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Journal of Law and Public Affairs explores pressing issues facing society through cutting-edge scholarship

November 17, 2020

The University of Pennsylvania Carey law School’s Journal of Law and Public Affairs (JLPA) provides a forum for policymakers, practitioners, judges, professors, and students to delve deeply into pressing law and policy issues. Selected articles put forth innovative solutions and thought-provoking analysis, and the publication serves as a research tool for stakeholders and academics alike.

Past contributors include Former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Representative Hank Johnson, Former Atlanta Mayor Kassim Reed, Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Edward B. Shils Professor Law Cary Coglianese and Professor of Law Kermit Roosevelt, and Penn’s Rogers M. Smith. The journal has also featured articles by distinguished academics around the country, including Jonathan Macey (Yale Law) and Samuel Estreicher (New York University Law).

Some recent articles include Melanie Kalmanson’s “Somewhere Between Death Row and Death Watch: The Procedural Trap Capital Defendants Face in Raising Execution-Related Claims,” Sharmila I. Murthy’s “The Constitutionality of State and Local ‘Norm Sustaining’ Actions on Global Climate Change: The Foreign Affairs Federalism Grey Zone,” and Chelsea Tisosky’s “The Constitutionality of ‘Special Need’ Laws.”

JLPA’s 2020 symposium was “Red Lines, Red Tape,” which delved into the issues of housing discrimination and unaffordability at the local and national levels. The keynote address was delivered by Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and the Principal Investigator of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. Three separate panels were held throughout the day, assembling those from private and public sectors as well as journalists, politicians, lawyers, researchers, and academics. Support from the Law School’s Leo Model Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative, the Weitzman School of Design, and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly helped ensure the symposium’s success.

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