St. John’s devotion to producing lawyers with the skills
required for leadership and service to society in the field of
bankruptcy is illustrated not only by the creation and success of
the LL.M. in Bankruptcy program. This devotion is further
buttressed with other major bankruptcy initiatives such as the
American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, the Hon. Conrad B.
Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, and the Bankruptcy
American Bankruptcy Institute Law
St. John’s is honored to have been chosen by the American Bankruptcy Institute
eleven years ago to publish its scholarly journal.
Now widely regarded as the nation’s premier scholarly bankruptcy
journal, with a circulation of 10,000, the American
Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, edited by St. John’s students,
publishes articles, often in a theme format, by academics, judges
and practitioners, student notes, and LL.M. theses on topical,
important and timely issues of bankruptcy law and practice. At the
request of the American Bar Association, the Review published an
expanded version of its first issue as a highly successful
hardcover book. A second hardcover book on fraud and ethics is in
Hon. Conrad B. Duberstien
Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
Named in honor of Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein (Bankr.
E.D.N.Y.) a St. John’s alumnus and a former director of the
American Bankruptcy Institute, and jointly sponsored by St. John’s
and the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Duberstein Bankruptcy
Moot Court Competition is the only national competition
devoted to bankruptcy law.
It brings to New York teams from law schools throughout the
nation to argue major bankruptcy issues before a "Supreme Court"
composed of leading members of the federal judiciary. The
Competition is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral
and written advocacy and enable students throughout the country to
participate in the development of bankruptcy law.
The Awards Banquet, following the Final Round held at the Conrad
B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn has
become the "bankruptcy event" and is attended by
over 1000 leading practitioners, academics, prominent members
of the Federal judiciary and students.
While as host of the Duberstein Competition St. John’s students
are not permitted to compete, St. John’s J.D. and LL.M. students
thoroughly participate in the Competition as a joint effort. The
fact pattern and decision below are conceived and prepared by the
LL.M. in Bankruptcy students, who are encouraged to serve as judges
in the preliminary rounds side-by-side with prominent
practitioners. The members of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law
Review prepare the Bench Memo, and the St. John’s Moot Court Honor
Society drafts the Competition Rules and supervises the logistics.
Associate Dean of Bankruptcy Studies and Professor of Law, G. Ray
Warner, pledges to continue to develop new and important
initiatives in the field of bankruptcy education.
Law Society was formed by a group of students in the fall of
1990. Since then, membership has grown as well as the society’s
presence throughout the school. The objective of the Bankruptcy Law
Society is to provide students with practical knowledge of
bankruptcy law. The Annual Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National
Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is co-sponsored by the BLS, the
ABI Law Review, and the Moot Court. Schools from around the country
participate in this prestigious competition. BLS provides student
membership in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). BLS also
holds meetings and provides special events that feature
distinguished judges and practicing attorneys speaking on current
issues in the field of bankruptcy.