On February 20th, Casner & Edwards LLP hosted a New England regional bankruptcy moot court competition, which served as a practice round for the 2016 Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition being held in New York City in March. Lynne F. Riley, a partner in Casner’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group practice, organized the event which was sponsored by the American College of Bankruptcy’s First Circuit’s Educational Programs Committee, chaired by Casner attorney Michael J. Goldberg, and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI).
The competition included four teams of bankruptcy law students (two from the University of Maine School of Law and one each from Suffolk University Law School and Boston University School of Law) who presented arguments to a panel of judges about jurisdiction and due process issues arising from a fictional case somewhat resembling the faulty ignition switch issues that have arisen in the context of the General Motors chapter 11 case. The winner of this practice round was one of the two teams fielded by the University of Maine School of Law.
ABI’s Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions. The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. Approximately 60 law school teams participate, making this the largest single site appellate moot court competition. The competition culminates in a gala awards dinner at the banquet at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. The dinner draws more than 1,000 attendees, including many leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners.
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