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First-Day Assignments

The following assignments have been submitted by professors. Please check back if your assignments are not listed as faculty members are continuosly updating this list.


Autumn 2016 Semester Courses and Assignments

6050 - US Legal System and Legal Traditions (Caust-Ellenbogen)


Please make sure that you are signed onto the TWEN for this course.  On the TWEN you will find the syllabus for the course as well as various course materials that we will be using.

Please read pages 127-40 on your own.  We will not be covering this in class, but it provides you with some background on law school in the United States.

We will be covering pages 99-126 the first class. Thereafter, we will be covering a line of the syllabus per class, realizing that sometimes we will not finish that assignment in one class, and so will continue the next class.

The syllabus represents what I would like to cover.  However, this class is an opportunity for us to fill in your knowledge about various aspects of law in the United States that are not being addressed in the other classes that you are taking.  So, if there is a topic that you would like me to address, let me know.  I will see if we can fit it into the course.

I hope that you will find this course to be a valuable supplement to your experience here at Moritz this year.  I look forward to getting to know all of you.

6101 - LLM Legal Writing (Lee)

Welcome everyone! I was very excited to meet so many of you during orientation! Please register for the TWEN site for your LL.M. Legal Writing section at your earliest convenience and no later than 8 p.m. on August 22. The password for the morning section is concise2016. The password for the afternoon section is clarity2016. Once you are on the site, please click on "Course Materials" and then click on the document "Homework - Week 1". Please follow the instructions in the Homework document. (It was also distributed in hard copy during my orientation talk.) I look forward to our first class next week! Thank you, Professor Lee

6103 - Law 1 (Sherowski)

 Welcome to LAW I! Here's what you need to do to get ready for the first day of class on August 26:

1. Read chapter 2 in A Lawyer Writes

2. Sign up for the course on TWEN 

3. Listen to the Prologue of Episode 473: "Loopholes" on This American Life (a link is available on the TWEN page under "Web Links"). The prologue is about 10 minutes long.

4.  Download and print a copy of the syllabus from the TWEN page. Bring the copy to class.

That's it -- see you on the 26th!

6103 - Law 1 (TBA)

Please read pages xxi through 11 of the text. 

6103 - Law 1 (Kelly)

Enroll in TWEN course: LAWI-Kelly, download and read syllabus (hard copies available outside my office, Rm 308).

Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 in Legal Writing for Legal Readers. Skip "Now You Try It" exercise in Ch 3 and Labeling exercise in Ch 4.

6103 - Law 1 (Azyndar)

Enroll in the TWEN course, read the syllabus posted on the TWEN page.  The syllabus includes details for the first day assignment.  Here is a link to a .pdf describing how to sign up for courses on TWEN:  https://lscontent.westlaw.com/images/content/documentation/TWEN_Student_Guide.pdf 

6103 - Law 1 (Ralph)

 Welcome to LAW I! This first day assignment is for both Thursday and Friday sections. For the first class, please complete the following:


1.      Read Chapters 1-3 in Alexa Z. Chew & Katie Rose Guest Pryal, The Complete Legal Writer (2016) (ISBN 9781611638127).  


2.      Sign up for the course website. Here are instructions.

2.1.            Sign in to www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool using the ID you receive at orientation.

2.2.            Select the “Web Courses” link on the right side of the page; from the Web Courses Home Page, select the “Courses” tab.

2.3.            Find the web course for our class in the “Course Search” box; depending on your schedule, choose either “LAW I - Ralph - Thursdays Fall 2016” or “LAW I - Ralph - Fridays Fall 2016.”

2.4.            Select “Enroll.”  The access code for both Thursday and Friday is: staredecisis  


3.      Read the course syllabus and note the assignments for the first few weeks of class.  The syllabus will be posted on the course website under “Syllabus” no later than Friday, August 19, 2016.


4.      Confirm that you are able to sign in to all three research sites: Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw. Test the Bloomberg Law and Westlaw passwords that you received at orientation. (You will have used your Lexis Advance password to enroll in the course website.)


5.      Before the first meeting of our course, send me an email (ralph.52@osu.edu) confirming that you have completed items 1-4 on the list. More instructions are included on the “Announcements” page of the course website.


Note: If you are unable to obtain a copy of The Complete Legal Writer from the OSU bookstore in time to do the reading for the first class, you have two options. You may order a copy directly from the publisher, Carolina Academic Press (http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611638127/The-Complete-Legal-Writer). CAP offers a variety of shipping options. You may also complete the first day’s reading using a copy available in the reserve room of the Moritz Law Library. If you enter the library on the second floor of Drinko Hall during normal business hours, you should be able to ask at the front desk for directions to find the textbook in the reserve room.

6103 - Law 1 (Mattson)

Enroll in the course page on TWEN, and read the syllabus. Also, read chapters 1-3 and Appendix B, Effective Memo: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (pages 361-368), in A Lawyer Writes.

6103 - Law 1 (Enns)

Welcome to Moritz and to LAW I! I look forward to meeting each of you on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10:00 a.m in Room 245. For the first day of class, please do the following: 1. Read Chapter Before the First and Chapters 1-4 in Beazley and Smith, Legal Writing for Legal Readers (“LWLR”). 2. Sign up for the course website on The West Education Network (“TWEN”). You will receive your password at orientation. Make sure that you are signing up for the correct section of LAW I—it must be the “ENNS” section. The course password is “writer.” 3. Read the course syllabus (found under Syllabus) and note the assignments for the first few weeks of class. Bring any questions you have about the syllabus to class. 4. Answer the questions on the Self-Evaluation, found under First Day Materials. I set up a drop box under Assignments and Quizzes, but if you prefer to turn in a hard copy during class, even a handwritten copy, that is fine. The assignment is due at the beginning of class. 5. Let me know if you have questions about any of these items or if you cannot sign into TWEN.

6103 - Law 1 (Ziegler)

Enroll in TWEN (LAW I - Ziegler).  The syllabus is posted there and has information on the first day's reading assignment.

6103 - Law 1 (Sampson)

Read chapters one through six of Legal Writing for Legal Readers and be prepared to discuss the exercise that begins on page 28 and the exercise that begins on page 71.  

You should also sign up for our TWEN course and read the syllabus.  

6109 - Torts (Chamallas)

For the first day of class, please read pp. 1-18 in the Franklin, Rabin, Green & Geistfeld casebook.

6109 - Torts (Cole)

Please read pp. 1-10 and 39-42 before our first class.

6109 - Torts (Northern)

Read pages 1 -11 of the Duncan and Turner casebook, to register the E-Book, and to brief Weaver v. Ward.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Caust-Ellenbogen)


Please make sure that to sign onto the TWEN for this course.  It contains the syllabus, as well as course materials.

For the first few classes, read pages 1-25 of the Casebook to provide you with some background for what we will be discussing.  Then, read the handout on Fuentes v. Shevin, which is in the course materials section of the TWEN for this course.

Do not be surprised if it takes you quite a while to read the case.  This is normal.  You will get better at reading cases as the semester progresses.  Even after reading the case a few times, you still will likely not understand everything.  Why should you?  This is the first week of law school.

We will be using the case as a spring board towards discussing some of the underlying issues in Civil Procedure.  In preparation for class, think about the following questions.  What was the underlying dispute between the parties?  How did they attempt to resolve that dispute?  How did this dispute wind up in the Supreme Court?  What did the Supreme Court decide?  How did that decision affect the parties to the original dispute?  Does the decision have an impact beyond the immediate parties?  What is that impact?

See you in class!

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Deason)

Assignment for Class #1 – Monday August 22, 2016


Please sign up for the course on TWEN.  The reading for the first day is a short essay entitled “What’s Civil About Civil Procedure?” and 2 short excerpts from classic legal articles.  You can obtain this reading in electronic form under the Course Materials tab on the TWEN site; printed copies are available outside my office – Room 323. 


I look forward to meeting you in room 245 at 11:10 a.m. on Monday!


Best regards,



6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Greenbaum)

Civil Procedure I - A. Greenbaum - First Week Assignments

CLASS 1: Introduction to Civil Procedure: Read Casebook 1-26 and Supplementary Materials Item 1

CLASSES 1-4: Traditional Bases of Territorial Jurisdiction: Read Casebook 75-86 and Supplementary Materials Items 2-5

You can access the supplementary materials when you get your WESTLAW number and sign on to the TWEN page for this course. The process will be explained to you on Wednesday of orientation.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Tokaji)

Please read pages 1-14 in our casebook, Yeazell & Schwartz, Civil Procedure (9th ed. 2016).  Pay special attention to the opinion in Hawkins v. Master Farms, Inc. and the questions following it on pages 11-12.  You should also read Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b) and 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a), both of which appear in your Supplement (at pages 39 and 229 respectively).  You should also register for this course on Westlaw's TWEN service, where subsequent assignments will be posted on the "Course Materials" page.

6127 - Criminal Law (Dressler)

1.  Before the first class, you need to register for the "CRIMINAL LAW---DRESSLER" forum  on The West Educational Network (TWEN) (https://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen). This is an important part of the class, so registration is required.  PLEASE NOTE: I AM TEACHING TWO SECTIONS OF CRIMINAL LAW.  PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR SECTION. (You will need a Westlaw password to register.  You will receive the password during Orientation.

2.  For the first class, please read pages 1-9 of the Dressler-Garvey casebook (CRIMINAL LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS).

3.  When you register for the class on TWEN, see the "Course Materials" link where you will find the syllabus for the entire semester, and the Class Information Sheet, which provides useful and important information about the class.  Please read it over carefully.

6127 - Criminal Law (Dressler)

1.  Before the first class, you need to register for the "CRIMINAL LAW---DRESSLER" forum  on The West Educational Network (TWEN) (https://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen). This is an important part of the class, so registration is required.  PLEASE NOTE: I AM TEACHING TWO SECTIONS OF CRIMINAL LAW.  PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR SECTION. (You will need a Westlaw password to register.  You will receive the password during Orientation.

2.  For the first class, please read pages 1-9 of the Dressler-Garvey casebook (CRIMINAL LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS).

3.  When you register for the class on TWEN, see the "Course Materials" link where you will find the syllabus for the entire semester, and the Class Information Sheet, which provides useful and important information about the class.  Please read it over carefully.

6127 - Criminal Law (Simmons)

For the first class, please read pages 1-14 in the Dressler casebook. Also, you need to read the FACT SECTION ONLY of the following cases in the Robinson case studies book:

#1 (McCarty); #2 (Landis); #3 (Williams); #4 (Dudley); #5 (Rummel); #7 (Marrero); #8 (Billingslea); #9 (Ruschioni); #15 (Weaver); #16 (Green); #20 (Leidholm); and #22 (Yates).

After you have read the fact section for a case, you should answer the survey question(s) at the end of the section regarding how much punishment (if any) is appropriate. Do not concern yourself at this point with the applicable law; simply answer the questions based on what you believe to be appropriate.

All students are also required to register for the course on Westlaw's TWEN website. During orientation you will receive a Westlaw password, and you should use that password to log onto TWEN and register for Criminal Law---Simmons. The website is


We will be using the TWEN site right away for signups and assignments, so you should register on TWEN before the first class. The syllabus has already been posted to the site, or is available on the Moritz registrar page.

6127 - Criminal Law (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Monday, August 22, you should:

1. Obtain a copy of Kaplan, Weisberg and Binder, Criminal Law (7th ed. 2012)

2. Obtain a copy of the course description and the course syllabus (part 1), which will be available in boxes outside my office (Room 313) and on the course website by August 17th.

3.  Read the casebook's Introduction quickly and pages 21-27, 31-34, and 573-79 closely. Because the next set of readings provide theoretical background, can be read quickly, and should enhance your appreciation of our initial discussions, I encourage you also to SKIM pages 34‑77 in the text as soon as possible.

6127 - Criminal Law (Federle)

 Welcome to Criminal Law! You will find the reading assignments for the first week of class listed below. I will distribute a syllabus in class. I am looking forward to working with all of you this semester!

Required Materials: Joshua Dressler and Stephen P. Garvey, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (West 7th ed., 2016)

Recommended Materials: Joshua Dressler, Understanding Criminal Law (Carolina Academic Press 7th ed., 2015)


AUGUST 22: Principles of Punishment

                      Casebook, pp. 31-51

AUGUST 23: Principles of Punishment

                      Casebook, pp. 52-75

AUGUST 24: Legality

                      Casebook, pp. 93-114

7003 - Appellate Advocacy (Beazley)

Please read chapters 1-4 in the text.  Please bring your laptops to class to allow in-class research.

7003 - Appellate Advocacy-Section A (32096) (Beazley)

Please read chapters 1-4 in the text.  Please bring your laptops to class to allow in-class research.

7106 - Legal Negotiations and Settlements (Deason)

 Assignment for Class #1 – Monday August 22


For the following topics, please read:

1) Introduction to Negotiation Strategies & Behavior

Wiggins & Lowry: Goodpasture excerpt (pgs 10-13) & Murry excerpt (pgs 18-21)

2) Theory of Principled Negotiation

Getting to Yes: Chapters 1-6

(There has been some confusion, so let me add that these chapters are in Section I, II, and the first chapter of Section III of the book.)


During the second part of class, we will have our first negotiation. You should have received a role from me via e-mail. Please contact me if you did not get one. Please prepare for the negotiation by doing the assigned reading and using the preparation sheet attached to the e-mail (and also available on TWEN). Submit the completed preparation sheet on TWEN by 4 p.m. Monday August 22, and bring 2 printed copies to class. Please do not discuss your role with other students – they may have the role of the other party! For this first class, your preparation sheets will not be graded, but you will receive feedback.


I’m looking forward to seeing you in class!


7124 - Intl Dispute Resolution (Quigley)

In the casebook, O'Connell, International Dispute Resolution (2d ed. 2012), read pages 3 to 9.

7127 - Dispute System Design Workshop (Rogers)

Welcome to the Dispute Systems Design Workshop!  The first day of class will be an overview of the dispute system design process.  For the first class, please read the following in the course textbook, Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes: Chapters 1 and 2, pages 3 - 40.  Pay special attention to the stories introduced in Chapter 2, as we will refer to these stories throughout the semester.  Be prepared to discuss in class Question 2.2, page 40 and Exercise 2.1, pages 41-43.  A course syllabus is attached to the course TWEN page, which is available through Westlaw.



7200 - Business Associations (Rose)

Please read pages 1-22.  The syllabus will be posted on Carmen.

7204 - Business Basics for Lawyers (Oesterle)

Read syllabus on TWEN.

7209 - Accounting & Finance for Lawyers (Starker)

Welcome!! Please join the Accounting for Lawyers TWEN page, skim the syllabus, and read the PDF (in the Course Materials folder) titled SEC - Beginners Guide to Financial Statements. See you soon!

7210 - Business Bankruptcy (Hoffman Jr.)

For the first class on Thursday, August 25, please read the following: (1) Elizabeth Warren, Jay Lawrence Westbrook, Katherine Porter, John A.E. Pottow, The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases, and Problems (Wolters Kluwer, 7th edition 2014), pp. 4–15 (beginning with the "A. The Structure of Debtor-Creditor Law,") 345–355 ("Liquidating Businesses in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy")(up to but not including Problem Set 15), 359–368 ("Reorganizing Businesses") (up to "C. The Scope of the DIP's Control"); and (2) Bankruptcy Code §§ 103, 109(a), (b) and (d), 301 and 303(a) (located in Bankruptcy Code, Rules and Official Forms (West 2016 Law School Edition).

For those students who have not taken the debtor-creditor class, I also would recommend that you skim pp. 5–21, 29–42 and 71–77 of Bankruptcy Basics, a publication of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, which will be emailed to all enrolled students. 

For those students who have taken a bankruptcy course, reviewing Bankruptcy Basics will provide a good refresher. 

7214 - Contracts II (Garvin)

Welcome back! For our first two classes, please prepare pages 247-258 of our casebook and sections 1.3 and 1.7 (exercise 5) from the Burnham book. For the second class, also read the Arnold Palmer letter of intent posted on TWEN. (Oh, yes; join the course TWEN site.) What binding effect, if any, does it have? Then read the Sixth Circuit's opinion. Sound? How might you redraft the letter of intent so it would be clear and unambiguous about its binding effect? NOTE: As of 8/18, Barnes and Noble had not actually placed an order for the Farnsworth et al. selections book, though they assured me that they would place the order immediately. We will not need the selections book for the first two class sessions. If the selections book has not arrived by Tuesday, August 23, I'll scan, place on TWEN, and photocopy the pertinent pages for the next few classes.

7230 - Intl Business Transactions (Chow)

We will cover pp. 1-12 including Problems 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4.

7300 - Commercial Paper (Verdun)

Reading: Chapter 1- Introduction and Chapter 2 - Negotiation from Casebook.

Prepare Problems and review referenced statutes.

7309 - Secured Transactions (Johnson)

First Day Assignment – Read pp. xxiii to xxvii AND pp. 1-25 and DO ALL the problems. Make sure to read all of the UCC sections cited in Chapter 1 so that you can justify your answer when called upon. Revised Article 1 of the UCC has been adopted in Ohio. If you have not purchased the statutory supplement, you can access Ohio's version of Article 9 of the UCC at http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/1309.109

7310 - Transactional Practice - Section A (32161) (Starker)

Please join the TWEN page and skim the syllabus. For the first day, please read the introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 of the Working with Contracts book. Also, please confirm that you have your Bloomberg login information and it works - we will use Bloomberg a fair amount. There are links for forgotten usernames/passwords available at Bloomberglaw.com. Thanks, and I look forward to the class!

7310 - Transactional Practice (Starker)

Please join the TWEN page and skim the syllabus. For the first day, please read the introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 of the Working with Contracts book. Also, please confirm that you have your Bloomberg login information and it works - we will use Bloomberg a fair amount. There are links for forgotten usernames/passwords available at Bloomberglaw.com. Thanks, and I look forward to the class!

7409 - Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (Michaels)

1.  Welcome back!  Also, welcome to Criminal Procedure:  Adjudication.  Thank you for your willingness to join the class despite the uncivilized time slot.

2.  Please sign up for the class on TWEN.  Under "Syllabus" on TWEN you will find the course Syllabus, AND under "Course Materials" you will find the Statutory Supplement.

3.  For the first class on August 25, consult the syllabus and complete the reading for Topic A, Introduction and for Topic B. 1, The Ethics of Criminal Defense.  At 27 pages of reading, this is one of the longest assignments of the semester, but it is mostly engaging stuff.  We will have a guest for part of the first class, and he calls on people and tends to be provocative, so be prepared!

7500 - Disability Discrimination (Colker)

 Textbook, pages 1-19 and Supplement p. 1

7503 - Advanced Constitutional Law: The First Amendment (Tokaji)

For our first class on Tuesday, please read the text of the First Amendment (p. xxxv), pp. 3-16 of our primary casebook Stone et al., The First Amendment (5th ed. 2016) (“CB”), and this NY Times story on the free speech questions surrounding ISIS recruiting.  Why does the Constitution protect the freedom of speech?  Should the First Amendment be understood to allow any restrictions on the speech of ISIS and other "terrorist" groups?  When if ever should freedom of speech give way to national security?  

You should also register for this course on TWEN.

7610 - Sex, Sexuality, & the Law (Colker)

 The course materials will be available on TWEN and at the copy center. Irrespective of whether you print them yourself from TWEN or buy them from the copy center, you need to bring the readings to class each day.  For the first class, you need to reach the first chapter of the course materials (which is only a few pages).  

7803 - Trademark (Wilson)

Class 1

Pages 3-17 Introduction, Purposes of TM law

§§1, 2, 3, 32, 43, 45*

*The § symbol refers to the sections of the Lanham Act (available free online).Note that the Lanham Act designates sections by 2 different numbers – (i) the long U.S.C. number starting with 1051, and (ii) the short internal Lanham Act number starting with 1.I will use the short Lanham Act numbers.

7804 - Law of Cyberspace (Choi)

Please register for TWEN and see syllabus.

For the first class, please read the following:

·[2.A (pp. 51-53)] John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

·Sam Kashner, Both Huntress and Prey, Vanity Fair, Nov. 2014, https://bit.ly/1HNOdhH

·Ellen Nakashima, FBI Paid Professional Hackers One-Time Fee to Crack San Bernardino iPhone, Wash. Post., Apr. 12, 2016, https://wapo.st/1VkMpl7

·Ellen Nakashima, Russian Government Hackers Penetrated DNC, Wash. Post., June 14, 2016, https://wapo.st/1WMInmt

·[Introduction (pp. 9-13)]

7807 - National Security Law (Rudesill)

There are readings you should do before the first class, focused mainly on the nature of threats to U.S. national security.  For the first day (1) read the "Early Edition" news round-up the day of class on www.justsecurity.org; (2) read the Constitution with an eye to spotting national security authorities and processes; (3) watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ch13ZuMu8 ; (4) read Baker (assigned course text), Intro and Chapter 1; (5) *skim* the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), at https://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/testimonies/217-congressional-testimonies-2016/1313-statement-for-the-record-worldwide-threat-assessment-of-the-u-s-ic-before-the-senate-armed-services-committee-2016.  I may assign other short readings before class.  It is going to be a busy, exciting, fun -- and also short -- term.  See you this fall.  DSR  

7809 - Patent Law (Rogers)

Please read pages 1-6, 91-111 and 113-114 of Nard's The Law of Patents (Fourth Edition).  Thanks.

Doug Rogers

8103.01 - Labor Law, Labor Arbitration and Collective Bargaining Negotiation (Cole)

Please read pp. 1-10, 48-54 and 64-78 before the first day of class.

8189.03 - Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Merritt/Matune)

Welcome to the Prosecution Clinic. Before our first class, please sign up for the course (“Prosecution Clinic”) on TWEN. You will find a copy of the syllabus, as well as the readings for the first class, on that site. You may also pick up a packet of the readings for the first half of the course from the clinic suite later in the week; there is no charge for this packet. You should also be sure to purchase a copy of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic Rule Book from the Moritz Registrar.


If at all possible, please bring your laptop to class on Monday. We will spend part of our first class learning how to use our clinic’s electronic case management system.


I have already picked up several cases from Delaware and will begin assigning them to students on Friday. If I have a case for you to begin working on, I will send it to you by email. You do not need to take any action on these cases until classes start until Monday, but I know some of you may be eager to begin reading a real case file. If you don’t receive a case on Friday, don’t worry: We will have more cases very soon! Beth and I both look forward to seeing you next week, Debby

8189.05 - Legislation Clinic (Enns/Huefner)

Welcome to the Legislation Clinic! For Monday, please read over the materials in the Procedures Manual pp 1-11as well as Chapters 1 and 2 in the Legislative Service Commission’s A Guidebook for Ohio Legislators, found here: http://www.lsc.ohio.gov/guidebook/default.htm The information in the Guidebook is for background and you will not be quizzed on it! Additionally, you should have received an email with a short document attached. Please read that also.

8200 - Evidence (Simmons)

Please read the Foreword, Study Guide, and Chapters 1 & # of the casebook.  Also, every student enrolled in the class must also sign up on the class TWEN site ("Evidence Fall 2016--Simmons") before the first class.

8203 - Civil Procedure 2 (Walker)

Please sign up for TWEN as soon as possible, as I'll be communicating primarily through TWEN.  The syllabus with the tenative readings for the full semester will be posted on TWEN later this summer. The first reading will be pages 3-18 from the casebook.

8210 - Constitutional Litigation (Walker)

Reading for first day is from the the casebook (3d ed), pages 413-427 (Peculiar Structure of Constitutional Litigation, the Eleventh Amendment, and Ex Parte Young; main case is Edelman v. Jordan).

Reading for the rest of the week is from the case book, pages 1-15, 31-41 (Suits Against Officers: The Emergence of 42 USC 1983; main cases are Monroe v. Pape; Hafer v. Melo).

Be sure to register on TWEN and download the syllabus from there.

8211 - Sentencing Law & Policy (Berman)

In preparation for our first week of classes starting Monday, August 22, 2016 you should:

1.  Get a copy of the THIRD edition of the casebook for the course.

2.  Check out the class blog -- http://lsi.typepad.com/death_penalty_moritz/ --download the questionnaire and fill it out before our first class.  (In addition to being posted on-line, the questionnaire and course description will be available in hard-copy in front of my office, Room 313.)

3.  Find/research on your own a real sentencing issue, case or story that is of significant interest to you, and come to our first week of classes prepared to explain this issue, case or story and why it is of significant interest to you. 

8215 - Remedies (Garvin)

Welcome back! For the first day of class, please prepare pages xxiii-xxvi, 1-9, and 11-18 in the casebook (especially pages 11-18) and page 1 of the 2016 Supplement. For the second day, please prepare pages 18-35 of the casebook and 1-3 of the supplement.

At this writing, the supplement has not been delivered to bookstores. I have an electronic copy, and with the permission of the author I have posted the assignments for weeks one and two on the class TWEN site. Please join that site as soon as practicable. Besides the supplement, it contains the course syllabus and assignments and links to pertinent CALI exercises, with much more to follow. See you Tuesday! 

NOTE: Barnes & Noble mistakenly ordered the 2015 supplement. Don't buy it. If you already have, return it. The 2016 supplement was published Tuesday (8/16), and B&N has placed an order for rush shipment. In the meantime, use the electronic copy available on TWEN.

8300 - Federal Antitrust Law (Hovenkamp)


8303 - Immigration Law (Bloomfield)

The following pages are assigned for reading for the first week from required text.

1-24; 113-123; 132-140; 155-159; 171-173; 177-182; 195-197; xv-xviii  (The acronyms)

Read 8 CFR 274a.12

Permission to work within 8 CFR 274a.12 will be discussed and the student should be prepared to respond as to the categories of permission.

8306 - Administrative Law (Shane)

 As an introduction to the subject of administrative law, please read pp. 1-40 Mashaw, Merrill, Shane, et al., Administrative Law: The American Public Law System (7th ed. 2014).  A schedule of readings for the entire semester will be available on TWEN, where I will also post all course slides and occasional handouts.

8309 - Environmental Law (Carlarne)

Welcome to Environmental Law! For the first class session, please read Chapter 1, pages 1-22, in the Doremus casebook.

8312 - Election Law (Foley)

 The initial syllabus has been posted on TWEN.  Please access the course on TWEN, download the syllabus, read it, and complete the first assignment, concerning the Political Question Doctrine and Baker v. Carr.  I look forward to meeting you.  It has been a wid election year so far, and there will be lots of interesting things to discuss!  

8403 - Ethical Issues (Laughlin Jr.)

No first day assignment.

8406 - Professional Responsibility (Coughlan/Kettlewell)

No first day assignment.

8409 - Professional Responsibility (Greenbaum)


First Week’s Class Assignments


Introduction to the course and institutions and legal rules that affect lawyers: CB 1-41 [background only]

Admission to Practice: CB 42-64 & MR 8.1

Professional Discipline: CB 65-87, 90#3-119 MR 8.4

We will cover the introductory material on Monday and we may get started on Admission to Practice as well.

Also, a TWEN site has been created for this course. Be sure to sign up. You will find the syllabus and some supplementary material there.

You also will need to sign up for TopHat. I will send you instructions on how to do so before classes begin.

8700 - Federal Income Tax (Glogower)

 First-Day Assignment

  • Register for the course on TWEN
  • Review the Course Syllabus and Policies
  • Prepare the readings and questions in the Unit I Course Packet, which is available on TWEN under the "Course Materials" tab


8709 - Wills Trusts & Estates (Segelken)

Read pages 1-26 in the text.

8827 - Law and Economics (Rub)

 Welcome back! I hope you had a good summer. 

The course has a TWEN site. Please sign up to the site. On the site you can find the course syllabus as well as the first two reading assignments. Please read the first one, which is quite short, for the first day of classes. 

8889 - European Union Constitutional Law (Derlén)

Read chapter 1 of textbook.

8896.11 - Sem: International Criminal Law (Quigley)

There are materials to be read for the first meeting of the seminar. They will be posted on TWEN.

8896.11 - Sem: Big Data Law and Policy (Hirsch)



The White House, Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values (May 2014), pp. 1-10, https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/big_data_privacy_report_may_1_2014.pdf


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective 11-32, https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_big_data_and_privacy_-_may_2014.pdf


Federal Trade Commission, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion (2016) pp. 1-12, https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/big-data-tool-inclusion-or-exclusion-understanding-issues/160106big-data-rpt.pdf  


Charles Duhigg, How Companies Learn Your Secrets, NY Times, February 16, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?pagewanted=all&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%20%3Aw&_r=0.

Shaun B. Spencer, Privacy and Predictive Analytics in E-Commerce, 49 New Eng. L. Rev. 629-647 (2015), http://scholarship.law.umassd.edu/fac_pubs/144/ 

8896.11 - Sem: Critical Theory/Critical Lawyering (Spindelman)

Welcome back! Please sign up for the TWEN site for the course, where you will find both a Syllabus and the first week’s reading (filed under “Unit 1: An Introduction: Antecedents”). If you have any questions, please let me know. Look forward to seeing you soon! All best, M.S.

8896.12 - Sem: Sexual Violence and the Law (Spindelman)

Welcome back! Please sign up for the TWEN site for the course, where you will find both a Syllabus and the first week’s reading (filed under “Unit 1: A ‘Liberal’ View – and Critique”). If you have any questions, please let me know. Look forward to seeing you soon!

8896.33 - Sem: Federal Death Penalty (Cole Jr.)

Reading assignments will be emailed to all enrolled students before the first class meeting.

8896.44 - Sem: Education Law (Wilson)

Please sign up for the Seminar on TWEN. For the first class on Aug. 24, please read and be prepared to discuss the article that is posted on TWEN. (I have also emailed the article to everyone enrolled in the Seminar.) Also, be prepared to discuss the following 4 questions: 1. What is the fundamental purpose of education? 2. What should our educational goals be? 3. What are the key attributes of a good school? 4. Does American education policy encourage the creation of good schools?

8953 - Capstone: The China Connection (Miller)

For the first class, students should read US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.