Dorothy Roberts on prison abolition constitutionalism
In “Abolition Constitutionalism,” the Penn Law professor argues that prison abolitionists can “reinvigorate abolition constitutionalism” by using the Reconstruction Amendments.
Revolving door politics: Can a U.S. president rejoin an international treaty?
A new article by Penn Law Professor Jean Galbraith illuminates how and why future presidents can use their power to reenter the same international agreements the current president is withdrawing from, without returning to Congress for renewed advice and consent.
W. P. Carey Foundation makes historic $125 million gift to name Penn’s law school
Leader in legal education is named University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School in recognition of transformative commitment—the largest ever to a law school.
Childhood exposure to trauma costs society $458 billion annually
Bureaucratic hurdles block access to treatment services, so they tend to go unused. This leads to adverse outcomes that put stress on public systems like social services and law enforcement.
Shaun Ossei-Owusu combines his study of 19th century law with current Philly politics
With a focus on legal history, criminal law, and civil rights, Ossei-Owusu joined the Penn Law faculty this fall from Columbia Law, and is bringing current trends in Philadelphia’s justice system to the classroom.
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.
An argument against abolition of the insanity defense
Penn Law’s Stephen J. Morse co-authored a Supreme Court amicus brief that says some form of insanity defense is required by the Constitution.
Penn submits amicus brief to Supreme Court in support of DACA
The brief, which is signed by the University and 18 other schools, was filed in support of the respondents in the 2017 case brought by Regents of the University of California against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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.
In Hong Kong, a new round in the long-standing clash over law, autonomy, and democracy
Political scientist Jacques deLisle explains what spurred the latest conflict, and whether the desire to end it could prompt mainland China to intervene with force.
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Deputy's Body Cam Was Charging When Unarmed Man Fatally Shot
Amanda Woog of the Law School is quoted on the scrutiny of police shootings and violence and its effect on police departments.
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Biden Denounces 'The Prostitution of the Second Amendment' by Gun-Rights Activists
During his on-campus talk with President Amy Gutmann yesterday, former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, leader of the Penn Biden Center, expressed support for the March for Our Lives movement, denouncing what he feels to be a misuse of the Second Amendment by gun-rights activists.
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