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God’s Unmistaken Creation

No single person possesses every skill or talent imaginable. To say that limitation equals weakness would mean that each person is weak. We are all created uniquely; thus, each person is necessary and valuable. If we existed without limitations, we...
By Kristal Dahlager | December 27, 2011


Exploring the Responsibilities of a Law School Dean

"If any Dean was behind his desk all the time he wouldn't be doing his job in the 21st century." I had the privilege of working as a summer research assistant for Mathew Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law, and...
Matthew J. Clark | December 02, 2011


When Children Take the Stand

Child Abuse and the Evidentiary Concern Child abuse is a grave concern in the United States and its victims continue to rise. In the U.S. alone the reported number of child sexual abuse cases has grown at a rate of 2,300 percent since 1991.1 ...
Alina Jolly | December 02, 2011


Trial Advocacy Program

“Objection, your Honor. Counsel is leading the witness.” “Sustained.” Attorneys prepare diligently to ensure that their courtroom delivery is not subject to such a ruling. This preparation is often the fruit of purposeful...
Jennifer L. Cervantes | December 02, 2011


BOOK REVIEW :: Hugh Heclo, Christianity and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2007)

Every Christian and every secularist who has an interest in the role of religion in public life should read Hugh Heclo’s Christianity and American Democracy. The core of the book comprises a lecture that Heclo, Professor of Public Affairs at...
Jeffrey C. Tuomala(1), Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law | December 02, 2011


Beyond the First Amendment: Free Exercise of Religion in the States

Prior to 1990, only a compelling state interest implemented by the least restrictive means could justify a state law that infringed free exercise of religion.1  In Employment Division v. Smith,2  however, the Supreme Court reversed that...
Martin Wishnatsky | December 02, 2011


Regístrame, Hazme Visible—Write Me Down, Make Me Visible

LIVING IN A HARSH REALITY You live in a small Guatemalan community named El Gorrión, which was created in the wake of a hurricane. The nearest water source is thirty minutes up the mountain, and electricity is intermittent. You have...
Amber Henry | December 02, 2011


These Old Familiar Chains: Virginia’s Attempts to Draft and Ratify Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

If you have used an interstate rest stop, purchased discount clothing, eaten at an ethnic restaurant, or employed a migrant worker, you may have unwittingly been part of the growing pandemic of human trafficking.1 The beginning of 2011 marks the point...
Todd Shockley | December 02, 2011


Letter from the Editor

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Liberty Legal Journal. Author.   Counselor.   Guide.   Peacemaker.   Administrator of Justice.   Mediator.   Judge.   Merciful.  ...
| December 02, 2011


International Mission Board :: Law Students' Mission to Missionaries

Little did I realize when I trudged off to Richmond in 2008 for training required by the Virginia Bar that God would use the journey to bring together two needy groups:  missionaries needing wills and law students needing to ply their newly-acquired...
Philip Manns, Jr., Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law | December 01, 2011


“Testimonial”: Upholding the Sixth Amendment or Hindering Effective Prosecution?

Expert testimony has long been an integral component of efficient criminal prosecution. Often, the expert witness serves not merely to provide mere expert knowledge, but to assist the jury in making connections between pieces of evidence, and drawing...
Jeremy White | December 01, 2011


A Profile: Judge Paul Spinden To Know the Law and the Lawgiver

Teaching: A High Calling “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be...
Katherine Charapich | December 01, 2011


The Four Horsemen of the New Deal Apocalypse

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw . . . a white horse . . . another horse that was red . . . a black horse . . . and behold a pale...
Timothy Boone | December 01, 2011


The Dean's Corner :: A Brief Look Back At The Blessings of the Past Year

The rush of life can often make us overlook the blessings we experience every day. The tyranny of the urgent tends to make us focus on the immediate problem or task we have to accomplish. Sometimes we need to ascend to the mountaintop to see the grand...
Mathew D. Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law | December 01, 2011


LLJ Editor-In-Chief Reflects on Cover of Fall Issue

Images of Lady Justice tend to be regal in character; wearing a blindfold, and holding the scales of justice and a sword. The blindfold represents impartial justice. The scales represent the merit of the claims. The sword represents the power held...
Katherine Charapich | December 01, 2011