Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy


In March of 1990, five University of Kansas law students formed the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, a new legal publication at the School of Law, to meet two goals.

The first goal was, and remains, to prompt policymakers and scholars to address policy issues left unaddressed – or inadequately addressed – in traditional legal scholarship publications. The Journal defines "public policy" as the impact of legal rules on society, and through this definition seeks to provide a forum for the discussion of public policy issues.

The second goal remains to foster a broad notion of diversity in these public policy debates. The Journal endeavors to provide both important information to policymakers and diverse treatments and critical analysis of the same. The Journal aspires to create a forum open to all those offering viewpoints on and solutions to public policy problems and issues. To this end, the Journal's Editorial Board remains neither conservative nor liberal, but instead is interested in presenting thought-provoking, informative and interesting viewpoints.

The Journal was conceived as a tool for exploring how the law shapes public policy choices and how public policy choices shape the law. The Journal seeks to reach a broad audience. It is the mission of the Journal to reach decision-makers at all levels – legislators who create the laws, judges who interpret the laws, educators who influence thinking about the laws, and voters who influence the entire process.

Founding Members: Rita Bigras, Louis Cohn, Scott Long, Paulette Manville and David Summers

About the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy

2023-2024 Board of Editors


Jackie Jeschke 

Managing Editor

Stephanie Boord

Executive Staff Articles Editor

Elm Beck

Business & Marketing Manager

Chloe Garcia

Symposium Editor

Megan Gannon

Articles Editors

Sam Crowley
Jackson de la Garza
Aubrey Kramer
Price Kramer
Olivia Schneider
Abigail Taylor

Staff Articles Editors

Andrew McLandsborough
Daniel Volin

Staff Editors

Neelie Browne
Violet Brull
Emma Cleland Leighton
Carly Cook
Samantha Crawford
Emma Gibb
Kylie Hance
Grant Hrabik
Nathan Isom
Arielle Jacobs
Adam Kropf
Kelli Ludlum
Spencer Manning
Emma Mays
Chloe Moore
Ayaan Musse
Israel Nelson
John Racy
Peyton Schow
Kathleen Siderchuck
Sara Smoot
Leah Stein
Emma Taylor
Corrinne Yoder-Mulkey

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Editorial Policy

The Journal invites well-written articles on current issues that advocate well-reasoned public policy arguments. However, the public policy argument must be central and clear. It is the express policy of the Editorial Board “to publish good articles, regardless of the source.”

The Journal's mission is to enable diversity in dialogue on important public policy issues. Submissions are encouraged from all disciplines, and all viewpoints are welcomed. Furthermore, the Journal encourages timely responses to articles it publishes, thereby furthering both public policy debate and the Journal’s goal of presenting a bona fide dialogue.


Authors who submit articles should provide the Journal with a typed, double-spaced manuscript. Authors who elect to mail their manuscripts should also provide the same in electronic form (e.g., by enclosing readable CDs or by concurrent submission via the internet). The Journal requests format in Microsoft Word only. The Journal uses footnote formatting in its publication. The author’s citations should conform to the most recent edition of "A Uniform System of Citation."

Submit to:

Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
University of Kansas School of Law
Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: 785-864-3333 (message service)
Fax: 785-864-5054 (with cover sheet marked "Kansas Journal")
Email: kujlpp@gmail.com (with subject line "Attn: Managing Editor”)


The views, opinions and conclusions expressed herein and within the Journal itself are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those held by the Journal, the Journal's editors and staff, or the University of Kansas School of Law.

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To request a subscription to the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, contact us at:

The Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
University of Kansas School of Law
Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: 785-864-3333 (message service)
Fax: 785-864-5054 (with cover sheet marked "Kansas Journal")
Email: kujlpp@gmail.com (with subject line "Attn: Business Manager")


Visit the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy's website to read articles from the current volume and from past issues. 

Law Journal Online

The Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy launched an online supplement, the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy Online, in 2020. The Journal Online features high-caliber, short pieces focused on timely public policy issues, serving as a supplement to the Journal‘s print publication.

Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy Online

Law Journal Symposium: Recent Symposia

2023 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

"Re-entry into Society: Examining the Barriers Formerly Incarcerated People Face for Successful Re-entry"

Re-Entry into Society Symposium posterFriday, February 10, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
In-person event | 104 Green Hall

The United States continues to have one of the highest recidivism rates in the world. This year's symposium addresses the challenges formerly incarcerated people face in re-entering society. The program examines current issues surrounding housing access, employment, fines/fees, and financial marginalization. The symposium will host academics, legal scholars, and re-entry court graduates to provide ideas on how to reform the current system.

Visit the 2023 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium event page for a full schedule.

No CLE was offered during the symposium

Speakers included:

  • Judge Stephen Bough, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri
  • Mike Fonkert, Kansas Appleseed
  • Lucius Couloute, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Suffolk University
  • Emily Salisbury, Associate Professor, College of Social Work, University of Utah, Director, Utah Criminal Justice Center
  • Chidi Umez-Rowley, Deputy Program Director, Counsel of State Governments Justice Center


2022 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

"Post-Pandemic Privacy: Health, Data, and Dignity"

Friday, February 11, 2022
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST
Virtual event

Post-Pandemic Privacy SymposiumThis year’s virtual symposium focused on post-pandemic privacy implications concerning health care, technology and cybersecurity, and included two panels and a roundtable discussion. The event was co-hosted by the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and PrivacyPraxis.

Panel One’s focus is on the post-pandemic reshaping of the health care system and issues regarding telehealth, technology and social disparities. Panel Two’s focus is on post-pandemic technology concerns regarding security, surveillance, biometric and location data, and other technology-related privacy implications. During a roundtable discussion, panelists will discuss the disproportionate impact of the pandemic in racially marginalized communities.

A recording of the 2022 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium is available on KU Law's YouTube channel.

Visit the 2022 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy event page for a full schedule.

No CLE credit was offered during the symposium.

Speakers and topics included:

Keynote Speaker: 

  • Kimberly Mutcherson, Reproductive Justice in a Post-Pandemic World: Lessons We Should Learn (But Probably Won’t)
    Co-Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School in Camden

Panel One:

  • Renée Landers, Protecting Privacy While Providing Health Care, Promoting Public Health, and Enhancing Economic Security
    Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Health and Biomedical Law Concentration and the Masters of Law: Life Sciences program, Suffolk University Law School
  • Leah Fowler, COVID-19 & The Myth of Health Data Privacy
    Research Assistant Professor and Research Director in the Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center
  • Barry R. Furrow, Mainstreaming Telehealth? Constraints on Broad Use
    Director of the Health Law Program and Professor of Law, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University

Panel Two:

  • Jacob Elberg, Balancing Telehealth Availability with Fraud and Abuse Concerns
    Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law, Seton Hall Law School
  • Sam Halabi, New Global Health Surveillance Technologies and the Protection of Community and Patient Privacy
    Senior Scholar and Visiting Professor, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • David Opderbeck, Contact Tracing, Vaccination Status, and Privacy: The EU Example
    Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall Law School

Panel Three/Roundtable Discussion:

  • Teri Dobbins Baxter
    Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Thomas Williams
    Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the JD/MA in Bioethics and Science Policy, Duke Law School

2021 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium poster: International Legal Challenges Facing the New U.S. Administration - Critical Analyses from the American Heartland2021 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

International Legal Challenges Facing the New U.S. Administration: Critical Analyses from the American Heartland

February 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST
Virtual event

The 2021 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium advanced contemporary discourse and provide a timely forum after the 2020 U.S. presidential election and President Biden’s inauguration. The symposium hosted legal scholars from around the world who will discuss the international legal challenges facing the new U.S. administration and how these changes impact the legal landscape. 

No CLE credit was offered for this program.

Speakers included: 

  • Raj Bhala | University of Kansas School of Law | International Trade Law
  • Laura Clark Fey | Fey LLC | Privacy Law
  • David Gantz | University of Arizona College of Law | Trade and International Economics Law
  • Anupam Jha | University of Delhi Faculty of Law | International Criminal and Human Rights Law
  • Mark Johnson | Dentons U.S. LLP | Election Law
  • Petros Mavroidis | Columbia Law School | Foreign and Comparative Law
  • Asif Qureshi | Korea University School of Law | International Economic Law

2020 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium poster: The Future of Work2020 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

The Future of Work

February 28, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
203 Green Hall
Lawrence, Kansas

The 2020 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium explored perspectives around the future of work and what that means for employees, employers and lawyers. The morning session focused on changes for employees and employers, while the afternoon session will focus on changes in the practice of law and what that means for today’s attorneys. The symposium hosted academics practitioners and legal scholars from around the country who discussed the ever-changing work environment and how these changes impact the legal landscape.

No CLE credit was offered for this program.

“The Future of Work” symposium is sponsored by the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Keynote Speaker

Ngozi Okidegbe holds the Harold A. Stevens Visiting Assistant Professorship at the Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, she clerked for then-Attorney General of Nigeria, Bello Adoke, where she researched barriers to the legal redress of HIV discrimination. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Madlanga of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and for the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She also practiced at CaleyWray, a labor law boutique in Toronto.

Okidegbe graduated with an Honors B.A. with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal and with a B.C.L./L.L.B. from McGill University's Faculty of Law, where she was awarded the Edwin Botsford Busteed Scholarship, the Rosa B. Gualtieri Prize, the Daniel Mettarlin Memorial Scholarship, and the Schull Yang Award. She subsequently earned an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar.

Okidegbe's research interests include criminal procedure, evidence, critical race theory. Her research explores how race and ideas about race impact procedural and evidentiary outcomes in the criminal justice system. Her most recent scholarship problematizes the admission of defendant-authored rap lyrics as evidence in Canadian criminal cases and was published in the Criminal Law Quarterly in 2018.

Speakers included: 

  • Annie Calvert | Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Hilary Escajeda | University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Ngozi Okidegbe|Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law
  • Alan Rupe | Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • Alan Salzberg | Salt Hill Statistical Consulting
  • Adam J. Sulkowski | Babson College
  • Thomas Ulen | University of Illinois College of Law
  • Corey West | Litigation Analytics

2019 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium poster: Restorative Justice2019 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

Restorative Justice

With a keynote address by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who sentenced Larry Nassar in the USA Gymnastics sex abuse case

March 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
104 Green Hall

The 2019 Law Journal Symposium explored the theoretical underpinnings of restorative justice principles and demonstrate how these theories are applied in different areas of the law. The program began with a look at how restorative justice was used by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in the Larry Nassar sentencing hearings, a proceeding that received nationwide attention. Following the discussion of the Nassar trial, scholars from across the nation discussed differing theories of restorative justice and its application in their respective fields.

No CLE credit was offered for this program.

A special thanks to KU Women in Law for their support and assistance with the 2019 Law Journal Symposium.

Keynote Speaker

Judge Aquilina earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1979. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County in November of 2008. Previously, she served as a 55th District Court Judge for 4 years, during which time she served as Chief Judge as well as the Sobriety Court Judge.

Judge Aquilina retired Honorably from the Michigan Army National Guard after twenty years of service. She became part of Michigan’s history by becoming the first female JAG Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard when she enlisted. Ultimately, she became one of the most requested JAG Officers because of her dedication to service and the soldiers she served with.

Judge Aquilina is an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she enjoys teaching classes to include Family Law, Advanced Trial Practice-Family Law, Legislative Process, Defending Battered Women, Animal Law, Child Abuse and Neglect, Elder Law, and Military Law. Cooley Law School awarded Judge Aquilina the distinguished Griffen Award for Teaching Excellence. She is also an adjunct professor at Michigan State University School of Law teaching numerous classes in the Feiger Trial Practice Institute to include Criminal Trial Practice, Civil Trial Practice, Trial Practicum, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure in the JD and LLM programs. Michigan State University honored Judge Aquilina with the College of Law Student Bar Association Adjunct Faculty Award for exceptional teaching.

Speakers included:

  • Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County, Michigan
  • Abigail Barefoot, Doctoral Student in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
  • Tricia Bushnell,Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project 
  • Paul Cassell,Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law and University Distinguished Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
  • Williamson Chang,Professor of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Sarah Deer,Professor, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and School of Public Affairs & Administration,  University of Kansas
  • Trinea Gonczar, former gymnast
  • Laurie Kohn,Co-Director of the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics; Director of the Family Justice Litigation Clinic, George Washington University Law School
  • Sen. Pete Lee,District 11, Colorado Senate
  • Shawn Watts,Clinical Associate Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law

2018 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium poster2018 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

Public Education Policy in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

February 16, 2018
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
203 Green Hall

The 2018 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium addressed the role and importance of public education, culturally and economically, through the lens of law and policy. The program explored Kansas' current challenges with public school financing, as well as national trends and recent policy changes. Academics, legal scholars and practitioners will discuss pressing issues and provide ideas for the future.

The symposium was divided into two sections: School Financing and Litigation, and Issues in Public Education (including discussion on closing the achievement gap, charter schools, and public education for refugees).

No CLE credit was offered for this program.

Speakers included:

  • Kristi Bowman, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Michigan State University 
  • Jeff King,Former Vice-President, Kansas Senate; Partner, Post Anderson Layton Heffner LLP
  • Dr. Emily Rauscher,Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas
  • Alan Rupe,Managing Partner, Lewis Brisbois, LLC
  • Anna Shavers,Professor of Law, University of Nebraska
  • Dr. James Shuls,Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis 
  • Connor Warner,Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City 
  • Daniel Weddle,Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City 
  • Joshua Weishart,Professor of Law, West Virginia University 

2017 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium poster2017 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

Grasslands: Balancing Preservation and Agriculture in the World’s Most Imperiled Ecosystem

February 17, 2017
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
203 Green Hall

The 2017 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium addressed the importance of grassland preservation ecologically, socially and economically through the lens of law and policy. Speakers from across the nation focused on grassland preservation not only in Kansas and the Midwest, but also worldwide.

No CLE credit will be offered for this program.

Speakers included:

  • Timothy Crews, Director of Research and Lead Scientist, Ecology Program, The Land Institute
  • John Davidson,Professor Emeritus of Law, University of South Dakota School of Law
  • Robert Glicksman, J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • John Head,Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Ron Klataske,Executive Director, The Audubon of Kansas
  • John Nagle, John N. Matthews Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law
  • Lijuan Xing,Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong School of Law

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