University of Connecticut
Law School Wins
ABI Moot Court
March 31, 2005,
Alexandria, Va. — The University of
Connecticut School of Law won the Thirteenth Annual Judge Conrad B.
Duberstein Moot Court competition, defeating a team from the University
of Houston Law School in the final round. Almost 40 teams, a record
number, competed in New
York from March 12-14 at the nation’s only
moot court competition devoted entirely to bankruptcy. The competition
is jointly sponsored by American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and
School of Law, and is named
for St. John’s alumnus
and former ABI Director Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein.
The ABI Endowment Fund provided the first-place
winners with $5,000 and the second-place team with a $3,000 prize.
University each received
$1,500 for their third-place tie. The Emory team also won for the Best
Brief. Zachary Annable, a student at the
Alabama, earned recognition
as Best Oralist.
“This year’s competition was
fabulous,” said Prof. G. Ray Warner, director of the LL.M. in
Bankruptcy Program at St.
John’s and a former ABI Robert M. Zinman
Resident Scholar. “The competitors were the best ever. We were
pleased to see teams from schools that had not previously participated
in the Duberstein competition.”
About 150 bankruptcy lawyers and judges helped judge
the event, which included eight rounds of arguments. The final-round
judges were Hon. Michael W. McConnell (10th Cir.), Hon. Michael J.
Melloy (8th Cir.) and Hon. Diarmuid O’Scannlain (9th Cir.), and
Chief Bankruptcy Judges Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein (E.D.N.Y.), Hon.
Stephen D. Gerling (N.D.N.Y.) and Hon. Rosemary Gambardella (D.
Copies of the problem and the competitor briefs are
available at www.law.stjohns.edu/bankruptcy/.
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