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2020 Keedy Cup Preview

December 18, 2019

The Edwin R. Keedy Cup moot court competition gives University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students the opportunity to prepare briefs and argue cases before practicing lawyers and judges.

This 2020 competition is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. 

Case summary:

James Erin McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Arizona. Acting on a petition for habeas corpus, a federal court vacated McKinney’s sentence and held that Arizona courts had to consider his history of PTSD and childhood abuse as mitigating evidence. The Arizona Supreme Court then reviewed McKinney’s sentence and re-sentenced him to death. In this year’s 2020 Keedy Cup, Penn Law’s finest oral advocates argue two questions: (1) whether the Arizona Supreme Court was required to apply current law—rather than the law in effect at the time of McKinney’s original sentencing—when it reassessed McKinney’s sentence, and (2) whether, under Eddings v. Oklahoma, McKinney was entitled to a new sentencing in the trial court, rather than review by the Arizona Supreme Court.

2020 Keedy Finalists:

Arguing for the Petitioners
Jonathan Wilt and Maura Hallisey

Arguing for the Respondents
Kayla Katz and JiLon Li

This Year’s Judges: 

Honorable Pamela A. Harris
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Honorable Juan R. Sánchez L’81
Chief Judge - U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Honorable Richard J. Sullivan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Register for the event here.