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Advocacy Competitions

Penn Law students participate in both internal and external moot court and trial advocacy competitions, providing valuable practice in writing and oral advocacy.

Edwin R. Keedy Cup Competition

The Keedy Cup is Penn Law’s internal moot court competition — and an event that draws the entire Law School in which two teams of students argue before three Federal judges.

External Advocacy Competitions

Penn Law also sends teams to moot court and trial advocacy competitions across the country. Most competitions are open to any students who put together a team and choose a faculty adviser, but the following competitions have standing teams to which students must apply:

Under faculty supervision, 2L and 3L students may participate in the moot court competitions. Financial support may be granted, covering registration fees, photocopying of briefs, and mailing of the briefs as required by the competition rules (travel, hotel, and meals are not covered.)

Advocacy Competition Updates

  • Penn Law Team Wins Patent Law Moot Court Regionals

    Congratulations to 3Ls Taylor Gooch and Ben Sirolly, who won the western regional competition of the AIPLA’ Giles S. Rich National Patent Law Moot Court this past weekend. Taylor and Ben competed as a part of Prof. Polk Wagner’s patent law appellate advocacy class.

    Taylor and Ben beat a field of 21 teams. On their way to taking the regionals overall, they also won the awards for best Appellant and best Appellee brief.  They now go on to compete at the National finals at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC in April.

    One additional note:  this is the third year in a row and fourth of the last five that Penn has won the competition. Congratulations and thanks go to Prof. Wagner!

    March 19
  • Penn Law Mock Trial Team Advances To National Student Trial Advocacy Competition

    Congratulations to Julia Simon-Mishel (3L), Jennifer Berman (3L), Niketa Patel (2L), and Brandon Harper (2L), who won the regional round  in the American Association For Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition (“STAC”), defeating fourteen teams from law schools across the Northeast.

    Penn Law’s team will now advance to compete in the STAC National Championship against the other regional champions from schools across the country.   Two of the Penn Law STAC competitors, Niketa Patel and Brandon Harper, were also members of the mock trial team that won the National Championship in the ABA’s Labor & Employment Trial Advocacy Competition  this past January.  Both Englert, who advises Penn’s Mock Trial Group, served as coach in both competitions

    March 11
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