An article on Sharia in the Jan. 3 issue of Congressional Quarterly Global Researcher quotes Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala and cites his latest book, "Understanding Islamic Law."
After a proposed constitutional amendment to ban Oklahoma courts from using Islamic Sharia law fell in the federal appeals court, experts around the country examined the tenuous legal nature of these measures.
The International Business Times wrote:
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.
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.”
The Wichita Eagle's story on parents frustrated with the Wichita school board's lack of transparency quoted Mike Kautsch, professor of law.
The Wichita Eagle wrote:
The Kansas Open Meetings Act defines a meeting as a gathering that includes a majority of the governing body. For the Wichita school board, that would mean four of its seven members.
In some interpretations of Shariah, a husband is permitted to beat a wife who fails to fulfill her responsibilities. The penal codes, which call for severe punishment of certain crimes, have also drawn a lot of attention. KU law professor Raj Bhala, who teaches Shariah, explains the punishment for shoplifting.
The Thomson Reuters news blog featured comments by Webb Hecker, professor of law, in its analysis of the Koch v. Cato case.
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.
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.
David Gottlieb, professor of law, authored an opinion editorial for the Kansas City Star on Supreme Court impartiality.
"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.
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.