SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2009 – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law placed within the top 16 teams at this year’s Duberstein Moot Court Competition at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
With more than 60 law schools participating, USD students Nicole King and Sherlin Tung (USD Team 1) reached the “Sweet Sixteen.” Todd Headden and Jackson Isaacs (USD Team 2) received an honorable mention award for their written brief.
The two teams were coached by Associate Dean and Professor of Law Mary Jo Wiggins; by attorneys from Procopio Hargreaves Cory and Savitch LLP: Geraldine Valdez, Jeffrey Isaacs, and Phil Giacinti; and by attorney Edward Silverman of Sandler Lasry Laube Byer & Valdez. Jeffrey Isaacs traveled to Manhattan to act as the teams’ advisor during the actual competition.
This year’s result was the highest finish for USD since it first entered the annual competition in 2003.
Special thanks to John Ryan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Retired); John Hargrove, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Retired); Chief Judge Peter W. Bowie of the Southern District of California and Bankruptcy Judge Laura Taylor, who opened up their courtrooms and presided at oral argument practice sessions and provided valuable critique before the teams flew to New York to compete.
About Duberstein Moot Court
The annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition is a nationwide competition that attracts law school teams from around the United States each March at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. The competition involves appellate brief-writing and no less than two days of repeat oral arguments about a pressing commercial issue facing the Bankruptcy Bar as selected for argument by prominent bankruptcy practitioners.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law's nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.