KU Law connecting students with nonprofits and government agencies

The University of Kansas School of Law this summer launched the KU Law Legal Corps, a project that will connect law students with regional nonprofit organizations and government agencies. 

It is part of the school’s efforts to match students with legal experiences, said Heather Spielmaker, assistant dean for career services at KU Law.

“The Career Services Office at KU Law strives to ensure that all students have the chance to gain legal skills over the summer,” Spielmaker said. “This program helped us achieve our goal.”

KU law professor wins primary race for Douglas County district attorney, ousts longtime incumbent

A University of Kansas law professor who has called for more transparency and equity in criminal prosecutions has unseated the longtime Douglas County District Attorney.

Suzanne Valdez posted a comfortable victory in a three-way Democratic primary on Tuesday night, winning nearly 40% of the vote, according to unofficial vote totals, while incumbent Charles Branson finished third, with less than 30% of all votes.

New sex-and-age bias ruling signals reach of LGBT worker case

  • Tenth Circuit recognizes “sex-plus-age” discrimination claims
  • Ruling influenced by Supreme Court’s Bostock decision

Older men and women can sue their employers for discrimination based on a combination of their sex and age, the Tenth Circuit said in a recent decision showing the broad reach of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on LGBT worker rights.

Kansas activist, attorneys say police reform needs transparency

University of Kansas Law School hosts forum on racial injustice

When Ursula Minor, president of the Lawrence branch of the NAACP, sat down with a former member of the Lawrence Police Department, she was surprised to hear his cavalier attitude toward issues of racial justice.

“They said they didn’t see any problems. They told me minorities hadn’t told them about any problems,” Minor said at a virtual forum Tuesday on racial injustice and policing reform in Kansas.

KU professor says Washington NFL team name change ‘long-overdue, welcome’

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A University of Kansas professor says the Washington NFL team name change is “long-overdue and welcome.”

The Washington, D.C., NFL team said Monday, July 13, it would retire the name “Redskins” and the accompanying logo, following increased pressure in recent weeks to end the use of a world that is defined in most dictionaries as a racial slur against Native Americans. It says while the team has not announced a new name, it has said it will be in effect for the upcoming season.

The SEC’s proposal to raise the § 13(f) reporting threshold rests on a misinterpretation of the provision’s legislative history

Institutional investment managers like mutual funds and hedge funds are required to disclose their equity holdings every quarter under Securities Exchange Act § 13(f) and implementing regulations. On July 10, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a rule that would eliminate this reporting requirement for all but the largest 10% of investment managers by raising the assets under management threshold that triggers the quarterly reporting requirement from $100 million to $3.5 billion.

Will an African candidate be China’s choice for WTO chief?

  • With the trade body brought to a standstill by the US-China trade row, much will depend on whether the nominee can break the deadlock, Chinese government adviser says
  • Beijing will also be looking at each contender’s stand on national security exemptions, analyst says

Beijing is likely to favour an African candidate for the top job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as US-China trade tensions drive the body into dysfunction, according to an adviser to the Chinese government and observers.

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