Law professor worried that proposed regulations will allow sexual misconduct at KU to go unpunished

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.

Judge shoots down ‘life begins at fertilization’ argument disputing age of teen victim in Lawrence rape case

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.

Trade expert expects U.S.-China trade war to continue

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.”

New proposal could change how college campuses investigate sexual assaults

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.

ACLU adviser Amii Castle says she has 'the sweetest gig ever'

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.

Money pours into GoFundMe as wine fight spills into Supreme Court

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.

Across US, trans rights make election gains even as White House pushes back

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.

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