Faculty Advisors

 

 

Scott E. Thompson
Associate Lawyering Skills Legal Instructor
Director, Center for Lawyering Skills


Education:
J.D., Regent University School of Law, magna cum laude
M.A., Regent University School of Public Policy, summa cum laude
B.A., University of Iowa

Areas of Interest/Teaching:
Lawyering Skills, Civil Pre-trial Practice and Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Advanced Appellate Advocacy
 


Email:
sethompson@liberty.edu


Phone:
434-592-5300

Bio

 

Prior to joining the faculty of Liberty University School of Law to develop its Center for Lawyering Skills, Scott Thompson was a litigation associate for the international law firm of Hunton and Williams in Norfolk, VA, where he assisted the trial team in an intellectual property case that resulted in the largest jury verdict awarded in Virginia at that time ($116 million). At Hunton and Williams, he represented a wide variety of corporate, public, and private entities in litigation and in contract negotiations. Thompson also represented numerous clients in matters brought in General District Court. At the same time, he was involved in pro bono work on behalf of the National Legal Foundation and the Alliance Defense Fund. He also served as Special Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Thompson also served as an adjunct faculty member at Regent University School of Law where he had earned numerous awards as a law and public policy graduate student. Among them were Best Overall Oralist, Best Oralist in the Final Round and finalist in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in the School of Public Policy, Servant Leadership Award and Corpus Juris Secundum (Contracts). He also served on the Regent University Law Review and as an intern with National Legal Foundation while a law student.

Thompson’s gifts in forensics and moot court have benefited Liberty law students under his tutelage, who have already distinguished themselves in their moot court presentations before members of the Virginia bar and bench. As Director of the Center for Lawyering Skills at the law school, he is placing his personal stamp on the rigorous, six-semester required program designed to prepare Liberty University School of Law graduates for the successful practice of law.

He is admitted to the Virginia Bar, the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Lynchburg Bar Association, and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Legal Foundation. Among his publications are Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Lawyering Skills: A Response to the MacCrate Report, Fifteen Years Later, 3 Liberty L. Rev. 1, 47 (2009), and Looking for a Sign on Trade Dress, Intellectual Property, October 16, 2000.

 

Comprehensive List of Professor Thompson's Publications

 

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Rena M. Lindevaldsen
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Law
Associate Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy

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

Areas of Interest/Teaching:
Family Law, Lawyering Skills, School Law, Constitutional Litigation Clinic, First Amendment Seminar, Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Law
 


Email:
rlindevaldsen@liberty.edu


Phone:
434-592-5300

Bio

Rena Lindevaldsen serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Law; and Associate Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy. She began serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in July 2011. After one year as an adjunct assistant professor of law at Liberty University School of Law, she joined the full-time faculty.  Previously, she 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. 

At Liberty Counsel, she was actively involved in efforts throughout the country to preserve traditional marriage through litigation, legislation, and constitutional amendments.  She 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.  She successfully 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.  In addition to her efforts to protect children and families, she regularly provided representation to Child Evangelism Fellowship in its efforts to gain access to public schools for after-school Good News Clubs.  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.  In 2004, she 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.  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. Through the law school’s Constitutional Litigation Clinic, Lindevaldsen continues to be involved in litigation that advances religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family as she supervises students who are committed to restoring the moral foundations of law.

Before she joined Liberty Counsel, Lindevaldsen was an associate for five years with Katsky & Korins, LLP, one of the longest-lived mid-sized general practice law firms in New York City.  There she handled all aspects of a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including partnership disputes, federal and state securities matters, and commercial foreclosures.  She provided representation to major real estate enterprises and commercial banks, including The Related Companies, LLP and Lennar Partners.  For the first two years after law school, Lindevaldsen was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, an international law firm of over 600 attorneys.

While in law school, Lindevaldsen served as Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and as a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court’s Executive Board.  She also was a research assistant to Norman S. Poser, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, assisting him in bringing to publication the first edition of Broker-Dealer Law and Regulation (Aspen 3d ed. 2000).  While at Liberty Counsel, she 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,” which was introduced during senate debate on the federal marriage amendment in July 2004, “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.”

Lindevaldsen is admitted to practice law in all Florida, New York, and Virginia state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and all United States Courts of Appeal.

 

Comprehensive List of Dean Lindevaldsen's Publications