Campbell Law advocates win bankruptcy competition three years in a row, advance

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School advocates have won the American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) Fourth Circuit Moot Court Competition for the third year in a row.

The ACB competition was held virtually on Monday, Feb. 15, via Zoom with law schools from the Fourth and D.C. Circuits participating. The competition is designed in part to serve as a formal practice for law school teams competing in the Duberstein Moot Court Competition hosted by St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.

This year, Campbell Law had two teams compete in the ACB competition. Ben Aydlett ’21 and Savannah Singletary ’21 represented Campbell Law on one team, and Diane Ford ’22 and Breann Burns ’22 represented Campbell Law on another team. Aydlett and Singletary made it to the finals and brought home the third championship for the school. Ford and Burns also performed exceptionally well and received high praise.

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Both teams were coached by Raleigh attorneys Pam McAfee and Margaret Westbrook. McAfee is an adjunct professor at Campbell Law, where she teaches a bankruptcy survey course, and a staff attorney for Judge Joseph Callaway in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Westbrook, who is a partner at K&L Gates, clerked for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 1996 to 1998.

Aydlett and Singletary, coached by McAfee and Westbrook, are set to compete virtually in the 29th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition set for Feb. 27 – March 1, 2021. 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. 


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.