LGBTQ civil rights case could test textual interpretation of law, says KU professor

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with officials from 15 other states in a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that transgender workers are not protected under federal workplace anti-discrimination laws codified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The states, led by Nebraska, are asking the court to overturn a decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Auto manufacturing portion of U.S.-Mexico trade deal most stringent in any free-trade agreement, says trade expert

A main point in the trade agreement announced this week between the United States and Mexico has to do with auto manufacturing.

“The current rule of origin would rise by 12.5 percentage points from 62.5 to 75 percent,” said Raj Bhala, the Brennesein Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School, and a Senior Advisor at Dentons. “75 percent of the value of a car or a truck would have to come from within the U.S. or Mexico or both to qualify for duty-free treatment between the U.S. and Mexico.”

Orman’s ballot spot in jeopardy from legal challenge to signatures

Legal experts say independent candidate for governor Greg Orman faces at least a potential threat to lose his spot on the ballot in Kansas’ general election.

An objection filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office on Monday targets the signatures Orman gathered for ballot access. The letter was filed on behalf of William Lawrence, the chief of staff for Democratic state Senate leader Anthony Hensley.

Here’s why some Kansas counties will accept dozens of provisional ballots and others won’t

Unaffiliated voters are creating a new twist in tallying the votes of Kansas' primary election.

On August 13, dozens of Kansas counties began canvassing nearly 9,000 provisional ballots from the primary election earlier this month. Some of the more populous counties, like Johnson County, will not certify the provisional ballots to the total vote count until August 14.

The Johnson County Board of Canvassers recommended more than 1,400 of the provisional ballots should be added to the statewide totals. The board also recommended just under 900 should not count.

The Myth of Autonomy

Lua Kamal Yuille, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, discusses her research on "The Myth of Autonomy." She was at the University of Arkansas School of Law in March of 2018 as part of the law school's speaker exchange.

In her work on autonomy and the law, she argues that we cannot live our own lives without help. 

India at 71: Can India fill a China trade gap?

Modern international history furnishes no more fascinating contrast than that between India and China, the ancient civilisations that have become the world’s two most populous nations, 71 and 69 years old, respectively. On August 15, 1947, the horizontal tricolour— saffron, white, and green, with the 24-spoke blue wheel — was hoisted over Delhi’s Red Fort. On October 1, 1949, the bright red field—with a big, gold star bordered by an arch of four small gold stars — was hoisted over Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Bond too low for Topeka homicide defendant, victims’ family says

LaToya Austin believes John W. Towner Jr. is too dangerous for a $100,000 bond — an amount low enough, she said, she worries the man accused of shooting her brother and father could be released.

Judges determine bond with recommendations from prosecutors and defense attorneys. A defendant’s flight risk, threat to witnesses and potential danger to the community are considered, among other things, said Corey Rayburn Yung, a University of Kansas professor who specializes in criminal law and procedure.

How international tariffs are effecting local economies

Speaking in Kansas City last week, President Trump asked for patience for trade policies that have resulted in new tariffs on American goods. No question that trade wars are now underway, most notably with China. Outrage has greeted his approach, but is the president wrong in his reasoning? In the early stages of what may be a long trade war, we explore that reasoning and look at the impact tariffs are having on workers and businesses in Kansas and Missouri.

Brett Kavanaugh recusals likely to disappoint conservatives

Conservatives were hoping to get a new justice onto the Supreme Court before a major case involving illegal immigrants’ rights to abortion reaches the justices, but they may end up being disappointed by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to fill the looming vacancy.

Since he participated in the case while on the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Judge Kavanaugh would have to recuse himself when the case reached the justices, under standard court practice.

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