The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law won Best Brief and a Finalist Award
in the National Duberstein Moot Court Competition sponsored by St. John’s University
School of Law. Whitney Manning, Ross Smith, Brad Reasonover, Megan Warden, Robert
Reid, and Max Klein, law students at Memphis, competed in New York City from March
1-3 arguing bankruptcy issues regarding whether trademark licenses terminate in bankruptcy
and whether bankruptcy laws apply outside the United States. Over 60 teams competed
representing 26 states.
A team composed of Ms. Manning, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Reasonover won a Finalist Award
in the competition and placed third overall in the nation. In addition, this team
won the Best Brief Award. Both awards came with cash prizes, as Memphis received two
of the five cash prize awards. Prior to this competition, the team competed in the
Hon. Lloyd d. George Moot Court Competition in Las Vegas. The team won that competition
and Ms. Manning was named Best Oral Advocate.
The Duberstein Competition represents the largest single site appellate moot court
competition in the country. The competitors appear before practicing attorneys, bankruptcy
judges, and appellate judges. The finals rounds were conducted in the Duberstein Bankruptcy
Court House in Brooklyn, New York, which serves as the seat for the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court of the Eastern District of New York. The team received their awards before a
banquet at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Manhattan, which was
attended by over 1000 attorneys, judges, and law students from the New York area and
across the country.
Mark Wright (Attorney at the Wright Law Office), Adam Langley (Law Clerk for the Hon.
David Kennedy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee),
and Henry Shelton (Partner at Adams Reese LLC) coach the teams. Barbara Kritchevsky
serves as the Director of Advocacy and Peter Letsou serves as the Dean at the University
of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
The Bankruptcy Section of the Memphis Bar Association sponsors the Memphis teams,
and many local bankruptcy attorneys and the four local bankruptcy judges graciously
donated their time, skills, and knowledge to prepare the team for both the regional
and national competitions. The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of
Law located downtown in the historic U.S. Customs House continues to demonstrate excellence
in national competitions and by producing highly regarded practicing attorneys. Ms.
Manning, Mr. Smith, Mr. Reasonover, Ms. Warden, Mr. Reid, and Mr. Klein continue this
tradition of excellence and proudly represent both the Law School and the Bankruptcy
Section of the Memphis Bar Association.