Continuing the winning streak Patrick Henry College has built beating bigger and better known universities at American Moot Court Association National Championships, the Christian liberal arts college has now won the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva, Switzerland.
Well primed for the competition by winning nine of the last American Moot Court national championships against schools like University of Virginia, Duke, Holy Cross and others, Patrick Henry was definitely ready for the international stage. Yale was the only other American university to qualify for the tournament.
Patrick Henry Chancellor and Coach Michael Farris, took William Bock and Helaina Hirsch, the rising juniors on the team, to the championship.
Bock, of Indianapolis, and Hirsch, of Lafayette, California, competed against 24 other law school teams. Only five schools can come from each of five regions around the globe, including Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America & Caribbean and Western Europe and others, including the U.S.
“In the finals, PHC’s undergrads beat a team of law students from Moi University in Kenya. William also was awarded the first place oralist in the tournament and Helaina was named the second place oralist,” PHC’s announcement said.
Farris, a constitutional lawyer and homeschool father, founded Patrick Henry College in 1998 to create an institution that would appeal to homeschool students with an interest in government and politics.
Debate is one of the college’s primary extracurricular activities. Moot Court is a form of debate competition designed to simulate appellate arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in which teams of two students function as co-counsels and stand before a panel of judges to argue legal matters. In 2006, PHC not only won first overall but also won second, third, and fifth place, a feat that had never before been accomplished. (Source: Wikipedia)