James A. Davids

Associate Professor and Director of LL.M. and M.A. Programs

      Assistant Professor Ching


Selected Publications


Ph.D., Regent University School of Education

JD, Duke University School of Law

B.A., Calvin College


Associate Professor James Davids brings nearly 30 years of practical legal experience to Regent Law. After graduating from Duke University School of Law, Professor Davids returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he practiced law for 25 years, primarily in the fields of medical malpractice trial work and administrative law litigation. After being a name partner in a Chicago law firm for 15 years, Professor Davids accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he helped design and provide legal advice for the Faith-Based & Community Initiatives. Upon leaving the Justice Department, he taught at Regent’s Northern Virginia campus for one year before relocating to Virginia Beach to serve as administrative dean and professor in the Robertson School of Government.

Professor Davids still teaches Constitutional Law in the School of Government, but his primary responsibility is directing the LL.M. and M.A. programs at Regent Law. His expertise in online education led to his role in designing and implementing the online version of Regent's LL.M. in American Legal Studies. His initiative created the Law School's M.A. in Law program.

Professor Davids has been a member of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) for over 40 years, and he served as its president for several years. He also served for two years as CLS' Legislative Counsel, for which he lobbied on Capitol Hill for pro-life and religious liberty bills. Professor Davids has also served as president of several volunteer organizations, ranging from Christian schools to local political organizations, and public policy groups to neighborhood associations. Jim has been married for over 35 years to Sue. They have four children, and five grandchildren (with many more on the way).

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Constitutional Law and Policy, First Amendment Law, Law and Higher Education

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Selected Publications

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
(March 2009).

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.

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