Rena M. Lindevaldsen

Rena Lindevaldsen

Professor of Law


Email: rlindevaldsen@liberty.edu
Phone: (434) 592-5300

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Michigan State University

Areas of Interest/Teaching

Family Law, Constitutional Law, Lawyering Skills, Foundations of Law, Constitutional Litigation Clinic, Bar Exam Preparation

Experience

  • Holds position as Professor of Law 
  • Served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Admitted to practice law in 
    • Florida, New York, and Virginia state courts
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Several United States Courts of Appeal
  • Served as Senior Litigation Counsel to Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation and education organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family
    • Actively involved in efforts to preserve traditional marriage through litigation, legislation, and constitutional amendments
    • Filed the first lawsuit to enjoin San Francisco’s efforts to “marry” same-sex couples, and obtained two orders enjoining public officials in New York from officiating same-sex unions
    • Challenged New York City’s decision to publicly fund a high school for homosexual students and a Maryland school board’s decision to implement sex education curriculum that presented materials hostile to conservative, religious beliefs
    • Provided representation to Child Evangelism Fellowship in its efforts to gain access to public schools for after-school Good News Clubs
    • Launched the first annual “Day of Purity,” a project encouraging youth to make a commitment to remain sexually pure in mind and actions, and continues to serve as its International Coordinator
  • Associate with Katsky & Korins, LLP, one of the longest-lived mid-sized general practice law firms in New York City, for five years
    • Handled all aspects of a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including partnership disputes, federal and state securities matters, and commercial foreclosures
    • Provided representation to major real estate enterprises and commercial banks, including The Related Companies, LLP and Lennar Partners
  • Litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, an international law firm of over 800 attorneys
  • Served as Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and as a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court’s Executive Board while in law school

Publication Experience

  • Assisted Norman S. Poser, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, in bringing to publication the first edition of Broker-Dealer Law and Regulation (Aspen 3d ed. 2000)
  • Co-authored several legal memoranda for legislative bodies, including “The Federal Marriage Amendment Preserves Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman and is Consistent with Constitutional Jurisprudence and Federalism,” “Constitutional Analysis of the New York ‘Dignity for All Students Act,’” and “Legal Analysis of SB 101: Proposal to Add Sexual Orientation to the Illinois Human Rights Act”
  • Comprehensive List of Professor Lindevaldsen's Publications

Biography

After one year as an adjunct assistant professor of law at Liberty University School of Law, she joined the full-time faculty. She served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2011-2016 and completed close to a year-long tenure as Interim Dean in 2015.

While at Liberty Counsel, she was a part of numerous cases representing Child Evangelism Fellowship. One case led to the first reported decision affirming the right of public school teachers to lead Bible clubs at school, after school hours. She also was part of the legal team that defended, in litigation at the United States Supreme Court, the right of McCreary County to display the Ten Commandments in a county building.

She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs around the world, including BBC News, MSNBC’s “The Abrams Report” and “Scarborough Country,” CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” and Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” She has been a speaker and panelist at a number of conferences, seminars, and debates around the country.

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