KU Law Professor Explains SCOTUS Ruling on Texas Abortion Statute

"The United States Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision handed down Monday struck down a Texas law that would have severely limited the number of abortion clinics in the state. A law professor from the University of Kansas, Lumen “Lou” Mulligan explains the provisions of the law that were in question.

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Mulligan explained the point of Constitutional law that the court was addressing.

Separation of Powers Still Vital, Says KU Law Professor

"A professor of law at the University of Kansas who testified in the regular legislative session to the Senate Judiciary committee about the separation of powers said then and reiterates now their importance in government.

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'The people of Kansas have insisted in article six of the constitution that the schools receive suitable funding,' Mulligan said. 'They put a funding provision into the constitution. When you put things into a constitution, the judges enforce them. That’s how it goes.'” 

 

Lobbyists, Legal Experts Weigh-In on School Funding Debate

"Governor Sam Brownback isn't saying yet whether he'll call the Kansas Legislature into special session to respond to a recent state Supreme Court order on public schools. The court rejected education funding changes made earlier this year by the Legislature and warned that schools will be unable to reopen after the end of this month if lawmakers don't approve additional changes to fix a $40 million imbalance in funding between rich and poor school districts. 

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Constitutional Crisis Possible, According to KU Law Professor

"A University of Kansas Law Professor says that if the Kansas Legislature does not reconvene in special session before the end of the month, we will have a constitutional crisis.

'Under our theory of government, hearkening all the way back to the 1803 U.S. Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison, which I imagine most of us studied in high school civics, it’s the high court that has the duty to declare what the law is,' said Professor Lumen 'Lou' Mulligan. Mulligan is the Director of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at KU.

Your Turn: Independent judiciary serves all

"To some of us, whether we are in government or as citizens, the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent actions striking down the 2015 school-finance scheme could be seen as a wrongful power grab. Nothing could be further from the truth. The independence of the judiciary is not maintained for the benefit of the judges. It is for us — free citizens of a democratic republic governed under rule of law — for whom the courts stand open as fair and impartial tribunals."

Weigh 3 Factors Before Pursuing an Accelerated B.A.-J.D. Program

The University of Kansas is one of several schools now offering a joint degree that allows students to earn a Bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years. 

Delece Smith Barrow wrote: "Kansas is one of a few schools that allow students to complete undergraduate and law school in six years. The American Bar Association does not keep count, but legal education experts say fewer than 20 schools in the United States could give students this option.

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These programs move at a grueling pace, and that's not for everyone, experts say.

Law professor named to KU's new class of senior administrative fellows

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

LAWRENCE — Ten University of Kansas faculty members have been named senior administrative fellows for 2013-2014.  

Fellows are selected annually from nominations and applications submitted during the spring semester from across campus. Fellows learn more about senior administration in higher education by meeting with senior administrators, visiting administrative units across campus, discussing national trends in academia and developing their leadership skills. The program has been in place for more than 20 years and is directed by Mary Lee Hummert, vice provost for faculty development, with the assistance of Jenny Mehmedovic, assistant to the provost. 

The new class of fellows is: 

  • William Elliott, associate professor, School of Social Welfare 
  • Judith Emde, librarian and assistant dean, KU Libraries 
  • Michael Engel, professor, ecology & evolutionary biology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Mechele Leon, associate professor and chair, theatre, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 
  • Lumen Mulligan, professor, School of Law 
  • Scott Reinardy, associate professor, School of Journalism 
  • Susan Scholz, professor, School of Business 
  • Joan Sereno, professor, linguistics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 
  • Kelli Thomas, associate professor, curriculum & teaching, School of Education
  • Z.J. Wang, Spahr professor and chair, aerospace engineering, School of Engineering.

All tenured faculty members at KU are eligible to apply. Requests for nominations and application instructions for the 2014-2015 senior administrative fellows will occur in April 2014.  

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