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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. Sspo

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 8, which will be published during the 2022-2023 academic year, are now open and we invite all submissions. 

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The Editorial Board
Volume 7
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs


Editor-in- Chief Spotlight

Julian Lutz is the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs, Volume 9. During law school, Julian has worked as a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 19. He serves as the Research Director of the Penn Housing Rights Project, and works for Professor David Hoffman’s Philadelphia Fair Lease Project. Prior to law school, Julian worked as a paralegal at Regional Housing Legal Services, and graduated magna cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University with a BA in Political Science.

JLPA enjoyed welcoming many thoughtful speakers and participants at our 2022 symposium. After months of planning, the symposium planning team is bringing together educational and interesting conversations on gender and criminal justice. A recording of the virtual event will be available here soon. JLPA is committed to creating spaces for critical discussions on issues of policy that matter to us. Thank you to all participants!


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)