Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Law

"Female lawyers have seemingly overcome systematic exclusion, but many still struggle with stress, influence and power as they are paid less and do more on average per week in terms of work (domestic and professional) than men.

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'I regularly encounter people who believe that because there may be de jure gender equality there is de facto gender equity. The glass ceiling is real and it persists to this day,' reveals the Honorable Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner, who serves as the Director of the Tribal Law & Government Center at the University of Kansas School of Law."

Kansas Lawmakers’ Budget Links Court Funding to Judicial Decision

"A budget advanced by Kansas legislators would eliminate funding for state courts if a judge strikes down a controversial law passed last year.

Republican senators and representatives agreed Monday on a two-year judicial budget that would self-destruct if any court blocks or overturns a 2014 law that stripped the Kansas Supreme Court of some administrative authority, giving local courts control over their own budgets and leadership.

More than 250 sexual assault kits never sent to crime lab

"More than 250 sexual assault kits were never sent off to the state's crime lab at three of the area's largest law enforcement agencies.

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But what experts are now learning is that when investigators choose not to test every kit, it comes at a high price. In some cases, it has allowed predators to keep preying.

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'Offenders in some cases would have been off the street and wouldn't be able to commit more crimes,' says Corey Rayburn Yung, a University of Kansas associate law professor, who has studied America's hidden rape crisis.

Expert says unfounded rape cases can lead to attackers going free

"Each year local law enforcement agencies decide which rape cases will be reported to the FBI and which ones will not, sometimes leaving rapists on the streets to attack again.

A national expert says the number of rapes reported often are underreported in midsize to larger cities like Chattanooga so the numbers don't look as bad.

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Yung conducted a study using FBI uniform crime reporting statistics from 1995 to 2012 in cities across the country, including Chattanooga.

He compared the number of homicides reported to the number of rapes.

Washburn inquiry into Phi Delta Theta fraternity raises free speech questions

"Washburn University’s suspension of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity this week following disclosure of crude text messages and a photo of a topless woman raises questions of free speech and how much power public colleges hold over students’ behavior.

Washburn’s investigation centers on whether the fraternity members violated the student code of conduct. In an email to faculty and staff, President Jerry Farley said appropriate sanctions will be imposed once the inquiry is completed.

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In the case of John Booker Jr., entrapment is an unlikely defense

"Booker, 20, is charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State. He had his initial court appearance Friday and will have a preliminary hearing April 20. He is being represented by a public defender.

New Appointment Holds Clues to Brownback Supreme Court Plan

"Last week, Kathryn Gardner was the second judge confirmed under Kansas’s new method of selecting appellate court judges, and her confirmation gives the state a look at the system Gov. Sam Brownback wants to use for choosing state supreme court justices.

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with judges making decisions that reflect the political views held by elected officials, according to Kansas University law professor Steve Ware.

Scholars’ Circle-Trans-Pacific-Trade-Partnership-Status

"We spend the hour exploring what could become the world’s largest trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). What could it mean for the countries that are considering signing onto it? Can it be democratic, humanitarian and transparent?

Raj Bhala is the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at The University of Kansas School of Law. He is the author of International Trade Law: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice Documents Supplement and Trade, Development, and Social Justice.

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