Campbell Law student wins best advocate at national bankruptcy competition

Photo of Destiney Parker '20 holding Duberstein Best Advocate award in front of Gala sign in New York City

RALEIGH — Campbell Law advocate Destiney Parker ‘20 is the winner of the Best Advocate Award in the prestigious 28th Annual National Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition held Feb. 29-March 2 in New York City.

“Out of 60 teams comprised of two or three members each, she received the top scores in oral advocacy in three rounds of competition,” Coach Pam McAfee wrote on LinkedIn following the announcement. “Destiney and her teammate, Brittany Levine ’20, have been outstanding to work with. I could not be more proud.”

Parker was also awarded $1,000 from the American Bankruptcy Institute Endowment Fund for being recognized as best oralist.

The dynamic duo won the regional Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition on Feb. 17, in Washington, D.C., where Parker was also named best oralist. They were also coached by Margaret Westbrook.

Stubbs & Perdue sponsored Parker and Levine for both the regional competition and the national competition. The firm’s gift provides financial assistance for the student’s preparation, travel and lodging.

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.

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. More than 50 law school teams participate, making this the largest single-site appellate moot court competition. Jointly sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the competition is named in memory of St. John’s alumnus, former ABI Director and former Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein.  ABI is the largest multidisciplinary membership organization devoted to research and education on insolvency issues. St. John’s is a leader in bankruptcy education and offers the premier LL.M. in bankruptcy law.

The competition concluded with the Duberstein reception — attended by leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners — on Monday night at Gotham Hall in New York City. 


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 2019, Campbell Law celebrated 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.