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Helms School Mock Trial Team Wins Competition

By Liberty University News Service –Mock Trial Team

Liberty University’s Mock Trial Team swept all competition last weekend at the American Mock Trial Association regional tournament, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taking first place ahead of teams from Georgetown University, UNC, George Washington University, Duke University, the University of Florida, and American University, respectively. There were 20 teams represented at the tournament.

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Former Congressman Bob Goodlatte visits the Schools of Law & Government

By Liberty University News Service –Bob Goodlatte 2019

After serving for 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, former Congressman Bob Goodlatte visited campus on Tuesday to share with students some of the lessons he gleaned during his long tenure in public service.

Goodlatte, who retired as Virginia's sixth district representative after his 13th term ended in January, sat down for a question-and-answer session with Helms School of Government and School of Law students early in the afternoon, sharing highlights from his career and offering advice to those interested in working in politics.

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Jeremy Hunt and Clarence Henderson join the Helms School of Government for Convo Select

By Liberty University News Service –Convo Select

During a special Convocation hosted by the Helms School of Government on Monday, Liberty University students heard a firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement and were encouraged to root their lives in faith in order to promote unity.

One of the guests was Clarence Henderson, president of The Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina, who was a participant in peaceful protests in 1960. He was joined by Jeremy Hunt, leadership strategist for the Douglass Leadership Institute, who shared his insights as an activist from a younger generation. (Hunt gave a presentation on campus last year for African-American History Month.)

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Helms School Professors Honored by Provost

Helms Professors with Dean AkersOn May 9, Helms School professors were honored during the end-of-year Provost’s Convocation. Dr. Tony Robertson and Jennifer Holmquist (not pictured) received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Dr. Joel Cox and Professor Bill Waddell received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship. Congratulations distinguished faculty members, well done.

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Penny Nance visits with Helms School students

Liberty alumna Penny Nance, the head of Concerned Women for America, visited with Helms School students on April 21. Mrs. Nance attended Dr. Mary Prentice's Modern Political and Economic Theory class and answered questions from the students.

Senator James Lankford

Senator Lankford

The Helms School of Government was honored to host Senator James Lankford (OK) recently who spoke to Government students on current opportunities before the Senate regarding bipartisan initiatives that serve all constituents. The Senator dialogued with students about his journey to public service and the integration of faith and calling.

Additionally, Senator Lankford spoke in Convocation on a timeless message of listening for God's voice. Helms students were grateful for the opportunity to interact first-hand with a U.S. Senator.  Thank you, Senator Lankford, for speaking into the lives of our students.

Jeremy Hunt visits the Helms School of Government

By Liberty University News Service –

Jeremy Hunt

As Liberty University joins the nation in celebrating Black History Month, the  Helms School of Government welcomed Jeremy Hunt from the Douglass Leadership Institute (DLI) on Friday for a lecture focused on preserving the legacy of the “father of the civil rights movement.” Hunt also spoke in classes and met with staff and students throughout the day.

Hunt, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army second lieutenant, leads youth and young adult outreach for the DLI, which was created in honor of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass to bridge the gap between African-American faith-based institutions, civil government, and the civic world. Hunt is a regular guest on Fox News, and his writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, and on the Fox News website.

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Join us for another College for a Weekend Feb. 23, 2018

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

DeMoss Hall Grand Lobby (second floor)

You are invited to attend the Helms School's College for a Weekend event. Meet professors who teach in your area of interest as well as students currently in our programs. For more information, contact us at government@liberty.edu. If you would like to observe a class, please see the following schedule for Friday, Feb. 23:

Government/Politics and Policy

  • 2:10-3 p.m. - Constitutional Government (DH 1134)
  • 2:10-3 p.m. - Constitutional Government -- Honors (DH 4120)
  • 2:10-3 p.m. - American Government -- Honors (DH 3042)


  • 12-12:50 p.m. - Trial Advocacy (DH 4366)
  • 2:10-3 p.m. - Advanced Logic and Legal Reasoning (DH 1440)

Strategic Intelligence/International Relations

  • 12-12:50 p.m. - International Law (DH 1368)
  • 12-12:50 p.m. - International Relations (DH 1440)
  • 1:05-1:55 p.m. - Terrorism (DH 3152)
  • 2:10-3 p.m. - History and Nature of Intelligence Tools (DH 4414)

Criminal Justice

  • 1-1:55 p.m. - Corrections (DH 4082)
  • 2:10-3 p.m. - Criminal Justice Writing and Research (DH 4044)

Helms alumna receives Buckley Award for protecting religious freedom

By Liberty University News Service --

Two Liberty University alumni were recently honored for their advocacy of religious liberty and the promotion of freedom-minded principles by America’s Future Foundation (AFF).

Ashlea Frazier

Kerri Kupec, a 2011 graduate of Liberty University School of Law, and Ashlea Frazier, a 2010 graduate of the Helms School of Government, were presented with the AFF’s Buckley Award, awarded to a select few outstanding young professionals every year in recognition of their “above-and-beyond service to the liberty movement,” according to AFF’s website. The award is named in honor of William F. Buckley Jr., who became a renowned political voice for the conservative movement before the age of 30. Past award recipients have included significant leaders of grassroots movements and activists for principles of freedom.

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Patrick Henry Jolley reenacts famous speech for College for a Weekend

Patrick Henry Jolley, a direct descendant of his namesake Patrick Henry, entertained and enlightened the visitors at College for a Weekend on April 7. Jolley, dressed in period costume, spoke in the first person as he explained the context for the famous "Give me liberty" speech. Then, he recited the speech in a striking reenactment.

Helms School introduces the new residential Master of Arts in Public Policy

  • Apr. 24, 5:30-7 p.m.

Montview Student Union SGA Conference Room 3500D

The Helms School is introducing the new residential M.A. in Public Policy program at a kick-off event for students interested in gaining the tools they need to work in politics, policy, international relations, and in nongovernmental organizations -- all from a distinctly Christian perspective. Students will be able to hear more information about the program, meet faculty, and learn how to apply. For more information, contact Mark Haskew at mnhaskew@liberty.edu or (434) 592-7616.

Liberty hosts Virginia Republican gubernatorial primary debate

Liberty University News Service -- The Republican candidates vying for nomination for Virginia Governor in the June 13 Republican primary will face off in a debate at Liberty University on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. Candidates Ed Gillespie, Corey Stewart, and Frank Wagner have confirmed attendance. The event will be hosted by the new Center for Law & Government and will be held at the new state-of-the-art concert hall at Liberty’s Center for Music and the Worship Arts. The event is free and the public and media are invited to attend. Doors will open at 6 and the audience must be seated by 6:45.

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You're Invited to the Helms School College for a Weekend Open House - April 7

The Helms School of Government cordially invites you to attend our College for a Weekend (CFAW) Open House on Friday, April 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to meet current students and interact with Dean Shawn D. Akers and our faculty.

For additional information, contact Tatiana Hartley, Helms School of Government, (434) 592-4986 or trhartley1@liberty.edu.

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All Events in the Montview Student Union Alumni Ballroom, Side A

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Dean's Welcome with a special presentation by Patrick Henry Jolly, a direct descendant of Patrick Henry, as he re-enacts Henry's historical "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech.
  • 4:30-5 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
    • Criminal Justice
    • Strategic Intelligence
    • Pre-Law
    • Government and International Relations
  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet
    • Dean and Faculty
    • Student Representatives
    • Washington Fellowship Representatives
    • Door Prize Drawings

Government students hear from Kentucky governor and Virginia candidate

  • Feb. 9, 2017

Matt Bevin speaking to government students

By Liberty University News Service

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and current Virginia gubernatorial candidate, shared leadership wisdom with a class of Liberty University Helms School of Government students on Thursday.

The pair, who made a number of stops throughout the community on Thursday, also took time to field questions ranging from education and justice reform to deregulation and limited government.

Gillespie explained that while there is a need for some regulation in order to protect the population, overregulation can snuff out new and smaller businesses, eliminating healthy competition in the marketplace.

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Criminal Justice students visit Supreme Court Police Dept.

Thirty-Two Helms School criminal justice students went to Washington, D.C., on November 18. They had a “backstage” tour of the U.S. Supreme Court from a law enforcement perspective, toured the Supreme Court Museum, and attended a public briefing in the Supreme Court chambers. Officials and recruiters from the U.S. Supreme Court Police and the U.S. Capitol Police briefed students on the duties, responsibilities, specialty assignment, benefits, detractors, and pay of the U.S. Supreme Court Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police Department. Students were able to glean agency-specific information and ask questions of upper-level officials in two agencies in the federal law enforcement structure. 

Moot Court teams find success at regional tournament

Over the weekend of November 5, the Helms School of Government's Moot Court Team had a stellar performance in the American Moot Court Association’s Undergraduate Mid-Atlantic Regional Moot Court Competition, held at Regent University. Competition was heavy, with forty teams being in attendance. The Liberty University team, coached by Dr. Robert Robertson, fielded seven teams, of which four advanced to the top 16 elimination rounds. Two teams were successful in winning the first elimination round and qualifying for the national competition, with one team, Rebekah Meier and Nathan Wilson, taking second place in the tournament, only losing by a slight margin on the deciding ballot.

The victories of the Liberty University team did not stop with their successes in rounds. Three Liberty students, Clint Hamilton, Elizabeth Lapp, and Cayla Miller were ranked in the top 10 best oralists, with Cayla Miller winning top oralist for the competition.

Of great relevance, considering the recent election, was this year’s topic, which dealt with the legality of requiring voter identification. Competitors argued both sides of the issue, learning the legal and persuasive arguments used on either side.

The teams are listed below:

  • Clint Hamilton and Nicholas Andrews (Top 16)
  • Noah Luzier and Amanda Kiefer
  • Karsyn Keener and Jamin Enquist
  • Cayla Miller and Elizabeth Lapp (Top 16)
  • Brian Hilliker and Blake Davis (Top 16)
  • Haylee Edmundson and Catherine Jessberger
  • Rebekah Meier and Nathan Wilson (2nd Place)

You're Invited to the Helms School College for a Weekend Open House

The Helms School of Government cordially invites you to attend our College for a Weekend (CFAW) Open House on Friday, Nov. 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to meet current students and interact with Dean Shawn D. Akers and our faculty.

For additional information, contact Tatiana Hartley, Helms School of Government, (434) 592-4986 or trhartley1@liberty.edu.


  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Crime Scene Investigation Challenge and Mock Trial (DeMoss 1114)
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Mock Congress: Syrian Refugee Crisis (DeMoss 1113)
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Criminal Justice (DeMoss 1114A)
    • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Strategic Intelligence (DeMoss 1114B)
    • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Pre-Law (DeMoss 1113A)
    • 4:15-4:45 p.m.: Government and International Relations (DeMoss 1113B)
  • 4:45-5:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet with Dean, Faculty, and Student.

Associate Dean Stephen Parke addresses international law symposium

Associate Dean Stephen Parke

Helms School Associate Dean Stephen Parke spoke at a symposium on the law of armed conflict at the Liberty University School of Law on Friday, Oct. 28. He addressed international law issues with regard to fighting terrorism. He also spoke on the legal and ethical complexities of emerging modern methods of war, including drone usage, cyber warfare, and autonomous weapons systems.

While in the U.S. Army, Dr. Parke served as Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force – Guantanamo. As the SJA for JTF-GTMO, Dr. Parke was the principal legal advisor to the Commander on all matters relating to detention and intelligence gathering operations. Dr. Parke also acted as the primary liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross and led the litigation support provided to the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice for ongoing habeas corpus litigation.

Former Moldovan acting ambassador speaks with faculty, students

The Helms School hosted Veaceslav Pituscan, the former Moldovan acting ambassador to the United States, on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Ambassador Pituscan visited several government classes and also met with faculty. He spoke of the geopolitical situation of Moldova in the post-Soviet era, sitting between the powers of the European Union/NATO and Russia. He also spoke of his time in Moldova while it was still part of the Soviet Union.

Ambassador Pituscan has 22 years of diplomatic experience, including stints in Washington, Brussels, and Bucharest.

Former speechwriter Noam Neusner visits the Helms School

Noam Neusner met with Helms School faculty, staff, and students on September 29. Neusner, who served as a speechwriter for former president George W. Bush, related stories of a day in the life of a speechwriter in the White House.

Neusner is a principal at 30 Point Strategies LLC. He has more than twenty years of communications experience in the private sector, government, and journalism. He was President Bush's principal economic and domestic speechwriter for two years.

You're Invited to the Helms School College for a Weekend Open House

The Helms School of Government cordially invites you to attend our College for a Weekend (CFAW) Open House on Friday, Sept. 23, 1-5 p.m. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to meet current students and interact with Dean Shawn D. Akers and our faculty. As you can see below, we have an exciting schedule.

For additional information, contact Tatiana Hartley, Helms School of Government, (434) 592-4986 or trhartley1@liberty.edu.

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DeMoss Hall Grand Lobby

  • 1-1:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet with Current Students
  • 1:30-1:45 p.m.: Dean's Welcome
  • 1:45-2 p.m.: Washington Fellowship Internship Program
  • 2-2:10 p.m.: Door Prize Drawing

Breakout Sessions:

  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Government and International Relations -- DeMoss Hall 2046
  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Strategic Intelligence -- DeMoss Hall 1158
  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Criminal Justice -- DeMoss Hall 1156
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m.: Pre-Law and Moot Court Demonstration -- DeMoss Hall 4074
  • 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Politics and Policy Workshop

Students get hands-on learning with simulated crime scene


By Liberty University News Service

Deep in the woods between yellow tape and teams of professional investigators, 40 Liberty University students gathered together to participate in a simulated crime scene Friday at the Outdoor Recreational Center at Hydaway.

Students worked through five staged crime scenes, using techniques such as forensic entomology to determine the time of death on pigs that were placed in the rugged terrain.

Students worked alongside several law enforcement agencies, including the Bedford County Police Department, Amherst Police Department, Lynchburg Police Department, Virginia State Police, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, to work through the investigation.

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Special Speaker: David Barton

  • April 28

David Barton will speak to combined government classes at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.

WallBuilders is a name taken from the Old Testament writings of Nehemiah, who led a grassroots movement to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and restore its strength and honor. In the same way, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to become involved in strengthening their communities, states, and nation.

David is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library of tens of thousands of original writings from the Founding Era. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year.

His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.

A national news organization has described him as "America's historian," and Time Magazine called him "a hero to millions"- including some powerful politicians. In fact, Time Magazine named him as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals.

David has received numerous national and international awards, including Who's Who in Education, DAR's Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.

David and his wife Cheryl have three grown children, Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen, and they reside in Aledo, Texas.

Special Speaker: Bradlee Dean

  • March 21, 3:15 p.m.

Bradlee Dean of The Sons of Liberty will speak at DeMoss Hall 4084. In addition to his speaking engagements on college campuses, churches, etc., Mr. Dean is an ordained preacher, radio talk show host of SonsofLibertyRadio.com, columnist, TV personality and producer, author, and drummer. Students will be challenged and engaged by Mr. Dean’s interactive and engaging presentation. If you have a passion for our Christian heritage, education, the Bible, and the U.S. Constitution, come be a part of this exciting event! Refreshments will be provided.

Helms School to hold Open House for College for a Weekend

School of Government Open House

The Helms School of Government cordially invites you and your students to attend our College for a Weekend (CFAW) Open House on Friday, April 1, 1-5 p.m.

As you can see below, we have an exciting schedule. Our faculty is looking forward to introducing our programs and helping your students fulfill their academic and career goals.

The Helms School of Government is located in DeMoss Hall, 4th Floor, Room 4084. For additional information, contact Tatiana Hartley, Helms School of Government, (434) 592-4986 or trhartley1@liberty.edu.


  • Round Table Room # 4084
  • 1-1:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet with current Helms School Students
  • 1:30-1:45 p.m. – Dean’s Welcome
  • 1:45-2 p.m. – Washington Fellowship Internship Presentation
  • 2-2:10 p.m. – Door Prize Drawing
  • * 2:10 p.m. – Clue Hunting Begins – Room # 4098 (See Event Below)

Breakout Sessions

  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Government & International Relations – Room # 4068
  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Criminal Justice – Room # 1156
  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Strategic Intelligence – Room # 1158
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. – Pre-Law & Moot Court Demonstration – Room # 4074
  • * 4-5 p.m. – Crime Investigation Challenge & Mock Trial - Round Table Room # 4084
  • Participants obtain clues from Room #4098 between 2:10-3:45 p.m.

Upcoming Speaker: Todd Floersheim - Senior Federal Recruitment Advisor, Office of Personnel Management

  • Feb. 5, 2016

Join us for an extremely informative session outlining ways to apply for internships and jobs with the federal government.

12–12:30 p.m. Pathways Programs Overview, Helms School of Government, Round Table Room DeMoss Hall 4084

A focused presentation that introduces students to the Pathways Programs, including Internships, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF). The presentation will include a description of each opportunity within the Pathways Program and provide job seekers with basic requirements and employment potential after each program is complete.

3:10–4:30 p.m. Writing Your Federal Resume, DeMoss Hall 4066

This presentation explains each section of the job opportunity announcement (JOA) to better inform applicants and assist them in selecting the right job. The presentation highlights a three-part process to assist applicants in writing a federal resume. Attendees will be shown a real JOA and walked through review process used to determine qualifications and interest, identifying the important requirements, and tailoring a resume to JOA standards. Lastly, the presentation will provide a quick overview of the resume builder on USAJOBS.

Janet Huckabee, Judge Glen Huff among Helms School speakers

This week, Helms School students had the opportunity to learn about two areas of government — legislation and justice — from high-profile guests in those fields. On Wednesday, they learned about campaigning from Janet Huckabee, wife of Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. On Tuesday, they had an inside look at the practice of law and the appellate court system from Chief Judge Glen Huff of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Janet Huckabee greets students at Liberty University.

Huckabee spoke to a group of about 65 students in the Helms School of Government’s Round Table Room on Wednesday afternoon, sharing her experiences from the governor’s mansion and the campaign trail, as well as from serving on the boards of several charitable organizations. She credited her success in these roles to the time she spent serving alongside her husband in ministry. Huckabee strongly supports her husband’s campaign because of her five grandchildren — she wants to ensure they can experience the same great country that she has.

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Heritage Foundation VP Becky Norton Dunlop speaks to Helms School students

George Dunlop, Becky Norton Dunlop, and Dean Akers

Becky Norton Dunlop, Heritage Foundation’s vice president for external relations, and her husband, George Dunlop, visited two government classes on Oct. 2 and met with faculty and staff.

Mrs. Norton Dunlop addressed a Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise class and related her experiences in varying levels of government, including in the Reagan administration as well as in the George Allen administration in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She noted the core principles of conservatism: individual freedom, free enterprise, traditional values, constitutional government, and a strong national defense.

She also spoke to an Ancient Political and Economic Ideas class. Mrs. Norton Dunlop exhorted students to know what they believe and why they believe it. She also pointed out that they should strive for excellence in everything they do since they represent Christ, Liberty, and themselves.

Mr. Dunlop shared that he had served in Senator Helms’ administration for fourteen years, and he noted that Sen. Helms strongly believed it was immoral for the government to spend at the peril of future generations. He also told the students that entering the world of conservative politics started with getting “credentialed”—interning and working for institutions and offices that could vouch for a student’s abilities.

Helms School alumnus Chelanga wins U.S. title

Less than two months after becoming a U.S. citizen, 2011 Liberty University and Helms School of Government graduate Sam Chelanga captured his first USA Track & Field (USATF) national title, Sunday morning. He edged Tyler Pennel to win the men's USATF 10 Mile Championship on the streets of Minneapolis, Minn.

Chelanga clocked a time of 46:47, putting him one second in front of 2014 USATF marathon champion Pennel after a furious battle over the final 100 meters. Chelanga, who earned $12,000 for his victory, broke the Liberty alumni 10-mile record of 47:32, set by Josh Cox in 2001.

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Alumna becomes youngest chief of staff on Capitol Hill

Liberty alumna youngest chief of staff

At only 24 years old, alumna Sarah Stevens (’12) was recently named the chief of staff and communications director for Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), making her the youngest person to hold such a post in Washington, D.C.

In her new role, Stevens writes King’s press releases, op-eds, and serves as a liaison between the congressman and all national media. Additionally, she runs the congressman’s multiple offices across the nation. Stevens previously served as King’s press assistant, press secretary, and communications director.

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RNC staffer addresses government students

Sean Spicer, RNC communications director, speaks at Liberty University's Helms School of Government.

Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, spoke to students from Liberty University’s Helms School of Government on Wednesday about what he has learned during his career in politics.

Spicer, a seasoned veteran in public policy, told students at a special Convocation to pay attention to details, to be prepared, and above all to focus on doing what is right as they prepare to seek jobs in the nation’s capital.

Spicer said that the conservative education offered at Liberty’s Helms School of Government is a “breath of fresh air.”

“It allows people to challenge what would be the status quo of a typical education and give them what is, in a lot of ways, the reality of life,” he said.

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Criminal justice students take part in law enforcement seminar

David Grossman speaks at a criminal justice seminar at Liberty University.

Liberty University’s Criminal Justice Department—part of the Helms School of Government— hosted a seminar at Williams Stadium on Thursday, March 27 for 100 criminal justice students and close to 200 local, state, and federal criminal justice professionals.

The event featured law enforcement expert Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who shared his practical insight into the situations agencies face every day.

Grossman is a highly respected veteran of the United States Army, a former professor of psychology at West Point, and an expert in military and police tactics. He focused the seminar on the importance of maintaining a “bullet-proof mindset” that enables officers to retain their tactical prowess while running toward threatening situations.

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Helms School Students Meet with Senator Mike Lee in Washington, D.C.

Helms School of Government student meet with Senator Mike Lee in D.C.

The Helms School of Government traveled to Washington, DC to hear from one of the most prominent conservative leaders in the nation today, U.S. Senator Mike Lee. The Senator spoke to the students about the need to assert our rights to be present in political and social debates. He encouraged students to stand up for their political rights and freedoms and to speak up for those who are being denied those rights. Close to 60 students in our Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, and Politics & Policy majors, as well as online students in our Masters of Public Policy and Masters in Criminal Justice, were able to meet with United States Senator Mike Lee and then take a tour of the capitol.

To see more pictures from the trip, check out the album on the Helms School of Government Facebook.

Wife of world leader in anti-slavery movement shares passion for justice

In honor of Abolition Week, Liberty University’s Helms School of Government hosted Jan Haugen, wife of Gary Haugen, the founder and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM), on Monday, March 24.

IJM is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is dedicated to bringing Biblical justice to areas of the world where human rights are non-existent. The State Department has recognized IJM for its exceptional work in this area. There are IJM chapters on college campuses across the country. Liberty's chapter was launched about three years ago.

Jan Haugen told students they are going to be the generation that is going to end modern-day slavery. She explained that a revolution is taking place in the Christian church wherein the body of Christ is recovering its passion for God’s justice.

“At IJM we are truly seeing students, colleges, and universities around the world who are waking up to God’s passion for justice in a way the world has been asleep to for 100 years,” she said. “The God of history by the power of the Holy Spirit has opened the door to a very new day and you and I get to be alive to it, and we have an invitation to join Him in this new movement.”

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Former Secret Service member speaks to government students

Dan Bongino, who spent 12 years in the Secret Service, spoke to students at Liberty University’s Helms School of Government on Friday about his distinguished career in law enforcement and government intelligence.

After beginning in the Secret Service investigating bank fraud and computer crimes, Bongino moved to Maryland, where he currently resides, to instruct at a Secret Service training center. Within seven years of his time with the Secret Service, Bongino advanced to work with the elite Presidential Protective Division in the administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Bongino will be running for Congress this year.

In addition to sharing some of his background with students, Bongino encouraged them to not take their liberty for granted and to make an impact in their communities. “You can change the world, and I do believe that,” Bongino said. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, usually do.”

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Holocaust survivor asks students for continued support of Israel

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth addresses Liberty Univeristy Stand With Israel Club members and government students.

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth spoke to Liberty University students during Convocation on Monday, Feb. 24, giving them a glimpse of his life’s journey. Roth, a native of the former state of Czechoslovakia, shared memories of his time under Nazi oppression and expressed the necessity for American students to support the nation of Israel and battle anti-Semitism.

Later in the day, at a meeting in the Helms School of Government Round Table Suite with students from the Dean’s Council and the Stand With Israel Club, Roth discussed the necessity for a pro-Israeli presence in universities across the country.

“It is up to us, up to you the students, to challenge and look up various sources. Know the truth and tell the truth,” he said. Roth found Liberty’s unwavering support refreshing as many universities have tried to unfairly label Israel as an apartheid nation.

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Students Lobby Against Human Trafficking with Delegate Scott Garrett

During the Spring Semester of 2014, eight (8) Helms School of Government students lobbied at Virginia's General Assembly as representatives of Richmond Justice Initiative.  Students lobbied for both House and Senate bills dealing with human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery taking place in our Commonwealth.

Mark Obenshain announced the student group members by name to the entire Senate and stated their purpose in raising awareness about human trafficking.  Throughout Lobby Day, students had the opportunity to talk with Senator Steve Newman and Delegate Scott Garrett concerning their support of these bills.  Most importantly, students shared why this issue is important to them personally and why these bills are necessary.  In order to lower the demand for sex and labor trafficking, the government must deter both traffickers and customers by making the consequences and penalties not worth the indecent income.  Although students were by no means experts on the law or these bills, they had the opportunity to be a voice for those who have none.  Slavery is still alive and growing in our nation, and during this Lobby Day, students reminded our leaders of the importance to preserve both freedom and justice.

Student Liz Chadwick stated “What I love about my school is that our faculty not only encourages us in our future vocation, but they also prepare and mobilize us in the present to step out into whatever profession God has laid before us”.  “We do not have to walk across a stage and receive a diploma in order to begin living in obedience to our Lord.  If we are courageous enough, we may begin in the present what God has prepared for us in the future."


Liberty Moot Court team sweeps Appalachian Regional

The Liberty University Moot Court team took home the first- and second-place trophies in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s regional tournament Nov. 8-9. The win marked a tremendous milestone for the Helms School of Government program that began only three years ago.

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HSOG Students handpicked to present at Glenn Beck's Independence Day event

Twelve Helms School of Government students were selected to share the historical significance of important artifacts in the Independence Through History Museum, part of Glenn Beck’s “Man in the Moon” event July 4-6, 2013 in Salt Lake City. The Man in the Moon event is a three-day celebration of America’s freedom culminating with a special show — a never-before-seen storytelling spectacle utilizing live-action stunts and innovative film techniques. Leading up to the finale will be several seminars, conferences, speakers, and displays designed to enhance the experience.

Beck said he specifically asked for Liberty students because he greatly respects the university’s courage, educational integrity, and commitment to traditional American values. Many prominent schools have fallen away from these ideals and as a result “history and our true heroes” are being lost, explained Joe Kerry, Glenn Beck Program chief of staff and president of Mercury One, the nonprofit presenting the event. Beck recognizes that Liberty is committed to teaching American history and encourages students to “think for themselves,” a reason he wanted Liberty students to participate in the event.

The following  Helms School of Government students were selected to participate: Whitney Rutherford, Jacob Mast, Leah Zawasky, Mark Osborne, Liz Chadwick, Claire Francisco, Christian Hamilton, Micah White, Katelyn Evans, Myung Jin Son, Brian Mauldin, and Montgomery Pace.

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HSOG's Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society earns national recognition

Liberty University’s Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society chapter has earned the 2012 National Order of the Torch Award, ranking it among a select group of elite institutions nationwide.

The award requires the club to submit a comprehensive report to show it meets all 13 rigorous standards. Liberty’s chapter was recognized especially for its engagement in community outreach, including its work with the Lynchburg Jubilee Center for at-risk youths, gathering Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, coordinating a Teddy Bear Drive for the pediatric unit at the local hospital, donating care packages for Hope for the Homestead to aid area families at Christmastime, and supporting Liberty’s Students Behind Our Soldiers program.

In addition to the Order of the Torch, Brian Mauldin, Liberty’s 2011-12 chapter president, received a $1,000 2012 National ALD Trow Scholarship Award.

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Newt Gingrich holds Q & A Session at the Helms School

Newt Gingrich arrived on Friday evening to present a special one-hour lecture on what it means to be an American, focusing on the country’s rich heritage, distinguishing principles, and bountiful opportunities. After the lecture, Mr. Gingrich held a Q-and-A session for the students. He fielded questions ranging from Social Security issues to energy independence, international relations, and the economy.

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Newt Gingrich Lectures Students on WebEx Simulcast

Speaker Newt Gingrich lectured via WebEx to a group of online and residential students on American Exceptionalism.

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