BOA wins Duberstein National Competition

Michael Creme, Gina Mills, and Austin Brakebill


This past weekend, SMU Board of Advocates competed in the 27th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition. Duberstein is widely regarded as one of the preeminent Moot Court competitions in the country and is the largest single site competition. This competition focuses on Bankruptcy law and is hosted by St. John's in New York City. Sixty teams from across the country travelled to compete head to head regarding two key issues: whether passive retention can violate the automatic stay and whether an administrative expense can be granted for a substantial contribution in a chapter 7 case.

The team first went to compete in the regional Elliott Cup competition in Dallas, where Michael Creme was awarded second best oralist and the team got some valuable feedback heading into the national competition. Once the team arrived in NYC, it was time to put their hard work to the test.

After three full days of competition, SMU was announced as the National Champions! The team consisted of oralists Michael Creme and Gina Mills and brief writer Austin Brakebill. The team was also coached by Omar Alaniz, Liz Boydston and Tim Springer. Please join us in congratulating these advocates and coaches for their hard work and success!


Austin Brakebill, Tim Springer, Liz Boydston, Michael Creme, Gina Mills and Omar Alaniz