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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

Ian.jpg Live by the "Or," Die by the "Or": Ford v. Montana and the Corporate Personal Jurisdiction Standard by Ian Hughes | April 12, 2021

The Supreme Court has once again tinkered around the edges of personal jurisdiction, a concept that always seems close to settled but never quite there. The case, Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, is a relatively straightforward application of specific jurisdiction, except for one problem: a mischaracterization of the role the defendant's activities in the forum state play in the calculus of personal jurisdiction. This imprecision complicates what should be a fairly simple analysis: establishing a causal relationship between the subject matter of the lawsuit and the defendant's contacts with the relevant state.

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.



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