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Moot court team takes national championship

January 26th, 2005

CONTACT: Craig Smith (540) 338-8703 ccsmith@phc.edu

PURCELLVILLE, VA — PHC's moot court squad bested 63 other teams from 20 colleges to dominate the 2005 American Collegiate Moot Court Association's National Moot Court Tournament, bringing home 14 of the 32 trophies awarded, including the top award, the team national championship. The tournament was held on January 21st and 22nd at the University of Texas – Arlington.

Seven of the eight PHC teams in the competition made it into the round of sixteen, and junior Sarah Wilson and freshman Peter Kamakawiwoole bested a team from Holy Cross in the final round of the competition to bring home first place honors in the team championship. PHC also took four of the top ten spots in the individual speaker awards as sophomore Lindsay See nabbed first place, Wilson and Kamakawilwoole came in second and fourth places respectively, and junior Brian Wright claimed sixth.

In the brief writing competition, seniors Matt du Mee and Rayel Papke took first place in the nation for briefs written from the respondent's side, while juniors Julia Rybicki and Katy Jones won second place nationally for their brief written from the petitioner's side.

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.

PHC's national championship victory comes on the heels of the team's recent headline-making victory over a team from Balliol College of Oxford University in a competition that took place in Oxford, England.

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.