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PHC Moot Court Team Defends National Championship

June 24th, 2006

F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Craig Smith
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8703

PURCELLVILLE, VA — PHC's moot court team defended the 2005 national title this past weekend in competition against 22 other colleges and universities in the 2006 American Collegiate Moot Court Association's National Moot Court Tournament held January 21 and 22 at the University of Texas (Arlington). Patrick Henry College swept the tournament with first, second, and third place wins - a feat not yet accomplished by any other college in ACMA history. Patrick Henry also won first place for the national speaker award and was the highest ranked college in average speaker points.

Of the eight PHC teams, seven made elimination rounds. Two of the College’s teams faced off in the finals, with Rachel Williams (San Diego, CA) and Brian Wright (Wilmington, OH) winning first place, and Zachary Gappa (Weupun, WI) and Benjamin Mills (Munising, MI) winning second. Third and fifth places went to Lindsey See (Livonia, MI) and Joey Piotrowicz (Los Alamos, NM) and Jonathan Knight (Rogers, AR) and Shant Boyajian (Lumberton, NJ), respectively. Peter Kamakawivoole (Ewa Beach, HI) tied for first place speaker award in the nation, and Lindsey See received fourth. All teams were coached by Patrick Henry College President, Michael Farris. He was assisted by Douglas McElvy, the president of the Alabama Bar Association and the father of a team member.

Long a requirement of a law school education, moot court is a simulation of an appellate court proceeding. Moot court involves teams of student-contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court, and the judging of performances by panels of students, attorneys, law faculty, or, on occasion, members of the judicial branch of government.

Founded in 2000, Patrick Henry College is a classical Christian liberal arts college dedicated to training men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding. A PHC education combines rigorous academics, a biblical worldview, a classical liberal arts core curriculum, and apprenticeship methodologies to produce graduates who are uniquely qualified to serve God and mankind.