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Law faculty perspectives on passage of the First Step Act

Penn Law faculty weigh in on the passage of the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that modifies sentencing laws, expands job training, and takes additional steps intended to reduce recidivism and create a fairer and less costly criminal justice system.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Hershey School’s law firm was arguing two cases before a federal judge—and then hired his son

David Hoffman of the Law School commented on a judge’s decision to reintroduce negligence claims to the suits against the Milton Hershey School. “Federal judges rarely change their mind on reconsideration, and when they do, that kind of open-mindedness should be celebrated,” said Hoffman.


Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (WHYY-FM)

ACA contraceptive coverage

Allison Hoffman of the Law School discussed the significance of a ruling by a federal judge in Philadelphia that stopped the expansion of employer exemptions for covering contraception on religious or moral grounds.


U.S. News & World Report

No park rangers or food inspections—but government reopens for oil and gas

The Law School’s Cary Coglianese weighed in on the legality of the government approving drilling applications in spite of the shutdown. “It would appear that that is illegal, and technically it’s something that would be subject to criminal sanctions,” said Coglianese. “Of course that would require someone from the Justice Department initiating a criminal action, which it’s hard to imagine they would do that.”



Interior’s proposed FOIA limits may be illegal, watchdogs say

The Law School’s Cary Coglianese spoke about the Department of the Interior’s recent efforts to limit Freedom of Information Act requests. “The State Department under the Obama administration found itself in a similar situation, but it did not propose monthly limits or state categorically that it will not honor requests calling for a vast quantity of material,” he said.


The New York Times

Hospitals help patients get out the vote while stuck in bed

Penn Presbyterian and HUP, with support from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Law School, are working together on the “Penn Votes Project,” which helps patients get to the polls. “Every citizen of the United States has the right to vote and we think getting ill shouldn’t impair that process,” said Judd Flesch of the medical school.