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UT Tower lit for Law School interscholastic team’s national championship

From left to right, Coach Debbie Langehennig, ‘88, Eric Werlinger, Brian Cumings, and Coach Jay Ong, stand in front of the University of Texas Tower, which was illuminated on May 8, 2012, in honor of Cumings and Werlinger’s winning the national championship for the Law School’s interscholastic team in the Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition.

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting till dawn of the next day, the University of Texas Tower was illuminated in burnt orange with lit windows spelling out a “No. 1″ in recognition of the School of Law’s national championship at the twentieth annual Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, held at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, March 9-12, 2012.

Third-year students Brian Cumings and Eric Werlinger won first place at the competition, surviving a field of fifty-four teams. Two other members of the team representing UT Law, third-year students Gabriel Markoff and Zachary Popovich, advanced to the final day of the competition and ultimately placed as finalists. Cumings was further recognized among the competition’s outstanding speakers. Coaches of the team are Debbie Langehennig, ‘88, Chapter 13 trustee for the Western District of Texas, and Jay Ong, a shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC. The 2012 competition marks Langehennig’s ninth year, and Ong’s sixth, as coaches of the Law School team. Professor Jay Westbrook, Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law, serves as Law School advisor to the team.

“The Law School is enormously proud of our students and coaches winning yet another national championship for the Law School,” said UT Law Interim Dean Stefanie Lindquist. “Their win is a well-deserved recognition of their hard work and talent, and it demonstrates the strength of our Advocacy Program and bankruptcy law classes. We are delighted to have such wonderful ambassadors for UT Law.”

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4 Responses to “UT Tower lit for Law School interscholastic team’s national championship”

  1. Kristy Cumings Says:

    May 12th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations on this significant accomplishment! Hook ‘em Horns! So proud of you, Brian. LOVE YOU!

  2. Kathryn Murphy Says:

    May 13th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I saw the tower lit up with the #1 but just discovered it was our very own students who did it! Congratulations.. Good luck in your future legal endeavors.

  3. Barry Jones Says:

    May 24th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for sending this along Brian. It’s good to see the whole team also!!

  4. Joy Cumings Says:

    May 29th, 2012 at 6:52 am

    We are so proud of you! A certain Fry and Laurie skits come to mind… :) Love you!

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