Brownback tax cut law produces winners and losers, KU tax law professor says

Martin Dickinson, professor of law, spoke to about 100 people at a Douglas County Democratic party meeting about the tax cuts that Republican Governor Sam Brownback signed into law.

Rothschild wrote:

Martin Dickinson, a Kansas University law professor and nationally recognized authority in tax law, said Saturday the tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law will benefit the wealthy, produce revenue shortfalls and possibly prompt gaming of the tax system.

The sum of Shariah

The Kansas Legislature's passage of a ban against state court or agencies making any rule based on foreign law, namely, Sharia, continues to spark controversy. Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala lent his opinion to the ongoing debate.

Gray wrote:

Raj Bhala, professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, said the fear of Shariah is irrational, based on ignorance not only of Islamic law but also American law that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment and provides protection for women and children.

Kansas insurance chief goes against GOP grain

A Kansas City Star article on the new health care law's requirement for states quoted Stephen McAllister, professor of law .

Johnson wrote:

Stephen McAllister, a University of Kansas law professor who once was a clerk for conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, shared her skepticism. He said Republicans would have to win the presidency, retain their U.S. House majority and capture a U.S. Senate majority to repeal the law.

“I'd be surprised – frankly shocked – if this got repealed,” he said.

Rural practice becomes more attractive for law school graduates

After he was featured in the Wall Street Journal about how law schools address the necessity of rural legal jobs, Arturo Thompson, assistant dean for Career Services, appeared in a Kansas City Star article on the same initiative.

Williams wrote:

Many new lawyers are finding themselves out of work or underemployed and saddled with student loan debt that averages more than $100,000. As of February, the employment rate for 2011 law-school graduates was 86 percent, the lowest level since 1994.

Kan. judge won't dismiss suit over abortion rules

Serving as the state's solicitor general, Professor Stephen McAllister argued during a recent hearing that resulted in a judge refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by two doctors challenging state regulations.

Hanna wrote:

Stephen McAllister, a Lawrence attorney and University of Kansas Law professor who serves as the state's solicitor general, argued during the hearing that only the state's highest court can settle some issues, such as whether the Kansas Constitution recognizes a right to privacy protecting access to abortion.

Kansas to see follow-up legislation on tax cuts

Professor Martin Dickinson was recently quoted in a story on a new Kansas law reducing state income taxes.

Hanna wrote:

But Martin Dickinson, a University of Kansas law professor who specializes in tax issues, said some provisions are flawed and unclear. For example, he said, the provision meant to exempt partners in a business from paying income taxes could still result in them facing taxes when income is distributed to them, not what lawmakers intended.

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