28th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

28th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition 
Saturday, February 29 - Monday, March 2, 2020

The 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. More than 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.

Any ABA-accredited law school may enter one or two teams, comprised of two or three students each. Each team will argue in at least two preliminary rounds on alternating sides. Sixteen teams will advance beyond the preliminary rounds. All students will receive a certificate of achievement. Students need not have taken a bankruptcy course to do well in the competition.

This year the competition concludes with the Duberstein reception at Gotham Hall in New York City and is attended by leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners.



REGULAR:      $795 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Registration includes:   

·         Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday, February 29th and Sunday, March 1st  for student participants and coaches.
·         Reception on Sunday, March 1st, for student participants and coaches.
·         Competitors will receive admittance to the Duberstein reception on Monday, March 2nd, at Gotham Hall, New York City at 6:00 p.m.
·         Coaches will be able to purchase tickets to the reception at a discounted rate.  Details to follow.


Hotel and travel accommodations are at your expense. The special hotel rate is $205 per night at the Grand Hyatt New York at Park Avenue at Grand Central Terminal, 109 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017.  When making reservations, call (212) 883-1234 and mention St. John’s University School of Law to receive this special rate.

Iris Diaz
Assistant Director of Special Events
[email protected]