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Photograph: Gillian Chadwick (left) and David Rubenstein.The Other Birthright Citizenship Question – Who Decides? by Gillian Chadwick & David S. Rubenstein | November 3, 2018
President Trump sparked a frantic response from advocates and scholars this week when he announced that he could terminate birthright citizenship for children of undocumented parents with an executive order. The bulk of that response has focused on the question of what the Constitution means with respect to birthright citizenship. The other question raised by Trump's assertion is structural: who gets to decide what the Constitution means with respect to birthright citizenship?

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Wrongful Discharge in Spite of Public Policy: Unreasonably Narrowing the Wrongful Discharge Exception [Yerra v. Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, 536 S.W.3d 348 (Mo. Ct. App. 2017), reh’g and/or transfer denied (Nov. 22, 2017), transfer denied (Jan. 23, 2018)]

Hannah Woofter | January 17, 2019 | Read this comment

Summary: The Missouri Court of Appeals recently overturned a whistleblower instruction for a plaintiff-employee who alleged she was wrongfully terminated in violation of public policy. The employee alleged she was terminated after reporting, in good faith, that her hospital- employer was double-billing patients. The statute she cited for support requires protections for employees who in good faith report allegedly violative conduct. However, the court determined that the employee’s reasonable belief her employer engaged in wrongful conduct was insufficient. It determined a whistleblower instruction was only appropriate if an employer actually engaged in the alleged conduct. Requiring an employee prove the hospital created fraud makes the wrongful discharge doctrine nearly impossible to satisfy and cuts against its purpose—to protect employees who protect the public.

Preferred Citation: Hannah Woofter, Wrongful Discharge in Spite of Public Policy: Unreasonably Narrowing the Wrongful Discharge Exception, 58 Washburn L.J. Online 53 (2019), http://washburnlaw.edu/wljonline/woofter-wrongfuldischarge

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42nd Annual Foulston Siefkin Lecture
Photograph: Matthew Tokson.

Washburn University School of Law
and the Washburn Law Journal
proudly present

Matthew Tokson
Associate Professor
University of Utah
S.J. Quinney College of Law

"The Next Wave of Fourth Amendment Challenges after Carpenter"

Thursday – March 28, 2019
12:10-1:10 p.m. – Room 114

Volume 58 Editor-in-Chief and Board

Congratulations to Jeremy E. Koehler, Washburn Law Journal Volume 58 Editor-in-Chief.