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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 2010 Semester Courses and Assignments

503 - Contracts (Kim)

Read pages 1 - 23 in Lon L. Fuller and Melvin A. Eisenberg, BASIC CONTRACT LAW

503 - Contracts (Hoffer)

Greetings intrepid travelers.  We will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays between 1:30 and 2:45 in Room 348.  To prepare for your first week of contracts, please do the following:

  1. Register for our course page on TWEN using the email address where you would like to receive class notifications.
  2. Read pages 1 - 36 in Ayres & Speidel and prepare to discuss the cases and concepts.  
  3. Read the Introduction section of Global Issues.
  4. Be prepared to explain to the class what the common law, the Restatement (2d) Contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code and the CISG are and what kinds of transactions they cover.

May the force be with you.  

503 - Contracts (Cardi)

The required casebook for the course is Contract and Related Obligations, 5th Ed., by Summers and Hillman.

For the first class, Friday, August 20, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 2-4 and 5-28 in the casebook.

504 - Torts (Cole)

Please read pp. 1-10 and 37-41 in Schwartz, Kelly & Partlett, Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts (12th ed. 2010) before our first class on August 19th.

504 - Torts (Northern)

Chapter 1 provides an introduction to various perspectives on Tort law jurisprudence, the procedural stages of a trial, and an overview of basic Tort doctrine. The material assigned is to be read for background; we will not directly address those materials in class the first few days. You should, however, continually refer back to these materials as you see the various perspectives, or procedural aspects, referred to in cases or problems.

  • 8/23: pp. 1 – 26 Chapter 1, Perspectives on Tort Law (background)
  • 8/23: pp. 49 – 59 Chapter 2, Intentional Torts – Battery
  • 8/24: pp. 27 – 37 Chapter 1, Procedural Stages (background)
  • 8/24: pp. 59 – 68 Chapter 2, Battery; Problems 2.1 and 2.2 (Group A)

504 - Torts (Chamallas)

For the first week of class, please read pp. 1-39 in the casebook.

507 - Civil Procedure (Greenbaum)


  • Introduction to Civil Procedure Casebook 1-24
  • Supplementary Material Item 1


  • Traditional Bases of Territorial Casebook 71-81
  • Jurisdiction Supplementary Material Items1a

507 - Civil Procedure (Wilson)

Please read the Preface (pp. xxv-xxvii) and pp. 1-12 in your casebook (Yeazell, Civil Procedure, 7th ed. 2008).  Please pay special attention to Hawkins v. Masters Farms on pp. 6-9.  Also locate and read Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b); 28 U.S.C.  §§ 41, 133, 1331, 1332, 1333, and 1337; and U.S. Constitution Art. III in your 2010 Rules Supplement.

507 - Civil Procedure (Fairman)

For our first class, Thursday, August 19, 2010, please read the Preface, pp. xxv-xxvii, and pp. 1-6 in the casebook, Stephen C. Yeazell, Civil Procedure (7th ed. 2008). In addition, please read the following case: Gordon v. Steele, 376 F. Supp. 575 (W.D. Pa. 1974). It is not in your casebook. Copies of the case are located in the handout distribution box on the first floor in the hallway between Lou’s Café and the Moritz Copy Center.

507 - Civil Procedure (Caust-Ellenbogen)


For the first few days of class, we will be covering pp. 1-25 and 239-49 in the Casebook.  Pages 1-25 contain an overview of Civil Procedure and has been assigned to give you some background.  Read it, try to grasp it, but we will not cover most of this, as such, in class.

Pages 239-49, on the other hand, will be the focus of our classroom discussion.  Do your best to understand what the case is all about.  Be aware, however, that if you are not already proficient in the law (and I assume that none of you are), a lot of what you read will not make too much sense to you.  That is OK--that is why you are here.  We will use this case as a springboard for exploring how to read and understand judicial opinions, and to consider the lawyer's role in resolving disputes.  So, what I want you to do is to think about what this dispute is about, how and why the courts are being used, how this case winds up being decided the way that it is, and the ramifications of this decision both for the parties involved, as well as for similar situations in the future.

If history is a guide, we will likely spend three classes on this material.

Last, a bit of general information.  I have put up a TWEN site for this course.  Please sign up.  On the TWEN site, I have posted a Syllabus for the course.

My goal is for you to learn a lot of Civil Procedure this semester, as well as some ways of approaching the law.  In addition, I hope that we will have some fun doing it.  See you in class.

Prof S C-E

533 - Criminal Law (Dressler)

  • Before the first class, you need to register for Criminal Law (Dressler) on The West Educational Network (TWEN). http://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/default.aspx. You will need a Westlaw password for this, which you will receive during orientation. They will instruct you on the process for getting onto TWEN. BE SURE TO DO THIS BEFORE SHOWING UP FOR OUR FIRST CLASS. When you do, you will find two handouts: "Class Information Sheet" (important information about the class; be sure to read it) and "Class Assignment Sheet" (syllabus for the entire semester) that you can download and/or print out.
  • For the first class, please read pages 1-9 from the required casebook.

533 - Criminal Law (Federle)

Thursday, August 19: Please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 30-48 in Dressler, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (5th ed. 2009).

Monday, August 23: Please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 48-71 in Dressler, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (5th ed. 2009).

Tuesday, August 24: Please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 92-105 in Dressler, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (5th ed. 2009).

533 - Criminal Law (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Thursday, August 19, you should:

  1. Obtain a copy of Kaplan, Weisberg and Binder, Criminal Law (6th ed. 2008).
  2. Obtain a copy of the course description and the course syllabus (part 1), which will be available in box outside the copy center and on the course website.
  3. Read the text's Introduction quickly and pages 21-27, 31-34, 563-569 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 30-81 in the text as soon as possible.)

600 - Appellate Advocacy (Smith)

Read the first three chapters in the Beazley text. 

601 - Advanced Legal Writing (Young)

In "Beyond the Basics," read chapters 1 & 3. You do not need to do the Exercises or Assignments.   In "Style," read the Preface and Lessons 1 & 2.

603 - Evidence (Krivoshey)

No Assignment for first day.

604 - Civil Procedure II (Fairman)

For Monday, August 23, 2010, please read the Preface (xxv-xxvii) and pages 261-68 in the casebook, Stephen Yeazell, Civil Procedure (7th ed. 2008).

605 - Commercial Paper (Verdun)

Casebook -Problems and Materials on Payment Law - 8th Ed, Douglas Whaley, Aspen Law and Business (2008).

Commercial and Debtor-Creditor Law, Selected Statutes, Foundation Press (Any Edition)

Assignment for first day of class:

The assignment references the casebook. Read all statutes and related comments referenced in the casebook. Good class preparation includes careful consideration of all the problems presented in the assigned reading.

Aug 23-24 Chapter 1 - Negotiability

606 - Federal Income Taxation (Samansky)

An introductory memorandum and syllabus are available in the distribution shelves.

For the first class on Monday, Aug 23, please read pages 1-34 in the Schmalbeck and Zelenak casebook.  For the second class on Tuesday, please read pages 35-38 and skim pages 39-41. 

607.01 - Business Associations (Rose)

Please visit the course page on TWEN to download the syllabus: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/.

609 - Sales (Garvin)

Welcome back!  For our first two classes, please prepare chapter one of the casebook (Rusch & Sepinuck, Sales and Leases: A Problem-Solving Approach (West 2009)), including answers to all the problems.  You should bring both your casebook and your statutory supplement to class.  If you have a copy of the supplement from 2008 or 2009, you may safely use that instead of the 2010 edition.

610 - Secured Transactions (Johnson)

Our first class will be Monday, Aug. 23rd. Class meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 10:10pm in Room 252.


1. James Brook, Problems and Cases on Secured Transactions, Aspen Publishers, 2008. 528 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-7030-6.

2. Selected Commercial Statutes (West 2010 ed.) OR Commercial and Debtor-Creditor Law Selected Statutes (Found. Press 2010 ed.). You can use an edition from 2008 or 2009 to save money.

First Day Assignment – Read pp. xxiii to xxvii AND pp. 1-24 and DO ALL the problems. Make sure to read the all of the code sections cited on page 19. Note that Revised Article 1 has not been adopted in Ohio yet.

613 - Employment Law (Hébert)

August 19:  Casebook xxv-xxxviii, 3-16

614 - Labor Law (Wilson)

Please read pages iii to xi and 1-30 in the Henderson Casebook.

618 - Insurance Law (Anstaett)

For the first class please read pages 1 to 24, What is insurance?, in Cases and Materials on Insurance Law, Martinez, Sixth Edition.

619 - International Law (Quigley)

Janis & Noyes, International Law: Cases and Commentary (3d edition, 2006), pp. 1-17

620 - Jurisprudence (Huefner)

For our first class, please pick up a copy of the syllabus and a copy of the Lon Fuller article “The Case of the Speluncean Explorers” from the syllabus boxes across from the copy center, and obtain our text, Christie & Martin, Jurisprudence (3d edition).  The reading for the first day consists of the Lon Fuller article and Christie & Martin pp. 1-38 and 255-280.

623 - Federal Antitrust Law (Wilson)

The assignment for the first class is pp. 1-18; 26-35; 54-101

624 - Immigration Law (Bloomfield)

The first assignment will be based upon whether there is a fifth or sixth edition. If a Fifth and not a sixth then it is:

  • Source materials and introductory matters will be discussed. We will go over general items and a bit of history on the subject matter. There will also be a general discussion concerning the various federal agencies that impact upon the practice of Immigration and Nationality law including the State Department, the Department of Labor, the Justice Department and most importantly Homeland Security.
  • 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.

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

  • 1-25
  • 103-111
  • 120-129
  • 144-149
  • 163-169
  • 181-183
  • xii-xvi
  • Read 8 CFR 274a.12

If there is a sixth edition then I will need to adjust the page numbers. Thank you.

625 - Copyright Law (Grant)

The reading assignment for the first class on 23 August will be Chapter 1 – pages 1-42

626 - Trademark (Wilson)

First day assignment: pp. 3-17 and Lanham Act §§1, 2, 3, 32, 43, and 45

Also, it is my understanding that the new text may not be in bookstores yet.  Accordingly, I am having copies made of the TOC and first chapter of the new text for those students who are not able to obtain the text before the first day of class. Copies can be picked up at the law school Copy Center.

628 - Accounting for Lawyers (Samansky)

An introductory memorandum and syllabus are available in the distribution shelves.

For the first class on Monday, August 23, please read pages 2-23 in the Cunningham textbook.  For class on Tuesday, August 24, please read pages 31-42.  You also must hand in at the beginning of class on Tuesday your journal entries for Problem 2A on pages 41-42. 

629 - Tax Ethics (Tobin)

Read pages 1-25.  Prepare problems 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 for class (page 32).  We will do Scenario 1.1 in class. (page 33).

We will spend substantial time in class disucssing the problems, please prepare them thoroughly for class.

630 - U.S. Legal System and Legal Traditions (TBA)

The text for this course is by Charles Abernathy, entitled Law in the United States.  It is available at the bookstore.

The first assignment for the class is the text, pages 1-19.  We may focus the discussion on pages 1-12, but the material is more interesting and understandable if you read through page 19.

I will not arrive in Columbus until late, perhaps the day that the class begins.  If you wish to contact me in advance, the best way is likely be email, to swire.1@osu.edu or peter@peterswire.net.  My cell phone is 240.994.4142.

Welcome to Moritz!

Peter Swire

636 - Disability Discrimination (Colker)

Please read pp. 1-34 and the Appendix (pp. 777-795) of The Law of Disability Discrimination for the first class.  The syllabus is available on TWEN. 

640 - Criminal Procedure: Investigations (Dressler)

  • BEFORE the first class, be sure to register for Criminal Procedure: Investigation on TWEN (The West Educational Network). TWEN is a REQUIRED part of the class, and is included in the grading process.  When you register, you will find (among other things) two handouts that you can download and/or print out - a Class Information Sheet (please read it; important information) and Class Assignment Sheet (syllabus for entire semester).
  • For first class: From the casebook, please read pages 1-4 (United States Constitution); pp. 5-8 ("Members of the Supreme Court"); and pp. 49-55 ("Norms of the Criminal Process"). This is all IMPORTANT background. We will come back to the constitutional language often, so look over the Constitution carefully now and in the future; the Members of the Supreme Court chart is valuable: it will help you keep in mind who was sitting on the Court when specific Supreme Court decisions were handed down, an important tool of constitutional lawyers (and students); and the Norms section I am asking you to read will help you think about issues we will raise all semester. Thanks.

656 - Wills, Trusts, Estates (Segelken)

Here are the assignments for the first three class periods:

In the Text:

8/23-- Pp 1-10, 16-27

8/25-- Pp 27-49, 58-70

8/30-- Pp 931-935, 940-42, 948-53, 962-969, 972-976, 985-988(We will spend about 1 class period on all of this material)

658 - Advanced Constitutional Law (Foley)

An Introduction to the course, with the first week's assignments is posted on the Assignments page of the TWEN site for this course.  During the first week, we will focus on David Strauss's book, The Living Constitution.  For the first day, as noted in the Intro, we will also read some of Justice Kagan's testimony during her confirmation hearings, as well as Justice Souter's commencement address at Harvard.  I am looking forward to this semester!

700.03 - Ethical Issues (Laughlin Jr.)

Materials will be available on line. Access will be explained at the first class. There is no assignment for the first class.

702 - Issues in Arbitration (Cole)

Please read pp. 1-6, the Cheng case and the Federal Arbitration Act, sections 1-4 in Appendix A.  All of these readings can be found in the duplicated materials for purchase.

Note to students -- the Cheng case did not make it into the duplicated materials.  So, please find the case on westlaw or lexis and read before the first class:  Cheng-Canindin v. Renaissance Hotel Associates, 50 Cal. App. 4th 676, 57 Cal. Rptr. 2d 867 (1996).  Also, please read the "arbitration conversation" on pp. 45-55 of the duplicated materials.

703 - Legal Negotiation and Settlement (Stulberg)

Assignment for first class - Monday, August 23:

1) Reading:  Wiggins/Lowry:  Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy: A Book of Readings.  Chapter 15 (pp. 564-588).

Students with last name beginning M-Z will be on call.

2)  Sign onto TWEN site for course.

704 - Trial Practice (Ray)

Assignment for 1st day of class, August 19, 2010 – Professor’s lecture, “Goals and Techniques in Jury Selection” and Professor’s demonstration of voir dire of students in the roles of prospective jurors; reading assignment – Chapters II & III, Trial Techniques

704 - Trial Practice (Sargus Jr.)

Please read:
1. Old Chief v. United States, 519 U.S. 172 (1997)
2. United States of America v. Kemp, 546 F 3rd 759 (6th Cir. 2008)

707.01 - The China Problem (Miller)

Our first day of meeting for class will be Tuesday, August 24.

708 - Regulation of Security Distributions (Rose)

Please visit the course page on TWEN to download the syllabus: http://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/.

710 - Federal Courts (Tokaji)

For our first class, please read the opinion in Marbury v. Madison, which may be found in Appendix C of your casebook, Low & Jeffries, Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations (6th ed. 2008). 

Also, please read the opinion in Boumediene v. Bush, which appears in your Supplement at pp. 185-205   Try not to get too caught up in the technical complexities.  In class, we'll focus on the big-picture issues surrounding the relationship of the federal courts to the executive and legislative branches when it comes to the protection of constitutional rights.  

You should also register for this course on TWEN.  I've posted a chart on the course materials page, which details the Guantanamo detainee litigation, helpful in understanding the context of Boumediene.

713 - Appellate Advocacy II/Moot Court (Sutton)

No assignment. The first day of class will be Monday, August 23, at 12:10.

717 - International Business Arbitration (Deason)

The topic for the first day of class is examining the motivation to use arbitration for international business disputes by looking at the primary alternative of litigation.  Please read pages 1-24 in the supplemental materials.  They will be available for purchase from the Moritz Copy Center.  Please also sign up for the course on TWEN.  Thanks,  EEDeason

NOTE:  Ellen Deason recently had surgery and will not return to the college for several weeks.  The first three classes of IBA are, therefore, tentatively being canceled.  We will keep in contact with you, but for now, you should not expect to attend class until  August 31st.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Donald Tobin

729 - Administrative Law (Zipkin)

For our first class, on Thursday, August 19, please read the introductory material on pages 7-13 and the D.C. Circuit opinion in American Trucking on pages 38-45 of the casebook.

Also, please listen to this podcast, starting at 3:15 and continuing to about 14:20.


At our second class, on Friday, August 20, we’ll discuss the non-delegation doctrine. Please read pages 66-72, 58-62 (note 3), and 46-58 in the casebook, and the discussion of Gonzales v. Oregon on pages 1-2 of the supplement.

738.01 - Criminal Defense Practicum (Krivoshey/Merritt)

Please purchase two sets of materials from the Moritz Copy Center:  (1) the course materials, and (2) the course rule book.  The course syllabus appears in the course materials; please prepare the assignment for the first day.  You should also sign up for the TWEN site, "Criminal Defense Practicum," before our first meeting.  We look forward to seeing you in class!

738.02 - Civil Law Practicum (Stulberg/Cooke)

1.  We will hold our first class on Thursday, August 19, 2010 in the courtroom on the 2nd floor.

2.  Please read pages 1-16 of the duplicated materials prepared for the course.  Duplicated materials can be obtained from Lynda Seelie in the Clinic office (Room 255).

738.06 - Legislation Clinic (Berman/Enns)

Please pick up course materials, consisting of a three-ring binder of readings (the "Clinic Binder") and a coil-bound guidebook to the Ohio General Assembly prepared by the Legislative Service Commission (the "LSC Guidebook"). Please read the material behind Tab 1 of the Clinic Binder and Chapters 1 and 2 of the LSC Guidebook. Additionally, read the article in the front pocket of the binder.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 19, at 3:55 in room 455.

738.09 - Mediation Practicum (Deason)

The topic for the first class will be "Negotiation for Mediators."  Please read pages 1-29 in the Supplemental Materials, which will be available for purchase from the Moritz Copy Center.  And don't forget to sign up for TWEN!

752 - Election Law (Foley)

The Syllabus for the first part of the semester is available on the Assignments page of the TWEN site for this course.  Please sign up on TWEN, get the syllabus, and read it.  The casebook for this course is one that I am developing for Aspen Publishers.  A current draft of Part One is also on the Assignments page of the TWEN (or you may get a hard copy from the Moritz Copy Shop, in Room 146).  The readings from the casebook for Part One are listed on the Syllabus.  Please complete the first reading.  I look forward to seeing you in class!

760 - Law of War (Quigley)

Christine Gray, International Law and the Use of Force (3d ed. paperback 2008), pp. 1-29

794 - Licensing (Kim)

Chapter 1, pp. 3-50

796.06 - Seminar Middle East Conflict (Quigley)

Middle East Conflict: Duplicated Materials, pp. 1-42

796.10 - Financial Crisis (Swire)

The initial reading for this seminar is "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis.  It's a bestseller for a reason -- it is a highly readable explanation of how the housing bubble burst, triggering the biggest financial crisis since the 1930''s.

For the first week, please read Chapters 1 through 5.  Each chapter focuses on one real-life character, such as Eisman, Burry, Lippman, and the Cornwell Capital Management duo.

For each character, what was the reasoning for why housing prices would fall?  What was the strategy for making money off of their analysis -- what did they buy or sell?  Who would lose if and when they won?  Who was to "blame" for the problems the character saw?  Finally, for extra credit, what personality traits contributed to the character's insights?

If any questions in advance, my cell is 240.994.4142, email to swire.1@osu.edu or peter@peterswire.net.

796.10 - Topics in Commercial and Business Law (Cardi)

We will meet Thursday, August 19, from 3:55-5:45. There is no assignment for this first class.

796.20 - Critical Race Theory (Verdun)

We will watch a couple of documentaries produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance Project on the first day of class, August 25.  For the second class ,Sept 1, we will discuss Rising Road by Sharon Davies.

796.20 - Sexual Harassment Seminar (Hébert)

Syllabus in class materials avaiable in copy center.  Assignment for August 24: Duplicated Materials 1-66

796.20 - Advanced Civil Rights (powell)

Please pick up a handout from the box across from the Fin. Aid Board. Handout will be available Fri. 8/20.

796.20 - Law, History and Philosophy Seminar (Fink)

For the first class, read the introductory material and the Declaration of Independence.  Also, please read the essay "The Tragedy of the Commons" by Garrett Hardin (1968), which you can easily find on the internet.  My e-mail is fink.1@osu.edu.  My cell phone is 614-506-5877   If you have any questions, please call or write.

796.20 - Business Bankruptcy (Hoffman Jr./Cole Jr.)

Assignment for First Class—Wednesday August 25, 2010

Please read the following: (1) the Text, pp. 101–111 (Introduction to Bankruptcy), 361–370(Chapter 7 Liquidation), 387–406 (Chapter 11 Reorganization/Introduction to Business Bankruptcy); (2) Bankruptcy Code §§ 103, 109(a), (b) and (d), 301 and 303(a); and (3) Elizabeth Warren and Jay Lawrence Westbrook, The Success of Chapter 11: A Challenge to the Critics, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 603 (Feb. 2009).

For those students who have not taken the debtor-creditor class, we also would recommend
that you review pp. 5–21, 29–42 and 71–77 of Bankruptcy Basics, a publication of the
Administrative Off ice of the Uni t ed States Courts, available at

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

796.20 - Advanced Civil Rights (powell)



The article will be placed on Twen for the course.

796.20 - Advanced Civil Rights (powell)

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