JASON P. RUBIN AND RUBEN D. GOMEZ won the 2004
Keedy Cup competition in January. The three-judge panel also
named Rubin “Best Oralist.”
Rubin and Gomez squared off against Martin J. Crisp and
Shannon Shah. They argued a redistricting case in Pennsylvania
in which Democratic voters accused the Republican-controlled
legislature of redrawing the legislative map to favor their candidates,
thus violating the Equal Protection Clause.
The issues in the case, which has gone to the U.S. Supreme
Court, were as follows: Should voters affiliated with major
political parties be able to bring a claim of unconstitutional political
gerrymandering to court? If voters can bring such claims
to court, does a state violate the Constitution when the state
abandons traditional, neutral districting principles in favor of
strategies that benefit a single political party?
Keedy Cup jurists were the Hon. Andre M. Davis, U.S. District
Court of Maryland; the Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and the Hon. Marjorie
O. Rendell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Named for the late Penn Law Dean Edwin R. Keedy, the
competition culminates the Law School’s intramural brief writing
and oral advocacy moot court tournament. It is open to all