About Us

Mission Statement

The Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy has become a premier forum for articulating the vital intersections between the law and public policy. Grounded in the ever-deepening awareness that interdisciplinary investigation is crucial to an understanding of both the law and our culture, the Journal provides a unique intellectual arena for encounters between law and a variety of disciplines. The journal bylaws are available here


Professor Philip L. Harvey
Professor Harvey holds a Ph. D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and a J.D.from Yale Law School. His research focuses on American social welfare policy, with particular attention to the problem of joblessness. He is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles in his field of expertise, and is also active in popular advocacy work promoting broader recognition of economic and social human rights. Professor Harvey teaches Labor and Employment Law, Law and Economics, and Social Welfare Law and Policy.
Professor Margo Kaplan
Margo Kaplan teaches courses on health law and policy and criminal law. Her research explores legal limitations on intimate decisions, particularly the use of criminal law in areas of health and sexuality. She holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and the Department of Public Policy and Administration.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Margo was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. Before that, Margo served as Director of Planning and Research for the Center for HIV Law and Policy, as well as a Staff Attorney Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union. She clerked for Judge Julio Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Margo graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law and also received a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Sarah Ricks
Sarah E. Ricks, the co-director of the Pro Bono Research Project, teaches legal writing, civil rights litigation, public interest research and advanced legal writing. A former attorney for the City of Philadelphia, she is a member of the American Law Institute, a former board member of the Women’s Law Project and chairs a subcommittee for the American Bar Association.