A Week with the Chief Justice in Residence at Regent Law

Every spring semester Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. spends a week teaching classes at Regent Law as our Jurist in Residence. This year, from March 9 through 13 the Honorable Chief Justice was on campus – guest lecturing, meeting with student groups, meeting with faculty and even spending time with individual students and potential students to share with them his heart for Regent Law.

Some days Chief Justice Hassell was found teaching as many as five different classes! For example, on Tuesday he taught Family Law, immediately followed by Business Associations. After a law faculty luncheon welcoming him to campus, the Chief Justice taught Labor Law in the afternoon and Trial Practice that evening. In Family Law, the Chief Justice was quoted, “We are in a war [for the family]. Courts are the worst forums for making decisions about families. There, a complete stranger will make decisions that will impact your life forever.” He added, “Judges and attorneys must learn how to temper justice with mercy,” echoing Micah 6:8.

On Wednesday he lectured in Legal Analysis, Research & Writing, then in Professional Responsibility, then spoke in Regent University Chapel, lectured in Law Practice Technology, and spent the evening teaching Judges & Judicial Process. The students in each of these courses benefited tremendously from time spent with the Chief Justice. With an amazing zeal for education and personal networking, the honorable Mr. Hassell went non-stop for the entire week in this fashion, giving students and faculty alike his time in myriad ways and forms. 

At what other law school can a student get that kind of lecture benefit and personal face time with the highest justice in the state? Regent Law is supremely grateful for his efforts, and once again honored to have Chief Justice Leroy Hassell on campus last week as our jurist in residence.

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