Were Mark and Patricia McCloskey within their rights to point guns at protesters?

The St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters walking past their house claim they feared for their lives because of the “angry mob.”

Mark McCloskey, 63, and his wife, Patricia, 61 — both personal-injury lawyers — were caught on video brandishing weapons and yelling at protesters who were on their way to demonstrate in front of the mayor’s house on Sunday evening.

Will gun-wielding St. Louis attorneys be able to hide behind the state’s ‘Castle Doctrine’?

The St. Louis couple who went viral after an array of photos and videos showed them aiming firearms at protestors marching without permission through their private, gated community and toward the mayor’s mansion made national headlines over the weekend. The encounter sparked controversy and debate surrounding Missouri’s “castle doctrine,” particularly among conservative commentators who defended the couple’s actions as being a lawful exercise of their right to defend their home.

India-China standoff: What cards does India hold to play?

It would be an apocalyptic irony if the hand-to-hand brawl on June 15 near the poorly delineated Line of Actual Control in the Galwan Valley between Ladakh and Aksai Chin mushroomed to war between the world’s two most populous declared nuclear nations. By all credible accounts, with medieval nail-studded rods, China has again challenged India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. For the first time in 45 years, death ensued, of 20 Indian soldiers, including the Commander, Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu.

India-China standoff: PM Modi should use JFK’s Cuban Crisis playbook

This is the second article in a two-part series on India’s strategic options vis-à-vis China. Read the first here. 

India must deal with the lethal drama on June 15 at the Line of Actual Control. But India cannot alter Chinese behaviour solely through private boycotts and government quarantines. India needs to couple those economic measures with diplomatic action.

Here are the diplomatic choices: 

‘Nobody else for them to pick on’ KS Senate candidates scuffle over transgender rights

Three of the Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Kansas have launched ads in the last week attacking transgender rights, a strategy intended to galvanize social conservatives in the competitive August primary.

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Tuesday that if elected he would offer legislation to withhold Title IX federal funds from institutions that allow transgender students to participate in women’s sports.

50 Kansans You Should Know: Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic zeal and shared interest in moving their communities forward, and by extension, advancing the interests of an entire state. As in years past, they are a patchwork quilt of life in Kansas.

Lawyers pick apart Alito and Kavanaugh dissents in landmark LGBT rights case

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that employers who fire employees for being homosexual or transgender violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark ruling for LGBT rights, penned by Justice Neil Gorsuch, was predominantly grounded in an analysis of the statutory text which says it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual because of their “sex.” It was largely celebrated as a much-needed step in the right direction for egalitarian rights.

KU discrimination law expert says Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ workers is ‘historic,’ but ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a ruling protecting as many as 13 million Americans from being fired solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Though it was a landmark decision, a professor and expert in discrimination law at the University of Kansas School of Law said a gap still needs to be addressed in the 28 states, including Kansas, that don’t offer protections for LGBTQ workers.

LMH Health and KU School of Law team up to provide healthcare and legal aid to patients

In the 1990s, Boston Medical Center began noticing pediatric patients being treated for asthma were not showing signs of improvement after treatment. The healthcare team learned that children were returning to homes overtaken by mold and other infestations where landlords had disregarded health codes. Since the team knew they could not provide a prescription to treat the patient’s housing conditions, they reached out to seek legal assistance for the patients, and thus began the first-ever medical-legal partnership. 

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