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Procopio Attorneys Coach USD to Moot Court Tournament Semi-Finals

Last month, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP attorneys Jeff Isaacs, Philip J. Giacinti, Jr. and Geraldine A. Valdez joined University of San Diego School of Law (USD) Associate Dean Mary Jo Wiggins and Ed Silverman of Sandler, Lasry, Lauhe, Byer & Valdez to coach two USD teams competing in the annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court competition. The competition took place March 12 and 13 in New York, New York with over 50 law schools participating from across the country. Sponsored by Procopio, the two USD teams made it to the final semi-final round of sixteen this year and included law students Jamie Altman, Jamie Duitz, James Hua and Andrew Minear.

Procopio’s involvement in the program began 4 years ago while Mr. Giacinti was teaching at USD. Since then, Mr. Isaacs and Ms. Valdez have joined as team coaches as well.

"The USD School of Law is proud to co-sponsor this competition with a law firm of Procopio’s caliber,” said Associate Dean Wiggins. “We view it as a tremendous educational experience for our students. We are grateful for the time and energy that the attorneys dedicate to our students. We have improved our performance in the competition every year since we began this effort and we look forward to continued success."

Associate Dean Wiggins initiated USD’s participation in the contest several years ago and it has been a popular program for the participating USD law students ever since. Before departing for the competition in New York, both teams experienced a taste of the “real thing” before sitting and retired Judges in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California.

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