The Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is
widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court
The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and
written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice.
Approximately 50 law school teams participate, making this the
largest single site appellate moot court competition.
Jointly sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law and the
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the competition is named in
memory of St. John’s alumnus, former ABI Director and former Chief
Judge Conrad B. Duberstein. ABI is the largest multidisciplinary
membership organization devoted to research and education on
insolvency issues. St. John’s is a leader in bankruptcy education
and offers the premier LL.M. in bankruptcy law.
The Duberstein Competition is well known for the quality of its
judging. New York is a center of bankruptcy practice, and area
bankruptcy practitioners judge the preliminary rounds and briefs.
Advanced rounds are judged by New York-area bankruptcy judges and
more than a dozen leading appellate and bankruptcy judges from
around the country.
The competition culminates in a gala awards banquet at scenic
Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The banquet draws more than
1,000 attendees, including many leading bankruptcy judges and