Ex-felons hope to take bar exam; UMissouri-UKansas border fight for students

It was a GOOD week for…

Forgiveness, after Attorney General Eric Holder urged the repeal of disenfranchisement laws which currently preclude ex-felons from taking the bar exam. Desmond Meade, a third-year at Florida International University College of Law and an ex-felon, will graduate this May and will not be able to take the bar exam without a change to the laws. “[U]nfortunately, my story does not have a happy ending,” Meade said, “because in spite of the many obstacles that I’ve been able to overcome in life, even making the dean’s list last year, I still would not be able to even sit for the bar once I graduate in May.” Meade was a drug addict prior to cleaning up his life. Holder argued the laws have a disparate impact on African American individuals and stem from the Jim Crow era, created to prevent African Americans from voting.

It was a BAD week for…

Border control, after a border war started between the University of Missouri — Kansas City and The University of Kansas School of Law. The University of Missouri – Kansas City began offering in-state tuition for undergraduate students across the state line four years ago. In response, the University of Kansas School of Law created a new scholarship program to allow residents of 11 Missouri counties to pay in-state tuition. While the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law does not offer an official tuition reduction program for students from the state of Kansas, most of the students from Kansas receive scholarships that lower tuition to in-state levels. The new tuition reduction program was created in hope of expanding the pool of potential students at the University of Kansas.