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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.


Winter 2011 Semester Courses and Assignments

503 - Contracts (Cardi)

I expect you enjoyed the holidays but can't wait to get back to class. The assignment for the first class is the The Nature of Assent, pages 380 to 404 in the Summers and Hillman casebook.

-Professor Vincent Cardi

503 - Contracts (Chow)

For our first class, please read pp. 61-77 in the Barnett Contracts casebook.

503 - Contracts (Kim)

Read Fuller & Eisenberg (same text as last semester) pp. 367-381 for our first class meeting.  If you want to read for the rest of the week, Session 2's asst is pp. 381-384 and 389-396; Session 3's asst. is pp. 397-412.

505 - Property (Cohen)

For our first class, please read the following pages in the Singer casebook:

(1) lvii-lxii (How to brief a case and prepare for class)

(2) 152-160 (Wild animals and baseballs).

510 - Constitutional Law (Spindelman)

Please buy a copy of the casebook and supplement. The casebook (CB) is: J. Choper et al., Constitutional Law: Cases—Comments—Questions (10th Ed. 2006). The latest Supplement is from 2010.

  • For our first class, read CB pp. 1-8.

Before our first class, please stop by Room 215 in Drinko Hall. Ms. Susan Edwards will have two items for you. The first is an information sheet. Kindly fill it out and bring it to our first class. The second item is an email roster. You should add your name and email address to it. This will be the email address I’ll use to send you class-related updates and information, including reading assignments.

510 - Constitutional Law (Colker)

The syllabus with all the assignments is posted on TWEN.  You can access the supplement on TWEN as well. The first assignment includes a reading from the Supplement.

510 - Constitutional Law (Zipkin)

For our first class, on Monday, January 10, please read the Constitution, on pages xliii – lviii of the casebook.

511 - LAW II (Smith)

Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of the Edwards text.

511 - LAW II (Rogers)

For class on January 10, please read: (1) pp. 51-67 in our text, Lauren Currie Oates and Anne Enquist, The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing (4th ed. 2006); (2) an overview on attorney-client privilege in Weinstein’s Evidence Manual § 18.03 (available on LEXIS); and (3) Problem #1: The Memo: Voicemail from a Kathleen Trafford, posted on the course TWEN site under “Memo Problem.”

We will devote the first hour of class to discussing the materials on writing a memorandum and an overview of the law of attorney-client privilege. During the second hour, you will interview Kathleen Trafford, the senior lawyer who left the voicemail. This will be an opportunity to ask your questions about her preferences for the memo you will be drafting. The course syllabus is posted on the course TWEN site.

511 - LAW II (Huefner)

For our first class on Monday Jan. 10, you should pick up and read a copy of the syllabus from the TWEN website or the boxes across from the copy center, read Edwards, chapters 1-3, and complete the exercises on pp. 26-28.  Bring a copy of your response to exercise 4 to turn in at the beginning of class.

511 - LAW II (Fairman)

For Monday, January 10, 2011, please read the Introduction (xxv-xxvii) and Chapters 1-3 (pp. 1-35) in the text, Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing (5th ed. 2010).

511 - LAW II (Wilson)

Our first class will meet on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 3:50.  The assignment for the first class:

  • In the Edwards book read the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1.  Do Exercise 1 on page 8.
  • In the Just Writing book read pp.1-24.
  • Please make certain that you have registered for this course on TWEN.
  • Have a Happy New Year, and a restful break. 

511 - LAW II (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Monday, January 10, you should:

  • Pick up a copy of the course description and the (tentative) schedule/syllabus.
  • Obtain a copy of Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization (5th Editions), which is to be our primary text.  Read the Introduction and Chapters 1-2 & 16.
  • Decide what is your favorite movie involving law and be prepared to report this choice in our first class meeting.

511 - LAW II (Cole)

Please read chapters 1-3 in Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis before class on Monday, January 10th.  Also, please note that our class will be in a different room -- I believe room 345.  Class will begin at 9:40 a.m.  I will also post problems that you should complete prior to class.  These problems will be posted on Friday, January 7th.  Please sign up for the TWEN site, too.

511 - LAW II (Foley)

Please sign into the TWEN site for this course.  Please download and read the syllabus, which is available on the "Syllabus" page of the TWEN site.  Please also complete the assignment for our first class, which is listed in the syllabus.  I look forward to seeing in class!

511 - LAW II (Cole)

Please prepare answers to problems 1 and 4 in Chapter 2 and 1 and 4 in Chapter 3 before class on Monday.  Please sign up for the TWEN site.  The syllabus and schedule are posted there as well as the powerpoints for the first day of class.

511 - LAW II (Young)

For the first class on Thursday January 13, please read Chapters 1 through 6 of the Neumann text.  Come prepared to discuss in class Exercises I, II, and III in Chapter 3 and the Exercise in Chapter 4.  (The exercises will not be collected and can be completed in any format you choose.)

529 - Legislation (Moritz)

For the first week of class, please read pp. 1-28 of the assigned text

529 - Legislation (Tokaji)

For our first class on Monday, January 10, 2010, please read pp. 1-38 in your casebook ("CB"), Eskridge, Frickey & Garrett, Cases and Materials on Legislation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy (4th ed. 2007). Make sure you understand the basic process by which a bill becomes law (CB 24-38). Also, please read this story (with accompanying video) from the Washington Post and this one from U.S. News & World Report. Consider whether and how the legislative process has changed since 1964.

529 - Legislation (Brudney)

For the first class, read pp. 1-10 in the Casebook and pp. 1-17 in the Additional Materials (AM), The AM, including the Syllabus, is available in Room 146. 

603 - Evidence (Simmons)

For the first day, please read the textbook's Foreword, Study Guide, and Chapters 1 & 3.  A copy of the syllabus is available in the mailboxes across the hall from the copy center.

603 - Evidence (Merritt)

Please sign up for my TWEN site, "Evidence Winter/Spring 2011."  A copy of the course syllabus, including the first-day assignment, appears on that site.  That first-day assignment is:  pp. vi-ix (Study Guide) and 1-19 (Chapters 1 and 2) in the Merritt & Simmons course book.  Enjoy the rest of break!

604 - Civil Procedure II (Greenbaum)

1 Introduction to Pleading

  • Casebook [CB] 8-11 (#3 & 4)
  • Federal Rule [FR] 1, 2, 3, 7, 8(a), 8(d), 8(e),10, 11, 84; Forms 7, 11, 12 & 30
  • Supplementary Material [SM] 1

1 Notice Pleading

  • Claim for Relief  CB 562-563
  • FR 8(a), Form 11
  • SM 2, 3

1-3 Rule 12 Motions

  • CB 608 n.1-609 n.5, 611-612
  • FR 7(b), 10, 11, 12, Form 40
  • SM 4, 5

3 Beyond Notice Pleading: Additional Common Law & Rule 9 Requirements

  • CB 589 n.2, 565 n.3
  • FR 9(b)

3 Notice Pleading Revisited

  • SM 6

606 - Federal Income Taxation (Hood)

  • Text:  Introduction, pgs. 1-44;
  • Sources of Tax Law Gross Income, pgs. 46-66, Code Sec. 61,
  • Problems pg. 63: 1,2,3,4; p. 66: 2

607.01 - Business Associations (Verdun)

Read Chapter 1 of Smith/Williams. That 54 pages of material will be covered in the first week of class.  Please pay particular attention to Problem 1-1 on p 14, Problem 1-2 on p 31, and Krispy Kreme Case Study on p45.  Read all referenced statutes and/or other sources of law (i.e. Restatement of Agency, Feeral Regulations, etc.).

610 - Secured Transactions (Cardi)

Any Uniform Commercial Code containing Articles 1 and 9 with the official comments after each code section is fine, but used copies of the UCC with another student’s writing on the Article 9 sections is not.

The final exam will be a closed book exam. A student may bring into the final exam any Article 9 that has not been written on by any other person. Accordingly, each student must begin the course with a clean, unmarked Article 9.

For the first class meeting on Monday, January 10, 2011, please read pages 3 - 20 in the Lopucki and Warren casebook. Be prepared to discuss the cases and Problems 1.1 through 1.6 at the end of the assignment.

634 - Children & the Law (Federle)

For class on Tuesday, January 11, please read and be prepared to discuss TWEN Assignment #1 (to be posted on WESTLAW).

635 - Family Law (Federle)

For class on Tuesday, January 11, please read pp. 37-67 in Abrams, Cahn, Ross, & Meyer, Contemporary Family Law (2d ed. 2009) and be prepared to discuss.

639 - White Collar Crime (Squires)

  • Class 1: Introduction
  • Reading: WCC 1-6; 89-106

641 - Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (Michaels)

  • Sign up for the class on TWEN!
  • Access the Syllabus from under "Syllabus" on the course TWEN site.
  • For the first class, do the reading for Topic A, introduction
  • For the second class, we will cover B.1 and begin B.2

Have a great New Year, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in class.

642 - Law & Religion (Laughlin Jr.)

For the first class, in Laughlin and Ball, Law and Religion (2011), read the introduction and the first case in the book,  "Ex parte Pearson and Another, in re Macclesfield School."

643 - Human Rights (Quigley)

A syllabus is being distributed in the box in the basement corridor. The reading assignment for the first day is pp. 1 to 17 in the course casebook, which is Steiner, Alston & Goodman, International Human Rights in Context (2008).

644 - Eminent Domain (Braunstein)

Please read chapter 1 of the Takings text.

645 - Real Estate Development (Daley)

There is no assignment for the first class session. You might, however, want to log into the course site on TWEN and take a look at the course syllabus. I will send you a separate email on the course password for TWEN.

See you on the 10th.

Rick Daley

652 - Banking Law (Anstaett)

For the first class, please reading the following in Broome and Markham, Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities, 4th edition:

  • The Business of Banking, pp. 132-142, 147-150, 163-173
  • The History of Banking Regulation, pp. 22-40 (skip Veazie case), 42-44, 61-67

656 - Wills, Trusts, Estates (Johnson)

Welcome to Wills, Trusts & Estates!  The syllabus and reading assignments for the first two weeks have been posted on the TWEN page for this course.  I will also post the "call-on" groups prior to the first class.  I look forward to seeing you on January 10th.

704 - Trial Practice (Marbley)

Assignment for Class 1:

  • I. Introduction to Course
  • A. Methodology
  • B. Necessity for Preparation and Participation
  • C. Discussion: Theory of the Case and Its Importance
  • D. Techniques of Direct Examination
  • E. Techniques of Cross-Examination

Assignments for Class 2:

  • Problem 1: As conduct direct examination of Officer Bier. Bs conduct cross-examination of Officer Bier.
  • Students should also be prepared to discuss theory of the case as it relates to the assigned problem.
  • Reading: Lubet, Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5and 9 

704 - Trial Practice (King)

Prior to the first day of class, the students should have read:

  • Lubet, Modern Trial Advocacy, Chapters 1 and 2

706 - Conflict of Laws (Caust-Ellenbogen)

For the first class:

  • read pp. 1-15 in the casebook.
  • This will be followed by pp. 16-23,
  • and then pp.23-40. 

Please sign up for the TWEN site for this course, where you will find the Syllabus, and where I will be posting additional materials for the course when relevant.

See you all in January.

711 - Health Law (Guttman)

First day assignment for first class meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Introduction to Health Law & Policy

  • Pps. 1-3 Defining Sickness
  • Pp. 3 Katskee v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska 245 Neb. 808
  • Pps. 10-14 Alain Einthoven, ‘What Medical Care Is and Isn’t.’
  • Pps. 15–19 Quality in Health Care, including the notes on pps. 16-19.
  • Pp. 28 Berry v. Cardiology Consultants 909 A.2d 611.
  • Pps. 33-35 Notes on Quality in Health Care.
  • Pps. 95-99 Introduction to Public Health
  • Pp. 99 Jacobson v. Massachusetts 197 U.S. 11
  • Pps. 105-106 Problem - Opting out of childhood immunizations

715 - Taxation of Business Enterprises (Hood)

  • Subject:  Introduction to Subchapter K
  • Text:  Chap. 1
  • Study Problems:  Problems for Chap. 1

725 - Employee Benefits (Hébert)

  • Jan. 10    Casebook 1-28; ERISA sec. 2
  • Jan. 11   CB 28-44; ERISA secs. 3,4
  • Jan. 12  CB 44-61; ERISA secs. 402, 403

Syllabus available in handout boxes on first floor across from assignment board.

728 - International Business Transactions (Chow)

For our first class, please read pp. 1-12 in Chow & Schoenbaum and be prepared to discuss Problems 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, and 1-4.

732 - Environmental Law (Murchison)

Assignment for first class
Casebook, pp. 1-36
Murchison, pp. 1-8
Problem 1

733 - Political and Civil Rights: The First Amendment (Tokaji)

For our first class on Tues. Jan. 11, 2011, please read pp. 2-14 in Kathleen M. Sullivan & Gerald Gunther, First Amendment Law (4th ed. 2010) (“FAL”). You should also read this summary of the WikiLeaks controversy and this brief discussion of First Amendment issues it raises.

Do you think the First Amendment should be understood to protect Julian Assange and WikiLeaks? Would it violate the First Amendment if Mr. Assange were prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. 798? (Focus on subsection (a) of this statute.)

Also, please sign up for this course on Westlaw TWEN.

736.02 - Legal Profession (Greenbaum)

Required Material:

  • Lerman & Schrag, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (2d ed. 2008)

Model Rules of Professional Conduct - Martyn, Fox and Wendel, The Law Governing Lawyers (2010-2011 ed.)[recommended compilation]

First Week’s Class Assignments:

  • Introduction to the course and institutions and legal rules that affect lawyers: CB 1-45 [background only]
  • Admission to Practice: CB 45-71 & MR 8.1
  • Professional Discipline: CB 81-86, 96-128

737 - Patent Law (Bitton)

First day patent law reading assignments:

Topic: What are patents and why do we have them?

  • Casebook pgs. 14-16, 24- top of 33, 49-53, 55 (intro to part E only), 59-64 (parts a., b., and c.);
  • Excerpts from Restatement Third of Unfair Competition: [will be emailed to class].

738.03 - Criminal Prosecution Practicum (Simmons)

In the photocopied readings, please read the Course Description, Introduction to the Prosecution Clinic, and Rule 46(C) of the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure.  Also, make sure you are familiar with the rules involving legal interns in Ohio (which can be found in Appendix A of the readings).  A copy of the syllabus is also included in the front of the readings.

738.04 - Justice for Children Practicum (Gray)

For January 10, Monday:

  • Case assignments; Gov. Bar R. II; What is Juvenile Court?
  • Read: Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio – Rule II
  • R.C. 2151.23(A); R.C. 2151.022
  • In re: J.J. (May 7, 1990), 64 Ohio App.3d 806, 582 N.E.2d 1138;
  • Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth (1976), 428 U.S. 52, 96 S.Ct. 2831, 49 L.Ed.2d 788;
  • Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925), 268 U.S. 510, 45 S.Ct. 571, 69 L.Ed. 1070;
  • Prince v. Massachusetts (1944), 321 U.S. 158, 64 S.Ct. 438, 88 L.Ed. 645.
  • Discuss: Problem 1

738.06 - Legislation Clinic (Huefner/Enns)

For our first class on Monday January 10, read the material at Tab 1 of the course binder (available for purchase at the Moritz bookstore), and Chapters 1-2 of the LSC Guidebook (also sold with the binder at the Moritz bookstore).

738.08 - Multiparty Mediation Program (Stulberg)

For first day:

  • Read Chapter 1 (pages 1-33) of Mediation Theory and Practice.
  • Sign on to TWEN-site for course to retrieve course syllabus.

739 - Pretrial Litigation (TBA)

This course is now being co-taught by Kathryn Lloyd and Michael Carpenter.

There is no first day assignment and the syllabus will be passed out during first class meeting.

741 - Landlord Tenant ()

Assignment for January 13th & January 14th:

  • Please get a copy of the Syllabus and sign up for the Landlord/Tenant Law Web Course.
  • Read Copied Material pp. 1 - 12;
  • Skim Copied Material pp. 13 - 85;
  • Read Copied Material 86 - 90; 91 -92.
  • Look on Web Course for Simulation Role Assignment.

744 - Employment Discrimination Law (Chamallas)

For the first week of classes, please read pp.88-134 in the Avery et al casebook.

747 - Civil Rights (powell)

The reading for the first class is the following: Jan 11 1. Sacks; America’s Deeping Moral Crisis http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sachs170/English 2. Tim Wise: Civil Rights In the Modern Era http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/8601383 3. Orlando Patterson: Equality see attachment. I will also post this on twen I will also leave a copy of the Patterson article outside of my office

750 - Foreign Relations Law (Laughlin Jr.)

In Laughlin, Foreign Relations Law, for the first class, read Introduction to Foreign Relations Law (p.1) and the first case in the book,  "The Flying Fish Case" (Little v. Barreme)  and the notes following it.

755 - Law and Social Science (Poteet)


Required Textbook: Social Science in Law, 7th edition, 2010. Monahan and Walker. Foundation Press. ISBN #978-1-59941-669-4

Packet of materials from the copy center

Assignment for the first class on Tuesday, January 11:

Topic: Origins of Social Science in Law

There are three reading assignments for the first day:

1) Textbook: Read Ch. 1 pp. 1-2 and 16-32; examine the elements of formal jurisprudence and Legal Realism, understand how legal realism contributed to the use of social science in the law, and examine how this has impacted recent Supreme Court confirmations.

2) Read Article: Herzberger, “Social Science Contributions to the Law,” 25 Connecticut Law Review 1067 (1993). [First article in the copy packet]; examine the similarities and differences between scientific methods and legal reasoning, and the various ways in which social science is used to contribute to the law.

3) Textbook: Read Ch. 2 pp. 35-56 on Legal Methods. Review the evidentiary rules on expert scientific testimony.



757 - Special Education Advocacy (Colker)

You must register for TWEN to access the course materials and syllabus. There are written assignments due for 10 of the 14 classes through the TWEN drop box for this course, including the first class. Class attendance is mandatory because of the numerous in-class practical exercises and simulations. If you cannot attend a particular class, you must communicate with Professor Colker in advance so that she can adjust the roles in the simulations and make provisions for you to make up the material.

759 - Introduction to Intellectual Property (Rogers)

For class on January 10, please read pages 1-5 and 11-31 in the text,  Intellectual Property  in the New Technological Age, Fifth Edition, by Merges, Menell and Lemley.  We will not discuss Problems 1-1, 1-2 or 1-3.


Doug Rogers

772 - Dispute System Design (Rogers)

Please pick up the course materials, any time January 3 or after, from the Moritz copy center and read Chapter 1 for class on Monday, Jan. 10.  Also, please be prepared to discuss Exercise 1.1 in class on Jan. 10.  There is no new reading for Tuesday, Jan. 11, except a brief memo on our class projects.  But for Wednesday, I am asking you to have watched "Endgame."  You may borrow the DVD of the movie from the office associates in Room 326 on December 27 or later.  Alternatively, PBS is offering free viewing of "Endgame" online from Dec. 20 through Jan. 2 and I will bring copies of the DVD to class on Jan. 10.  I've posted a syllabus on the course TWEN site.

794 - Lawyers as Leaders (Jenkins)

Please read "Learning by the Case Method" in Reading Packet I.

796.19 - International Criminal Law (Quigley)

A syllabus is being distributed for this seminar in the box in the basement corridor. A reading assignment for the first meeting is attached to the syllabus. Otherwise, there is no casebook or duplicated materials to be purchased. The syllabus explains that for the first half of the semester, weekly assignments will require you to do research to find source material on particular topics.

Also: please pay attention during the break to information you hear or read relating to criminal cases with an international aspect, e.g., criminal charges against Julian Assange in Sweden, his possible extradition from UK, his right to consular access while incarcerated in UK, possibility of espionage charge against him in USA; criminal charges against former VP Richard Cheney in Nigeria; new information (via Wikileaks) on release last year from prison in Scotland of Libyan convicted in bombing of PanAm airplane; possible investigation by International Criminal Court of recent shelling of offshore island by N. Korea personnel.

796.20 - Firearms Regulation (Moritz)

Materials for this course will be distributed electronically by the professor.  Please read the first week’s assignment as indicated in the materials.

796.20 - Climate Change (Murchison)

Assignment for First Day: Pages 1-47, 465-78

796.20 - Gender & the Law (Chamallas)

For the first class, please read pp. 1-22 in Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory and pp. 1-19 in Women and the Law Stories. Also, please pick up the duplicated materials prepared for the seminar at the copy center.

796.20 - Education Law Seminar (Wilson)

Assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 3:55:

  • Register for the TWEN site for this course and review the Tentative Syllabus and the Paper Topic Charts.
  • Read Chapters 1-3 from the textbook American Public Law School. You should be able to skim Chapter 1 and much of the material in Chapter 3. You should find most of the material in Chapter 2 very interesting, or you may be in the wrong Seminar.
  • Think about what topic you want to write your Seminar Paper on. By the end of the first class you must select the general topic for your Paper. The Paper Topic Charts, the textbook’s Table of Contents, and the reading assignment should enable you to determine what topic most interests you.
  • Class discussion will generally focus on the intersection of policy, practice, and law. Our first class will discuss the following questions:
    • Is the integration of education law, policy, and practice possible?
    • What is the proper end of education?
    • Does the law serve that end?
    • Assuming that the general diffusion of knowledge through public or common schools is a valued objective, should these schools be funded unequally by property taxes in a regime that also values equality and private property?
    • Does the value of education rise to the level of a protected, fundamental constitutional right to educational opportunity that would justify the redistribution of private property for the common good?
    • What is the fundamental purpose of education?
    • What should our educational goals be?
    • What are the key attributes of a good school?
    • Does American education law encourage the creation of good schools?
    • What are the legal impediments to the creation of good schools?
    • What legal doctrines and political values are in tension with the goal of creating good schools?
  • Class meets on Tuesday, January 11, at 3:55, in Room 245. Please do not be late. Thanks.

796.20 - The Business of Law (Merritt)

Please register for the TWEN site, "Seminar on the Business of Law."  The syllabus, including the assignment for the first day, appears on that site.  As you will see, the readings for that first class also appear on the TWEN site under "Required Course Materials."  You do *not* need to purchase any materials from the Copy Center for this course.  All readings are either on TWEN or in the assigned book (The End of Lawyers? by Richard Susskind).  I look forward to seeing you on January 10.

796.20 - 14th Amendment Seminar (Cole Jr.)

The following assignment is for the first meeting of J. Cole's Fourteenth Amendment seminar. Readings are in the course packet available at the Moritz copy center.

• U.S. Const. amend XIV
• Bruce A. Ackerman, We the People, Vol. 2, Transformations, 99-126 & 160-85 (1998)
Slaughter-House Cases, 83 U.S. 36 (1873)
Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886)

796.20 - Cyberlaw (Kim)

Read Ku & Lipton, CYBERSPACE LAW, pp. 1-32 for first assignment.

796.41 - Seminar Tax Policy (Tobin)

Please read pages 1-55 in Taxing Ourselves.  Be ready to discuss the reading.  Also, think critically about what is said.  This is an area where people are accused of either not giving all the facts or of slanting data.  If you disagree with something in the book, come to class armed with data. 

796.58 - Disputed Elections (Foley)

Please sign up for this seminar on TWEN and then download and read the Syllabus, which is on the "Syllabus & Assignments" page of the TWEN site.  As you will see from the Syllabus, there are four readings for the first session of the seminar; these readings are also available on TWEN (the "Weekly Readings" page). 

I am very much looking forward to this semester and to seeing you all for our first session!