Firsthand experience compels Kansan to seek compensation for unjustly convicted

"The state of Kansas would have done far more for wrongly convicted Floyd Bledsoe had he actually committed the murder for which he spent 15 years in prison.

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Work of the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas law school led to compelling DNA evidence that Jefferson County officials convicted the wrong person in the 1999 death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann. In a bizarre twist, Bledsoe’s brother confessed to the crime in a suicide note.

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Law school clinics support DACA recipients

"When President Trump announced earlier this month that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, law schools around the nation quickly responded by setting up legal clinics to help DACA recipients renew their protections.

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Similar clinics popped up at The University of Kansas School of Law and Washburn University School of Law, where law school faculty received multiple calls a day requesting information about DACA.

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Farmers Harvest Settlement in Syngenta Corn Lawsuit (Audio)

Margaret Cronin Fisk, a reporter for Bloomberg News, and Andrew Torrance, a professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, discuss a settlement under which Syngenta agreed to pay more than 100,000 farmers more than $1.4 billion after they complained that the marketing of the company’s genetically modified corn seeds shut them out of the Chinese market. They speak with Bloomberg’s Michael Best and June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s Bloomberg Law.

Middle East expert says women driving will have economic impact in Saudi Arabia

"Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive for the first time. This is big news in a traditionally conservative Kingdom.

'It’s a very significant development,' said Raj Bhala, the Brennesein Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School, and a Senior Advisor at Dentons. 'What it means, first, in the most technical way, is that the Saudi government will start issuing driver’s licenses to women in June of 2018. Technically, they were allowed to drive, but the government was not issuing the licenses, so, in fact, they could not drive.'

Kansas Colleges, Universities Struggle With DACA Repeal

"For many years, Kansas has allowed non-U.S. citizens who grew up in Kansas to attend public colleges and universities and pay in-state tuition rates, as long as they met all other qualifications for admission and residency. But the decision to rescind DACA has rattled all college and university campuses, officials said.

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Law schools at both the University of Kansas and Washburn University are operating clinics to help students and others who will face legal issues if DACA is repealed and not replaced by another program.

KU offers free legal aid for DACA recipients

"Some DACA recipients have until October 5th to apply for renewal if their status expires between now and March 2018. With the deadline fast approaching, KU Law students and faculty say they’re ready to help.

'I want to be able to help out people, let them stay here in Lawrence and I don't think it was right to revoke DACA, it was kind of a surprise move,' First year law student, Max Iverson, said.

Law professor planning to leave University to serve as U.S. Attorney for Kansas

"Stephen McAllister will take a leave of absence if confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney for Kansas, however, he said he plans on returning to the University at the end of his term.

McAllister, a distinguished professor at the University’s law school, was nominated to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, McAllister will begin his four-year term as U.S. Attorney for Kansas. McAllister would replace Tom Beall as the chief federal law enforcement officer in Kansas."

KU Expands DACA Assistance After Flood Of Volunteers

"The University of Kansas School of Law is expanding free legal assistance for children brought into this country illegally by their parents. Under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), some children have been allowed to remain in the U.S. legally to work and attend school.

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KU's Melanie DeRousse says they were planning to only offer free help to Douglas County residents, but a larger-than-expected pool of volunteers is now allowing them to help anyone.

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