Penn Law

A focus on environmental inequities

A Penn symposium will confront issues of inequitable access to a clean and safe environment and the unequal burden borne by vulnerable communities, particularly low-income and underrepresented minority populations, when it comes to environmental threats.

Katherine Unger Baillie

How race informed the 6th Amendment right to counsel

A new article by Shaun Ossei-Owusu reveals the critical role of race in the development of a staple of the American criminal justice system: the constitutional guarantee of an attorney for defendants too poor to afford one.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The Washington Post

Critics say ‘junk plans’ are being pushed on ACA exchanges

Allison Hoffman of the Law School spoke about short-term health insurance plans that are less comprehensive than those approved by the Affordable Care Act and are paid for without government subsidies. “For most of the people buying on the exchanges, this would be worse than what they’ve been buying, especially because the majority of people who buy on exchanges get help with their premiums,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Warren’s days at Rutgers and Penn

Stephen Burbank of Carey Law and other former colleagues discussed Elizabeth Warren’s academic career and the evolution of her political views. “It was generally thought that she was the best teacher on what is, and what had been, a very strong teaching faculty,” said Burbank.


The Washington Post

As prosecutors take larger role in reversing wrongful convictions, Philadelphia DA exonerates 10 men wrongly imprisoned for murder

Marissa Bluestine of Carey Law’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice spoke about the rise of conviction integrity units. “Every week I’ll get calls from DAs or innocence organizations around the country,” she said. “It’s not just a flash-in-the-pan kind of thing. And it’s not just the ‘progressive’ DAs. Some have been in office for decades.”



The W.P. Carey Foundation makes record $125 million donation to the University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Law School has been renamed after receiving a $125 million gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation. “We are grateful for and inspired by their leadership and their commitment to the University,” said President Amy Gutmann.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Pennsylvania Innocence Project celebrates 10 years of work in the business of justice

Data from the Law School’s Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice shows that that 2-8% of all legal cases return a wrongful result.