KU Professor comments on resignation of WTO leader

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - University of Kansas international trade law expert, Raj Bhala, has spoken about consequences of World Trade Organization leader’s resignation.

World Trade Organization Director, General Roberto Azevêdo announced his resignation on Thursday, May 14. This greatly surprised the international trade community and added to uncertainty during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Azevêdo will be allowed to serve until the end of August though his second four-year term was not set to expire until next year.

Law schools give free legal assistance to health care workers

Health care workers are our rock stars today ...

But they don't get paid like them ...

Which is why Washburn Law Clinic faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other volunteer attorneys have launched the Washburn Hospital Employees Legal Preparedness Project (HELP) to provide legal preparedness services to support the many Topeka hospital employees who are risking exposure to COVID-19 in order to keep local hospitals operating.

Opinion: Kris Kobach’s voter registration mess may cost Kansas millions. Bad law, or bad lawyer?

Mark Johnson considers former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach a friend. And he agrees with illegal immigration foe Kobach that ineligible voters shouldn’t be able to register and vote.

But their disagreement on what, if anything, needs to be done about it is a dispute that Johnson estimates will end up costing Kansas taxpayers into the millions of dollars.

Constitutional or not? Protesters and professors debate rights amid COVID-19 related shutdowns

While protesters across the country defy stay-at-home orders to defend their freedoms at anti-quarantine rallies, constitutional law professors say the cases they are trying to bring against governors probably wouldn’t hold up in court.

Protesters in the state capitals of Maine and Pennsylvania congregated this past Monday, demanding that governors end the stay-at-home orders aimed at lessening the spread of COVID-19. The protests followed the lead of similar rallies in Ohio, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia.

Missouri unlikely to collect from China lawsuit

While Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the Chinese government and several other Chinese entities, what comes next is complicated, and experts said it’s unlikely the state will ever collect any money from the suit.

The attorney general, through his Deputy Justin Smith, asked a federal judge in St. Louis for punitive and actual damages among other relief in a court filing on Tuesday.

Professor Suzanne Valdez to run for Douglas County DA

Two Lawrence attorneys are officially in the running to become the top prosecutor in Douglas County.

Cooper Overstreet, a defense attorney for the Swain Law Office, and Suzanne Valdez, a law professor at the University of Kansas, both filed to run for the Douglas County district attorney position through the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday, said Heather Dill, an elections official for the county.

Your property taxes are likely still due, but your lender might have you covered

If you own a home in Florida, today marks the deadline to pay property taxes after the state earlier extended the original March 31 due date with two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Despite calls to push property tax payments further into the future, April 15 is the final day for property owners in the Sunshine State to pay the levies that in most counties there hover around 1% of the value of real estate assets. 

Kansas lawmakers revoke Gov. Kelly's order limiting church gatherings

TOPEKA, Kan. — Easter looming, Kansas Republican leaders on Wednesday revoked Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s order limiting religious gatherings to 10 people as the state’s coronavirus death toll jumped 40 percent.

House and Senate leaders — meeting as a body called the Legislative Coordinating Council — voted along party lines to throw out the directive. Their decision came as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to more than 1,000 and the death count ticked up to 38.

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