KU News Release

March 10, 2010
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, (785) 864-9205

National bankruptcy group selects KU law student for distinction

Hilliard Lee Moore III

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LAWRENCE — A second-year student at the University of Kansas School of Law has been selected as a Distinguished Law Student by the American College of Bankruptcy.

Hilliard Lee Moore III, of Lenexa, Kan., and Oak Park, Ill., was one of five students in the country singled out for outstanding academic credentials and an interest in bankruptcy law. He wins an all-expenses-paid trip to the induction ceremony and related events March 12-13 in Washington, D.C., where he will have the opportunity to meet some of the most distinguished bankruptcy practitioners and judges in the country.

The ceremony will take place at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Great Hall.

Moore said he was extremely honored to receive the recognition and that he hopes to practice bankruptcy law after graduation.

“I’ve always been interested in personal finance,” he said, “and bankruptcy seemed particularly relevant due to the current difficulties in today’s economy.”

Moore was selected from the 10th judicial circuit. Other 2010 honorees represent the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth circuits. The remaining six circuits will select students in 2011.

Students undergo a rigorous nomination process. They must be recommended by either an American College of Bankruptcy Fellow or their professors. The nomination must include the student’s written materials and additional letters of recommendation. All of the nominated students are considered by the council of their circuit, which selects one winning student.

Since August, Moore has been a law clerk to Judge Janice Miller Karlin of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas. He earned a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s in business administration from Florida A&M University. The son of Hilliard Sr. and Joyce Moore, he graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill.

Stephen J. Ware, professor of law, nominated Moore for the award.

“In KU’s bankruptcy course, Hill was an A student whose contributions to the class throughout the semester were outstanding,” Ware said. “In addition, he’s a responsible, mature person who identified bankruptcy practice as a good match for his strengths and then focused on preparing himself for a career in the field. I’m confident he’ll be an excellent bankruptcy lawyer and a credit to KU law.”

The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Its fellows include commercial and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, insolvency accountants, turnaround and workout specialists, law professors, judges, government officials and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency community.

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