I have served as the faculty advisor for RUDA for the past three years. In that capacity I work with a group of student leaders to plan for Moot Court competitions, Mock Trial events, and social activities. In 2012, we competed in Moot Court for the second time and were delighted to two teams to the national Moot Court competition, both of whom advanced out of the preliminary rounds. One team made it to the Sweet Sixteen.
In addition, in the spring of 2013 we also competed in Mock Trial for the first time and our team did quite well at regionals, including returning to Regent with an individual speaker award. Mock Trial has a number of similarities with Moot Court, but also some key difference, as Mock Trial focuses on a criminal or civil trial, rather than an appellate court presentation. Because witnesses in Mock Trial often appear "in character" the event also appeals to theater and communication students.
I think that the skills learned in debate are highly useful for all college students, regardless of major. While most of our students are government and history students who are thinking about graduate school, law school, or entering public life, we also have psychology, business, and communications majors in the program.
I would be happy to answer questions from any students or parents who are considering Regent and interested in participating in RUDA. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by my office phone at 757-352-4551. You can find a little more information about who I am and what I do at Regent on my university webpage.
Caleb Verbois Assistant Professor of Government, Regent University