Baylor Law’s interscholastic moot court team took first place at the prestigious 31st annual Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, hosted by St. John’s University and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Two Baylor Law teams faced off against dozens of other law schools from Saturday, March 4, through Monday, March 6, in New York City.
The team of Maddie Gay, Tansy Ackermann, and Casey Cooper emerged victorious – and Amber John, Jacob King, and Paige Browne – made a strong showing, ending as octa-finalists. Professor of Law Larry Bates and Adjunct Professor Deborah Perry, a shareholder with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Dallas, coached both teams. The American Bankruptcy Institute Endowment Fund presented Gay, Ackermann, and Browne with a $5,000 team award. Additionally, Ackermann won the prize for 5th best speaker, and Browne’s brief won the award for 5th best brief.
The Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions and is one of the largest moot court competitions in terms of the number of teams competing. At the competition banquet, where the Baylor Law team was declared the winner, more than 600 bankruptcy lawyers and judges attended.
“Baylor Law is always enormously proud of our students and coaches for their success in the highly regarded and elite Duberstein moot court tournament,” noted Dean Brad Toben. “Their win is a well-deserved recognition of their hard work, professionalism, and advocacy skills. Our repeated strong showing at the Duberstein competition over the past several years is a testament to our commitment to training powerful advocates, and we’re delighted that both teams represented us so well.”
The annual Duberstein Competition involves a substantial commitment from students, who undertook analysis and brief writing before and throughout exams, spring break, and other obligations. Prior to competing at the Duberstein competition, both Baylor Law teams participated in the regional annual Elliot Cup Competition, sponsored by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The team of Amber John, Jacob King, and Paige Browne took second place in the Elliot Cup, while the team of Madeline Gay, Tansy Ackermann, and Casey Cooper took third.
Baylor Law took the top spot in the Duberstein competition in 2021 and narrowly missed repeating as champions last year, finishing as finalists.
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