On February 7, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina hosted a mock Supreme Court practice argument for the annual Hon. Conrad Duberstein bankruptcy competition sponsored by St. John’s University and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
The team from Wake Forest University School of Law, coached by Prof. Steve Nickles, a national renowned bankruptcy expert and lecturer, argued before an “appellant panel” of Judge David M. Warren and his staff, Claire S. Glover, Esq. and Kathryn N. Koonce, Esq., in Raleigh.
“Justices” Warren, Glover and Koonce peppered student participants Lucas Brown and Gilbert Smolenski with riveting questions during their outstanding oral arguments. This exercise gave Messrs. Brown and Smolenski additional experience in arguing their case assignment prior to the March competition in New York.