Pachyderm Club gives warm welcome to children’s advocates!

Click here for video of our child in need of care presentation and how you can help kids in crisis…

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I presented the long , drawn out CINC process to the Sedgwick Co Pachyderm Club and received a wonderful reception with lots of thoughtful questions and feedback. Thanks to Ashley Thorne of CASA of Sedgwick County, Julie White of SFCS, and super foster mom Tonya Burke who served on the Q&A panel. General premise is that since  the length of time is lengthy due to the need for services and overworked case workers, we need good families to foster kids and good people to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates to walk beside the kids as they deal with a system that sometimes seems to not care about them.

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If you know a group of great people who’d like to help these kids, email me and we’ll be happy to present to it too.

It’s about the kids!!!

 

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I’m teaching Criminal Procedure at Friends University!

62BDBB22-D745-4BBF-8CD4-15918A6B803FTime to give back to the community. I’ve been hired to teach criminal procedure to criminal justice and pre-law majors at Friends University in the Spring. I will take a practical approach with two classes (the first one, and one in the middle of the semester) taken up with (1) a panel of prominent law professionals involved in a very high profile case in Sedgwick County, and (2) a moot trial where students will see how to testify and not to testify if called as witnesses. The goal of all law enforcement should be to investigate properly, not violate the Constitution as they do, and only charge cases when there’s zero risk of pretrial dismissals due to unprofessional law enforcement behavior.

There will be a textbook (casebook, actually), but the lectures will be on the procedures involved from opening a case file to taking it to trial. I’m looking forward to it.

Thrilled to participate in Regent Law Review symposium!

My law school, Regent University School of Law, flew 0E97B25B-B20D-4A54-82B5-21BC1415A6EBme to Virginia last weekend to participate in a panel on technology and its impact on the practice of law. Also at the symposium and on a different panel was a fellow class of ‘99 graduate and law review alumnus Shawn Tuma, who presented on various high tech security issues. Although the information shared by the panelists was terrific, the most memorable part for me was reconnecting with my friend and seeing the campus after almost 18 years.

99A67F64-1889-4115-913E-E6EF4EA93320I love Regent. The school’s mantra, Christian Leadership to Change the World, is what compelled me to attend law school so far away from home—that and the potential opportunity to clerk with the ACLJ, which happened. While many secular law schools are struggling to maintain enrollment and are sacrificing quality of students and with that bar passage rates to stay afloat, Regent has refused to sacrifice its standards just for money. Yet, last year Regent admitted 70 new students, this year more than 90, and its Virginia Bar passage rate exceeds 80 percent in one of the nation’s toughest jurisdictions. It’s gradually increasing enrollment while other schools are still struggling.

I met several law review members. Suffice to say they are brilliant and I’m proud to call them future Regent alumnus. Thanks to Hannah Hempstead for her work putting the symposium together. What an amazing time of spiritual rejuvenation. Getting back to Regent reminded me why I went to law school in the first place. The Law is a calling, and I’m blessed to serve as a Christian lawyer and now judge.