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March 25, 2009
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, (785) 864-9205.

KU law students finish second in nation in bankruptcy moot court competition

LAWRENCE — Another moot court team from the University of Kansas School of Law has achieved success at the national level.

Third-year law students Mike Dill and Luke Wohlford finished second in the nation, ascending through a field of nearly 50 teams, at the 17th annual Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, held March 14-16 in New York City.

As finalists, the students earned a plaque for the law school and $1,500 each.

“For me, the competition was one of the most intellectually challenging and beneficial experiences of my life,” Wohlford said. “We received the problem over Christmas break, which concerned timely and complex issues that are at the heart of our country's current economic troubles. Mike and I spent long hours researching the issues, writing the brief and practicing our oral arguments.”

The pair faced off against the University of Illinois in the quarterfinals and Southern Methodist University in the semifinals, losing to the University of Miami in the finals.

“The overall experience was great, and I feel extremely capable of doing an appellate argument now,” Dill said.

Although Dill and Wohlford were ultimately disappointed not to win their final argument, they were happy to have represented the law school well.

“Their terrific performance in eight rounds over three days demonstrated to their competitors and countless judges that KU law students are among the most capable in the country,” said Stephen Ware, professor of law and coach of the team.

The annual Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. Approximately 50 law school teams participate, making it the largest single site appellate moot court competition. Advanced rounds are judged by New York area bankruptcy judges and more than a dozen leading appellate and bankruptcy judges from around the country.

The bankruptcy team’s achievement follows a Sweet Sixteen finish by KU’s National Moot Court Competition team in February and, most recently, the No. 2 spot in the North America regional for the school’s European Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition team, which will now compete in the international finals in May in Taipei.

Students participating in the bankruptcy competition are listed below by hometown.

From Chapman 67431
Mike Dill is the son of Tom and Carla Dill of Junction City. He graduated from Chapman High School and John Brown University.

From Wichita 67230
Luke Wohlford is the son of Carol and the late Bill Wohlford of Wichita. He graduated from Andover High School and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from KU in fall 2005.


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