National Chairman, Eagle Forum’s Court Watch
Virginia Armstrong, Ph.D.
Court Watch’s National Chairman, Dr. Virginia Armstrong, has had a distinguished career in the worlds of both academics and action. She was the Blackstone Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she taught in both the Master of Arts in Apologetics program and the Master of Liberal Arts program. She served as Director and Senior Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. She is President of the Blackstone Institute, which she and her late husband, Gerry, founded.
Dr. Armstrong was the central figure in founding the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association and HSU’s Legal Studies Program. As a college professor, Dr. Armstrong taught a number of advanced law courses, including constitutional history and law, legal philosophy, and the judicial process. She directed HSU’s federal court internship program and coached the University’s award-winning moot court team. She drafted several of the cases argued in TUMCA tournaments across Texas, most notably those involving “homosexual rights” and the “right to assisted suicide.” Her students dubbed her “an intellectual Rambo.”
Dr. Armstrong is a pioneer in constitutional and legal apologetics. Much of her current work focuses on the design of short but dynamite-packed legal studies. Dr. Armstrong is expanding the use of the worldview model to understand the egregious court decisions spewing from America’s Humanist judges and how Judeo-Christian worldview proponents should effectively respond. Her audiences range from high school homeschoolers to attorneys and judges.
Dr. Armstrong’s Ph.D. is in political science and public law. She wrote both her master’s degree thesis and doctoral dissertation on the U. S. Supreme Court. Eagle Forum has twice granted her its National Service Award “with appreciation for your dedicated work for God, home, and country.” She received the Liberty Bell Award from the Abilene, Texas, Young Lawyers Association and was a finalist for the Texas Liberty Bell Award, given “to an outstanding nonlawyer for efforts in his/her community to strengthen the American system of justice.” She has won numerous scholarly and professional honors. Among these are listings in Outstanding Young Women of America, Outstanding Educators of America, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (joining only 1% of America’s educators to be listed in consecutive editions of this publication, whose honorees are selected by outstanding students for “making a significant impact and difference in students’ lives”).
Dr. Armstrong contributes actively to several constitutional/judicial reform efforts. She authored an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the over-turning of Roe v. Wade, and she served as the constitutional issues specialist on the Roe Media Advisory Committee. She is also involved in the effort to pass Congressional court-curbing measures and to secure the appointment of constitutionalist judges.
Dr. Armstrong has written and spoken widely on legal and constitutional topics and Christian apologetics for a variety of organizations, including American Family Association, Christian Legal Society, Simon Greenleaf School of Law (now Trinity Law School), South Texas Law School, Probe Ministries, Northeastern Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, and Southwest Political Science Association.
Dr. Armstrong and her late husband, Gerry, a college administrator, were active for many years in the Abilene Bible Church, where they served in numerous capacities, including as church pianist and organist.