1) Why does UMKC have a NLG chapter, but KU doesn't? Is it cultural?
While we don't have a NLG chapter, we have a number of organizations with similar, progressive interests including the American Constitution Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and OUTlaws and Allies. We also have traditionally conservative student groups like the Federalist Society. IYou can see a full list of our student orgs at http://law.ku.edu/studentlife#orgs
2) If the administration believed it could jump, say, 30 or more spots in USNWR attracting students "with the numbers" by appearing more receptive to progressive or even radical causes (in addition to pushing the affordability line), would you do it?
Would that piss off your donors? Would it be worth it for the reputation boost? Could you do it subtly in admissions anyway?
It's not really the role of a public law school to favor one set of issues or the other. As mentioned before, our students and alumni represent a wide variety of political views. I hope people think we are already receptive to students with progressive or radical ideas, as well as conservative and traditional ones. Law school is a great place to exchange ideas. Most events with a political dimension are co-sponsored by organizations with different political leanings. As for our donors, I think not only would our donors be disappointed, but most people who care about KU Law would be disappointed if we let politics guide what we do. And we would never consider political affiliation in our admissions decisions - that's truly incompatible with our mission. So even if doing so would improve our rankings, I do not think we would explicitly or subtly favor one political point of view over another.
3) Can you speak to the programs you already have that are local and public service-oriented in nature?
We have some great public service programs, particularly our clinics. We have 11 clinics, so you might want to visit our website to review them all (http://law.ku.edu/clinics
). I'll just mention three:
Project for Innocence - for the last thirty-five years, our students have represented convicts in post-conviction remedies, including innocence cases. Our students have had some remarkable success stories, which is an amazing thing to do as a law student. You can read more about it at http://law.ku.edu/innocenceproject
Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic - located at the KU Med Center in Kansas City, our students represent patients with legal needs. http://law.ku.edu/mlpclinic
Tribal Judicial Support Clinic - students assist tribal courts in researching legal issues of interest to tribal nations. http://law.ku.edu/triballawclinic
4) Faculty papers? Our faculty publish on a wide variety of topics. I encourage you to visit our faculty page where you can review their scholarship. http://law.ku.edu/faculty