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The DC and Fourth Circuit February 15 , 2021 Virtual Moot Court

Caroline Dority , Denise Neary , and Beth Wiggins
On February 15 , 2021 , fellows from the DC and Fourth Circuit Education Committee hosted their fourth annual , and first virtual , moot court . Although we missed gathering together in person , we were delighted with the day and the results .
The American College of Bankruptcy Fourth Circuit Moot Court serves as a practice platform for the Duberstein Moot Court and allows for student advocates to present their arguments to a panel of judges and gain feedback on their performance .
It was organized by six Fourth Circuit fellows , Denise Neary of Berkeley Judicial Institute , Beth Wiggins of the Federal Judicial Center , Hon . Craig Goldblatt of WilmerHale , Michael Bernstein of Arnold & Porter , H . David Cox of the Cox Law Group , and Douglas Foley of McGuireWoods LLP . The success of the day can be attributed to them , as well as Shari Bedker , for providing the zoom platform that made the day possible . Her knowledge of the platform made all the difference in this year ’ s virtual event . The assistance of Caroline Dority , undergraduate student intern at the Berkeley Judicial Institute , also helped ease the event ’ s transition into the virtual world .
The judges in Courtroom 1 were Hon . Patrick M . Flatley , U . S . Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ( retired ), Hon . Michelle M . Harner , U . S . Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland , and Hon . Brian F . Kenney , U . S . Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia . The judges in Courtroom 2 were Michael