Kansas abortion ban differs from Arizona ban at center of Supreme Court decision

Bryan Lowry wrote:

"The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Arizona officials defending a law that banned abortions after 20 weeks.

The Arizona law, enacted in 2012, violates a woman’s right to end a pregnancy before a fetus can survive outside the womb, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco ruled in May. The high court’s decision not to hear that case upholds that ruling.

Free speech battle heats up

KU Law professor Raj Bhala weighed in on the Kansas Board of Regents' new social media policy for university employees. 

Craig Andres wrote: 

"The Kansas Board of Regents recently announced that speech by University employees that is a detriment to the functions of the University, could be cause for discipline.

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Now, some professors say the Kansas Board of Regents policy could have a chill on free speech. In fact, some say they wonder if they could be disciplined or even fired for talking to the media.

Washing Machine Classes Approved Again; New Scrutiny Followed Comcast Ruling

Jessie Kokrda Kamens wrote: "Two classes of consumers with allegedly defective Kenmore-brand Sears washing machines withstood another round of scrutiny from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Aug. 22 following the U.S. Supreme Court's remand in light of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 7th Cir., No. 11-8029, 8/22/13).  Judge Richard A. Posner reinstated the appeals court's 2012 opinion ordering certification of one class and affirming certification of the other. The appeals court found that Fed. R.

For Saudi women in Kansas City, driving isn’t ‘a big issue’

Rick Montgomery wrote: "When she recently obtained a Missouri driver’s license, college student Shrouk Alburj wasn’t thinking of liberation. She was thinking: I need the wheels.

Her native Saudi Arabia is the world’s only country that bars women from driving. But as a movement quietly builds back home to issue licenses to women, Alburj and other Saudi women studying in Kansas City say they’re puzzled by the attention that Americans have given the subject.

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Weigh 3 Factors Before Pursuing an Accelerated B.A.-J.D. Program

The University of Kansas is one of several schools now offering a joint degree that allows students to earn a Bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years. 

Delece Smith Barrow wrote: "Kansas is one of a few schools that allow students to complete undergraduate and law school in six years. The American Bar Association does not keep count, but legal education experts say fewer than 20 schools in the United States could give students this option.

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These programs move at a grueling pace, and that's not for everyone, experts say.

Why We Still March on Washington

KU law professor Derrick Darby argues that fifty years after the March on Washington, racial divisions persist.

Darby wrote: 

"Fifty years later, as a Pew Center report reveals, these racial disparities persist and Americans remain deeply divided by race, class, and politics on how we view them and how they should be addressed. Blacks and whites do not see eye-to-eye nor do the rich and the poor nor do Democrats and Republicans.

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KU professor: Potential reward of Iran deal worth risk

KU Law professor Raj Bhala expressed optimism that Iran will avoid expanding its nuclear weapons program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. His view counters that of U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, who harbor reservations about the deal.

Tim Carpenter wrote: "A law professor at The University of Kansas stood apart from U.S. senators representing Kansas by expressing optimism about a deal granting Iran temporary relief from crippling economic sanctions in return for curbing expansion of a nuclear weapon program.

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