Program in Law and Government
About the Program
The Program in Law and Government aims to encourage teaching, scholarship, and intellectual engagement in structures of government, the allocation of powers among governmental institutions, and limitations on those powers. Disputes in these areas touch on fundamental values of the legal order and speak to some of the most vexing and interesting issues of our time.
Our agenda is ambitious. We sponsor conferences and lectures that bring leading scholars, judges, and practicing lawyers to the Law School to discuss emerging issues in public law. We offer a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum for students of public law. We provide scholarships that reward excellence in the study of public law and stipends that encourage students to explore careers in the field. We are sponsoring an educational series that will keep lawmakers and governmental officers abreast of important developments in constitutional law.
The program is one of the largest and most intellectually diverse units in the law school – enjoying the affiliation of eighteen members of the faculty who have nationally recognized expertise in a variety of areas of public law. They are talented scholars. And they are engaging, challenging teachers.
Professors affiliated with the program offer a robust array of courses, seminars, and clinics designed to provide a rigorous and comprehensive legal education that prepares students for the practice of law or for life in the legal academy.
To complement learning in the classroom, the program sponsors lectures by leading scholars, officials, and lawyers – persons who not only study but also shape public law.
The program offers scholarships that reward excellence in the study of public law. We also offer stipends to encourage students to explore career opportunities in the practice of public law.
Not Just for Lawyers
Law is not the exclusive province of lawyers or aspiring lawyers. Recognizing this, the program is inter-disciplinary, drawing on a wide range of scholarly perspectives – legal, political, historical, philosophical, and economic – that bear on the study and practice of public law in the United States and abroad.
The program also strives to reach beyond the law school. One aspect of this aspiration is a new educational series that provides public officials with forums for discussing and learning about the latest developments in American constitutional law.
Health policy expert James F. Blumstein testified before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., on September 12, 2012.
Blumstein provided testimony regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as part of a panel that included health policy makers representing the state of Pennsylvania and industry groups.
In his testimony, Blumstein addressed the legal question of the ACA’s lack of a provision for providing subsidies to individuals through medical insurance exchanges operated by the federal government similar to those provided to income-qualified participants in state medical insurance exchanges.