All posts tagged: Public Policy

The Biden Pivot

The Institute for International Law and Public Policy presents “The Biden Pivot” | Student Commentary

On April 8, 2021, The Institute for International Law and Public Policy presented “The Biden Pivot,” a panel of experts who discussed where, and how, the Biden Administration will reverse course on international policies set by the previous administration. Panelists included Duncan B. Hollis, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law; J. Benton Heath, Assistant Professor of Law; Amy Sinden, Professor of Law; Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and I. Herman Stern Research Professor. The panel was moderated by Margaret M. deGuzman, James E. Beasley Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy.  Temple Law continues to step up and offer really amazing events on international law and policy. Throughout this year, the Institute for International Law and Public Policy and the student-led International Law Society has continually hosted meaningful discussions that allow students such as myself to engage with Temple Law’s international faculty. As an aspiring international lawyer, the access I’ve been given to these world-renowned scholars has been incredible. I regularly talk with Professor Heath after …

Professor Scott Burris on Needle Exchange Programs

Needle Exchange Debate Raises Prosecution Questions

Professor Scott Burris is quoted in this article on New Hampshire, which is considering a bill that would clear the way for needle exchange programs and decriminalize residual amounts of drugs in syringes when they are exchanged for clean ones. Currently, only five states explicitly exempt trace amounts of drugs from their controlled drug laws, according to Professor Scott Burris. Read the Full Story

Megan Moore Temple Law

The Temple Law and Public Policy Program

Throughout my education, I have always had a strong inclination towards reading and research. I was encouraged to embrace my willingness to delve into a new book or use spare time to document my ideas. In college, I took advantage of the opportunity to take classes that involved literature and ethnic studies, environmental issues, and language translation. I wrote papers on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of post-South African Apartheid and the challenges and prospects of openness and democracy in Cuba. Other classes required formal papers in Spanish or gave me the opportunity to reach back to translations of philosophy from Plato. Books that shaped my life included a memoir and autobiography by President Barack Obama. These books left me questioning policy at the local level, and I found courage and authentic perspectives on community development through its pages. My interest in policy led me to attend college at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. There, I conducted guided research on water resources and interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of …

Sela Cowger at the White House

Learning to be Bored: How Law School Prepared Me for an Unconventional Legal Career

I did not come to law school to become a litigator or to work in private practice. Rather, I wanted to learn the law so I could implement big, systemic policy changes. But focusing on the long-term made staying engaged with the “now” a challenge. By learning to focus on the smallest details, I began to change my frame of thinking and value the ways in which lawyers are taught to make thoughtful and deliberate choices.