Competition at Elon School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The first team, including law students Brittany Jones, Daniel Rouleau, and Joshua Gamboa, earned Best Respondent Brief award and overall Best Brief in the competition of 40 teams.

Billings, Exum & Frye Teams
The second team consisting of law students, William Thetford, Lindsey Gilman, and Sam Walsh earned the Best Petitioner Brief award.

“This performance validates that our legal writing and skills training is second to none, in the U.S. and around the world,” said Regent Law Dean Michael Hernandez. “We prepare our students not just to be moot court champions, but to be highly skilled, principled, and ethical advocates who will serve clients with excellence and better the world around them. I am very proud of our students and their accomplishments!”

According to the University of Houston Law Center annual Moot Court Program rankings, Regent’s Moot Court Program currently stands as seventh-best out of all American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. This places Regent's Moot Court ranking above other universities such as Georgetown University Law School, Texas A & M School of Law, William and Mary University Law School and Yale Law School.

Regent’s competition season will continued Thursday, April 7 as law students entered the Touro Competition at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law.

by Brett Wilson Tubbs

Alternative Dispute Resolution Board Hosts Panel

ADR Faculty Advisor Professor Eric DeGroff
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board partnered with Phi Alpha Delta to host an ADR Panel on the importance of skills in negotiation, mediation and client counseling

The three panelists included: John Stepanovich, Mary Commander, and Ben Titter.
















The Panelists









Regent Law Success in Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition

Competition:

  • Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition
  • Elon University School of Law
  • March 31-April 2, 2016


Teams:

  • Regent Team 20: Daniel Rouleau, Brittany Jones, and Joshua Gamboa
  • Regent Team 26: William Thetford, Lindsey Gilman, and Samuel Walsh.
  • Coaches: Joshua Jenkins and James Wheeler


Results:

  • Daniel, Brittany, and Joshua won the award for best respondent brief, and overall best brief in the competition!
  • Will, Lindsey, and Sam won the award for best Petitioner brief in the competition.
  • There were 38 other briefs submitted at Elon.
  • Both teams were eliminated after a hard fought quarterfinal round.

Price Media Moot Court Team Wins Second Best Brief

Competition:

Team:

  • Team (pictured L to R): Palmer Hurst, Christy Hurst, Sandra Alcaide
  • Coach: Professor Jeffery Brauch

Results:

  • Congrats to our Price Media Moot Court team for winning 2nd best brief in the world!