Founded in 1927, Temple Law Review is a student-edited, quarterly journal dedicated to providing a forum for the expression of new legal thought and scholarly commentary on important developments, trends, and issues in the law. 

Robert R.M. Verchick

According to best estimates, millions of U.S. residents are in danger of being displaced by sea level rise and other climate disruptions before the end of the century. Several coastal communities around the country have either considered or are considering relocation on account of sea level rise and erosion; a few are actively planning their exit […]

Ama Ruth Francis

Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholarship contends that international law privileges nation‑states in the Global North over those in the Global South. The literature primarily draws on a Westphalian conception of the North‑South divide in analyzing asymmetrical issues of power in the global political economy. Given the expansion of global capitalism, however, the […]

Maxine Burkett

The scope of my current research project extends to over a decade of interest in the dramatic shifts climate change will bring to human mobility, which is ushering in a twenty‑first-century “brand” of movement. My climate migration work kicked off during the 2009 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties […]

Jeff Todd

Although Kenneth Burke is the preeminent rhetorician of the modern era, and his theories have been applied to issues of social change and the environment (including by legal scholars), the role of “justice” and “law” in his critical method of dramatism have received only passing treatment. This Article is therefore the first in any discipline […]

Catherine Ross Dunham

This Essay explores the reliability of reputation evidence. Specifically, the Essay examines the historical characterization of reputation evidence as reliable based on the construct of an in-person community where individuals can interact in a manner that allows the community to casually observe an individual over an extended period of time. As contemporary notions of community […]

Roberta D. Liebenberg and Ellen Meriwether

This Essay discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, a class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), in which the Court upheld the plaintiffs’ use of statistical evidence to satisfy the predominance requirement of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) and to prove damages to the class at trial. […]

Brian Gordon

Gerrymandering, or partisan redistricting, is the “art” of packing an opposing party’s likely voters into separate districts and fragmenting remaining concentrations of opposing voters into separate districts where they cannot achieve the majorities needed to elect state and federal representatives who reflect their interests. Gerrymandering can be stopped or greatly restrained by strictly imposing neutral […]

Samantha K. Harris

“Qualified immunity balances two important interests — the need to hold public officials accountable when they exercise power irresponsibly and the need to shield officials from harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably.” Qualified immunity is an issue that is receiving unprecedented public attention because of concerns about police abuses of power. […]

Marsha Levick

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation, hundreds of thousands of incarcerated individuals, including tens of thousands of youth, were trapped in highly contagious, congregate care correctional facilities that exponentially increased their risk of infection. Incarcerated youth were cut off from family and denied essential, often court-ordered programming because entry into facilities from the […]

Kayla Martin

As a tribute to Temple’s success in practical education and public service, Temple Law Review dedicates this Issue to highlighting a group of legal professionals whose perspectives are often underrepresented in law reviews: Pennsylvania practitioners. From fighting for fair elections to advocating for incarcerated youth during a global pandemic, these practitioners and their work demonstrate […]