Category: Forum

Puff, Puff, Passing Marijuana Reform

Comments Editor Alex Speakar discusses how President Biden’s Marijuana Reform Plan contributes to the uncertain legal marijuana landscape in Kansas.

Settling the USWNT v. USSF “Equal Pay for Equal Play” Dispute: How Class Action Certification Engenders Settlement and Why Weak or Goal-oriented Certification Analysis Deserves a Red Card

Comments Editor Jessica Kinnamon discusses class certification as it relates to the United States Women’s National Team’s recent class actional against the United States Soccer Federation for discriminatory pay and working conditions.

Roe, Roe, Roe, Your Vote: Biden’s Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services and State Impact

Comments Editor Alex Speakar discusses how President Biden’s Executive Order “Protecting Access to Reproductive Healthcare Services” encourages agencies to comply with federal regulations regarding health and privacy services.

The Least Democratic Option: How Kansas Fills Vacant Supreme Court Seats

Kansas is unique and special in many ways. One such way that many Kansans are unaware of is that Kansas is the only state in country that gives members of its bar majority control to select justices on …

Redlining: The Race-Based Exclusion of Services and the DOJ’s Initiative to Combat It

On October 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the launch of its “Combatting Redlining Initiative.”[1]  The initiative’s enforcement efforts against redlining are being led by the DOJ’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in collaboration with U.S. …

A Vicious Cycle: Juvenile Fines and Fees in Kansas

Interacting with the legal system can be financially ruinous for many young people and their families.  There are fines and fees in the juvenile justice system associated with confinement, supervision, counsel, court costs, drug and alcohol testing, offenses, …

Occupational Licensing Laws: Threading the Needle Between Consumer Protection and the Constitutional Right to Earn a Living

A proliferation of occupational licensing laws has increased the percentage of the US workforce in an occupation requiring a state license from 5% in the 1950’s to nearly 30% by 2006.[i]  These occupational licensing laws, aimed at protecting …

Bostock’s Aftershock: Intersectional Discrimination Claims Following Bostock v. Clayton County

Though Bostock v. Clayton County’s most visible effect was its extension of Title VII protections to LGBTQ+ individuals, the manner in which the Supreme Court decided the case has broad implications for claims of intersectional discrimination. Intersectionality refers …

Prison Gerrymandering: The Practice of Counting Inmates as Residents for Political Representation and the State Action Needed to End It

More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States[1]––the vast majority of whom cannot vote.[2]  Yet, in most states, incarcerated people are counted for political representation purposes in the voting districts in which they are incarcerated.[3] …

Just a Start: Executive Pardons and COVID-19 in Kansas

In early March 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Kansas.[1]  More than a year later, and despite the introduction of vaccines, Kansas is still battling the virus with more than a 1,000 new cases per …