Gantt named executive director of Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies at HLS

Katie R. Ochoa
L.O. Natt Gantt

L.O. Natt Gantt

L.O. Natt Gantt, II ’94 has been appointed the inaugural government director of the Harvard Regulation University Plan on Biblical Law and Christian Authorized Scientific tests and a lecturer on regulation. With in depth expertise in both equally law and theology, Gantt was most not too long ago professor and affiliate dean for educational affairs at Regent University University of Regulation and co-director of Regent’s Center for Ethical Formation and Authorized Instruction Reform. He has served because previous yr on the American Bar Association’s Fee on Lawyer Assistance Applications (CoLAP) Properly-Being Committee and was just lately appointed as chair of the committee and to CoLAP’s Advisory Fee.

“Natt provides amazing schooling and encounter to this undertaking,” stated Professor Jack Goldsmith, who was part of the program’s advisory board and using the services of committee. “Through his producing, administration, mentorship, and participation in experienced corporations, Natt is a national chief on university student and lawyer very well-being and on how legal education and learning can and should foster students’ consideration of integrity as an important private price and a crucial component of a profitable occupation in public and personal legal services. We are really fortunate to have him.”

The Application on Biblical Regulation and Christian Authorized Scientific tests was introduced in November 2018 with Professor Ruth Okediji as school director. It provides the prospect to research thoughts linked to regulation, management, and social adjust via debate and software of biblical teachings. Each and every year, the program has sponsored lectures, investigate fellowships and webinars, and hosts composing awards every yr, on subjects at the intersection of faith and law.

“I’m not informed of a further law school with an existing plan on biblical law,” Okediji claimed. “And that essentially is surprising. 1 of the impressive items about biblical regulation is its keeping ability. When we make readily available to pupils and scholars a middle for the review of biblical regulation, we’re declaring that it’s significant for them to investigate materials that have had a profound significance in offering colour, goal, and texture to English legislation, from which a lot of our own law derives. From human rights and race relations, to prison justice reform and local weather modify, biblical regulation remains powerfully appropriate — even if unacknowledged — in our engagement with today’s intricate problems.”

She explained that Gantt’s theological history, analysis, and ABA encounter make him a best match. “Since his days as a college student at HLS, Natt has been deeply invested in how lawful training can do much more to enrich the good quality of lawyers’ expert lives. Lawyers play a essential position in our cultural knowing of what constitutes justice Professor Gantt’s function as a scholar and with a variety of ABA initiatives addresses the daunting task of how law colleges can greater equip legal professionals to do the perform of justice, measured in terms of their own flourishing and their ability to facilitate human perfectly-getting in our fashionable age. Faith — even no religion — is an at any time-existing backdrop towards which debates about law and lawful instruction reform unfold.”

Gantt stated that this appointment will even further his longstanding desire in the intersection of law and theology. “It has often been a passion of mine to combine individuals two domains, the authorized area and my perception of ministry and skilled contacting, and to discover the worth of integrating religion into the life of a attorney and the observe of legislation.”

He notes that the intersection happens on two levels — 1 remaining the doctrinal connection between biblical rules and the regulation alone the other getting the purpose of faith in the personalized perfectly-remaining of those who research and observe law. “In the earlier ten yrs, I have grow to be specially intrigued in the relevance of faith to the experienced id enhancement of a lawyer,” he said. “Anyone’s religious religion may impact the way they watch authorized decisions and issues, but it also affects the second stage — how they find contentedness in doing work with customers, how they discover peace and which means in their vocation.”

As director he ideas to keep on to bring in a vary of speakers, offer mentorship, and host symposia, when also strengthening the program’s research and scholarly mission.

“I envision that the plan will have a position in the nationwide dialogue on how we can do a better job as law schools at enhancing the experienced development and leadership enhancement of pupils,” he claimed. “The system can be a voice on these challenges, and have interaction the broader countrywide and world wide communities on how biblical teachings and the Christian religion can contribute to the discourse on the authorized and qualified troubles of currently.”

He also suggests that the program will be valuable in setting up community on campus, a especially potent have to have soon after the past calendar year. To that conclude, he started his tenure with an open up household at Austin Hall, exactly where students who’d used the calendar year in Zoom conferences could reconnect in human being.

“I see myself as a bridge builder. I want to encourage our method to connect with other individuals on the regulation college campus, and to stimulate pupils to connect with their fellow learners — to have frank, authentic, real conversations about the romance concerning religion and the examine and exercise of law, and about the character development of legislation college students and lawyers.”

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