50 Kansans You Should Know: Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic zeal and shared interest in moving their communities forward, and by extension, advancing the interests of an entire state. As in years past, they are a patchwork quilt of life in Kansas.

Lawyers pick apart Alito and Kavanaugh dissents in landmark LGBT rights case

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that employers who fire employees for being homosexual or transgender violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark ruling for LGBT rights, penned by Justice Neil Gorsuch, was predominantly grounded in an analysis of the statutory text which says it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual because of their “sex.” It was largely celebrated as a much-needed step in the right direction for egalitarian rights.

KU discrimination law expert says Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ workers is ‘historic,’ but ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a ruling protecting as many as 13 million Americans from being fired solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Though it was a landmark decision, a professor and expert in discrimination law at the University of Kansas School of Law said a gap still needs to be addressed in the 28 states, including Kansas, that don’t offer protections for LGBTQ workers.

LMH Health and KU School of Law team up to provide healthcare and legal aid to patients

In the 1990s, Boston Medical Center began noticing pediatric patients being treated for asthma were not showing signs of improvement after treatment. The healthcare team learned that children were returning to homes overtaken by mold and other infestations where landlords had disregarded health codes. Since the team knew they could not provide a prescription to treat the patient’s housing conditions, they reached out to seek legal assistance for the patients, and thus began the first-ever medical-legal partnership. 

Podcast: The U.S. Constitution and COVID-19

As lockdown measures begin to ease up, we thought we would explore the constitutional questions they raised. Joining me in this conversation is my co-host Michael Otteson, and KU Law Professor Richard Levy.

In this episode, we take a look at what sort of textual, institutional, and political restrictions there are in limiting just what our federal, state, and local governments are able to in combating the current pandemic. And at one point, our conversation takes a short diversion into the misuse of power our government has overseen during national emergencies.

People who type two spaces after a period just can’t win

Ever since computers displaced typewriters, a rift has grown between individuals who put two areas after a interval and individuals who put one. Duane Daiker worries he may be on the shedding aspect.

Mr. Daiker, a lawyer in Tampa, Fla., introduced Mignon Fogarty, writer of the bestselling “Grammar Woman” books, onto his law-themed podcast in March to settle the matter as soon as and for all. He hoped she would rule in favor of two areas, as he had been taught in highschool.

Are the U.S. and China in a 'Cold War' or not?

On May 20, 2020, the White House issued what history may record as one of the most important foreign policy and defence reports since 9/11: The United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China. Nowhere across its 16 pages is the term ‘Cold War’ mentioned. Rather, “strategic competition” is the buzz phrase repeated four times. There are two oblique references to India. The Chinese Communist Party is mentioned 36 times.

Legal aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Governments around the world are imposing new rules and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, from stay-at-home orders to mandatory wearing of face masks. In South Korea, a 27-year-old man has received a prison sentence for breaking self-quarantine rules. Lawsuits related to COVID-19 are piling up, with countries and private entities suing China over its handling of the outbreak.

Cherokee professor, KU Law students to train UN diplomats on Indigenous issues

Students at the University of Kansas School of Law — led by Professor Shawn Watts, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation — will have a chance to train diplomats on Indigenous issues and conflict resolution as part of a new partnership.

The KU School of Law recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to provide skills development training for diplomats at the United Nations (U.N.). 

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