Maine Law student wins Best Oralist at Northeast Regional Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Tyler Lauzon '19On February 25, Maine Law’s two Duberstein teams competed against Suffolk Law School and Quinnipiac School of Law in the Northeast Regional Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. The teams were comprised of Emily Cramer and Mary Esty; and Tyler Lauzon and Katie Bernhardt. The team members are all 2Ls, who are currently taking the Bankruptcy course at Maine Law.

The Northeast Regional Competition was judged by Judge Michael Deasy, James Wilton (Ropes & Gray), and Chad Dale (K&L Gates). At the regional, Tyler Lauzon was awarded Best Oralist.

The teams then traveled to New York for the Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition held March 4-6. This year was the 25th Duberstein Competition and the 13th consecutive year that Maine Law has sent teams to Duberstein. A total of 46 teams competed in the Duberstein Competition in New York. The competition is judged by New York bankruptcy attorneys and, in the later rounds, bankruptcy judges.

“I am exceedingly proud of the Maine Law students,” said Bodie Colwell, the teams’ coach. “The judges were impressed by their knowledge of complex bankruptcy issues as well as their handling of tough questions.” Bodie, a 2011 graduate of Maine Law, is an associate in Preti Flaherty’s Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, and Business Restructuring group.

In preparation for the competitions, the students practiced their arguments over the course of several weeks before bankruptcy practitioners, Judge Michael Fagone ’97, and Chief Judge Peter Cary.