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Moot Court

Moot Court is more than a competition, it’s preparation for life as it challenges your intellect, your oral advocacy skills, and your ability to connect with individuals in a professional atmosphere.
— Ashlyn Roberts, '16
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Patrick Henry College once again swept the national competition in intercollegiate moot court, winning its tenth intercollegiate moot court national championship at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FloridaIn addition to winning first place, PHC finished with three of the top four teams at the tournament. Juniors Meridian Paulton and Thomas Siu took the victory in the final round against the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

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Rising seniors William Bock and Helaina Hirsch, coached by Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College, won the 8th Annual Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition on July 20, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland—a leading human rights educational event.  The final round of the competition, sponsored by the Centre for Human Rights, of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, was held in the UN Human Rights Council Chambers. 

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On Friday, January 27, 2017, Delegate Dave LaRock honored William Bock and Helaina Hirsch, along with PHC Chancellor Emeritus Michael Farris and President Jack Haye, with a center aisle presentation on the Virginia House floor for their victory at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court 2016 Championship.

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Moot Court At PHC

Moot Court is an outstanding opportunity for students to experience the practice of Constitutional Law first hand. Patrick Henry College competes in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) under the tutelage of coaches Dr. Michael Farris and Dr. Frank Guliuzza. With ten championships in the past thirteen years, the College’s moot court team is one of the most successful in the nation.

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Why Participate in Moot Court?

Moot Court provides an opportunity for students to explore Constitutional issues under the leadership of Dr. Michael Farris, PHC Chancellor emeritus, and Dr. Frank Guliuzza, Dean of Academic Affairs. Both Dr. Farris and Dr. Guliuzza coach PHC’s national-championship moot court teams. Moot Court, a traditional law school activity now growing in the undergraduate arena, prepares students for the rigors of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court. 

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