Campbell Law advocates compete in 31st Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Photo of three 3L Campbell Law Advocates at Duberstein

RALEIGH – Campbell Law School third-year advocates Rebecca Pierce, Charlie King and Samantha Richardson competed in the 31st Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition on March 4-6, 2023. The national competition was hosted by St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.
Coach Anna Osterhout explained the team, which won the American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) Fourth Circuit Moot Court Competition on Feb. 20, had three great rounds. “Unfortunately, they did not advance beyond the preliminary rounds (only 16 of 54 teams advanced),” Osterhout said.  “While we were disappointed that the team didn’t advance, I think the students were very pleased with their performances and were happy to have had the opportunity to participate in the competition. I think it was a great experience for each of them. They are a delightful group and they did a fantastic job!”
It was the fourth year in a row Campbell Law School advocates won the ACB, which is hosted by the Education Committee of the ACB. Pierce was named the ACB competition’s Top Oralist and the team was coached by Margaret Westbrook as well as Osterhout. 
The ACB competition this year was held in Washington, D.C., where law schools from the Fourth and D.C. Circuits participated. The competition is designed in part to serve as a regional tournament for law school teams competing in the national competition. There were six teams competing in three preliminary rounds with Campbell Law advancing to the championship round against a team from the University of Maryland Law School (UMDLaw).
“Rebecca, Charlie, and Samantha represent the very best of Campbell Law advocates – bright, hard-working and tenacious,” said Dan Tilly, Interim Director of Competitive Advocacy. “Their success reflects their talent and the exceptional training they received from their stellar coaches.”
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.


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