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266 ABA Journal Kansas articles.

Congressional budgeting error could slash funds for federal public defenders

Federal public defenders may have to lay off as many as 500 people as a result of a congressional budgeting error in pending spending bills.

Companies must end racial preferences or face accountability ‘sooner rather than later,’ 13 state AGs say

Attorneys general from 13 states are warning Fortune 100 companies that a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down race-conscious admissions programs at universities also implicates corporate diversity programs.

Supreme Court will consider challenge to Biden’s student-debt relief program, puts case on fast track

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide a challenge to the Biden administration’s student-debt relief program in a lawsuit filed by six states.

Voters maintain ‘the status quo’ in state supreme court elections—with 2 exceptions

Big money poured into state supreme court races that took place in 25 states Tuesday. But the makeup of courts in only two of those states changed in a way that's likely to have a significant impact.

Voters in these states added abortion rights to their constitutions Tuesday

Voters in Michigan, California and Vermont approved state constitutional amendments Tuesday that protect abortion rights.

Mailer spreads misinformation on Kansas justices and right to abortion

Updated: A misleading mailer in Kansas urges a no vote in the retention election for six of the seven Kansas Supreme Court justices.

Lawyer who says student-loan forgiveness leaves him worse off sues to block program

Updated: An Indiana lawyer who will have part of his student debt forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program has filed a lawsuit challenging student-debt cancellation by the Biden administration.

Self-defense law doesn’t protect officer who shot at charging dog and injured child, top state court rules

A Kansas law allowing the use of deadly force against an aggressor does not protect people defending themselves who act recklessly and harm a bystander, the state’s top court has ruled.

GEICO can’t relitigate $5.2M award for car-sex STD after refusing to defend car owner, appeals court rules

GEICO had no right to relitigate a $5.2 million arbitration award to a woman who contracted a sexually transmitted disease in a car insured by the company, a Missouri appeals court has ruled.

Federal judge blocks school from disciplining teacher if she outs transgender students to their parents

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, has temporarily blocked a school district from disciplining a teacher who had religious objections to a policy that prevented her from outing transgender students to their parents.

GOP targets state courts with campaign cash, laws that change judicial elections

Seeking a more favorable climate in fights over election maps, Republicans are planning to spend record amounts on state supreme court races and introducing legislation to make judicial elections more political.

Many federal courts ease mask requirements; judges often retain discretion in their courtrooms

More than a dozen federal courts have eased or dropped mask requirements since the beginning of March.

There’s no need to ‘act on every scrap of tittle-tattle,’ justice says in nude-pics ethics case

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday took no further action against a retired judge accused of posting nude photos of himself on a swingers website while he was still on the bench.

A few years after graduating from high school and college concurrently, 19-year-old preps for February bar

Braxton Moral isn’t sure what he wants to do after he passes the bar, and that’s OK. He’s only 19 years old. In addition to being years younger than the vast majority of candidates sitting for the February 2022 bar, Moral is set to graduate from Kansas’ Washburn University School of Law in 2.5 years rather than the traditional three. He claims he didn’t do well during his first semester but started to get the hang of it by the second.

Retired judge who posted nude photos on swingers website shouldn’t be disciplined, his lawyer argues

Should a Kansas judge be disciplined after his retirement for posting nude pictures of himself on a swingers website while he was still on the bench? The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question last week.

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