Law, Policy & Society
Fri, 06/12/2020 — Three cadets from University of Kansas Army ROTC received commissions into the U.S. Army during a live virtual commissioning ceremony from the Pentagon on Friday, June 12. Participating in the National Commissioning Ceremony are Cadets Joseph...

Thu, 06/11/2020 —  The University of Kansas’s new, online Undergraduate Certificate in Public and Population Health provides critical training during an unprecedented time in the world. Offered in collaboration between the KU Edwards Campus and KU Medical...

Wed, 06/10/2020 — LAWRENCE – A new project at the University of Kansas School of Law aims to meet community needs for legal services and provide hands-on learning to law students. Through the KU Law Legal Corps, students will bolster their legal research and writing skills while working on projects such as preparing documents, assessing community legal needs and summarizing recent court decisions. Summer 2020 Legal Corps projects include pro bono opportunities with regional nonprofit organizations and government agencies, as well as internships with Kansas Legal Services (KLS). Students will work on pro bono projects such as developing documents for the Access to Justice Committee

Wed, 06/10/2020 — The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that it will livestream a special event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. “A Conversation on Race” will be hosted by Barbara Ballard, senior associate director of...

Tue, 06/09/2020 — Researchers from the University of Kansas are monitoring and evaluating COVID-19 response activities in 47 African countries. The project — in partnership with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa — is led by KU’s...

Tue, 06/09/2020 — LAWRENCE – Fifty-one University of Kansas School of Law students contributed 2,578 hours of free legal services over the past year. Students prepared tax returns for low-income residents, helped clients expunge past criminal convictions, represented the interests of children in foster care as court-appointed special advocates and worked with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, prosecutors’ offices and public defenders’ offices. “Despite having many demands on their time, KU Law students are dedicated to serving the public good,” said Meredith Schnug, clinical associate professor and chair of KU Law’s Pro Bono Committee. “Through pro bono service,

Tue, 06/09/2020 — Twenty-four new law enforcement officers graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on June 4. Deputy Lauren Tucker of the Rooks County Sheriff’s Office was the graduating class president. The ceremony was held in...

Mon, 06/08/2020 — Protestant vs. Catholic — as they engaged in religio-political rhetorical combat. Hayes is associate professor and chair of the Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies. His book begins by recounting the 1534 “Affair ...

Mon, 06/08/2020 — High-profile cases have circulated through American courts in which people argue their religious beliefs allow them to not provide goods or services to same-sex couples. A University of Kansas law professor writes in a new article that while the...

Thu, 06/04/2020 — LAWRENCE – Five University of Kansas students were selected to receive prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to study, conduct research and teach English abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year. One additional KU student was named as an alternate Fulbright recipient. This year’s Fulbright U.S. Student grantees include two doctoral students who will conduct research and study in Austria and Hungary and three recently graduated seniors who were selected to teach English in Tajikistan, Colombia and Spain. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the start of the program has been delayed to Jan. 1, 2021, and some countries have had to reduce the number of available

Thu, 06/04/2020 — LAWRENCE – Recent University of Kansas graduate Sam Steuart has won the Philip W. Whitcomb Memorial Essay Prize at KU with an essay on the relationship between growing prison populations and the reduction of welfare support in U.S. public policy. “Sam presented a compelling argument about important trends in U.S. history that have marked Kansas public policy reform,” said Scott Jenkins, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Whitcomb essay selection committee. “Steuart illustrated how Kansas welfare reform and the 1980s war on drugs combined to move low-income U.S. citizens into prisons.” Steuart, of Topeka, plans to save the $500 prize to support his

Wed, 06/03/2020 — Ethnopolitical organizations are routinely criticized for being inhospitable to women. A new study examines such organizations’ recruitment strategies, revealing broader gender ideologies shape gender platforms. “More violent organizations...

Tue, 06/02/2020 — Sexual assault is a widely acknowledged problem on U.S. campuses, yet there is surprisingly little consistent guidance on how institutions can best form policies that help prevent such incidents and how best to respond when assaults do occur. A...

Mon, 06/01/2020 — LAWRENCE – The counterintuitive appeal of Stanford University sociologist Mark Granovetter’s theory about “the strength of weak ties” being key to finding a job has steadily grown since he first published it in 1973. But now a University of Kansas assistant professor of communication studies has published a paper questioning its primacy. KU’s Cameron Piercy and University of Arkansas researcher Yaguang Zhu have co-written a paper titled “Transactive Memory and the Job Search: Finding Expertise and Influence in Socio-technical Networks,” published in the Western Journal of Communication. They argue that strong ties, websites like Indeed and other job sources are

Thu, 05/28/2020 —  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that Hong Kong no longer maintains autonomy from mainland China, a move that could have significant ramifications in trade between the U.S. and Hong Kong. While the island has been exempt...

Thu, 05/28/2020 — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved promotion and the award of tenure where indicated to 97 individuals on the University of Kansas Medical Center and 62 individuals on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Girod and Barbara Bichelmeyer, the...

Thu, 05/28/2020 —  The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump intended to sign an executive order targeting social media companies, including Twitter, Facebook and Google, for the ways they monitor content on their platforms. The order comes...

Wed, 05/27/2020 — While scientists and economists are debating the health and financial reasons of why the economy should reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another factor that should also be considered. Dale Dorsey, the Dean’s Professor and...

Wed, 05/27/2020 — People who make careers of public service may cite many motivations for choosing their work, including loyalty to institutions and parties or the desire to shape public policy. A new University of Kansas study shows that is not the case in Iraq,...

Wed, 05/20/2020 — LAWRENCE – Ten University of Kansas School of Law graduates from the Class of 2020 received awards for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community. The recipients: Maggie Brakeville, Benton, Louisiana: Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service Award Terra Brockman, Overland Park: Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award Denise Dantzler, Omaha, Nebraska: Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership, and Service Award Diana Jarek, Republic, Missouri: Janean Meigs Memorial Award in Law Andi Leuszler, Lenexa: Robert F. Bennett Student Award Hannah Lustman, St. Louis: Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement


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