Howard Law Students Win 30th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

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March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Howard University School of Law students Jordan Greer and Emony Robertson have won the 30th Annual Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. Robertson won the Best Advocate award.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of Emony and Jordan,” said Howard University School of Law Dean Danielle Holley-Walker. “They were dedicated to preparing for the Duberstein competition and their preparation paid off. They have demonstrated that Howard law students stand out in every field of law, including bankruptcy.” 

The Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, which took place Feb. 26-28 at St. John’s University School of Law in New York City, 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. This year, about 50 teams competed and nearly 200 lawyers and federal judges donated their time and expertise to help judge the event. The Competition is well known for the quality of its judging. Bankruptcy practitioners judge the preliminary rounds and briefs. Advanced rounds are judged by leading appellate and bankruptcy judges from around the country.

The American Bankruptcy Institute Endowment Fund presented Greer and Robertson with a $5,000 team award. Additionally, Robertson was awarded $1,000 for Best Advocate.

“This win makes me KNOW that my partner and I, and others like me belong in this field,” said Jordan Greer, a 3L student at Howard University School of Law. “The traditional demographics of bankruptcy practice can, at times, make you feel as if you should not be in the room. Now I realize that bankruptcy needs people that look like us in the room. I hope winning the Duberstein will inspire other law students and practitioners of color to give bankruptcy a try, and for bankruptcy practitioners to give students of color a try.” 

“Winning the Best Advocate award is an accomplishment that will help to fuel my desire to be a leading bankruptcy practitioner,” said Emony Robertson, a 3L student at Howard University School of Law. “The award signifies that leaders of the bankruptcy world understood my passion, and grasp of, bankruptcy concepts. There were around 100 advocates throughout the competition and each competitor was impressive. In preparation of the competition, I worked diligently with Destiney Parker-Thompson, the former, and possibly the first, African American woman Best Advocate of Duberstein. She set the stage. And following in her footsteps sends a message that Black women have a place in the complex world of bankruptcy.”

Howard University School of Law Associate Professor of Law Matthew Bruckner played a key role in originally helping students participate in this competition.

“I’ve worked to get students to participate in the Duberstein moot court competition because I’d seen just how strong the competition was,” said Professor Bruckner. “In my opinion, the winning teams are as good as any oral advocates anywhere. I wanted students to go and see for themselves how incredible the advocates were. I thought that, by seeing how good they were, it would help our students see just how good they could be if they worked very hard. I’m in shock that just four years after sending our first team to the regional competition that we’ve won the whole thing. It is such a testament to the hard work that Emony and Jordan put in that they went so far in this competition. And to the bright future they’ll both have as lawyers.”

 

After graduation this year, Robertson will be a law clerk to Judge Craig T. Goldblatt (Bankr. D. DE) in 2023, and Greer will be an assistant U.S. Trustee in Florida.