Welcome! JLPA thanks all authors who submitted to Volume 5. 

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 expresses a big thank you to everyone who attended our Spring symposium. After months of planning, our annual symposium was a complete success. Despite the inclement weather and unforeseen cancellation, the symposium received magnificent attendance. JLPA is committed to creating spaces for critical discussions on issues of policy that matter to us. We are now in the planning stages of the 2019-2020 symposium and we look forward to inviting you soon!

Our symposium titled Addicted to the War on Drugs included the following speakers:

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 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)