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January 2016 Quarterly Update

By January 20, 2016December 16th, 2019Uganda
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Administrative Director’s Greeting

Greetings from the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law! We trust all of you enjoyed celebrating the miracle of the incarnation and the New Year. Each new year brings a fresh start. It really is amazing how something as simple as writing a new date can bring such hope.

For victims of injustice, however, writing 2016 instead of 2015 is not enough. Victims of injustice need something tangibly new—they need an advocate and deliverance. We at the Regent Law Center for Global Justice are grateful that God is doing something new and that He is using us to equip new voices for the oppressed and to serve those already working on their behalf. As He says in Isaiah 43, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19, ESV).

Student Staff
Last semester the Student Staff completed eleven legal projects for various organizations, including one legal memorandum for the Jerusalem Institute for Justice that will be sent to two United States Senators. We are grateful for the work the Lord allowed us to complete and look forward to what he has planned for us this semester.

Promoting Human Rights in Africa
At least twice per year, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the body entrusted with protecting and promoting human rights across Africa, meets to address various human rights issues. Like many other places in the world, the anti-Christian and LGBT lobby are advocating before the Commission to advance their cause. But two attorneys fromAdvocates International, a global network of Christian attorneys dedicated to promoting a biblical view of human rights, are standing up for truth and justice before the Commission. We have the privilege this semester of helping these attorneys prepare legal arguments to present to the Commission to better protect Christians and counter the LGBT lobby across Africa. Please pray for wisdom as we work on this project.

Read more about our previous work with Advocates International »

Punishing Those Who Buy Sex with Children
For years, those who purchase sex, even sex with minors, have barely been treated as criminals. This semester, the Student Staff will be addressing this issue by completing a legal research project for Shared Hope International to determine the extent to which various state laws can be used to punish men who attempt to buy sex with children. To stop trafficking, a comprehensive approach is needed. Addressing the demand aspect of the commercial sex industry by imposing serious penalties on those who even attempt to buy sex with children is one way to do this. Please pray for this project.

Center Events
Live Ethics CLE Course and Symposium Friday, March 4, 2016 Regent University Campus 
Join us on March 4, 2016, for a live, two-credit CLE ethics course with Tom Spahn, renowned authority on legal ethics. Topics will include dealing with public policy disagreements between lawyers and their clients, lawyers’ public criticism of judges, the ethics of challenging existing law, and judges’ communications about public policy issues.

This CLE course is presented as part of the fifth annual symposium of the Center for Global Justice: Women’s Rights: 50 Years After Griswold v. ConnecticutThe symposium begins with two morning panel discussions. The first panel will focus on the current state of women’s rights in the United States, discussing, among other things, whether women really are better off since Griswold, and where the Supreme Court might be headed in terms of women’s rights. The second panel will focus on advancing women’s rights in countries where the law and culture conflict. Following the panels, there will be a lunch and CLE course qualifying for two live ethics credits for Virginia MCLE. For more information and to register for the CLE and symposium, visit

Spring Events

In addition to our March 4th CLE course and symposium, the Center for Global Justice is pleased to announce the following events:

February 15th: Jim Gash Luncheon (12:00 pm)
Jim Gash, Professor of Law and Director of Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program, will speak about his new book, Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, and their Remarkable Battle for Freedom, which details his incredible work of helping imprisoned juveniles in Uganda.
March 24th: Representation of Children as a Guardian ad Litem (8:30am – 5:15 pm)This seven-credit CLE course is required for all attorneys seeking to become certified Guardians ad Litem in Virginia.

March 28th: FBI Luncheon (12:00 pm)A local FBI agent will discuss Department of Justice investigations of civil rights violations.

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Paul reminds the Colossians to “[d]evote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2, NIV). As you begin this year, we ask that you commit to pray for us. Your prayers matter, and they make a difference in our lives and in the lives of the oppressed around the globe. Pray for the upcoming symposium, our spring projects, for great internship opportunities this summer, continued funding, and most of all, pray against the rulers and principalities that perpetuate injustice on the earth.
In Christ,
S. Ernie Walton, Esq.
Administrative Director

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