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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 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.

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Recent Posts

Photograph: Roger McEowen. Ad Astra Per Notarius: 2022 Kansas Notary Law Updates by Steve Johnson | May 12, 2022

Kansas has a new notary law. The COVID-19 pandemic, a once-in-a-century force majeure, was a catalyst for legal change. To protect people from exposure to the COVID-19 respiratory virus, Kansas and other states temporarily waived the notary’s traditional physical presence requirement. The new notary law mostly replaced the old notary law with fresh or expanded definitions and rules, and applied starting January 1, 2022, including to notaries commissioned before 2022. This post explores some highlights of the new law.

Photograph: Roger McEowen. Farm Economic Issues and Implications by Professor Roger A. McEowen | May 9, 2022

A firm understanding of the economic context within which the farmers and ranchers operate is necessary for both tax planning and financial planning. The creation and dissolution of legal entities, the restructuring of debt, and the use of various legal devices for the protection of assets from creditors and preserving inheritances cannot successfully be accomplished without knowledge of agriculture that transcends the applicable legal rules. Crop production, energy issues, monetary policy, issues in the meat sector and unanticipated outside shocks have farm-level impacts that professional advisors and counselors need to account for when representing farm and ranch clients.

Professor Rory Bahadur An Immigrant Contextualizes the George Floyd Verdict by Professor Rory Bahadur | April 25, 2021

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is potentially a distraction from the depth and pervasiveness of systemic racism in this country. That trial resulted in just one conviction in a country where over 10 million arrests occur every year. While it may be important as a symbol of change, it is empirically less significant as an actual metric of racial reform. Examining post-colonial Caribbean politics and the emotional distraction techniques employed by those seeking office to shift the populace’s focus from the reality and magnitude of corrupt governing and the seeming hopelessness of reform attempts, illustrates the danger that putting too much stock in the Chauvin conviction poses to true racial reform.



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