Miami Law Comes in 2nd out of 59 Teams in Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition; Leah Aaronson Wins Best Oral Advocate

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Caitlin Griffin, Jamey Campellone, and Adrienne Scheffey at the Conrad Duberstein Bankruptcy Courthouse in the Eastern District of New York before the final round.

Caitlin Griffin, Jamey Campellone, and Adrienne Scheffey at the Conrad Duberstein Bankruptcy Courthouse in the Eastern District of New York before the final round.

The Miami Law moot court team of Jamey Campellone, Caitlin Griffin, and brief writer Adrienne Scheffey, all 3Ls, were runners up in the 23rd annual Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition, where they lost to Southern Methodist in the final round. Third year student Leah Aaronson received best oralist overall.

“It's truly an amazing feeling to work your hardest and be rewarded for your efforts,” said Aaronson, whose team included Karla Albite and Jimmy Czodli and recently won the CKP Cup. “Winning best advocate is a testament to our phenomenal training by our dedicated coaches. I couldn't believe it when they called my name as best advocate, but I'm so proud to take this award back to Miami Law. I'm so lucky that I was paired with such a great team, Karla and Jimmy, both of whom were with me every step of the way working their hardest.”

The Duberstein competition focuses each year on timely issues of bankruptcy law and is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). It is consistently one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments in which the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board competes. This year 59 teams competed, making this the largest single site appellate moot court competition. Nearly 200 lawyers and judges helped to judge the competition, which included eight rounds of arguments. In addition to New York area bankruptcy judges, the ABI brought in a dozen bankruptcy judges from around the nation.

The teams were coached by Professor Patricia Redmond, director of Miami Law’s Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic, along with several other young Miami Law alumni, including Michael Rothenberg, Jeremy Evans, Annabelle Torgman, and Freddi Mack.

“Competing in Duberstein twice has been the most rewarding experience that I have had in my law school career,” said Griffin. “Making it to the finals this year exceeded my expectations. It was truly a matter of hard work combined with opportunity. I am so proud of my teammates. Moreover, I am eternally grateful to all of our coaches for the endless hours that they spent preparing us and counseling us for the competition and in our budding law careers.”

Jointly sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Duberstein Competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice.

Campellone who participated twice at the Duberstein Competition commented, “I am so happy to graduate law school with this distinguished accomplishment. Through this process I learned that great success comes when you sacrifice it all to make your goals a reality.”

“I am very lucky I was asked to participate in the Duberstein Competition this year,” said Scheffrey, who holds two editorial positions on the University of Miami Law Review. “Caitlin and Jamey were phenomenal oralists as was Leah Aaronson. The University of Miami School of Law could not have been better represented at this national competition.”