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Assistant Dean Van Essendelft's passion is to teach students how to be excellent advocates without compromising their character and identity in Christ. She teaches Legal Research and Writing I and II, Appellate Advocacy, and Civil Pretrial Practice and Procedure and was an adjunct professor at Regent for eight years before joining the faculty as an Instructor of Legal Research and Writing in 2006. Before joining the faculty, Van Essendelft was an Associate City Attorney in Virginia Beach for seven years, where she represented the City, its departments, and its employees in various civil litigation and administrative matters. In her position as Associate City Attorney, she was active in the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia and presented topics at various conferences. Those presentations included: "Sex in the City: Regulating Movie Arcades and Lingerie Shops in Virginia Beach" (co-author: Vanessa T. Valldejuli, Esq.) and "Basics of Employment Law: Employee Grievances" (co-author: Kamala H. Lannetti, Esq.). Prior to her appointment as an Associate City Attorney in 1999, Professor Van Essendelft worked at Willcox & Savage, P. C. in its General Corporate Litigation and Media Defense practice groups. She is also a previous member of the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court and the James Kent Inn of Court. She and her husband, Stephen, have two children.
Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy