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Moot Court Competition Brings Law Schools from around Nation to Regent

Law students hailing from schools including Villanova University, University of Cincinnati and J. Reuben Clark (Brigham Young University) travelled to Regent University's campus to compete in the 2009 National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. 

Regent's School of Law hosted the event, February 6-7, where 12 teams and more than 20 local attorneys and several judges participated.

At the concluding awards banquet, keynote speaker Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church studies at Baylor University, discussed a topic related to the problem that the teams competed on throughout the weekend: "Can Theology Be Knowledge? What the Intelligent Design Debate is Really About."

Beckwith talked about the intersection of faith and reason, and the rationality of religious claims in the courtroom. He quoted James Hitchcock's book, The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life, as well as from the canon of scholars and philosophers to show the historical debate over the subject. Beckwith said the fact that there is a debate among esteemed scholars evidences religious or moral claims as valid knowledge in the courtroom.

Lindsey Powdrell, Regent Law student and national competition coordinator, presented awards to winning teams at the banquet's closing. Nicholas Miller, Dusty Parson and Meezan Qayumi of Team G—Marshall-Wythe Law School (William & Mary), won the overall competition.

Participating schools in the 2009 National Moot Court Competition were Elon University School of Law, Marshall-Wythe Law School, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Liberty University School of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law and Villanova University School of Law.

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