Professor outlines environmental degradation to Mediterranean

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


LAWRENCE — Climate change is posing problems around the world to the way people live and feed themselves. In the Mediterranean Basin, a vital region to dozens of nations, it is exacerbating the existing problems of environmental degradation, agricultural land misuse, pollution, population increases and declining species. A University of Kansas law professor and two recent graduates have published an article examining the problems facing the Mediterranean region, what is being done to address them and how a new, multinational “trusteeship” entity might address the issues facing millions of the area’s inhabitants.

John Head, Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law at KU, wrote an article with KU School of Law alumni Kate Marples and Jon Simpson that was published in the journal Mediterranean Studies. Marples is a judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, and Simpson is an assistant solicitor general for the state of Kansas.

Head said the article “tries to summarize the alarming pace and severity of water pollution, soil depletion, fish-stock collapse and other forms of ecological degradation – including the growing crisis that climate change poses – in the Mediterranean Basin,” which Head and his co-authors define to include the roughly two dozen countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea and sharing a typically Mediterranean climate.

“Kate and Jon and I try to address this question: What can be done, from a legal and institutional standpoint, to address the ecological problems in that especially important region?” Head said.

They explore the question in three parts: In the first section, the authors report on various forms of environmental degradation in the region: soil depletion, water pollution, industrial and urban waste, and near-collapse of several fish stocks such as bluefin tuna. While all of those problems are bad news for the region, climate change is projected to make them worse and to cause agricultural production to drop. On top of that, immigrants and refugees from climate crises, war and other strife are flocking to the area for refuge. That further increases the demand on food production in the area.

The second section explores what is being done to combat ecological degradation. European countries bordering the northern shores of the Mediterranean have taken a range of protective measures – some of these reflect European Union influence – but those efforts have suffered from inadequate funding and national jealousies. The situation is even worse in northern Africa and the Middle Eastern countries bordering the region. Some national agencies have tried to address environmental problems, but tight finances, weak institutions and population pressures have made that difficult.

“We conclude that far too little is being done, even in the European countries of the Mediterranean Basin, to fight environmental degradation,” Head said. “Most experts would agree that degradation is deeply concerning already and will continue to get worse with climate change. So, it’s a mixed bag with what’s happening, but it’s all bad.”

Lastly, the authors make recommendations for what can be done to address the crisis. Most importantly, they propose a Corporate Trust for Agro-Ecological Integrity in the Mediterranean Basin. The authors outline how such an organization, featuring representation from all regional nations as well as a broad range of non-government organizations, could be formed and how it might effectively address soil depletion, agricultural degradation, industrial pollution, species collapse and other environmental challenges. It would require significant legal and institutional cooperation, they say, but it could build on a “trusteeship” approach that other international institutions have already used.

“With my growing interest over recent years in the legal and institutional aspects of ecological protection and agricultural reform, I have dug into issues of sovereignty, autonomy and what some of my colleagues call ‘diversity management;’ that is, how to balance the momentum toward globalization with the crucial need to retain and protect the distinctive characters of local places, species and cultures,” Head said.

One does not need to be an expert in geopolitics to realize many of the nations in the Mediterranean Basin do not see eye to eye on issues political, cultural and religious. However, the pressing need to address a warming climate, worsening pollution and declining agricultural production could necessitate action. Head has long studied international organizations and notes that they often arise out of conflict, such as the formation of the League of Nations following World War I and the creation of the World Bank following World War II.

“What may seem politically impossible today might well become attractive and even mandatory tomorrow, when we face ecological challenges exacerbated by climate change,” Head said.

Such an international entity, based on a “trusteeship” model, would do well to take lessons from similar ecosystems around the world. There are seven ecoregions on Earth that closely resemble the climate and environmental conditions of the Mediterranean. Data sharing and other forms of international cooperation among these ecoregions could offer keys to addressing the Mediterranean Basin’s problems. Water conservation regulations in California’s Napa region and land use measures in Chile or Australia, for instance, could offer valuable lessons on how to preserve the Mediterranean region ecologically, the authors argue. The trust would be able to design, plan and anticipate the types of legal and institutional solutions necessary to fight the problems with measures that are workable in each unique nation. While the plan is ambitious and would undoubtedly face resistance, the authors say that the fast-deteriorating conditions require bold initiatives.

“As noted, the trajectory of ecological degradation in the Mediterranean Basin is indisputable and widely recognized… We fully expect to see popular demand rise very quickly for authorities to take bold action aimed first at arresting the degradation and then at reversing it and mitigating its consequences. We have offered possible ways of meeting that demand.”

Above: A map of the Mediterranean region outlines the roughly two dozen nations the authors include in their work about environmental degradation in the region.

Free KU clinic to help clients expunge criminal record, start with 'clean slate'

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

LAWRENCE – People who have been arrested or convicted of crimes often face barriers to employment, housing or other opportunities – even long after they have served their sentences.

The University of Kansas School of Law Legal Aid Clinic/Douglas County Legal Aid Society Inc. will host a free clinic this weekend to help people who find themselves in this situation get a fresh start. The “Clean Slate” Expungement Clinic will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK), First Christian Church, 221 W. 10th St. The clinic will overlap with LINK’s community meal, served from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

An expungement seals an arrest record or conviction from public view, with certain exceptions.

“In many cases, people are eligible to petition for expungement but haven’t been able to because they need help navigating the legal system or cannot afford the legal fees,” said Meredith Schnug, associate director of KU’s Legal Aid Clinic. “Expungement is an important process to give people a fresh start when they demonstrate they have moved beyond a criminal past.”

The Legal Aid Clinic will provide free legal representation to eligible individuals seeking to expunge records in Douglas County District Court and/or Lawrence Municipal Court. The clinic can accept clients with income up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Clients who do not qualify for a waiver of the filing fee will need to pay those court costs, but no attorney’s fees, as long as they are eligible for services. After the Feb. 10 clinic, clients will need to attend one additional appointment and any required court hearings with their attorney.

Last year’s expungement clinic assisted nearly 50 people.

The Legal Aid Clinic at the KU School of Law offers students the opportunity to fine-tune their lawyering skills in a fast-paced, live-client setting by representing low-income clients under the careful guidance and thoughtful teaching of supervising attorneys. Since 1967, the Legal Aid Clinic has been working to secure “justice for and to protect the rights of the needy” in a wide range of civil and misdemeanor criminal cases.

For more details about the expungement process, visit the Facts about Expungement in Kansas page on the Kansas Legal Services website. Questions? Contact the KU Legal Aid Clinic at 785-864-5564.

The Douglas County Community Foundation has provided generous support for this event.

 

Professor receives national honor from Society of American Law Teachers

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

KU Law Professor Lua Yuille

LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas School of Law professor committed to inclusive legal education has won the 2017 Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Society of American Law Teachers.

Lua Yuille, associate professor of law, will be honored Friday, Jan. 5, during SALT’s annual awards celebration in San Diego, along with fellow recipient Katie Eyer of Rutgers Law School.

The award recognizes outstanding recent entrants into legal education who demonstrate commitment to justice, equality and academic excellence. It is designed to honor emerging teachers and support outstanding individuals new to the legal academy.

“Lua challenges her students to think critically, and she does so in creative and thoughtful ways,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “National recognition of her talents is great for the school and well-deserved. We’re very proud of her.”

Regardless of the subject area – whether property, immigration law, business organizations or corporate governance – Yuille elevates social justice ideals and critical thought while taking an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching and learning process. In 2017, she was selected as an inaugural Diversity Scholar in the KU Center for Teaching Excellence. The Diversity Scholars Program promotes “broad faculty adoption of teaching methods, strategies and course materials that enhance inclusivity and respect for diversity in KU classes.”

Yuille’s scholarship is creative, thoughtful, interdisciplinary and always focused on justice. Her recent article, “Individuals, Corporations, and the Pedagogy of Citizenship” in the Kansas Law Review, examines access to and experiences in the market for citizenship across three broad categories: black Americans, immigrants and corporations, asking, “What is the lesson taught by these disparate experiences?”

Yuille joined the law school faculty in 2013 and is an affiliate faculty member of KU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Prior to her arrival at KU, Yuille was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and a visiting professor at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Before entering academia, Yuille enjoyed a diverse professional career. She served as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and an extern for Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the Southern District of New York. She was a socioeconomic development lawyer in Latin America and spent nearly a decade at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where she developed a diverse generalist practice that emphasized Latin American corporate matters and domestic mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities transactions. She also maintained a pro bono immigration litigation practice.

Yuille received her juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where she was one of two undergraduate students in the nation chosen to begin law school in the Advanced Interdisciplinary Legal Education Program. She also was one of two Columbia Law students selected for doctoral level research at the prestigious European University Institute near Florence, Italy. She earned an undergraduate degree, with honors, from the Johns Hopkins University and a graduate diploma in international studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center.

$2 million gift to establish law scholarship, liberal arts research fund at KU

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas alumnus William “Brad” Bradley Jr., of Overland Park, has made a $2 million gift commitment that will endow a scholarship in the School of Law and a research excellence fund for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas.

The contributions, established through KU Endowment, were borne out of Bradley’s philanthropic and educational interests.

“It would have been very difficult for me to have done as well as I have without a college education and a legal education,” he said. “And when you’ve done well, you’d like to make a contribution that would help others do well.”

Bradley grew up on his family’s farm outside of Lawrence, one of five sons. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at KU in 1977 and his law degree at KU Law in 1980. He began his career at a law firm in Hutchinson, moved to Wichita, and eventually became the third largest individual shareholder in NIC, Inc., an Olathe-based information service provider for federal and state governments. Now retired, he is president-elect of the KU Law Board of Governors.

The gift provides $1 million to establish the Bradley Family Scholarship for students in the School of Law with preference for those who have financial need and have contributed toward their own undergraduate educations.

Law Dean Stephen Mazza expressed his gratitude for the gift, which will expand opportunities for students.

“Brad’s commitment to help ensure that all qualified students can attend law school, regardless of family income or resources, is right in line with KU Law’s purpose: To educate the best and brightest and to limit the amount of debt a student must incur to obtain a degree,” Mazza said. “It’s admirable that Brad, who used his KU Law degree to achieve great success in the business world, is supporting future generations of law students so generously.”

Another $1 million of the gift will endow the Bradley Family Research Excellence Fund, which will provide awards through competitive application to faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences whose research programs involve undergraduates. The awards give preference to interdisciplinary research with a practical application of the arts and sciences.

Carl Lejuez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, told Bradley he wanted to get more students involved in research, and Bradley listened.

“Research is the engine that drives our mission at KU. One of our top priorities in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is to enhance support we can offer our faculty to advance their research and expand opportunities for undergraduate research,” Lejuez said. “I am grateful to the Bradley family for their generosity and commitment to research excellence at KU and in the liberal arts and sciences.”

Bradley has a history of philanthropy at KU. He also has set up two internship funds: the Bradley Family Legal Internships fund and the Bradley Family Undergraduate Internships fund. Those funds, one for law students and one for liberal arts students, allow students to take internships with organizations that may not pay, or pay much, but provide valuable knowledge and skills.

“I wanted to help round out students’ academic careers with an experience that was practical,” Bradley said.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Law professor calls for centrist approach to arbitration, removing it from 'class-action battlefield'

Monday, November 13, 2017

LAWRENCE — After a hard-fought political battle so close that an evenly divided U.S. Senate required the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump recently signed the repeal of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that would have prevented banks from using arbitration agreements to insulate themselves from class-action lawsuits. This news shows the enduring divisiveness of class actions — in which a lawyer combines claims of many consumers — and the spillover effects on arbitration, said University of Kansas law professor and arbitration expert Stephen Ware. His forthcoming article in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review argues for a centrist approach to arbitration law that would remove arbitration from what he calls the “class-action battlefield.”

“Powerful interest groups fighting about class actions is the longstanding norm,” Ware said, “but newer is the centrality of that fight to debates about arbitration law.”

The CFPB studied consumer arbitration for years and could have greatly restricted it but instead chose to issue a rule that would significantly affect only one aspect of it: class actions.

Arbitration’s connection to class actions grew in 2011 when the Supreme Court’s conservative majority approved arbitration agreements requiring disputes to be resolved individually, rather than as part of a class, even though similar “class waivers” in nonarbitration agreements were rarely enforced. The CFPB rule — issued by a bureau directed by a Democrat — would have ended enforcement of arbitration agreements’ class waivers had it not been overridden by the Republican Congress and president.

The predictably partisan pattern of Republicans and business groups opposing class actions, while Democrats and progressive groups support them, increasingly extends to arbitration debates, according to Ware’s research. In contrast, his centrist position on arbitration would not take sides on whether to enforce arbitral class waivers but instead would instruct courts to enforce arbitral class waivers only when they would enforce a class waiver in a similar nonarbitration contract. This would allow courts in different states to have different standards about when to enforce class waivers and would allow such standards to evolve over time as views about class actions develop. Most beneficially for arbitration law, Ware believes, this approach would allow arbitration law to stop choosing sides in the long interest group fight over class actions, as arbitration law would simply adopt whatever approach other areas of law take to class waivers.

More broadly, Ware’s article in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review is the third in a trilogy arguing for a centrist approach to consumer arbitration law, in contrast with both current conservative arbitration law and progressive proposals to prohibit consumer arbitration agreements entirely.

“The law has been dealing for generations with a variety of provisions on consumers’ form contracts,” Ware said. “Few people want courts always to enforce all the words on these forms, and few people want courts never to enforce any of those words. Most people want the law to keep finding a happy medium.”

Courts presumptively enforce most terms on consumer contracts in most cases but sometimes find a particular provision “unconscionable,” or overly harsh, and thus unenforceable. Also, state and federal regulatory agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission and CFPB sometimes prohibit contract terms harsh to consumers.

“The CFPB apparently decided an agreement to arbitrate is not necessarily harsh to consumers,” Ware said. “And for good reason. The Bureau is receptive to the standard economic argument that arbitration agreements tend to lower businesses’ costs and some of these savings are passed through to consumers in the form of lower prices. In addition, the most relevant empirical evidence does not show consumers faring worse in arbitration of one-on-one disputes than they do in litigation of such disputes.”

The better-documented disparity between arbitration and litigation, Ware said, is the potential for a class action.

Activist Tamika Mallory will give annual Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture

Monday, October 30, 2017

LAWRENCE – The 10th annual Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series returns next month with an activist who served as national co-chair for the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Tamika Mallory will speak about violence against women and those who hold marginalized identities from an intersectional perspective. She will address the role of guns in perpetuating this violence, encouraging a discussion of effective ways of building power to bring about change. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union, with a reception to follow in the union’s Big 12 Room.

Mallory is an advocate and speaker on issues related to equal rights for women, health care, LGBTQIA rights, ethical police conduct and stronger gun restrictions, with a focus on creating space for underrepresented voices in social activism. She worked closely with the Obama administration on civil rights issues and has been nationally recognized and awarded for her work. Her message related to the intersection of gender violence and gun violence is particularly relevant and timely.

There will be a follow-up discussion to Mallory’s presentation, titled “Coming to the Table to Make a Difference,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Alderson Auditorium in the union. This event is a collaboration among the Emily Taylor Center, Students United for Reproductive & Gender Equity, Multicultural Student Government and Student Senate.

These events are free and open to the public.

The University of Kansas established the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series in honor and memory of a former student. Mackey, a feminist and activist, was murdered in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend. She dedicated her life to social justice and equality for all women. She was also the president of the student activist organization now called Students United for Reproductive & Gender Equity. Mackey was well-known in Kansas for her advocacy for women’s rights and victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The lecture series strives to raise awareness about issues that were important to Mackey. The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, Students United in Reproductive & Gender Equity, Mackey’s family, and other campus and community organizations collaborate every year to bring a guest speaker for the lecture series. Past lecturers include Pulitzer Prize winner Connie Schultz; author and advocate Leslie Morgan Steiner; director of the NW Network for Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse Connie Burk and television host Melissa Harris-Perry. The lecture series’ goal is to have difficult but necessary conversations about sexual violence and promoting gender equity.  

This lecture series is sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity in collaboration with the departments of African & African-American Studies, Communication Studies, Political Science and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Dole Institute of Politics;  Jana’s Campaign; Multicultural Student Government; Office of Diversity & Equity;  Office of Integrity & Compliance; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Pepsi Program Funding; the schools of Law and Social Welfare; Sexual & Gender Diversity Center; Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Center; Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center; Student Senate; Students United for Reproductive & Gender Equity and Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Law students win top honors in 2 national moot court competitions

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

LAWRENCE – The nationally ranked University of Kansas School of Law moot court program is off to a stellar start in the 2017-2018 season, snagging a national championship and a second-place finish.

Third-year KU Law students Megan Carroll, of Wichita, and Sangeeta Shastry, of St. Louis, bested 27 other teams from across the country to win the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, held Oct. 19-21 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Shastry was named the best oral advocate in the competition.

“Every round showcased how well-prepared, engaged, and knowledgeable all of the competitors and judges were, which made for a truly rewarding experience at such a well-organized competition,” Shastry said. “Participating in moot court has allowed me to develop arguments and oral advocacy skills alongside highly experienced professors and practitioners, and I’m so grateful to have access to such practical training before graduating.”

Carroll and Shastry prevailed in the final round before a distinguished three-judge panel that included Judge Timothy Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement. KU Law Professor Tom Stacy coached the KU team.

Carroll, who brought home second place and the prize for best oral advocate in last year’s National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition, said moot court competitions have been the highlight of her law school experience.

“Some of the practice rounds with our professors were more difficult than the final round of the competition,” Carroll joked. “But the feedback and constructive criticism provided by the faculty as guest judges and moot court coaches is invaluable. Moot court is a very practical application of law school skills, and because of moot court, I now feel much more comfortable behind a podium in front of distinguished judges.” 

On Oct. 14, third-year KU Law students A.J. James, of Concord, North Carolina, and Charles Bogren, of Portage, Michigan, finished second in the Leroy R. Hassell Sr. Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is the first time KU Law has participated in the Hassell competition. Professor Steve McAllister coached the team.

KU Law’s moot court program ranks 17th in the nation, according to rankings published by the University of Houston Law Center. KU Law students accumulated enough points during the 2016-2017 season to break into the top 20 for the second year in a row, rising two spots above KU Law’s No. 19 ranking for the 2015-2016 season. Moot court competitions simulate appellate court proceedings, with students submitting a written brief and presenting oral arguments to judges.

Photo: Third-year KU Law students Megan Carroll, of Wichita, left, and Sangeeta Shastry, of St. Louis, bested 27 other teams from across the country to win the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Shastry was named the best oral advocate in the competition.

KU to host legal education conference

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

LAWRENCE — Legal educators from across the country will gather in Lawrence this week to explore access to justice and the lawyer’s role in promoting the rule of law.

The 2017 Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, “Justice, Professionalism, and the Lawyer as Public Citizen: Teaching Across Learning Experiences,” will take place Friday and Saturday at the University of Kansas School of Law.

“As experiential legal educators, we play a significant role in transmitting the core values of our profession,” said Jean Phillips, director of KU Law’s clinical programs. “This conference will bring together clinic and field placement program educators who teach about justice, professionalism and our duties as public citizens in an array of learning experiences. Participants will reflect upon issues of race, class, gender and access to justice, and consider how to teach students to embrace our professional responsibility to speak for those who are least heard.”

Plenary sessions taught by expert legal educators will focus on expansion of experiential learning pedagogy, the role of experiential education in the law school curriculum and best practices for teaching the professional skills required of public citizen lawyers. Other sessions will highlight innovative teaching and service models, techniques for addressing race and the role of collaboration in public service lawyering. 

Floyd Bledsoe, a former KU Law Project for Innocence client released from prison after serving 16 years for a murder he did not commit, will provide the keynote address. Quinton Lucas, KU Law lecturer and Kansas City, Missouri, city councilman, will share an update on community policing in Kansas City.

Clinical legal educators provide hands-on learning opportunities by teaching and advising law students engaged in practical experiences such as field placements and live-client experiences.

Visit the KU Law website for a complete schedule and list of presenters. Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education; CLEA, the Clinical Legal Education Association; and by Clio legal software.

Law review symposium will examine inequity and the law

Thursday, October 19, 2017

LAWRENCE — While the law is equated with justice, it is not free from the inequities that exist in society. Legal scholars and thinkers from around the country will gather in Lawrence this week to explore how inequity affects their fields of expertise, including education, immigration and business.

The 2017 Kansas Law Review Symposium, “Inequity and the Law,” will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Green Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register and preview the complete schedule online.

“Understanding how inequity permeates the legal system provides a foundation for combating societal inequities and for working to achieve justice for all,” said Symposium Editor Meghan Harper, a third-year KU Law student.

Speakers will include:

  • Alia Al-Khatib, law fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Richard Hynes, John Allan Love Professor of Law, University of Virginia
  • Jamila Jefferson-Jones, associate professor of law, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Jayesh Rathod, professor of law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Bertrall Ross, professor of law, Berkeley Law
  • Matthew Shaw, assistant professor of law, assistant professor of education, Vanderbilt University
  • Yolanda Vazquez, associate professor of law, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Lua Yuille, associate professor of law, KU

Scholarship associated with the symposium will be published in a spring 2017 issue of the Kansas Law Review. For more information, contact Symposium Editor Meghan Harper at kulawrevsymposium@gmail.com.

KU Law a partner in grant to establish intelligence, national security curriculum

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has received a grant to develop an intelligence and national security curriculum to provide students with the capabilities crucial to the national security interest of the United States.

KU has partnered with Dodge City Community College, Donnelly College and Seward County Community College to form the Kansas Consortium for Intelligence and Security Studies, which is the recipient of a $1.5 million Defense Intelligence Agency grant.

The grant is made possible through the DIA’s Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program, which was established in 2005 to support the need for qualified intelligence professionals to carry out the United States’ national security initiatives. Through the program, a select group of about 40 institutions across the nation is educating students to better understand the intelligence community and its role in securing the nation. By instituting intelligence-focused curricula, supporting cultural immersion, and advancing critical skills education, IC CAE schools are considered by the intelligence community to be important partners in meeting the nation’s need for multi-disciplinary job applicants.

KU’s investigating team includes Paul Atchley, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Mike Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law; Carl Taylor, director of security, and Mike Denning, director of graduate military studies.

“This grant will allow KU and our partner schools to assist in building a culturally and ethnically diverse intelligence community, which contributes to our nation’s security,” said Atchley, the principal investigator for the award. “In turn, KU benefits from having greater understanding of how the intelligence community works and assisting our students in finding meaningful internships and jobs. This was a competitive grant process, and it speaks well of KU’s capabilities that the Defense Intelligence Agency selected us to be part of this program.”

The five-year grant includes funding for minority student scholarships, faculty research grants and curriculum development.

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