Regulatory Writing Competition Winners

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The Regulatory Review features the winners of Penn Law administrative essay writing competition.

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Healthy school lunches, complex financial regulation, and pizza purveyors; in this series, The Regulatory Review features essays discussing regulation on each of these topics. The essays, written by student authors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, were chosen as the best essays by students in Professor Sophia Lee’s administrative law class this past spring.

As a tool to encourage students to engage with regulation and administrative law, Professor Lee instituted an essay writing competition – with the added incentive of publication on The Regulatory Review for the winning essays. The class was divided into groups to research significant recent regulatory developments. Each student then wrote an essay individually, with the goal of providing a clear overview of the researched rules. The winners were ultimately selected by the students themselves.

The Regulatory Review is pleased to feature the winners of Professor Lee’s administrative law essay competition for the second year in a row. Congratulations to the authors!

Do Healthier School Lunches Mean More Food Waste?

July 21, 2015  |  David Bernstein

Critics of the most recent revision of U.S. school lunch nutrition standards claim that increased fruits and vegetables may mean increased plate waste. However, new research suggests that students are eating more fruits and vegetables because of the new standards.

Will the Volcker Rule’s Complexity Be Its Undoing?

July 22, 2015  |  Deanna J. Hayes

In its simplest terms, the Volcker Rule prohibits banks from engaging in proprietary trading and from having certain relationships with hedge funds and private equity funds. Some analysts characterize the Volcker Rule as an example of how longer, more complicated rules often possess many loopholes lurking between the lines and can become very difficult to enforce.

The American Pizza Community Bites Back

July 23, 2015  |  David Freenock

Unlike in many restaurants where customers order in person from a limited number of options, consumers place 90 percent of all pizza orders over the phone or online, and they may order pizza in one of 34 million different combinations. Citing these unusual characteristics, pizza chains united and broke with the National Restaurant Association over its support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling rule.