Patrick Henry College campus aerial view

Recently I’ve been developing this idea that Patrick Henry College is challenging the unacceptable status quo in higher education, and doing it successfully. I’ve never been more convinced of this, and each month seems to bring new blessings that renew my faith in this mission.

You may know that Dr. Michael Farris, the founder and first President of Patrick Henry College, and now the President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, recently argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in NIFLA v. Becerra, a critical case dealing with freedom of speech in California.

What you may not know is that three days before his appearance, Dr. Farris opted to endure his final practice session at Patrick Henry College with nine Patrick Henry College graduates playing the part of the justices! He knew they would relish this opportunity to finally be on the other side of the table and give back to him what he so often gave to them as students.

After the intense practice round, he was moved, almost to tears, when he told them how proud he was of them, and how skillfully they had conducted the session.

To tell you the truth, I was in awe from start to finish, and more than a little entertained. They played their roles amazingly well and never let up; covering every aspect of the case from the contrarian point of view.It was a true iron-sharpening-iron moment, made especially poignant because the honing tool was, in part, formed by the object being sharpened.

The alumni represented Patrick Henry College classes from 2008 to 2014. All attended, excelled at, and graduated from top law schools, including Columbia, Emory, George Mason, Harvard, Regent, UVA, Washington and Lee, and Yale.

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