Keedy Cup 2014

Penn Law
Keedy Cup

Judges

Prestigious judges from across the country are invited to judge the Keedy Cup argument each year. The judges for the 2014 Keedy Cup Competition are:

The Honorable Srikanth Srinivasan

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Sri Srinivasan is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. From 2011-2013, Sri was the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 25 cases in the United States Supreme Court. Previously, Sri was firmwide Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group of O’Melveny & Myers, and served as the Hiring Partner for the Washington, D.C. Office. Sri has also served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, and was a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School. Sri was a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Sri received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. from Stanford University. Sri was born in Chandigarh, India, and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Paul V. Niemeyer sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Before his appointment in August 1990 by President Bush, he sat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, having been appointed to that court by President Reagan in 1988.

Judge Niemeyer received his A.B. degree from Kenyon College in 1962 and his LL.B./J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 where he was on the editorial board of the law review.  Following graduation he joined the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury where he practiced in commercial litigation until his appointment to the bench.  He chaired the project to rewrite the Rules of Procedure in Maryland and co-authored the Maryland Rules Commentary, which is now in its third edition.  For his work he received the Special Merit Citation of the American Judicature Society.  He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for seven years, chairing the Committee for four.  During his term as Chair, he oversaw the 2000 changes to the discovery rules, and the 1998 changes to the class action rule.

In 2006, Judge Niemeyer published a historical and biographical book about his family, A Path Remembered.  He has also written for numerous law journals.

Judge Niemeyer is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He was a lecturer on Advance Business law at Johns Hopkins University and currently is a senior lecturing fellow in appellate advocacy at the Duke University Law School.

 The Honorable Marsha S. Berzon 

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Judge Marsha S. Berzon is a graduate of Radcliffe College and the law school at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she was Articles Editor of the California Law Review.  She served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court and for Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Before joining the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Berzon worked as an appellate and Supreme Court advocate at Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Rubin & Demain, a San Francisco law firm.   She presented cases in most of the federal circuit courts and the appellate courts of California and several other states. She filed briefs in dozens of cases in the United States Supreme Court, appearing four times as an oral advocate before the Court. Among the cases in which she participated were many setting important precedents in the fields of labor and employment law, environmental, women’s rights, and free speech.  While in practice, Judge Berzon served as Associate General Counsel of the AFL-CIO; as a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Labor and Employment Law Section; as co-chair of the Appellate Courts Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco; as Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California; as a member of the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee; as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco; as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California; and as a member of the California Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession and the State Bar.

In the Fall of 1994, Judge Berzon was practitioner in residence at Cornell Law School, w here she taught Supreme Court litigation; in the Fall of 1998, she was a practitioner in residence at Indiana University Law School; in the Fall of 2003, she was the Alvin B. and Janice Rubin Lecturer at the Paul F. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University.  She has received the Faye Stender Award from the California W omen Lawyers’ Association for her contribution to establishing the legal rights of women; the Alumna of the Year award from the California Law Review; the American Jewish Committee’s Learned Hand Award; and the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award.  Judge Berzon gave the Madison Lecture at New York University Law School in 2008.

Judge Berzon was confirmed as a judge of the Ninth Circuit on M arch 9, 2000. Judge Berzon is currently a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Law Institute, and an Advisor to the American Law Institute Restatement of Employment Law.