Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy


Welcome to the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy's Region in Review blog covering regional legal issues. As one of the first law journals to provide online-exclusive commentary, the blog provides fresh and dynamic perspectives on the region's emerging questions of law and policy. We are always accepting contributions that focus on current, region-centric topics. If you are interested in contributing, please email Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.  

-RJLPP Editorial Board

First in the Nation: N.J. Court Subordinates Father’s Desire to be in Delivery Room to Mother’s Privacy Rights

By: Trevor Taniguchi

April 14, 2014

In a national first, a New Jersey judge was asked to determine whether a mother's wishes trumped a father's wishes regarding notification of a childbirth and right to be present in the delivery room.  Drawing on the principles elucidated in Supreme Court jurisprudence, as well as relevant statutes, Judge Sohail Mohammed handed down his ruling on the father's requested positive injunction.

N.J. ELEC Allows Christie Campaign to Fund Subpoena Response, Prompting Uncertainty and Structural Questions

By: Kevin R. Miller

March 31, 2014

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission ("ELEC") recently issued an Advisory Opinion that allows Governor Christie’s campaign corporation to expend campaign funds on legal fees incurred in responding to subpoenas from the New Jersey State Legislature and the United States Attorney’s Office. This article recommends that ELEC now engage in a rulemaking to codify its nuanced interpretation of its governing statutes and regulations. Nonetheless, this article questions whether ELEC could even validly issue the Advisory Opinion, as the Commission’s voting membership in this matter was diminished by half due to a recusal and a vacant commissioner seat. To help cure this structural issue, this article urges Governor Christie to exercise his executive authority to appoint a fourth commissioner to ELEC.

New Jersey’s Balanced Mortgagor Protection Scheme

By: Mashie Rapoport

February 24, 2014

Mortgage foreclosure took center-stage over the past five years in light of the Great Recession. Historically, states provide mortgagors with several types of foreclosure protection. New Jersey's unique scheme, the author argues, appropriately balances both the mortgagor's and mortgagee's interests.

Volume 11, Issue 1: Fragmented Risk Symposium

The Editorial Board is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 11, Issue 1 of the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy. This issue is the Journal's Fragmented Risk Symposium and includes articles on topics such as financing and fragmentation in storm risks, à la carte coverage, the secret insurers don't tell insureds, the coverage expectations of the "real" reasonable policyholder, and bundling risk for protection and profit.