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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 2015 Semester Courses and Assignments

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

Welcome.

In this course, we will learn about some of the aspects of law in the United States that are different from civil law countries.  As such, it will touch on a number of discrete topics.

You should sign onto the TWEN for this course.  The TWEN contains the syllabus for the course, as well as supplementary course materials.

We will cover one line of the syllabus per class.  On occasion, we will go a bit slower than that.

In preparation for the first class, read pages 117-36 on you own.  We will not cover this is class; it is general background for you.  In addition, read pages 92-116.  We will discuss this material in class.

I am excited to get to meet all of you.  It is interesting to get to know people from different parts of the world and to learn about their legal systems.  I hope that you will find this introduction to the legal system of the United States to be interesting and provocative.

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 L.L.M. Legal Writing section at your earliest convenience and no later than 8 p.m. on August 24. The password for the morning section is audience2015. The password for the afternoon section is clear2015. 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. KJL

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 L.L.M. Legal Writing section at your earliest convenience and no later than 8 p.m. on August 24. The password for the morning section is audience2015. The password for the afternoon section is clear2015. 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. KJL

6103 - Law 1 (Ralph)

Welcome to LAW I! For the first class, please complete the following (this information is posted outside my door and on the law school website):

1.Sign up for the course website. Here are instructions:

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

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

1.3.Find the web course for our class in the “Course Search” box; depending on your schedule, choose either “Legal Analysis & Writing I (Ralph; Thursdays Fall 2015)” or “Legal Analysis & Writing I (Ralph; Fridays Fall 2015)”

1.4.Select “Enroll.” The access code for both Thursday and Friday is: amicuscuriae

2.Read the course syllabus and note the assignments for the first few weeks of class. The syllabus is posted on the course website under “Syllabus” and copies are also available in envelopes outside my door, 333 Drinko. Note: If you pick up the syllabus, make sure to get a copy for the correct class day!

3.Read Chapters 1-3 in Christine Coughlin, et al., A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN 9781611633979).

4.Prepare the “Law and Literature” Assignment. It is posted on the course website under “Course Materials” / “First Day Assignments,” and copies are also available outside my door, 333 Drinko. You should read all the materials and be ready to discuss all the questions in the assignment.

5.Answer the LAW I Introductory Questionnaire. The LAW I Introductory Questionnaire is posted on the course website under “Course Materials” / “First Day Assignments.” Bring a paper copy (typed or handwritten) of your responses to the LAW I Introductory Questionnaire to the first day of class.

6103 - Law 1 (Ralph)

Welcome to LAW I! For the first class, please complete the following (this information is posted outside my door and on the law school website):

1.Sign up for the course website. Here are instructions:

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

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

1.3.Find the web course for our class in the “Course Search” box; depending on your schedule, choose either “Legal Analysis & Writing I (Ralph; Thursdays Fall 2015)” or “Legal Analysis & Writing I (Ralph; Fridays Fall 2015)”

1.4.Select “Enroll.” The access code for both Thursday and Friday is: amicuscuriae

2.Read the course syllabus and note the assignments for the first few weeks of class. The syllabus is posted on the course website under “Syllabus” and copies are also available in envelopes outside my door, 333 Drinko. Note: If you pick up the syllabus, make sure to get a copy for the correct class day!

3.Read Chapters 1-3 in Christine Coughlin, et al., A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN 9781611633979).

4.Prepare the “Law and Literature” Assignment. It is posted on the course website under “Course Materials” / “First Day Assignments,” and copies are also available outside my door, 333 Drinko. You should read all the materials and be ready to discuss all the questions in the assignment.

5.Answer the LAW I Introductory Questionnaire. The LAW I Introductory Questionnaire is posted on the course website under “Course Materials” / “First Day Assignments.” Bring a paper copy (typed or handwritten) of your responses to the LAW I Introductory Questionnaire to the first day of class.

6103 - Law 1 (Kelly)

Enroll in the TWEN course: LAWI-Kelly and download the course syllabus.

Read Chs 1, 2, 3, 4 (skip labeling exercise). Be prepared to discuss context, PTP, legal rule, legally significant facts for "Now You Try It" exercise.

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 28:

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 28th!

6103 - Law 1 (Kelly)

Enroll in the TWEN course: LAWI-Kelly and download the course syllabus.

Read Chs 1, 2, 3, 4 (skip labeling exercise). Be prepared to discuss context, PTP, legal rule, legally significant facts for "Now You Try It" exercise.

6103 - Law 1 (Smith)

Please read pages xxi through 18 of the Legal Writing for Legal Readers text.

6103 - Law 1 (Sampson)

 Read Chapters 1-3 in Legal Writing for Legal Readers.  Sign up for our TWEN course and review the syllabus posted there. 

6103 - Law 1 (Enns)

Welcome! For the first day of class (Friday, Aug. 28), please complete the following: 1) sign up for the course on TWEN using the password "writer" (make sure you are in the Enns section of LAW I); 2) familiarize yourself with the syllabus (posted on TWEN); 3) read the West Questions and the West Sample I and II and prepare to discuss them; 4) complete the Self-Evaluation and upload it to the TWEN drop box by the beginning of class.

Please email me if you have questions about any of these. I look forward to meeting you all next week.

6103 - Law 1 (Cooper)

Welcome to the course! Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in Legal Writing for Legal Readers and sign up for the course TWEN page. You should find the course listed as LAW I with me as the instructor. A syllabus will be posted on the TWEN page soon for your review. See you in class on Thursday, Aug. 27th.

6103 - Law 1 (Ziegler)

Welcome to LAW I.  Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in Legal Writing for Legal Readers.  Sign up for our TWEN course and review the syllabus posted there. 

6109 - Torts (Cole)

Please read pp. 1-10; 37-41 in the casebook before our first class.

6109 - Torts (Chamallas)

For our first class meeting please read pp.1-18 in the Franklin, Rabin & Green casebook and come prepared to discuss Hammontree v. Jenner.

Looking forward to it! MC

6109 - Torts (Carlarne)

For the first day of class, please read pages 1-16 of the Prosser text.

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Wilson)

For our first class, Tuesday, August 25, 2015, please read the Preface, pp. xxv-xxvii, and pp. 1-12 in the Stephen C. Yeazell casebook.

ALSO: 

Register for course in TWEN and fill out questionnaire (under class materials) and email back to Wilson.49@osu.edu ASAP.

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 (Deason)

Welcome to Civil Procedure!  Here is the assignment for the first day of class:

 

Tuesday, August 25 – The Civil Procedure Course in Broader Perspective

 1)  Read "What is 'Civil' about Civil Procedure."  This is a handout that is available outside my office door – Room 323.  Pick up a course Syllabus at the same location.

 

2)  Watch the short video which will be available through a link on TWEN after August 19.  You will receive instructions at orientation on how to access and sign up for courses on TWEN.

 

 

 

 

6115 - Civil Procedure 1 (Caust-Ellenbogen)

Welcome,

Please make sure that you can sign onto the TWEN for this course.  On the TWEN, you will find the syllabus for this course, as well as supplementary course materials.

We will cover roughly one line of the syllabus per class.  However, in the beginning, we will go slower than that.  Civil Procedure is difficult, especially at first, and so we will start very slowly.  Things will pick up speed as we become more comfortable with the material.

The first assignment has two components.  First, read pages 1-25 of the Casebook for background.  This is fairly easy reading.  The meat of the assignment is to read Fuentes v. Shevin, which is reproduced in the course materials section of the TWEN.  This will be difficult reading, and, even after you have read it a few times, you will probably be pretty confused.  This is natural--you are just starting out in law school.  Over the next few classes, we will try to understand what is going on in that case.  As a guide for you in reading the case, identify what the underlying dispute is about, and think about how you might try to resolve it.  Then, think about the course of action taken in the case, and what it seeks to accomplish.  How does the Supreme Court resolve the case?  Finally, after the case has been decided, what happens next?

Over the course of the semester, I hope that you will come to enjoy and be fascinated by civil procedure.  But, in any event, I hope that you will learn a lot, and have a great time doing it.

 

6127 - Criminal Law (Dressler)

1. Every student is required BEFORE the first class to register for the class on The West Educational Network (TWEN).  You will receive a West Law password at orientation, which you will need to register.  I AM TEACHING TWO SECTIONS OF CRIMINAL LAW THIS SEMESTER.  PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THE CORRECT ONE. I am teaching a small section (so identified) and a regular section.  Register for the correct one.  Once you have registered, look over the materials in the TWEN class.

2.  Under "Handouts" on TWEN you will find two handouts of importance.  One is a syllabus for the entire semester, providing all of the class assignments.  The other handout ("Class Information Sheet") provides IMPORTANT information about the class.  Please read it over carefully.

3.  On TWEN, in the "Important Announcements" section, read the message entitled "Class 1".

4.  For the first day of class, please read pages 1-9 of the casebook.

6127 - Criminal Law (Federle)

 Welcome to Criminal Law! For class on Monday, August 24, please read Dressler & Garvey, pp. 29-48 and be prepared to discuss. For class on Tuesday, August 25, please read pp. 49-71 and be prepared to discuss. For class on Wednesday, August 26, please read pp. 92-105, and be prepared to discuss.

6127 - Criminal Law (Akbar)

Outside of my office you will find (1) a handout with course logistics and (2) a reading supplement.  For the first class, familiarize yourself with course logistics, read pp. 1-7 of the supplement, and bring your textbooks.  I will hand out the syllabus in class.

My office is 255P -- it is inside the clinical suite (technically, Room 255) in the southeast corner of Drinko. To find the entrance to the suite, you have to go through the double doors next to Room 252 and 280A into the large stairwell that includes an exit onto High Street. The suite is locked in the evenings and on weekends so come during regular business hours.

6127 - Criminal Law (Simmons)

For the first class, please read pages 1-13 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); #10 (Wood); #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 http://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen

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 TWEN site; hard copies of the syllabus are also available in the boxes across the hall from the copy center.

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

Read chapters 1-4 in A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy (4th Edition).

7106 - Legal Negotiations and Settlements (Stulberg)

1.  Wiggins/Lowry text:  Pages 565-76.

Students whose last names begin with letter M-Z are on call.

 

2.  Syllabus distribution/TWEN-site sign-up to take place at first class on Monday, August 24.

3.  Class meets in Room 246.

7112 - Dispute Resolution Processes: Theory & Practice (Deason)

Welcome to the DR Processes course! On the first day of class (Monday, Aug. 24), we will be taking a look at judicial adjudication as a dispute resolution process. The assignment is:

Ideas about Conflict: casebook pages 2-13

Trends in Adjudication & Limitations on the Judicial Process: Supplemental Materials pages 1-23; Problem 4 (pgs 22-23)

The Supplemental Materials will be available for sale in the Registrar’s Office as soon as the copying process is completed. In the meantime, you can find a copy of the first day’s assignment in a box outside my door, or posted under "course materials" on TWEN.

7127 - Dispute System Design Workshop (Stulberg)

 

1.              Week of August 24/26:  The Dispute Resolution Context: History &  Options

a.     August 24:  Nolan-Haley:  1-16

b.     August 26:  Chapter 2:  17-33; 44-60

7209 - Accounting & Finance for Lawyers (Samansky)

A syllabus and introductory memorandum are posted on the course TWEN site.

For the first week of classes (August 25-26), please read chapter 1 (skipping sec F) and chapter 2 (until p. 41).  Hand in problem 2A at the beginning of class on Wednesday.

7210 - Business Bankruptcy (Hoffman Jr.)

For the first class on Wednesday, August 26, 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 2015 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 students on August 17, 2015. If you enroll in the course after August 17, please contact me or law registrar, Laura Dean, for the attachment.

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

7218 - Small Business Finance (Garvin)

Welcome back! For the first class, you should join the Small Business Finance TWEN site on Westlaw and go to the first batch of materials, which is posted under "Course Materials." Please read Unit One. We will discuss this for the first two sessions. I will soon make the whole of Units One and Two, which run about ninety pages plus an appendix, available some time next week, both on  the TWEN site and by hard copy. I will also post a syllabus presently. That too will be available in hard copy.

7230 - Intl Business Transactions (Chow)

We will cover pages 1-12 and the Problems 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4 so could you be prepared to discuss them.

7300 - Commercial Paper (Verdun)

The first day assignment for Critical Race Theory is: Read Charles Mills, The Racial Contract.

7309 - Secured Transactions (Johnson)

First Day Assignment – Read pp. xxiii to xxx AND pp. 1-25 and do ALL the problems (in the James Brook text). Make sure to read all of the code sections cited in Chapter 1 (in either Selected Commercial Statutes OR Commercial and Debtor-Creditor Law Selected Statutes. Revised Article 1 has been adopted in Ohio.

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

I look forward to meeting all of you!

For the first class, please read Working With Contracts, Chapters 1 & 2. The book is a quick read and over the course of the semester we will read it all, so feel free to read ahead.

Also, please sign up for the TWEN course.

https://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/course/201787/join/XKEPA9ZGKP9EHX5XRLSE

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

 I look forward to meeting all of you!

For the first class, please read Working with Contracts, Chapters 1 & 2. The book is a quick read and over the course of the semester we will read it all, so feel free to read ahead.

Also, please sign up for the TWEN course.

https://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/course/201787/join/XKEPA9ZGKP9EHX5XRLSE

7406 - Criminal Procedure: Investigation (Simmons)

For the first day of class, you must be registered on the course website on TWEN.  You must also read the Study Guide and the first three chapters of the textbook.  A copy of the syllabus is posted on the TWEN site.

7504 - 14th Amendment (Tokaji)

For our first class on Thur., Aug. 27, please read:

  • U.S. Const., Amdts XIII, XIV, & XV, in our primary text, Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law: Principles & Policies (5th ed. 2015)("CL:), App. 1350-51;
  • CL §9.3, 719-40; and
  • Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)("Brown I")

What is the principle underlying Brown I? Is it consistent with the original meaning or intent of the Fourteenth Amendment?

7603 - Family Law (Spindelman)

 

Welcome to Family Law! I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!

Please sign up for the TWEN site for the class. Readings for the first class are available there.

For our first meeting, please read the excerpt from P. Schlafly's work posted under the "Course Materials" tab.

The standard text for the course will be Areen, Spindelman & Tsoukala, Family Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2012) (Unabridged), and the 2015 Supplement.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Every best,

M.S.

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

Materials available from the Registrat will contain a syllabus.  Please read the first assignment listed in the syllabus.  

7712 - International Law (Quigley)

Read pages 1 to 3 and 28 to 43 in Janis & Noyes, INTERNATIONAL LAW: CASES AND  COMMENTARY (4th edition 2011).

7803 - Trademark (Wilson)

Read pp. 3-17 - Introduction, Purposes of TM Law

§§1, 2, 3, 32, 43, 45  Lanham Act

8100 - Employment Law (Hébert)

Syllabus and Casebook update available on TWEN; please sign up for class on TWEN

Assignments:

Aug. 24 Casebook xxv-xxxviii, 3-16

Aug. 25 CB 16-49; Update 1

Aug. 26 CB 49-65

Aug. 27 CB 69-83; Update 1

8103 - Labor Law (Hébert)

Syllabus and 2015 update to casebook are available on TWEN. Please sign up for the class on TWEN.

Assignment for the First Week of Class

Aug. 24 Casebook xxxi-xxxv; Supp. 1; CB 1-10, 35-47; Supp. 2-3

Aug. 25 CB 48-57, 63-76; Supp. 3-5

Aug. 26 CB 77-94; Supp. 6-9

Aug. 27 CB 95-112; Supp. 10

8189.03 - Criminal Prosecution Clinic (Krivoshey/Merritt)

Please register for this course's TWEN site. You will find the syllabus there, including the assignment for the first day. We look forward to seeing you on August 24.

8189.05 - Legislation Clinic (Huefner/Enns)

Welcome to the Legislation Clinic! We look forward to a great semester.

For the first day, Monday, Aug. 24, please sign in to the course on TWEN using the password "statehouse"  and read the materials listed for the first day. The assignment includes materials from the Legislation Clinic Binder, which you can purchase from the Registrar, and materials from A Guidebook for Ohio Legislators, which is linked on the syllabus. 

8189.07 - Mediation Clinic (Cole)

Read pp. 121-29 in GSRC casebook.

8200 - Evidence (Merritt)

Please sign up for the course on TWEN and download the syllabus from that site. You should prepare the first assignment for the first day of class. I look forward to seeing you then.

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.

8300 - Federal Antitrust Law (Hovenkamp)

The first assignment is pp. 1-25, 37-73.

8303 - Immigration Law (Bloomfield)

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:

       

 

 

Read: Pages 1-21

            112-117

            118-122

            136-141

            152-154

            157-162

            174-176

            xiii-xvi (the acronyms)

    

 

Read 8 CFR 274a.12 (Work Permits)

8306 - Administrative Law (Shane)

Please read pp. 1-40 of Jerry L. Mashaw, Richard A. Merrill, Peter M. Shane, Elizabeth Magill, Mariano-Fiorentino Cuellar, and Nicholas Parrillo, Administrative Law:  The American Public Law System (West Group, 7th ed. 2014).

A copy of course requirements and a schedule of readings will be available on TWEN.  Please note that this class is "offline" -- i.e., no laptops or other electronic recording devices are to be used except in cases of disability requiring such an accommodation.

8403 - Ethical Issues (Laughlin Jr.)

 Ethical Issues is an interdisciplinary class which includes students and professors from a variety of professional schools both within the Ohio State University and without. In order to accommodate all of these professions we meet on a modified schedule. Our first class will be September 29. We will then meet 10 straight Tuesdays, until December 1, for 2 1/2 hours each night. 7 PM to 9:30 PM.  Classes will be held at Atwell Hall, in the medical school complex. Most of the readings will be online or distributed in class. Access to these materials will be explained at the first class. There is no assignment for the first class. If you have any questions please email me at laughlin.1@osu.edu or call 292–2448. Leave me a voicemail if I'm not there.

8406 - Professional Responsibility (Ball)

 8406 - Professional Responsibility (Ball)

Reading Assignment - First Class

Week 1 –Class 1 – August 27    

Morgan, Rotunda & Dzienkowski, Professional Responsibility: Problems and Materials (Concise 12th Edition)

Chapter 1 (pp. 1-19):

"The Legal Profession"

8406 - Professional Responsibility (Coughlan/TBA)

No first day assignment.

8603 - Real Estate Development (Daley)

There is not first day assignment.

8700 - Federal Income Tax (Grauer)

For our first class on Monday, August 24, 2015, please read pages 1-16 (but not the shaded material on p. 15) (stopping before “The Tax Expenditure Budget”), and 20 – 43 in the casebook, Bankman, Shaviro and Stark, Federal Income Taxation (Wolters Kluwer Publisher, 16th ed. 2012) (ISBN#: 978-1-4548-0996-8). Please pay particularly close attention to pages 20-43. Both the casebook and Code and Regulations book must be brought to each class.

When you get to p. 36, Chapter 1, Section H, 5, please skip the two paragraphs contained in that section. For some reason this latest edition of the casebook fails to include the most important and meaningful paragraphs of this section that appeared in earlier editions of the casebook. I will be distributing the full section as it appeared in an earlier edition of the casebook during our first class session and will be going over these distributed paragraphs in class. However, I will not get to those paragraphs in our first class session, so don’t worry about not having read those few pages prior to the first class.

Pages 20-43 in the casebook (along with the above-noted handout) introduce many of the concepts and issues with which we will be dealing throughout the course of the semester. I will discuss some of the items in these pages in our first several class sessions but, because of time constraints, will not be able to discuss all of them in detail now. We will, however, be covering many of these concepts in detail during the course of the semester, and these pages are therefore useful for giving you a framework that will be filled in later. You may also wish to refer back to these pages as the semester progresses.

Please Do Not read ahead at this time. The above assignment should take us through the second week of classes, but we will be covering the topics in those pages in a somewhat different order than they appear in the book, so please try to read the entire assignment before the first class. For reasons which I shall explain during the first class we will not always be following the order of the casebook, and there will be an assignment distributed to begin at page 53. Anyway, reading ahead at this point may very well be counterproductive.

8707 - State & Local Government (Walker)

 Please sign up for the course on TWEN ASAP, as all course communication will take place via TWEN.  The syllabus and details on the final paper are posted already.

First-Week Reading: To save you all $$, we'll continue to use the Fifth Edition of Frug/Ford/Barron Local Govt Law.  As you'll see in the syllabus, we'll be covering roughly two topics per week during the semester, so plan to have Topic No. 1 read by Monday and Topic No. 2 read by Tuesday, with no additional reading assigned for Wednesday.

1.      Introduction: Decentralization of Power to Local Governments    CB 1-21

2.      Introduction: Cities as a Public or Private Entity      CB 22-61
        Whole Class     CB 22-30
        Last Name A-L   CB 30-34 (Rajneeshpuram), 34-39 (Marsh), 56-61 (Engler)
        Last Name K-Z   CB 39-45 (Krishna), 45-41 (JMB), 51-56 (Twin Rivers)

8709 - Wills Trusts & Estates (Segelken)

Read pages 1-26 in the text

8712 - Taxation of Business Enterprises (Samansky)

For the first class on Monday, August 24, please read pages 1-17, 23-33 (including supplement for page 27 posted on TWEN page).

For Tuesday's class, prepare the problem on p. 33, read pages 40-47and prepare the problem on page 47.

For Wednesday's class, read pages 54-56 and prepare the problem on page 56. 

An Introductory Memorandum for the class is posted on the TWEN page

8816 - Lawyer in the Community (Spindelman)

 

Welcome to The Lawyer in the Community! We're looking forward to seeing you soon!

Please sign up for the TWEN site for the class. Readings for the first week are available there.

For our first meeting, we'd like you to read: Brown I & II, Bolling, C. Black's The Lawfulness of the Segregation Decisions, and Obergefell v. Hodges (only the majority opinion by Justice A. Kennedy and the dissents by Chief Justice J. Roberts and Justice A. Scalia). It's fine to give the opinions that are already familiar to you a somewhat lighter read.

The basic text for the course, beyond readings posted to TWEN, will be A.K. Chen & S.L. Cummings, Public Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective (Aspen 2013). We'll talk about that and field placements when we see you in class.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Every best,

R.B. & M.S.

8889 - Black Lives Matter: Law and Culture (TBA)

The assignment for our first class is to read pages vii-xi and 1-11 of the coursebook.

Please think about how you would answer the following questions concerning the Rainbow Warrior incident:

--Why would French military intelligence decide to invade New Zealand territory in order to destroy a small ship owned and operated by a rag-tag environmental group? Weren’t the risks of detection clear? Wasn’t the risk that someone would be killed clear?

--If you had been an adviser to French military intelligence as the operation was being considered, would you have advised for it or against it? Why?

--Following the bombing, the death, and the capture of two French spies, what does New Zealand want? What do you think the New Zealand public wants?

--Following the bombing, the death, and the capture of two French spies, what does France want? What do you think the French public wants?

--What can New Zealand do to force France to give it what it wants? What pressures might France face to give New Zealand what it wants?

--What can France do to force New Zealand to give it what it wants? What pressures might New Zealand face to give France what it wants?

See you on Monday.

8889 - Entertainment and Media Law (Quigley)

For the first meeting, read pages xxv to xxvii in Bradley and Goldstein, FOREIGN RELATIONS LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS.

Also, please access this course on TWEN. Click on "course materials." This will bring up Public Law 114-17 of May 22, 2015. This is the legislation adopted by Congress to govern its consideration of the nuclear agreement with Iran that was concluded in early July 2015. We will spend most of our first meeting discussing this Public Law. In preparation, please peruse this Public Law with the following issues in mind: (1) Why would Congress adopt such a law? (2) Why would President Obama not veto it (he did not)? (3) What role if any, under the US Constitution, does Congress have in regard to an agreement of this type? (4) Could the President conclude a nuclear agreement with Iran without consulting Congress?  (5) Does the President, under the US Constitution, need any approval from Congress for an agreement of this type? (6) Does this Public Law undermine the prerogatives of the US Senate with regard to approval of international agreements? (7) Under the Public Law, what would happen if the Congress decides it does not like the agreement? (8) Are the requirements imposed on the President by the Public Law for reporting about the agreement unduly onerous for the President? (9) What is the time frame for Congress to act under the Public Law?  As further preparation for our discussion, please pay attention to what is being reported by the media about developments in Congress. Does Congress appear ready to acquiesce in the agreement?

 

8896.02 - Sem: Supreme Court Litigation (Sutton)

Aug. 24: Introduction/Theories of Judicial Review Stevens, The Bill of Rights: A Century of Progress, 59 U. Chi. L. Rev. 13 (1992) Scalia, A Matter of Interpretation, 3-4, 37-63

8896.17 - Sem: Consumer Law (Johnson)

 

Register for class on TWEN (Registration password is sara2015)

Complete Assignment in the Assignments section

THEN:
Go to Yelp.com or a similar consumer website (BBB, etc..) and find at least 3 violations of Consumer Rights Laws as summarized in the Understanding Basic Consumer Rights Guide (entitled as ‘Overview of Consumer Rights’ in the Class Materials section of TWEN).

8896.27 - Sem: Middle East Conflict (Quigley)

For the first meeting (August 28), please read "Origins and Evolution of the Palestine Problem," pp. 1 to 42,  in the duplicated materials, titled MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT.

8896.44 - Sem: Education Law (Wilson)

Register for Course on TWEN

THEN:

Read First Day Assignment (under course materials) and Discussion Questions and be prepared to answer questions at first class.

8896.48 - Sem: Disaster Law (Carlarne)

The textbook that we are using will be released on August 24th.

Book info: Disaster Law and Policy (Farber, Chen, Verchick, Sun) (3rd Edition) [make sure it is the 3rd edition!]

Here is a link to the book: http://smile.amazon.com/Disaster-Law-Policy-Daniel-Farber/dp/1454869259/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440089245&sr=8-2&keywords=Disaster+Law+and+Policy

The assignment for the first day is to read Ch 1 and Ch 2  pp 8-47 only. This is the first 47 pages of the text. Because the book is not yet available, I have prepared a handout for this first assignment. You can pick up a hard copy of the readings outside my office (Drinko 304) or you can access an electronic copy on the Disaster Law Twen website.

8896.49 - Sem: Standard-Form Agreements and the Boilerplate Problem (Rub)

Please sign up to the course TWEN’s website. On TWEN you can find the course's syllabus as well the reading assignment for our first meeting on 8/25. 

8950 - DPIR: Corp Governance Law (Sandman/Johnson)

Information will be emailed as the start date gets closer.

8950 - DPIR: Intro to Mergers & Acquisitions (Simpson/TBA)

Information will be emailed as we get closer to the start date.

8953 - Capstone: The China Connection (Miller)

None

8956 - Jury Instruction (Judge)

Robert P. Charrow & Veda R. Charrow, Making Legal Language Understandable: A Psycholinguistic Study of Jury Instructions, 79 Colum. L. Rev. 1306, 1306-11, 1341-60 (1979) (Read Introduction, Section I, Section IV, and Conclusion).