Named for its founder, the late Dean Edwin R. Keedy (1880-1958), the Keedy Cup competition is the culmination of the Penn Law’s intramural brief writing and oral advocacy moot court tournament.
The Keedy Cup is Penn Law’s internal moot court competition. All students may enter the Keedy Preliminary Rounds during the spring of their second year. Students who participate earn one ungraded credit. Students in the preliminary rounds write a brief in a pending United States Supreme Court case and argue the case before a panel of practicing lawyers and judges. Those who advance to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds argue the same case before a new panel.
The top four finalists in the second year competition argue in the Keedy Final during their third year. They brief a new case that is argued in January in one of the premier events at the Law School. Prestigious judges from across the country are invited to judge the argument before a packed house.
The next three finalists become the Law School’s representatives to the National Moot Court Competition in the nation.
The remaining quarter finals from the Keedy Preliminary Rounds become the Moot Court Board during their third year. They administer all levels of the Keedy Cup Competition, choosing the cases, recruiting the judges, preparing bench memorandums for the judges, and grading the briefs and arguments.