Four Times a Charm: Campbell Law School advocates win ACB 4th Circuit Moot Court Competition

Photo of ACB 4th Circuit competition winners

RALEIGH – For the fourth year in a row, Campbell Law School advocates have won the American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) Fourth Circuit Moot Court Competition, Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced on Monday.

Third-year students Rebecca Pierce, Charlie King and Samantha Richardson, who was a member of last year’s regional winning team, competed in the ACB on Feb. 20, 2023. The competition is hosted each year by the Education Committee of the ACB.

Pierce was also named the competition’s Top Oralist. 

The team, proudly coached by Margaret Westbrook and Anna Osterhout, will now compete in the 31st Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition on March 4-6, 2023, in New York. The national competition is hosted by St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.

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. Their success reflects their talent and the exceptional training they received from their stellar coaches,“ said Dan Tilly, Interim Director of Competitive Advocacy. “I can’t wait to see them compete next in Manhattan at the national competition.”

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. 

Westbrook is a partner at K & L Gates, and Osterhout an attorney at Smith Anderson. Both women began their careers as law clerks to Dean Leonard when he was a bankruptcy judge.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School 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 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2024, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 15 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.