Letter from the Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 5 No. 3

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the tenth print edition—Vol. 5, No. 3—of the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy (CJLPP)! After reviewing many highly-qualified submissions, the editorial team is delighted to feature several particularly stimulating papers and two abridged interview articles in this issue. For our digital content as well as submissions from across the U.S. and overseas, please be sure to visit our website at www.5clpp.com.

This print edition, as well as our regular digital content, would not have been possible without the hard work our team tirelessly contributed. My sincere gratitude goes to all CJLPP writers and guest contributors; senior editors Arthur Chang, Audrey Jang, Desiree Santos, Emily Zheng, Isaac Cui, and Jerry Yan; interview editor Kaela Cote-Stemmermann; digital content editors Allie Carter and John Nikolaou; design editor Noah Levine and layout editor Daphne Yang; as well as webmaster Wentao Guo. Our business team, led by Chief Operating Officer Greer Levin, has meanwhile hosted a series of engaging law/public policy events throughout the semester. A big thank-you goes to business directors Ali Kapadia, Franco Liu, and Kim Tran, as well as project managers Elise Van Scoy and Erin Burke.

I am writing to you in April, when Commencement 2018 is just around the corner: a bittersweet time of the year for seniors as we prepare to run through the College gates once more with our classmates, ready to pass the torch to those who will continue our work. It would not be an overstatement to say that my work with the CJLPP has been a true highlight of my Claremont years. It has been extraordinarily rewarding to witness, and indeed be part of, the exciting growth of this student publication. From a vision our founder Byron Cohen (CMC ‘16) had as a young college student passionate about legal and policy debates, to a well-recognised campus publication, to an established law journal that routinely accepts publications from various corners of the world and a leader among our peer journals with the Intercollegiate Law Journal (ILJ) project, the CJLPP and our members have grown together in many important ways. I am immensely proud of everything we have collectively accomplished, and cannot wait to keep up with all the future developments of this group. I would like to voice my deepest gratitude to Byron Cohen for starting this wonderful journal and his continued guidance over the years, as well as to my predecessor Martin Sicilian (PO ‘17) for being a constant source of inspiration.

As we step into the weeks leading up to graduation, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow graduating seniors: Jerry Yan, who joined the journal at the start of his sophomore year and has continuously contributed to our community through his writing and editing; Jessie Levin, a talented staff writer whose work has been featured several times on our website; Noah Levine, who has played an instrumental role in all design aspects for the CJLPP and ILJ alike; and Kaela Cote-Stemermann, our amazing interview editor. While we will greatly miss contributing to the CJLPP firsthand, we are glad that with our strengthened alumni network, we will be keeping in touch with current and future CJLPP members.

Here, I would like to congratulate Greer Levin, our newly elected Editor-in-Chief, and Isaac Cui, our inaugural Managing Editor—two highly respected members of the current executive board—on their new positions. Both of them have continuously shown a genuine dedication to the journal since they first joined the group. I have no doubt that Greer and Isaac will do a truly fabulous job leading the journal.

As always, I would like to close my Letter by thanking our faculty advisor, Prof. Amanda Hollis-Brusky, for her continued guidance and mentorship. Our journal is also indebted to the Salvatori Center, Scheidemantle Law Group, the Atheneum, the 5C politics, legal studies, and public policy departments, for their support over the years, as well as to all of our readers, partners, alumni, prospective members, and other supporters.

If you enjoy reading our articles and would like to share your own writing, keep in mind that the CJLPP always welcomes submissions to our blog and future print editions. Please refer to the “Submissions” page on our website for details. In addition, for our Claremont readers, if you feel that you could be a valuable addition to our team, I invite you to visit our “Hiring” page for potential openings or email us at info.5clpp@gmail.com.

Happy Reading!

With Love,

April Xiaoyi Xu


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