Mississippi College School of Law Captures National Moot Court Title
Contact: John Hartgen
March 12, 2008,
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The ABI Endowment Fund provided the first-place team with $5,000 and the second-place team with a $3,000 prize. The University of Houston Law Center and a second team from the Mississippi College School of Law each received $1,500 for their third-place tie. The Emory University School of Law won $1,000 for the Best Brief. Megan C. Connor, a student at the University of Miami School of Law, won the $1,000 Best Oral Advocate award.
“This is a wonderful educational event that exposes young law students to the complexity and excitement of bankruptcy law and pushes them to a level of excellence they did not realize they could achieve,” said Prof. G. Ray Warner, director of the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program at St. John’s and a faculty advisor to the competition. “In addition, the competition helps advance the development of bankruptcy law by giving the judges an outstanding presentation of issues that they will soon see in their own courts.”
Nearly 200lawyers and judges helped judge the event, which included eightrounds of arguments. In addition to New York-area bankruptcy judges, ABI brought in a dozen Bankruptcy Judges from around the nation to preside over the advanced rounds.
The final round was held at the Brooklyn Bankruptcy Courthouse in the Duberstein Courtroom.. The final round was judged by a panel of distinguished federal jurists that included: Hon. Mary M. Schroeder, Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell, Third Circuit Court of Appeals; Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D.N.Y.; and Hon. Carla E. Craig, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D.N.Y.
Each year, the competition problem focuses on two sophisticated cutting-edge issues of bankruptcy law. Past competitions have addressed such topics as environmental clean-up costs, channeling injunctions in mass tort cases, state sovereign immunity, the constitutionality of the bankruptcy courts, religious-entity bankruptcies and the constitutionality of speech restrictions imposed on consumer bankruptcy attorneys.
This year’s problem again raised two timely unresolved issues of bankruptcy law: (1) whether class-skipping gifts are permissible in chapter 11 plans, and (2) whether a provision of an intercreditor agreement authorizing a senior creditor to vote the claim of a junior creditor is enforceable. The fact pattern and information about previous competitions can be accessed at http://www.abiworld.org/moot/index.html or www.stjohns.edu/law/bankrutpcy.
The event culminated with
the gala awards banquet at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. More than 800
attended the event, including many of