Law School

An old-school green deal

A major public lands package passed the U.S. Senate Feb. 12 with massive bipartisan support and is expected to pass the House later this month. Cary Coglianese shares insights into the bill’s contents—which entail the largest expansion of wilderness area in a decade.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Documenting refugees

A documentary film by Penn junior Sonari Chidi and a panel discussion at Perry World House focused on the depiction of refugees and immigrants in the media.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

The Washington Post

How often does the Supreme Court overturn precedents like Roe v. Wade?

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School contributed case information to a story about major supreme court reversals.



Why the giants among this year’s Fortune 500 should intimidate you

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp said anticompetitive practices, which protect the largest firms by making it difficult for employees to change jobs, are on the rise. Simultaneously, he said, large tech companies are buying up potential competitors “before they can ever emerge as vibrant competitors themselves.”



Facebook breakup call from co-founder easier said than done

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp said challengers of Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp would need evidence of consumer harm to justify invoking antitrust law.


The Washington Post

Elizabeth Warren reshaped our view of the middle class. But some see an angle

The Law School’s David Skeel said As We Forgive Our Debtors, a 1989 book co-written by Elizabeth Warren, “really was, for many people, the foundation of recent consumer bankruptcy scholarship. People hadn’t really stopped to see what was actually happening out there. Everyone was writing making assumptions about how consumers and creditors behaved.”


US Weekly

Exploring the federal, state and local legal framework — or lack thereof — that applies to some of the most transformative tech of our times

The Wharton School’s Brian Berkey said the legal system needs to catch up to modern technology, as with legislation around self-driving cars. “There’s good reason for lawmakers to plan ahead and get a set of regulations in place that will provide the framework for these technologies,” said Berkey. “And in cases like these, [to] ensure that tech is developed in ways that will promote the values we care about.”