Stegner Center Young Scholar Lecture – Uma Outka

The federal reemphasis on fossil fuels makes low-carbon energy policy an increasingly decentralized project in the U.S. With a focus on renewable energy, this year’s Stegner Lecture assessed innovations and trends shaping energy law in the states today.

KU Law Professor Uma Outka joined the Stegner Center as the 14th annual Stegner Center Young Scholar. She delivered a Young Scholar lecture on “State Energy Law for a Modern Low-Carbon Grid.”

Outka said we can use policy to make clean energy more inclusive and alleviate the energy needs for low-income households.

School of Law program grants access to free bar exam prep courses

The University of Kansas School of Law now offers graduates a free bar exam preparation program, through a partnership with Themis Bar Review.

Associate Dean of the School of Law Lumen Mulligan said preparation courses proved to be related to successful bar exam passage rates, per a study conducted by the School of Law. Cost quickly became a barrier for students, with costs increasing over the past few years – at upwards of $3,000, according to Mulligan.

Interview with Lua Yuille

The Women in International Law Network interviewed Lua Yuille from the University of Kansas School of Law. Yuille discussed her interest in working in iternational law, her experiences in different academic cultures, some of the challenges she's encountered in her career and some of the most enjoyable moments of her career.


Kavanaugh's approach to access depends on whom you ask

During Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process this summer, public scrutiny focused on sexual assault allegations and his position on Roe v. Wade. But where he might land on important access to justice cases that come before the high court has received little attention in comparison.

A number of rulings in the civil arena have stoked fears among liberal groups that the jurist will be more inclined to favor business plaintiffs over consumers, disfavor class action and pro se plaintiffs, and generally limit the access that common people have to the courts.

Trump’s birthright citizenship position contrary to 14th Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, KU law professor says

President Donald Trump said in an interview that he wanted to end the practice of birthright citizenship. A constitutional law professor from the University of Kansas says such an action would be in violation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Ford County attorney says ACLU plan for voting in Dodge City would cause mass confusion

Attorneys staked out battle lines Monday in an animated conference call over polling access in Dodge City.

The American Civil Liberties Union pleaded with U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree to schedule a hearing as soon as possible in the organization’s lawsuit over a decision by Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox to move the only polling place for Dodge City outside of city limits.

Hawley didn’t look into ‘most basic facts’ in Greitens investigation, attorney says

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley faced criticism earlier this year after his office cleared former Gov. Eric Greitens of any wrongdoing over his use of a self-destructing text message app called Confide.

Now, less than two weeks before Hawley faces off against Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in one of the most closely contested senate races in the country, Hawley’s investigation of the former governor is once again drawing scrutiny.

Kansas needs a policy vision for clean energy

While wind power is a well-established energy priority in Kansas, the same cannot be said for solar energy or energy efficiency. In this interview, Uma Outka, professor at University of Kansas School of Law, said that political leadership is the missing link in bringing these two goals to the table in her state.

CEFF: How would you describe the solar-energy market's current successes and challenges in Kansas?

Outka: The solar-energy market is still in its infancy in Kansas.


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