The Intersection of
Law & Public Policy: 2023 Update

Temple University Beasley School of Law

 March 31, 2023 
 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

About the Event

This Symposium explores the intersection of law and public policy.  Grappling with some of the most pressing issues of the past year, the Symposium presents twenty-three innovative policy proposals. There will be panels exploring Technology Policy, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration, Voting, Transportation Policy, Gender, Sexuality, and Education, along with a host of innovative proposals for legislative and regulatory reform across a wide range of areas.  

The Symposium will be held virtually, via Zoom. Registrants can choose to attend the full Symposium, the morning session, or the afternoon session.  

Attendees qualify for up to 7.5 substantive Pennsylvania CLE credits.  


9:00 a.m. Welcome 

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Voting Rights and Election Law 

Arlo B. Blaisus 
Voting Registration and Federal Housing Assistance: A Practical Solution to Increase Democratic Participation 

Patrick Long 
Privacy and Politics: A Case for Increased Federal Campaign Finance Disclosure Thresholds 

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Legislative and Regulatory Reform 

Billy Febuary 
The Food Allowance Program: Rewarding Work and Fighting Food Insecurity 

Alyssa (Lee) M. Kennedy 
Exposing the Invisible Middlemen: Regulating Pharmaceutical Benefit Mangers (PBMs) and Promoting Patient-Centered Care 

Carson Taylor 
Disarming The Stigma: Promoting a U.S. Policy of No First Use 

Asher Young 
Reforming Regulatory Review for a More Equitable Administrative State 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Transportation Policy and the Environment 

Megan Palmer 
Accessible Autonomous Vehicles as a Guideline Not an Afterthought 

Maxwell J. Toth 
A Down Payment on American Rail: Reliable Passenger Rail Investment to Correct a Century of Racist Transportation Policy 

Samantha Weber 
A Sustainable Reform for Western Water Policy: Because No One Wins When We “Use It or Lose It” 



12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Criminal Justice Reform 

Bri Murphy 
Alternatives to Punishment: Investing Beyond the Carceral State 

Shelby Cherilyn Dolch 
Justice Withheld: The Impacts of Bias and Bureaucracy in Executive Clemency on Marginalized Communities 

James Dykman 
Disarming the Dangerous: Creating a Uniform Disciplinary Policy for Federal Law Enforcement Officer Sexual Misconduct 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Technology Policy and Criminal Justice 

Amy Kuldip 
How Online Communication Platforms Facilitate Human Trafficking and Rethinking the Websites as Hosts Theory 

Hanna C. Pfeiffer 
Placing Limits on E-Carceration 

Kemberly D. Viveros 
Protecting Black Lives Matter Protesters: Mandating Comprehensive Federal Consumer Data Privacy Laws 


2:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Gender, Sexuality, and Education 

Carley S. Felzer 
A House Divided: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the Failed Promise of Separation Between Church and State 

Emily M. Harris 
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education: Developing a National Program for Kindergarten through 12th Grade Students 

Emily Lawson 
A Gender-Affirming Tax Code 

Lucas Masin-Moyer 
Reconstructing Federal Education Funding Structures and Pennsylvania’s ‘Hold Harmless’ Model of Education to Better Serve English-Learning Students 

3:55 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Immigration 

Joan Fernandez 
Twice Exiled: Ending Prolonged Asylee Family Separation 

Austin A. Kurtanich 
Asylum Application Reform: Supporting Migrants Facing Humanitarian Crisis 

Adamari Rodriguez 
Immigration Reform: Amnesty a Predated Solution that Advances Economic Development and A Moral Imperative 

Marianne A. Uy 
Barriers to the American Dream: An Analysis of the International Student Education to Employment Pipeline 


Please join this Intersection of Law & Public Policy: 2023 Update Symposium by registering below.

Morning Session Fee: $60
Afternoon Session Fee: $90
Full Session Fee With Early Registration Discount: $125
Full Session Fee After 03/17: $150
Temple University Beasley School of Law Faculty, Staff, Students: Free


Andrea C. Anastasi

Legal Department Manager, ACLU of PA

Andrea C. Anastasi serves as the legal department manager at the ACLU of Pennsylvania. In her role, she manages and strengthens operational aspects of the legal department, oversees the organization’s legal intake system, and engages in fact gathering to support litigation and advocacy. Before joining the ACLU, Andrea worked both in the policy space and direct legal services advocating with and on behalf of underrepresented individuals and communities. Her collective experiences have taught her that advocating for social justice can take many unexpected and magical forms. Consequently, she welcomes all opportunities to effect positive change and connect people to help the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, hugging trees, and finding adventure. (Philadelphia) 

Andria Bibiloni

Staff Attorney, Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow, Consumer Housing Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Andria Bibiloni is a staff attorney and Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow in the Consumer Housing Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance where she assists low-income, limited English proficient residents with claims to home-adjacent vacant property, primarily in the Kensington area She represents clients in quiet title and real estate tax foreclosure litigation, coordinates bilingual community education, and contributes to community open space policy reform efforts.  Andria is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law (2021), where she was a Law & Public Policy Scholar, and a recipient of the Henry W. Maxmin Scholarship and the Beth Cross Award for her commitment to public interest law and underserved populations.  Prior to law school, Andria established a career as a visual artist with work in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, and Yale University LibraryShe holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (2004) and an MFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art (2008). 

Anika Forrest

Legislative Director, Domestic Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Anika Forrest leads the domestic policy team at Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby in D.C. In this role, she guides the team’s legislative and policy strategy and directs the migration policy program. 

Before coming to FCNL, Anika was a legislative aide for then-Philadelphia Councilmember Helen Gym. There she worked on immigrant detention, deportation, racial economic disparities, and housing insecurity. She also has a foreign policy background, which includes experiences with USAID, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Juridical Committee, and the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C.  

Anika is an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She holds a J.D. from Temple Law and a B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College. 

Chris Lin

Staff Attorney , Debt Free Justice Campaign

Chris Lin joined Juvenile Law Center in 2022 as a staff attorney with the Debt Free Justice campaign, working to end fees and fines in the juvenile justice system. Before joining Juvenile Law Center, he was an associate director with the American Constitution Society and worked with lawyers and law students around the country to advance a progressive view of the Constitution.   

Chris is currently a board member of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is a former member of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee, a former board member of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, a former elected committee-person in Philadelphia, and a founder of the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. 

Before attending law school, Chris worked in federal government in D.C. and then local government in Pittsburgh. Chris graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. He then obtained a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown, with a concentration in Homeland Security. He earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he obtained a Peggy Browning Fellowship to advance workers’ rights, and as a Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow assisted ACLU-PA’s efforts to clear the criminal records of the indigent. 

Nikki Hatza

Federal Judicial Law Clerk, District Court for the Eastern District of Pennslyvania

Nikki Hatza (she/her) (LAW ‘20) is currently a federal judicial law clerk on the District Court for the Eastern District of PA. Prior to clerking, she was a litigator at a large law firm in Philadelphia. She has experience representing financial institutions in anti-money laundering matters, advising schools in education law matters, and assisting public entities in government affairs matters. Nikki also has experience in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) field, advising organizations on internal anti-discrimination policies and best practices. During law school, Nikki helped prosecute and evaluate Title VII claims with the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ and the EEOC. She also served immigration and family law clients as a legal intern at HIAS-PA and the Temple Legal Aid Clinic. Prior to law school, Nikki taught high school on the Navajo Nation with Teach for America and spent two years as a Fulbright grantee in Santander, Spain teaching international relations classes.