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Penn Law Launches Regulation Blog

April 05, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has launched RegBlog, a website that provides news, analysis, and opinion on regulation. RegBlog is a special project of the Penn Program on Regulation, an interdisciplinary, University-wide program that analyzes regulatory policy problems and alternative strategies for solving them.

“RegBlog capitalizes on expertise and energy from across the University community – students, faculty, and alumni – to encourage intelligent dialogue about important policy issues and the complex regulatory process,” said Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils professor of Law and professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Penn Program on Regulation. “The website fills a unique need for balanced, penetrating coverage of regulatory issues for the general reader as well as the scholar and practitioner.”

RegBlog features news and analysis on policy developments, regulatory actions, court decisions, and cutting-edge research related to regulation. The website tackles issues such as the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, food safety in an era of global trade, constitutional challenges to health care reform, and governmental transparency. Each Monday the website publishes a Regulatory Recap which compiles some of the most important regulatory stories from the previous week.

RegBlog is written and edited by over 20 students and several alumni from across the University of Pennsylvania.  Professor Coglianese serves as the faculty advisor, overseeing the overall work and contributing original content. The website also features guest posts by leading academics and practitioners. Initial guest contributors include Penn Law Professors Theodore Ruger and David Skeel, along with Abigail Slater, a senior attorney with the Federal Trade Commission.

In addition to serving as a much-needed resource for readers, RegBlog offers students a unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration and real-world impact. “The website gives students a chance to contribute original content,” said RegBlog Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Mincer L’12. “There is no better way to learn how to analyze complex  issues and write high-quality, interesting, professional work than to do it nearly every day, discuss it with other students, and receive direct feedback from a top Penn Law professor.”

RegBlog writers and editors with faculty advisor Professor Cary Coglianese

RegBlog’s 2010-2011 Board comprises seven graduate students from the Law School and School of Arts and Sciences.  The website’s team of writers includes a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology at the School of Medicine, graduate students in bioengineering, environmental science, governmental administration, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning, and several JD and LLM students at the Law School.

“One of the strengths of RegBlog is that students in various departments of the University can contribute posts that are relevant to their fields of study,” said RegBlog Executive Editor Steve Gillard, who is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies. “This is because RegBlog prides itself on writing pieces about diverse regulatory issues and making them accessible to people who do not have a law degree.”

RegBlog is an outgrowth of a blog that Professor Coglianese created in 2009 as a project of the Penn Program on Regulation. The new RegBlog is designed to draw on the cross-disciplinary strengths of the University of Pennsylvania to provide a distinctive destination website for regulatory news and analysis.

To read RegBlog, go to http://www.regblog.org.