State bill proposes right to carry concealed weapons on campus

A controversial bill in the Kansas House of Federal and State Affairs Committee would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms onto college and university campuses.

The University Daily Kansan wrote:

Many supporters of the bill believe it is their constitutional right to carry firearms in public under the Second Amendment.

However, Richard Levy, University School of Law Professor of Constitutional Law, does not think current interpretations of the amendment call for concealed carry on campus.

Lawrence city sidewalk ordinance ruled unconstitutional

The Lawrence-Journal World recently covered a municipal court judge's decision to overturn a city ordinance making it illegal to obstruct traffic and quoted Shelley Hickman Clark, the defense attorney in the case.

The Lawrence-Journal World wrote:

Gilmore’s defense attorney, Shelley Hickman Clark, said the ruling was important because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the First Amendment gave people a right to be on a public street or “walking at whim.”

NLRB arbitration ruling appealed

Chris Drahozal, the John M. Rounds Professor of Law, was featured in a Legal Newsline article on the appeal of a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling.

Tremoglie wrote:

Christopher Drahozal, a professor at the University of Kansas Law School, said the Horton case is a federal-federal conflict rather than a federal-state conflict as is Concepcion.

"The case seems to turn on the definition of "concerted activity" under the NLRA," he said in an interview.

Tighten rules for the Supreme Court

David Gottlieb, professor of law, authored an opinion editorial for the Kansas City Star on Supreme Court impartiality.

Gottlieb wrote:

"Supreme Court justices are the most important actors in the judiciary. They regularly decide contentious and momentous cases on issues like elections, abortion and economic justice. More than any other judicial figures, Supreme Court justices should attempt to be and appear to be above the fray."

Note: The original article is no longer available online.

Military Shooter Trial to Test the Patience of Afghans

A Bloomberg article on the case of the soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians featured Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor of Law.

Lerman and Stern wrote:

Raj Bhala, a scholar on Islamic law at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, said Sharia law also recognizes mental impairment as a legitimate defense.

Whether the Afghan public would accept such a defense in this case “really depends on how clearly and comprehensively this would be presented to them,” he said in an interview.

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