The Elliott Cup is a bankruptcy-themed regional moot court competition for law students from throughout the Fifth Circuit footprint (Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi). The Elliott Cup, typically held in February of each year, has been sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section since 2005, honoring the late Joseph C. Elliott, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas. Judges and practitioners volunteer to judge rounds of the Elliott Cup, while also providing feedback to help law students develop their advocacy skills. The 2022 competition will be held on February 11-12 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The 2021 competition was held on February 19-20, 2021 under the leadership of the Bankruptcy Law Section's Vice President for Law School relations, Amber Carson of Dallas. This event was held virtually.
The teams and volunteer judges have used the Elliott Cup to prepare law students to compete in the Conrad Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition held annual in New York. Law students from the Fifth Circuit have a history of success at "the Duberstein." This success and the underlying experience gained by the participants is dependent upon those lawyers and judges who volunteer at Elliott Cup.
2021 Team Results:
1st Place: Mississippi College
(Melanie Mitchell and Erin McManus, with Eric Slee as brief writer)
2nd Place: University of Texas School of Law
(Abby Emery and Aaron Lozano)
3rd Place: University of Texas School of Law
(Courtney Cameron and Jill Leslie)
3rd Place: Baylor School of Law
(Caitlin Huettemann and Alexis Winter, with Alejandra Garcia Castro as brief writer)
2021 Best Oral Advocates:
1st Place: Erin McManus (Mississippi College) and Abby Emery (University of Texas School of Law)
2nd Place: Jill Leslie (University of Texas School of Law)
3rd Place: Julien Tagnon (SMU)