Welcome! JLPA thanks all authors who submitted to Volume 5. Issue one is now live! Read it here. 

Welcome  to the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs!

The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs (JLPA) provides a novel forum for scholarship that responds to pressing policy issues with solutions that are both thought-provoking and reasonable. JLPA is designed to serve as a research tool for policymakers, practitioners, judges, academics, students, and all interested readers.

We welcome you to explore our website, to read our recently published articles, review our submission process, learn about our upcoming symposium, and meet our board members. Submissions for Volume 5 are now officially closed and we will re-open submissions in March 2020. 


The Editorial Board
Volume 5
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs

Editor-in- Chief Spotlight

Erik Lampmann is the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs, Volume 5. He’s passionate about bringing solutions-oriented conversations around policy and social change to Penn. During law school, Erik has held internships with the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells LLP, the City of Philadelphia Law Department, and the Senate Judiciary Committee Office of Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Prior to law school, he lived and worked in D.C. for three years. In that time, he trained young activists to run community organizing campaigns across the country, worked as a fundraiser for a national civil rights organization, wrote about LGBTQ politics, and helped kickstart a her-local media project. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond, with degrees in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) and French.

JLPA is excited as it prepares for its 2020 symposium to be held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on February 5th. Months of planning will shortly culminate to bring an educational and interesting conversation on the issue of affordable housing, poverty and race. JLPA is committed to creating spaces for critical discussions on issues of policy that matter to us. Register here. We look forward to seeing you there!

This program has been approved for 4.0 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $160.00 ($80.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Our symposium titled Red Lines, Red Tape include the following speakers:

  • Introduction (10:00-10:15am)
    • Wendell Pritchett (Provost of the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Keynote Address (10:15-11:00am)
    • Speaker: Matthew Desmond (Author of Evictedand Principal Investigator of the Eviction Lab)
  • Housing Discrimination Panel (11:15-12:30pm)
    • Moderator: Norrinda Hayat (Clinical Professor and Director of the Civil Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law)
    • Panelists:
      • Gustavo Velasquez (Director of Urban–Greater DC at the Urban Institute and former Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at HUD).
      • John Relman (Founder and Managing Partner of Relman, Dane & Colfax)
      • Rasheedah Phillips (The Shriver Center on Poverty Law)
      • George Donnelly (Independence Foundation Fellow at the Public Interest Law Center)
  • Philadelphia-Focused Lunch Discussion (12:45-1:45pm)
    • Introduction: Dean Ted Ruger (Penn Law)
    • Panelists
      • Helen Gym (Philadelphia Councilwoman)
      • Jake Blumgart (Reporter, PlanPhilly Planning, Development, and Housing)
  • Affordable Housing Development Panel (2:00-3:15pm)
    • Moderator: Oscar Abello (NextCity)
    • Panelists:
      • Anne Fadullon (Director of Planning and Development, City of Philadelphia)
      • Vincent Reina (Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design)
      • Edward Pinto (Director of the Housing Center at the American Enterprise Institute)
  • Residential Segregation Panel (3:30-4:45pm)
    • Moderator: Akira Drake Rodriguez (Lecturer at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design)
    • Panelists:
      • Sheryll Cashin (Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Georgetown University Law Center)
      • Andre Perry (Metropolitan Policy Program Fellow at the Brookings Institution)
      • Ingrid Gould Ellen (The Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Faculty Director at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy).


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 past 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)