Essays - University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online
The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online first began publishing essays in October 2010. Scholars interested in contributing essays to Penn Law Review Online should visit our Submissions page. We prefer Essays that do not exceed 4,500 words within the main text, and 2,000 words within the footnotes.




A Locked iPhone; Unlocked Corporate Constitutional Rights

Ciara Torres‐Spelliscy
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 287 (2016)


Justice Kennedy’s Democratic Dystopia

Terry Smith
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 281 (2016)


Sources of Conservative Thinking on Democracy

Stephen E. Gottlieb
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 269 (2016)


The Case for a Democratic Theory of American Election Law

David Schultz
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 259 (2016)


The Media Exemption Puzzle of Campaign Finance Laws

Sonja R. West
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 253 (2016)


The Federalism Implications of Campaign Finance Regulation

Franita Tolson
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 247 (2016)


Wholly Native to the First Amendment: The Positive Liberty of Self‐Government

Tabatha Abu El‐Haj
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 241 (2016)


Resurrecting the Neglected Liberty of Self‐Government

Deborah Hellman
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 233 (2016)


How Sausage Is Made: A Research Agenda for Campaign Finance and Lobbying

Daniel P. Tokaji & Renata E. B. Strause
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 223 (2016)


First Amendment Freeze Play: Bennett’s Strategy for Entrenching Inequality

Frank Pasquale
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 215 (2016)


Introduction: Problems in the Existing Jurisprudence

Deborah Hellman & David Schultz
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 207 (2016)


Is the Philadelphia Wage Tax Unconstitutional? And If It Is, What Can and Should the City Do?

Michael S. Knoll & Ruth Mason
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 163 (2016)


Victory Is Defeat: The Ironic Consequence of Justice Scalia's Death for Fisher v. University of Texas

Vinay Harpalani
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 155 (2016)


Unguided Missiles: Why the Supreme Court Should Prohibit Police Officers from Shooting at Moving Vehicles

John P. Gross
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 135 (2016)


Abortion Rights and the Largeness of the Fraction ⅙

David S. Cohen & Jeffrey B. Bingenheimer
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 115 (2016).


Concord with Which Other Families?: Marriage Equality, Family Demographics, and Race

Nancy D. Polikoff
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 99 (2016).


Depicting Minority Petitioners' Lives in Appellate Opinions

Kate Huddleston
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 87 (2016).


Causation and Harm in a Multicomponent World

Bernard Chao
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 61 (2016).


The Myth of Arrestee DNA Expungement

Elizabeth E. Joh
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 51 (2015).


Officiating Removal

Leah M. Litman
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 33 (2015).


What Does Voluntary Tax Compliance Mean?: A Government Perspective

J. T. Manhire
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 11 (2015).


Prosecute, Sue, or Deport? Transnational Accountability in International Law

Chimène I. Keitner
164 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 1 (2015).