Moot Court Team Defends Title
Patrick Henry College’s moot court team defended its 2005 national title against 22 other colleges and universities in the 2006 American Collegiate Moot Court Association's (ACMA) National Moot Court Tournament. PHC swept the January 21-22 tournament with first, second, and third place wins—a feat not yet accomplished by any other college in ACMA history. PHC also won first place for the national speaker award and was the tournament’s highest-ranking college in average speaker points.
Michael Farris, Patrick Henry College president and coach of the moot court team, said of the victory, “It’s amazing to see how God is working in the lives of these students. He has given them tremendous talent in the art of argument and debate. These team members, like so many other PHC students, will soon be in the public square defending the issues of the day with a biblical worldview.” Farris was assisted in coaching by Douglas McElvy, president of the Alabama Bar Association and father of a PHC team member.
Moot court is a competition that simulates appellate court proceedings. Each team of two “co-counsels” stands before a panel of judges in a mock courtroom setting to argue one side of a legal matter. Then, in a later round, the team defends the opposite side before the same panel of judges.