The University of Maine School of Law sends teams to New York City to compete in the annual Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. It is one of the largest moot court events in the nation and the only event devoted to bankruptcy law.

“Students consistently have told me that this is the best experience they have had in law school,” says Professor Lois Lupica, who serves as faculty advisor for the teams. “They are thrown into a world of real-world brief writing. It forces them to grapple with the most complex issues of bankruptcy.”

Opening rounds of the Duberstein competition are held at St. John’s School of Law in Queens, with final rounds at the U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn. All teams attend a gala awards banquet in Manhattan, which attracts a crowd of more than 1,000 bankruptcy lawyers and judges from New York and beyond.

The 2015 team of Maine Law students Kristy Huff and Micah Smart advanced to the final eight out of 60 teams at the annual Duberstein competition. In addition, the appellate brief written by Huff and Smart was recognized as one of the Outstanding Briefs.