Patrick Henry College once again swept the national competition in intercollegiate moot court, winning its tenth intercollegiate moot court national championship.
In addition to winning first place, Patrick Henry students finished with three of the top four teams at the tournament.
Juniors Meridian Paulton and Thomas Siu won the top national prize. They beat out students from some of the country’s top universities, including University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Duke University, and Holy Cross.
Two Patrick Henry students made it to the semi-finals, along with a team from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a hybrid team with one student from Patrick Henry and one from California State University, Long Beach.
“The field keeps getting stronger but Patrick Henry rose to meet the challenge,” Michael Farris, chancellor and founder of Patrick Henry, stated.
Patrick Henry defeated U.S. Air Force Academy in finals. Third place at the tournament went to Patrick Henry team Shane Roberts and Clare Downing, with fourth place going to hybrid team Sarah Geesaman and Myles Chaney.
In addition to winning the championship, Paulton and Siu are the second team in the history of the American Moot Court Association to win both the brief writing and oral argument national championships. The prior team was Alex and Brett Harris in 2011, also from Patrick Henry College.
About 400 teams took part in the 2016-2017 season in 11 national qualifying tournaments to earn coveted spots at the American Moot Court Association’s Championship Tournament.
“Intercollegiate moot court is one of the great ‘academic sports’ like debate and mock trial,” stated Frank Guliuzza, who co-coaches the Patrick Henry team with Farris. “Each year the competition gets increasingly difficult. We are very honored and humbled by this level of success.”