University News Service

Howard Payne University seniors Andrea Dale-Huffman and Andrea Montgomery advanced through five levels of elimination to be one of four semi-finalists at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Competition this month.

Three of HPU’s six moot court teams qualified for this national competition, hosted by Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., the weekend of Jan. 20.

Qualifiers from seven regions around the country made up the remaining participants.

“I am incredibly proud of all the students in the moot court program, and this competition shows why,” said John Ferguson, assistant professor of political science and Moot Court sponsor. “Through hard work and dedication, HPU students demonstrated once again that they are among the best and brightest in the nation.”

The teams of Chelsea Lowance and Jordan Humphreys, and Jenna Middleton and Jeremy McNutt each won one round during the preliminary portion of the competition. HPU Teams qualified for the national competition through the Southwestern Regional Tournament hosted by Texas Tech University in October 2006.

Moot court, a program within the Department of Political Science and the Academy of Freedom, provides students with the opportunity to simulate the appellate court process, Ferguson said.

Each team is presented with the facts of a hypothetical case, a lower court ruling and a limited number of authority cases necessary to construct constitutional arguments for both sides of the case, which they argue against opposing teams before a panel of judges.