Regent Debate Team’s Big Win
Regent’s Debate team recently landed a big win and are having a meeting to look for new members.
By Alexine Garcia
Recently, the Regent Moot Court Team made it to the top 16 in the National competition. Hilary Davenport, one of the winning team members, explained that it was long hours of practice that got them to the top.
This was the second year that the team made it to the national level.
Davenport and partner Ryan Keller spent several hours a week practicing. At one point the team spent any spare time they could examining cases and perfecting their arguments. Davenport even feels that studying cases and practicing Moot Court can be more intense than her classes.
Despite that, she knows that her passion lies in her major, Psychology. “My biggest interest is people and I want to help people. I feel that Psychology is going to help me work directly with people to help them change their lives,” Davenport said.
For those who are not aware, Moot Court is a simulation of an appellate court trial. Students take on the role of a lawyer in front of the Supreme Court and build an argument for a fake case. They must support their argument with 10 real Supreme Court cases that they have studied and know perfectly. This is when the panel of three judges take the opportunity to interrupt and ask questions. Each student has to argue both sides of the case.
Members of the Tidewater legal community and over 80 members of the Regent Law School faculty, judges, attorneys and students all participated to judge the competition.
“You never know what kind of crazy questions a judge is going to come up with. At one point the judge started singing a question because it was a crazy hypothetical question they wanted us to address,” Davenport said.
At the regional tournament the team experienced a tie. The judges had to contact the Chief of Justice to have him break the tie. He did so by randomly adding a point to the other team. Davenport and Keller did not find out until after the competition.
However, it is surprises like this that keep Davenport in the game. Although cases can be up to 70 pages long, and creating intelligent arguments consumes a lot of her time, she appreciates the experience.
If Moot Court or Mock Trail interest you, Regent University Debate Association (RUDA) is having an interest meeting on Feb. 20, 6 p.m., in Robertson Hall Room 106 (Chik-fil-A provided). You can also contact Hilary Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org.