Recently proposed changes to Title IX rules regarding how colleges will handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment are drawing sharp criticism from a University of Kansas law professor who says the changes will make victims less likely to come forward and offenders more likely to go unpunished.
In what experts call a long-shot argument, a lawyer in a Lawrence rape case tried to get a charge dismissed by claiming that under Kansas law, the victim’s “life begins at fertilization.”
Since that would make the girl 16, not 15, when the incident occurred, she can’t be the victim of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, defense attorney Cooper Overstreet wrote. The age of consent in Kansas is 16.
A trade law expert from the University of Kansas expects the trade war between China and the United States to continue.
“Unless we see something unexpected and dramatic in the summit on the 30th of November in Buenos Aires, in that meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping,” said Raj Bhala, the Brennesein Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School, and a Senior Advisor at Dentons. “I think you can expect the trade war to continue, as per the USTR’s updated report.”
Cyberwar and deterrence, two of the most serious national security challenges facing the U.S. today, were the subject of discussion by Dr. Michael H. Hoeflich, the John H. and John M. Kane distinguished professor of law at the University of Kansas, during a lecture Nov. 14 at the Lewis and Clark Center as part of the Interagency Brown-Bag Lecture Series.
WICHITA, Kan. — A new proposal would redefine sexual assault and change the way colleges and universities investigate the cases.
The Department of Education says the changes to Title IX would still take reports of sexual assault seriously, but that they also assure the accused that they're not immediately deemed guilty either.
Amii Castle always knew she wanted to teach.
So a few years ago, after working for most of her career as a litigator in downtown Kansas City, the University of Kansas alumna decided to give her alma mater a call.
“They said, ‘Well, we don’t really hire KU grads, so you’re kind of wasting your time,’” she said.
Undiscouraged, Castle went ahead with advice to develop a class and get published. Within two years, she published nine articles — all while working full time.
“Nobody does that,” Castle said.
Supporters of battling wine retailers are using GoFundMe to finance their argument briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court, a new strategy that aims to help level the field in the expensive and specialized practice of trying to sway the justices.
GoFundMe and other crowdfunding isn’t unusual in litigation and legal controversies. Some, like embattled former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, have tapped the resource to offset legal fees, while more than $1 million was raised by dueling camps in Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s politically charged confirmation battle.
Aleksandra Burger-Roy was genuinely shocked when she first heard about Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot. The initiative asked voters if Massachusetts’ law preventing discrimination in public places should continue to include transgender people.
She’s been harassed and called gender-based slurs since she moved to Boston to study chemical engineering, but she generally considers it a safe place to be transgender, especially compared with the small town in Maine where she grew up.
Some police departments, turning to a designation that’s supposed to be used sparingly, make it seem as though they’ve solved a significant number of rape cases when they have simply closed them.
This story was produced in collaboration with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Newsy.