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RegBlog becomes leading source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion

January 04, 2012

Regblog screenshotIn the first full year of operation RegBlog, a student-edited website sponsored by the Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) at Penn Law, has attracted leading scholars, government officials, analysts, and business executives to become the leading daily online source for news, analysis, and opinion of regulatory matters.

In the last 12 months RegBlog’s writers and contributors published 250 posts, regularly attracting thousands of readers from all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., and 149 countries. RegBlog features work by Penn faculty as well as by scholars at other leading universities around the world.
 
RegBlog has highlighted its top 50 posts from 2011 based on page-views, divided roughly evenly across news, analysis, and opinion. Among Penn Law contributors, top posts included:
 
  • Professor Anita Allen’s argument about the virtues of certain kinds of government-mandated privacy
  • Professor Theodore Ruger’s analysis of preemption issues raised by recent vaccine injury litigation
  • Professor David Skeel’s commentary on the challenges of implementing the Dodd Frank Act.

RegBlog posts have been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Yale Law Journal, Florida Law Journal, Google Finance, Open Congress, and many other outlets and publications.

Cary Coglianese, the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and director of PPR, founded RegBlog as a means to provide a neutral forum to address a range of regulatory and related research issues, while creating an innovative legal education tool.
 
Building on Penn Law’s cross-disciplinary strengths, RegBlog brings together more than 30 students from the Law School and other Penn graduate programs to write, edit, and operate the blog under Coglianese’s supervision. Students gain an opportunity to see how what they are learning in the classroom applies to live regulatory issues.
 
Visitors from the U.S. and foreign governments who utilize the site include staff from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Federal Trade Commission, Comite Gestor da Internet no Brasil (Brazil’s Internet regulatory body), Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Executive Office of the President, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Operations, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
The site has also been incorporated into course curricula around the country. RegBlog posts have been assigned as required reading in an administrative law class at the Law School, an environmental studies class at Penn, as well as courses outside Penn.
 
Click here to see the top RegBlog opinion posts within the last 12 months, and here for all the top analysis posts.