JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, March 13th for this year’s Symposium: Addicted to the War on Drugs

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The Editorial Board
Volume 4
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs

Editor-in- Chief Spotlight

Amanda LeSavage is the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs, Volume 4. During her time at Penn Law, Amanda has served on the boards of Moot Court, the Penn Law Women’s Association, and the Equal Justice Foundation. She also volunteers with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, has served as a Morris Fellow, and was an Associate Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. During her second-year at Penn Law, Amanda clerked for the Senate Judiciary Committee. After graduation, Amanda will be working in litigation in New York City. 

Due to inclement weather on February 20th, our symposium has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Fitts Auditorium. We hope that you are able to join us. 

Please RSVP here.

Speakers include:

Helena Hansen, MD, PHD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Larry Krasner, Philadelphia District Attorney

Justine Olderman, Executive Director, Bronx Defenders

Charles H. Ramsey, Chairman and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency

Kevin Sabet, Former White House Office of National Drug Policy Advisor

Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey State Director, Drug Policy Alliance

Keynote Addresses:

Ethan Nadelmann, Founder, Drug Policy Alliance

Kevin SabetPresident, Smart Approaches to Marijuana


The Journal frequently invites scholars, government agencies, and other political actors to discuss current issues surrounding law and public affairs. At the end of each discussion, the Journal publishes a synopsis of the discussion and welcomes response.

“Nice People Still Finish First” Says Kathy Ruemmler, White House Counsel to President Obama from 2011 to 2014

Kathy Ruemmler shares with Penn Law students one of the most important things to remember as they embark on their careers–“Don’t be a Jerk.” Read Editor-in-Chief Amanda LeSavage’s blog post on Kathy Ruemmler’s visit to Penn.


Mary Lester (l), Kathy Ruemmler (c), and Amanda LeSavage (r)