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

Legalize it? The Problems Marijuana Legislation Faces in New Jersey

By: Michael Mellon

July 25, 2014

Legalize marijuana? Some say it is a sin and others say it is saintly. This question is one of many polarizing political pop-culture discussions of the day. The debate has transformed into action in some states and New Jersey may follow suit. But is the State of New Jersey ready?

Is It Bootstrapping? ENDA Would Render the Query Obsolete

By: Laura Segal

June 19, 2014

Basic federal protections exist to protect against workplace discrimination for gender nonconformity, but federal protections against workplace discrimination due to sexual orientation are non-existent. Hence, defense attorneys invariably make the highly fact-sensitive argument that plaintiffs are really just "bootstrapping" a unrecognized claim. Good news: this oft-muddled issue will cease to exist if the Employment Non-Discrimination Act becomes law.

Volume 11, Issue 2: Current Issues in Public Policy

The Editorial Board is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 11, Issue 2 of the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy. This issue includes the 2013 Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium: Veterans and Higher Education as well as the 2013 PILCOP Symposium on Equality Privatization: Looking Out For The Public Good.

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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.