Welcome! JLPA thanks all authors and editors who contributed to Volume 6. Issue 2 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. 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 7, which will be published during the 2021-2022 academic year, are now open and we invite all submissions. 


The Editorial Board
Volume 6
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs

Editor-in- Chief Spotlight

Alana Bevan is the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs, Volume 6. During law school, Alana  has held internships with the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP and the Honorable Robert B. Kugler and had conducted research for Professor Sophia Lee and Professor Dave Hoffman. Prior to law school, she lived and worked in D.C. for six years and originally hailed from Canada. She received a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University and graduated with honors from the University of Alberta with a degree in History.

JLPA is looking forward to to welcoming many thoughtful speakers and participants at our 2021 symposium: “The Sky is the Limit… Unless There’s A Ceiling in the Way”. After months of planning, the symposium planning team is bringing together educational and interesting conversations on employment law. The Symposium will feature a keynote from Charlotte Burrows, Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The virtual event will take place on Wednesday, March 24 9:00AM-4:00PM. See below for a full schedule. Get access to the zoom event using the JLPA 2021 Symposium Registration Link.

This program has been approved for 2.0 Substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit must register for CLE credit and make a payment via the online CLE registration link in the amount of $180.00 ($90.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.

Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

JLPA is committed to creating spaces for critical discussions on issues of policy that matter to us. We look forward to seeing you there!


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)