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The University of Texas Lights Tower for National Champions

The University of Texas will light the Tower on Tuesday, April 27th, in honor of the 2010 National Championship won by the Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court team. This is the twelfth national championship UT Law has won in the last ten years.

UT Law swept the Duberstein competition this year. Students Patrick Schmidt ('10) and David Shank ('10) narrowly beat their team members Kelli Benham ('10), Rex Mann ('10), and brief writer Mark Little ('10), in the final round of the competition to win the national title.

The Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court teams are coached by Debbie Langehennig ('88), Chapter 13 Trustee, Jay Ong, a shareholder with Munsch, Kopf & Harr, P.C., and Vanessa Gonzalez ('08). In addition, UT Law Professor Jay Westbrook also works with the bankruptcy moot court teams.

This competition is sponsored by the ABI and St. John's University School of Law. This year, the competition was held March 13-15, 2010, in New York, and included nearly 50 teams from 35 law schools across the country. The problem involved Ponzi scheme bankruptcies. The final round panel consisted of federal appeals court judges R. Guy Cole (6th Circuit), Steven Colloton (8th Circuit), Gerald Tjoflat (11th Circuit) and Wallace Tashima (9th Cir), along with bankruptcy judges Carla Craig (Chief Judge, E.D.N.Y.) and Stuart Bernstein (S.D.N.Y.).

This is ninth time The University has held a Tower lighting in recognition of the Law School teams' outstanding academic achievements. Previous lightings were for the 1999 National Mock Trial championship team, 2000 Tournament of Champions Mock Trial national championship team, the 2002 Frederick Douglass Moot Court national championship team, the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court national championship teams, the 2005 ABA Arbitration competition national championship team, the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court national championship teams, and the 2009 Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court team.