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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.
By: Brian Block
November 17, 2013
Whether an agreement reached during mediation was enforceable if not reduced to a signed writing was an open question until August 15, 2013, when the New Jersey Supreme Court handed down Willingboro Mall.
By: Brittney Cafero
November 8, 2013
Just how broad is the Governor's unilateral power under the Executive Reorganization Act of 1969? Not broad enough to tank COAH, according to New Jersey's high court.
By: Jilian McLeer
October 14, 2013
States, ever-desperate to find budget solutions, are quickly realizing that their film tax credit programs are not the blockbusters they were expecting. It's time for the States to shut down production and leave it to the federal government to create effective incentives to prevent "runaway filming."
By: Jordan Hollander
October 3, 2013
Hydraulic fracturing, known colloquially as "fracking," is a traditional subject of public policy debate in states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. How, though, has fracking law and policy begun to take shape in New Jersey?
By: Joe Catuzzi
August 27, 2013
For years, New Jersey has struggled to conform to its state constitutional mandate demanding that it provide a "thorough and efficient system" of K-12 education to all of its children. Is adoption of the Opportunity Scholarship Act a partial solution, and would it survive a challenge?
By: Jason Stern
August 13, 2013
The American Medical Association has long warned that proactive measures should be taken to limit caloric intake, especially in the form of “sweetened carbonated beverages.” Nevertheless, consumption of sugary soft drinks is on the rise. Between 1999 and 2001, sugary soft drinks comprised seven percent of all calories consumed by Americans, an over four percent increase from similar estimates taken thirty plus years ago. In addition, portion sizes have exploded. A soft drink at McDonald’s, for example, has increased in volume 457% since 1955, from seven fluid ounces to thirty-two fluid ounces. The number of calories and the amount of sugar has surged with the rise of these supersized drinks.
By: Sean Rose
July 30, 2013
Think the wall between church and state is insurmountable? Think again. After the Supreme Court's recent holding in Winn, states across the Nation including Pennsylvania may now use their tax codes to hurdle the First Amendment with impunity.
July 5, 2013
What do the very young, the elderly, homeowners, businessowners, the living, and even the dead share? They have all fallen victim to scrap metal thieves. From vanishing gravemarkers, to sweltering daycares and exploding houses, this isn't the Wild West -- it's New Jersey.
By: Emily Santoro
April 21, 2013
The United States is a country rich in history and diverse in backgrounds as a result of the many different individuals who come to call America “home.” In addition to this unique culture within the United States, Americans crave an understanding of society outside its borders. To satisfy this desire for experiencing art and civilization, American museums feature exhibits with artwork and artifacts from around the world. In order for museum curators to create these exhibits, there is often a reliance on other countries to loan their artwork and cultural material. Unfortunately, in the art and archaeology sphere, ownership of works and objects are often contested publicly—e.g. the contention over Elgin’s Marbles—as well as situations where possession results from theft and plundering. With this in mind, the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act (Immunity Clarification Act) was introduced into the Senate during the previous congressional session, but thankfully died in committee. This article will analyze and discuss how passage of this bill would have resulted in the United States becoming a country that endorsed unlawful possession of artwork and artifacts, thereby promoting unethical actions to both its own citizens and citizens of other countries.