University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law

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University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law  
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University of Pennsylvania Law School
Former names
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law; University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business and Employment Law
Univ. Pa. J. Bus. Law
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Discipline Business law
Language English
Edited by Mary Maginnis
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Four times per academic year
ISSN 1945-2934

The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law is a scholarly journal focusing on issues of business law, corporate governance, securities regulation, capital markets regulation, the law of mergers and acquisitions, and employment law. The Journal is published four times annually by an organization of second and third year law students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The journal is one of six major scholarly journals at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and one of the top five most cited business law journals in the United States.[1]


The Journal of Business Law is an expansion of the Journal of Labor and Employment Law, which has published focused and cutting-edge scholarship since 1997. Building upon more than a decade of successful contribution to legal academia, the Journal now also provides a forum for scholarly analysis addressing all aspects of business law. Now on its 17th Volume, the Journal has become one of the premier destinations for business-related legal scholarship. The Journal of Business Law is published in four standard issues each year.

Member selection[edit]

Positions on the journal are filled based in part on students' grades during first year of law school and in part on students' performance during a writing competition conducted at the end of each school year. The writing competition has two major parts: an editing portion and a writing portion. During the 20-hour editing portion, contestants are required to correct a sample portion of a fake law review article. Contestants have at their disposal a copy of the Bluebook and a packet of source materials provided by the journal. During the writing portion, contestants are required to create a cohesive, thesis-driven essay using only these source materials. The sources cover a variety of topics, and the essay does not need to be law-related.

Notable citations[edit]

In 2013, the Journal was cited in an opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The case In re K.B. Toys, 736 F.3d 247, 249 (3d Cir. 2013), cited Tally M. Wiener & Nicholas B. Malito, On the Nature of the Transferred Bankruptcy Claim, 12 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 35 (2009).

In 2012, the Journal was cited by both the Delaware Supreme Court and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In PHL Variable Ins. Co. v. Price Dawe 2006 Ins. Trust, ex rel. Christiana Bank and Trust Co., 28 A.3d 1059, 1069 n.27, 1070 n.33 (Del. 2012), the Delaware Supreme Court twice cited Susan Lord Martin, Betting on the Lives of Strangers: Life Settlements, STOLI and Securitization, 134 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 173 (2010). In Fuhrmann v. Staples Office Superstore East, Inc., 58 A.3d 1083, 1095 (Me. 2012), the Maine Supreme Judicial Court cited Mitchell H. Rubinstein, Employees, Employers, and Quasi–Employers: An Analysis of Employees and Employers Who Operate in the Borderland Between an Employer–and–Employee Relationship, 14 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 605 (2012).

In addition, the Journal has been regularly cited in briefs before the United States Supreme Court in some of the most important business law cases in the last decade, including: Harris v. Quinn,[2] Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund (Halliburton II),[3] Petrella v. Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.,[4] Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds,[5] and Morrison v. National Australia Bank.[6]

Volume 20 (2017-2018) Masthead[edit]

Title Name
Editor In-Chief Mary Maginnis
Managing Editor Jill Settlemyer
Production Editor Brittany Taylor
Articles Editors Madeline Jolles

Laura Pettinelli

Comments Editor Anne Bracaglia
Research Editor Emma Kolesar
Technology Editor Emily Mondry
Symposium Editor Timothy Walker
Executive Editors Al Lucia

Ron Moore

Mia Rendar

Jenna Weinblatt

Alexis Wiseley

Senior Editors Joshua Abraham

Brendan Counihan

Kaitlin Gottlieb

Zachary Greene

Sarah Hughes

Skylar Kalin

Jane Komsky

Tu Le

Ryan Lowery

Altumash Mufti

Shelby Rokito

Charles Rosenthal

Danielle Sekerak

Jonathan Sorger


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  2. ^ See Brief Amicus Curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Pacific Legal Foundation, and Atlantic Legal Foundation in Support of Petitioners (citing Harry G. Hutchinson, Reclaiming the First Amendment Through Union Dues Restrictions?, 10 U. Pa. J. Bus. & Emp. L. 663 (2008))
  3. ^ See Brief of Amici Curiae States of Oregon, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and Territory of Guam Supporting Respondent (citing Richard A. Booth, Class Conflict in Securities Fraud Litigation, 14 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 701 (2012))
  4. ^ See Brief of T. Leigh Anenson as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents (citing T. Leigh Anenson & Donald O. Mayer, "Clean Hands” and the CEO: Equity as an Antidote for Excessive Compensation, 12 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 947 (2010))
  5. ^ See Brief of Amicus Curiae of National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys in Support of Respondent (citing Stefan J. Padfield, Is Puffery Material to Investors? Maybe We Should Ask Them, 10 U. Pa. J. Bus. & Emp. L. 339 (2008))
  6. ^ See Brief for the Republic of France as Amicus Curiae in Support of Respondents (citing Robert Allen, Comment, Securities Litigation As a Coordination Problem, 11 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 475 (2009).

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