Drawing of political districts divides by party, not race, says KU professor

"The racial gerrymandering decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this week concerning two districts in North Carolina may change things for states that are becoming more diverse, says a University of Kansas law professor.

'The Court has traditionally said it is legally permissible to allow a state legislature to gerrymander a district to give one political party advantage,' said Lumen ‘Lou’ Mulligan. 'The Court has said, we will not allow you to gerrymander a district so as to play racial politics. That’s been the law for a number of years.'”

KU law professor says language compelling Kobach produce documents unusually strong

"A law professor at the University of Kansas reviewed the decision handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara this week compelling Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to produce documents in a suit regarding the National Voting Rights Act.

One of those documents is one photographed by the Associated Press in Kobach’s hand as he was getting ready to walk into a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

KU Law Professor Says Court Is Giving Legislature One Last Chance To Fix School Funding Adequacy

"A Kansas University Law Professor says that the Kansas Supreme Court appears to be giving the Kansas Legislature one last chance to fix school funding adequacy.

'The court found the current school funding provision to be unconstitutional under the Kansas Constitution,' said Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan, Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy. 'It stayed the enforcement of an order until the end of June.' 

The current law that gives schools in Kansas block grant funding is due to expire, anyway.

Judge Gorsuch grilled on possible conflicts of interest

"Judge Neil Gorsuch is facing questions about conflict of interest from senators on both sides of the aisle about nearly 1,000 cases the Supreme Court nominee recused himself from hearing during his time on the circuit court.

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Lumen Mulligan, an associate dean at the University of Kansas School of Law, told The Washington Times that nearly 1,000 recusals is 'definitely more than average' in the 10th Circuit.

University of Kansas Law Professor Familiar With SCOTUS Pick Explains What Makes Him Special

President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the United States Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia eleven months ago. University of Kansas Law Professor Lumen R. Mulligan has argued before Gorsuch in his current capacity as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mulligan is the Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at KU. Mulligan says Gorsuch intellectually fulfills the requirements of the post.

KU law professor outlines Trump’s potential conflicts of interest

"Several opinion pieces have questioned the constitutionality of Donald Trump continuing to profit from his many business ventures while he’s in office.

University of Kansas Law Professor Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan explains where those writers are getting the argument in the Constitution.

'The United States Constitution in Article I, Section 9, states that no person holding any office of profit or trust under the United States shall, without the consent of Congress, accept any present emolument, office, or title, of any kind, from any king, prince, or foreign state.'"

University of Kansas law professor outlines perils of self-defense at trial

"A University of Kansas law professor says that it isn’t usually a good idea for someone accused of a criminal offense to act as their own attorney, as accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof is attempting to do.

'The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees to individuals the right to represent themselves, said Professor Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan, the Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at KU. 'It seldom works out well for that defendant. It also creates quite a challenge for the trial court judge.'

Death penalty cases a factor behind efforts to oust justices

"Family members of the Carr brothers’ victims came away stunned after listening to the Kansas Supreme Court justices dissect the appeals of their loved ones’ killers in 2013.

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Reversing rulings 'is what the United States Supreme Court is supposed to do,' University of Kansas School of Law professor Lumen Mulligan said. 'That the system works is not a strike against the system.'

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