Oak Brook College Faculty
Banks, Tracy W.
Professor Tracy W. Banks received her bachelor of arts from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1987. She began her legal studies at the College of Law and Government at Regent University, where she received her juris doctor in 1990. After graduation, Professor Banks began working with the American Center for Law and Justice, and the National Legal Foundation. These two nonprofit organizations are based in Virginia and specialize in the defense of Christian liberties, with a special emphasis on First Amendment litigation. Professor Banks has also taught courses in legal research and writing as an adjunct instructor at Regent University School of Law.
Professor Banks and her husband, Lloyd, have eleven children and live in Cumberland, Virginia. Professor Banks left her active legal career to spend time with her family and is working with Oak Brook College from her home.
Barth, Robert J.
A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. 1976), Professor Robert J. Barth received his juris doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1979. He received his master's degree in public policy from Regent University in 1986. From 1986 to 1995, Professor Barth was associated with Regent University School of Law in several capacities, including assistant dean for academic and student affairs, and editor of the Journal of Christian Jurisprudence. He has written several articles, and as the director for academic programs, he recently authored Oak Brook College's book, Renewing Your Mind as You Study Law.
Professor Barth and his wife, Gemma, have ten children and live in Oak Brook, Illinois, where he also serves as General Legal Counsel for the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Caprera, Robert G.
Professor Robert G. Caprera received his bachelor of arts in 1976 at Duke University. A graduate of Nova University Law School, he has been continuously engaged in private practice since his graduation in 1979, working in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. He has also had extensive trial experience in the areas of personal injury and workers' compensation claims. Professor Caprera served as a Bar Advocate (Public Defender) in Worcester County, Massachusetts, for several years.
Professor Caprera and his wife, Julie, have three children and live in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
John Eidsmoe is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate and Lt. Colonel, and a Colonel in the Alabama State Defense Force. He has served as a prosecutor, a juvenile court referee, and a religious liberty litigation attorney. He has authored thirteen books including CHRISTIANITY & THE CONSTITUTION and GOD & CAESAR, as well as numerous lecture albums including the INSTITUTE ON THE CONSTITUTION. He is an ordained pastor with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, and in 20 years of teaching in various law schools his students have given him the outstanding professor award or professor of the year award five times. He has also served as senior staff attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court and currently serves as counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Alabama. He and his wife Marlene have been married since 1970 and have three children and two great-grandchildren.
Fear, Peter L.
Professor Peter L. Fear received his juris doctor degree from Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy in 1999. While in law school, Professor Fear worked for the Finance & Taxation Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, as well as the litigation departmentof the Home School Legal Defense Association in Purcellville, Virginia. He has been engaged in private practice since his admission to the California Bar in 2000. In 2004, Professor Fear opened his own law practice in Fresno. Professor Fear also serves as Director of Administration for Oak Brook College of Law.
Professor Fear and his wife Debra have five children and reside in the Fresno, California, area.
Gallagher, Sean J.
Professor Jonathan P. Gundlach earned his J.D. from Taft School of Law in 1998 and is a member of the California and Wisconsin bars. Professor Gundlach has practiced with several firms focusing in religious freedom litigation and religious organizations law. He has been associated with Oak Brook College since its inception in 1995.
Professor Gundlach is also a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.), is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America (R.C.A.) and serves on the pastoral staff of City Church San Francisco. Professor Gundlach also serves the R.C.A. in a couple denominational roles utilizing his legal background.
Higgins, Larry M.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1975), Professor Larry Higgins received his juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law in 1980. Subsequent to his judicial clerkship in 1981 for a Hennepin County (Minneapolis) senior judge, he has continuously been engaged in the practice of law. In addition to his law practice, he also served as assistant to the director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Minnesota in 1984, and as coordinator and director of the Christian Legal Society of Minnesota from 1985 to 1987.
Professor Higgins is a rebuilder living in St. Paul, Minnesota, where his law practice has focused primarily in the area of family law with emphases on helping individuals to rebuild and helping families to reconcile.
Humble, William III
Professor Humble is a graduate of Oak Brook College of Law (J.D. 2001). He is admitted to practice law in California. He is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court. In 2002 he lived in Costa Rica, where he studied Spanish. He has devoted his entire legal career almost exclusively to representing clients in matters of U.S. immigration and nationality. He has worked for firms in Dallas, San Antonio, Boston, and New York City. He has handled immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, family-based and employment-based cases, as well as citizenship, asylum, and both trial and appellate litigation.
Will and his wife, Christian, have one young son and live in the Dallas area where he is engaged in private practice, helping family members and employees who are located in many other U.S. states and, of course, in other countries.
Kern, Robert M.
Professor Kern is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A. 1979) and Rutgers Law School (J.D., 1982). In 1982 he joined Lowenstein, Sandler as an associate corporate and real estate attorney. In 1984 he moved from New Jersey to California to serve as in-house counsel for several public companies which he did until 1990. Bob then began practice as a sole practitioner specializing in general business law consultation and transactions. In 2001 he became General Counsel to Thru the Bible Radio Network, the international radio ministry of Dr. J. Vernon McGee. At Thru The Bible he is responsible for all estate, trust and gift matters, as well as legal/contractual matters, donor relations and assisting the President with oversight. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Southern California. Bob and his wife, Marci, have two adult children and live in Los Angeles, California.
Lorence, Jordan W.
A graduate of Stanford University, Professor Jordan W. Lorence earned his juris doctor at the University of Minnesota Law School. After graduation from law school, Professor Lorence served as a staff attorney for the Minnesota State Senate. He began practicing law in 1981, specializing in constitutional law. He spent several years working with public interest organizations and is now a litigation attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund. Professor Lorence has had extensive trial experience, especially in the area of First Amendment litigation. Professor Lorence also serves as the chairman of the Oak Brook College Board of Advisors.
Professor Lorence and his wife, Marilyn, have seven children and live in the Washington D.C. area.
Magnuson, Roger J.
Dean Magnuson is an honors graduate of Stanford University (BA) (where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (JD), and Oxford University (BCL). At Harvard, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and was named a Knox Fellow for study at Oxford. He also was awarded a fellowship to study theology under the Rockefeller Fellowship program.
Dean Magnuson and his wife, Betsy, have eight children and live in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, where he is an attorney and a senior partner in the firm Dorsey & Whitney. His primary practice is in the area of business and commercial litigation. He is the author of several books, including Shareholder Litigation, The White-Collar Crime Explosion, and Informed Answers to Gay Rights Questions. He has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs, and at universities, government bodies, symposiums, and seminars. In addition, Dean Magnuson is founder and preaching elder of Straitgate Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Read A Message from the Dean by Roger J. Magnuson.
McElvy, J. Douglas
Professor J. Douglas McElvy is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration (1967) and also the University of Alabama School of Law (1971). He served on the Board of Bar Commissioners for the Alabama State Bar from 1991 to 2003, served four terms on the Executive Council, and was elected Vice President of the Alabama State Bar in 2002. He was elected President-Elect of the Alabama State Bar in 2003 and assumed the office of President for the 2004-2005 term. Professor McElvy has also served as President of the Christian Legal Society of Alabama and was elected as a Trustee of the Alabama Law Foundation. In addition, since 1995 he has been a certified mediator, being certified by the American Academy of Attorney Mediators.
Professor McElvy currently serves as Chair of the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. In 2005 he was selected for the Best Lawyers in America and in 2009 he was named to the Alabama Super Lawyers.
Professor McElvy and his wife, Eleanor, have five children and six grandchildren. They reside in Montgomery, Alabama where he is engaged in private practice.
Rucker, Eric K.
A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan College (B.A. 1976) and Emporia State University (M.S. 1976), Professor Eric K. Rucker earned his juris doctor at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. He is currently the Assistant Secretary of State in Kansas. Mr. Rucker has served in a variety of government positions, including: Chief Deputy Attorney General of Kansas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Special Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Human Resources, a Director of the Kansas District and County Attorneys Association, County Commissioner, and was honorably discharged as a Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, Kansas Army National Guard.
Professor Rucker and his wife, Joan, have three children and live in Topeka, Kansas.
Siegrist, David J.
A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. 1978), Professor David J. Siegrist received a juris doctorate degree from Drake University in 1981. Professor Siegrist is admitted to practice before the Iowa Supreme Court, the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Siegrist has served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association and the Iowa State Bar Association Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Council. Professor Siegrist currently is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Minn-Iowa Christian Broadcasting and is the President of the Board of Directors of New Horizons Adoption Agency.
Professor Siegrist and his wife, Lisa, have seven children and live near Britt, Iowa, where he is engaged in private practice.
Tapp, Michael G.
Professor Michael G. Tapp graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a bachelor of science degree in 1974 and earned his juris doctor from South Texas College of Law in 1979. Since then, he has engaged in a private practice consisting primarily of transactional and litigation real estate law and business organizations. He has been board-certified in residential and commercial real estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1984 and is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys.
Professor Tapp and his wife, Penny, have two children and live in Houston, Texas, where he is engaged in private practice.
Wallin, Valarie L.
Professor Valarie L. Wallin is a graduate of OBCL, and was admitted to practice law in California in January of 2002 and in Wisconsin in 2003. She worked as a legal assistant for five years in the Law Offices of G. Gregory Hale, and spent one year as a legal intern in the corporate offices of the Institute in Basic Life Principles. Prior to entering law school she served as a teacher for youth in several different ministry settings.
Younger, Emily A.
Professor Emily Younger received her Juris Doctor degree from Oak Brook College of Law in 2004, and was admitted to the California Bar in June of that year. During law school, Professor Younger was given first place in the Alliance Defense Fund Pew Memorial Scholarship legal writing competition; she has also served as professor's assistant for OBCL's Trial Advocacy course since 2003. Professor Younger maintains a part-time practice in the areas of probate and estate planning while pursuing further education in Spanish, Arabic, and Speech Communication. She has also served several terms on the Board of the Oak Brook College of Law Alumni Association.
Professor Younger lives in Orange County, California.