James A. Davids
Assistant Professor and Director of the LL.M. Program
Ph.D., Regent University School of Education.
J.D., Duke University School of Law.
B.A., Calvin College.
Jim Davids holds a joint appointment in Regent University's School of Law and the Robertson School of Government. Jim is a former President of the Christian Legal Society, which is the oldest and largest professional organization of Christian attorneys in the U.S. Jim previously served this Society as Legislative Counsel, during which he advocated on Capitol Hill for religious liberty and pro-life legislation.
Prior to joining Regent in 2003, Jim was the Deputy Director and Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice's Task Force for the Faith-Based & Community Initiative.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Jim was a founding member of Hoogendoorn, Talbot, Davids, Godfrey & Milligan in Chicago. Jim is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Florida, and Virginia, he is a member of the federal trial bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and he has been admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Constitutional Law and Policy, First Amendment Law, Law and Higher Education
Co-Author, An Analysis of State Legislative Responses to the Medical Malpractice Crisis, 1975 Duke Law Journal 1417.
DEA Administrative Inspections: Authority and Practical Applications, 46 Food Drug Cosmetic Law Journal 229 (1981). What Does a Conservative Judge Look Like? Hampton Roads Daily Press (June 20, 2002)
Misinterpreting Kelo, The Washington Times (December 12, 2005)
Misinterpreting Kelo in the Threat to Oceana, The Virginian-Pilot, p. B9 (December 14, 2005)
Keep Virginia's System of Judicial Selection, The Virginian-Pilot (February 18, 2006)
It's Not a Sin to Talk About Sin, Tallahassee Democrat (September 18, 2006)-6-
A Modest Proposal for YouTubing Republicans, Washington Examiner (December 17, 2006).
Putting Faith in Prison Programs, and Its Constitutionality under Thomas Jefferson's Faith-Based Initiative, 6 Ave Maria Law Review 341 (2008).
Pounding a Final Stake in the Heart of the Invidiously Discriminatory "Pervasively Sectarian" Test, 7 Ave Maria Law Review 59 (2008).
Book Review, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics after the Religious Right, 35 Religious Study Review 68
Enforcing a Traditional Moral Code Does Not Trigger a Religious Institution's Loss of Tax Exemption, 24 Regent University Law Review 433 (2012).
The Gathering Storm: Federal Laws that Have a Serious Potential of Interfering with the Mission and Character of Evangelical Christian Colleges and Universities, Ph.D. Dissertation, Regent University, May, 2012.