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Washburn Law Journal Blog

We are currently accepting submissions to the Washburn Law Journal Blog. We are seeking responses to regional and statewide legal issues, rulings, and trends. Though preference will be given to regional topics, pieces with a national or international scope may also be accepted.

Submissions should not exceed 1,500 words and citations should be made in-line with no footnotes. For further guidance on formatting, please reference previous posts. Submissions can be sent to journalblog@washburnlaw.edu. In addition to a Word document with the body of the piece, you are welcome to include a picture of yourself, your place of work, title, and a short biography.

Questions can be sent to journalblog@washburnlaw.edu.

Recent Posts

Joe-1.jpgFour Keys to Understanding the Significance of Johnson v. U.S. Food Service by Joe Patton | December 1, 2020

Howard Johnson, who had been employed by U.S. Food Service, injured his neck on the job and received a valid but shockingly low workers' compensation award. Mr. Johnson challenged the workers' compensation statute as a facially unconstitutional violation of Section 18 of the Kansas Bill of Rights, due to his inadequate remedy. Johnson v. U.S. Food Service is an appeal to the Kansas Court of Appeals from the Kansas Workers Compensation Board and is currently before the Kansas Supreme Court.

Photograph: Professor David Rubenstein.Acquiring Ethical Algorithmic Governance by Professor David Rubenstein | November 16, 2020

On November 5, 2020, Washburn School of Law hosted a symposium that explored the “rights” and “wrongs” of artificial intelligence (AI). My presentation at the symposium focused on the federal government’s uses of AI. Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation uses AI in law enforcement; the Social Security Administration uses AI to adjudicate benefits claims; the Department of Homeland Security uses AI to regulate immigration; and countless other agencies are experimenting with AI for the delivery of government services, customer support, research, and regulatory analysis. This small sampling presages a new era of “algorithmic governance,” in which government tasks assigned to humans will increasingly migrate to machines.

Mail-In Ballots During COVID-19 by Kayla Dieker | May 15, 2020

On April 7, 2020—amidst a global pandemic—Wisconsin held its primary election. At a time when the CDC was recommending cancellation for groups of ten or more people, blocks in Milwaukee were lined with voters wearing face masks and waiting to cast their ballots. Wisconsin has not been immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 10, 2020, there have been 3,068 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, with 904 hospitalizations and 128 deaths. This is an increase of almost 500 cases since the April 7th primary election. Wisconsin is the only state with an April election that had not postponed or shifted to mail-in only—though it’s not for lack of trying.

 

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The Washburn Law Journal Blog aims to provide timely content from a variety of viewpoints. We use an abbreviated editing process for Blog posts as compared to the traditional process used for print and online content. The views expressed on the Washburn Law Journal Blog belong to the individual authors alone and should not be construed to be those of the Washburn Law Journal, Washburn University School of Law, individual editors, other authors, or the institutions with which authors are affiliated.