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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.

 

Spring 2017 Semester Courses and Assignments

6106 - Law 2 (Kelly)

Enroll in the TWEN course: LAWII-Kelly (Spring 2017)

Download and read (1) the course syllabus and (2) "Writing Demand Letters" (available on Jan 1). Hard copies of the syllabus and the reading are available outside my office (Rm 308).

Read chapters 1, 2, 3 from An Advocate Persuades (you may skim chs 2, 3).

I will post class powerpoints on TWEN before class.

6106 - Law 2 (Smith)

None.

6106 - Law 2 (Starker)

Point Made page xxix through page 11.

6106 - Law 2 (Starker)

Point Made page xxix through page 11.

6106 - Law 2 (Lee)

Welcome to LAW 2! As you already know, the TWEN site for this course will go "live" on New Year's Day. Please register for the TWEN course site anytime between New Year's Day and January 10 (password: persuade). A Questionnaire in Word format will be posted on the TWEN course site in the Assignment Drop Box (as well as under Course Materials). Please fill out the Questionnaire pursuant to the instructions on it. Please submit the completed Questionnaire via the TWEN Assignment Drop Box by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11. Thank you very much, and I look forward to our first day of class on January 13!

6106 - Law 2 (Beazley)

Read chapters 1 & 22 in Legal Writing for Legal Readers.

6106 - Law 2 (Ralph)

Welcome to LAW II!

To prepare for the first day of class, you should find the course website on TWEN, review the syllabus posted there, and complete the reading assigned for the first day.

In addition, identify the best (I leave it up to you how to define “best”) piece of journalism you have encountered in the last month or so. This could be a podcast, TV news story, radio news story, or long-form journalism in a magazine, in a newspaper, or on the internet. If you can’t recall any pieces that made an impression on you, then you might take a look at the websites for the Atlantic, NPR, the New York Times, the New Yorker, or the Washington Post; you could also check out longform.org and longreads.com. In class, I will ask you to explain a bit about the piece and why you found it so good/interesting, so you should be prepared on those topics.

See you in class!

6106 - Law 2 (Sherowski)

Welcome to LAW II! Here's what you need to do before class on Jan 13:

1. Register for the class TWEN site.

2. Read the syllabus (on TWEN). There might be a quiz. Or not. But why take the chance?

3. Upload a clean copy (ungraded) of your final memo from LAW I to the Assignment Dropbox by 5pm Wednesday, Jan. 11. Relax, it won't be graded!

4. Read "Statement of Alabama Clergy" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (available in the WebLinks section of TWEN). Bring a hard or electronic copy of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" to class.

4. Listen to the Prologue and Act I of This American Life: Poultry Slam (available in the WebLinks section of TWEN) and be prepared to discuss.

5. Enjoy the rest of your break!

6106 - Law 2 (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Friday, January 15, you should:

• Pick up a copy of the course description and the (tentative) schedule/syllabus (available from outside my office, Room 313).

• Reflect on whether and when you think a person's family obligations should impact how he is sentenced for a nonviolent economic crime.

• Consider what you think an experienced defense attorney should charge a client to help him seek a reduced sentence for a nonviolent economic crime.

• Decide what is your all-time-favorite law-related movie.

6106 - Law 2 (Huefner)

For our first class, read/reread/review chapters 2 and 28 of The Complete Legal Writer.

In addition, I invite you to come prepared to discuss: (a) what has most surprised you about the legal writing you have produced or studied so far this year, and (b) what have been the most difficult aspects of your own legal writing projects so far.

See you Monday Jan. 9 at 9:10 a.m.!

6112 - Property (Hirsch)

In the Dukeminier, Krier et al. casebook, please read pp. 18-26. You should come to the first class prepared to discuss the case and the questions raised in the notes.

6112 - Property (Parasidis)

 All readings refer to the Singer casebook.

Jan 10: skim xxxi-xlvi; read 3-20

Jan 12: read 21-38 (skip problems on 29-30)

Jan 13: read 40-61 (be prepared to discuss all problems)

 

 

 

 

6118 - Constitutional Law (Colker)

 Students should register for TWEN sometime after December 19, 2016.  The syllabus will be available on TWEN.  For the first class, students should skim CB pages 1-71 and look at appendices 1 & 2.  Powerpoint slides will be posted on TWEN in advance of each class.

6118 - Constitutional Law (Foley)

Please access the Carmen website for this course.  There you will find a copy of the syllabus with an initial list of assignments, including one for our first class.  Please read the syllabus and complete this first assignment.  I look forward to meeting you and to our semester together.  Happy New Year!

6118 - Constitutional Law (Spindelman)

Happy New Year, and Welcome to Constitutional Law! A couple items before we meet. 1. Please obtain a copy of CHOPER, ET AL., CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CASES—COMMENTS—QUESTIONS (12th ed. 2015), and the 2016 SUPPLEMENT. These will be our main texts for the course. 2. Please pick up a pocket U.S. Constitution from Ms. Allyson Hennelly in Room 326 of Drinko Hall. While you can find the text of the U.S. Constitution in the casebook, this version may be easier as a handy reference, including for the first day’s assignment. 3. Please sign up on the TWEN site for the course. 4. The first day assignment: Please read the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and then answer the questions on the first handout, found on TWEN (it’s called “Handout No. 1: Questions on the C’n”). Look forward to seeing you soon! -M.S.

6121 - Contracts 1 (Helal)

Introduction to Contract Law: Classes 1 & 2: Wednesday, 11 January & Thursday, 12 January Please read KCP, Pages: 1 – 17 See syllabus for additional information.

6121 - Contracts 1 (Garvin)

Welcome back! For the first day of class, please do the following: 1. Join the course TWEN site. 2. Join the course Top Hat page (the join code is 191854). 3. By mid-day Sunday, go to the TWEN site, click on Forums, and locate the options "Enforceable Promises" and "Unenforceable Promises." Under the former, submit one promise or type of promise that you think the law should enforce. Under the latter, submit one promise or type of promise that you think the law should not enforce (even though you may think that the promise should be kept). 4. For the first class, please prepare pages 1-4 and 8-9 of the casebook, pages 4-5 of the course supplement, and pages 7-9 of the Kim book. You should skim pages 1-3 of the course supplement and pages 10-19 of the Kim book, but we will not discuss them in class. 5. That assignment will take us through part of the second class. Our next assignment, which will take us two or three days, is pages 9-10, 14-24, and 27-31 of the casebook and pages 6-15 of the course supplement. Note: The course supplement is being photocopied and should be available by Monday, if not sooner. In the meantime, I have posted it on TWEN under "Course Materials." Should the supplement be available before Monday, I will send you an e-mail to that effect.

6124 - Legislation (Shane)

For our first class, please read the syllabus, pp. 101-127 of the Manning and Stephenson text, and the handout called, “Introduction to Legislative Procedure: Issues for the 115th Congress.”

6124 - Legislation (Rudesill)

For the first day of class, read the U.S. Constitution and especially Articles I and II. Also, spend 30 minutes of self-directed research on the websites of the U.S. Congress (www.congress.gov, www.senate.gov, www.house.gov, and the website of the state legislature where you live now or call home. Identify the Senators and Representatives who represent the place(s) you call home. Also, read Dakota S. Rudesill, Christopher J. Walker, & Daniel Tokaji, A Program in Legislation, 65 J. LEGAL ED. 70 (2015), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2509477; and W. Jefferson v. Cammelleri, 2015-Ohio-2463, http://cases.justia.com/ohio/twelfth-district-court-of-appeals/2015-ca2014-04-012.pdf?ts=1434986157 (the camper case). We will do an in-class exercise on the camper case, and also talk about the virtues and vices of seeking solutions to problems of law and policy through legislation. We will discuss how to study legislation, and course logistics. Finally, during our introduction we will do a “Congress 101” (Legislation, Legislators, and Legislative Process Overview) overview of the nation’s legislature, its authorities, and its processes.

6124 - Legislation (Huefner)

Our casebook is ESKRIDGE, FRICKEY, GARRETT, AND BRUDNEY, LEGISLATION AND REGULATION: STATUTES AND THE CREATION OF PUBLIC POLICY (5TH ED. 2014) (“EFGB”). We will also read materials from its 2016 Supplement (“Supp.”), and from a separate accompanying volume called the “Document Supplement” (“DS”). Be careful not to confuse these two supplements with each other.

The assignment for our first class consists of three parts:

1.         read (carefully) EFGB pp. 1-21;

2.         skim (carefully) DS pp. 1-20;

3.         determine, as best you can in no more than 30 minutes, (a) when and how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) became law, (b) what its key features are, (c) what the primary legal changes to it have been, and (d) how the current Congress plans to repeal or undo it.

I look forward to seeing and meeting you all next Thursday.

7006 - Advanced Legal Writing (Beazley)

Please read chs. 1 & 3 in Beyond the Basics. In the Style book, read the preface, Lessons 1-3, and Appendix I. You do NOT need to complete any exercises you encounter, but you should review them.

7009 - ALR: Litigation and ADR (Gatz)

Please log into Carmen (https://carmen.osu.edu/) in order to access our course page. The course page contains instructions on readings and pre-work for our first class meeting.

7009 - ALR: Foreign and Comparative (Cooper)

Welcome to the course! For the first day, please do the following:

  • Complete the pre-course questionnaire found on our Carmen course site (carmen.osu.edu) under the category "Quizzes." The course is listed as SP17 LAW 7009 - Adv Legal Research (1199).
  • Review the syllabus, also found on our Carmen course site.
  • Review the Moritz Law Library's foreign and international legal research guide located within the list of library research guides accessible from the Moritz Law Library main page. Focus particularly on the general research strategy sections within the Researching Foreign Law and Researching International Law tabs.
  • Review the narrated set of slides on terminology and general research strategy on the Carmen course site in the "Modules" category.

See everyone on Tuesday at 10:10 in Room 349.

MC

7106 - Legal Negotiations and Settlements (Lee)

 Welcome to Legal Negotiations and Settlements! 

1. By the first day of class, if you have not already, please read "Getting to Yes" by Fisher, Ury & Patton. If you have already read it, please be sure to re-review the book to refresh yourself. 

2. The TWEN site for this course will go "live" on January 1, 2017. Please register for this course on TWEN at your convenience by January 4 (password: listen).

3. Information and instructions for our first simulation of the semester will be posted on TWEN by January 5. Please check the site for instructions and come to class prepared to participate in our first simulation.

I look forward to our first day of class and an exciting semester together! Thank you everyone!

7200 - Business Associations (Verdun)

First Assignment Jan 10-11 Chapter 1 The Law of Agency

7212 - Banking Law (Anstaett)

In LISSA L. BROOME AND JERRY W. MARKHAM, REGULATION OF BANK FINANCIAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES 4th edition please read the following: The Business of Banking, pp. 132-142, 147-150, 169-173 History of Banking Regulation, pp. 22-25, 30-40, 42-44

7215 - Securities Regulation (Rose)

 Please read Chapter 1.  The syllabus and slides for each class will be available on Carmen.

7312 - Debtor & Creditor (Johnson)

For the first week of class, we will cover Ch. 1. Please read pp. 1-36 and do Problems 1.1 – 1.12. Thanks

7403 - White Collar Crime (Squires)

For class 1, read pages 1-6; 89-106 in the textbook.

7406 - Criminal Procedure: Investigation (Dressler)

1. Before the first class, all students must register for the class on The West Educational Network (TWEN). https://lawschool.westlaw.com/. 2. When you register, you will find that I have three documents for immediate downloading: the syllabus for the entire semester; a “Class Information Sheet” that provides important information about the class, including information about the exam, and the dates for one class cancellation and one class makeup; and the “Fourth Amendment Checklist”. 3. For the first class, please read pp. 1-4, and pp. 95-104 of the assigned casebook. The case assigned for today’s class is one of the two or three most important cases we will cover all semester, so please read it with care. 4. See other important information about the first class, on TWEN, in the “Important Announcements” section. Thanks!

7600 - Children & the Law (Federle)

Welcome to Children and the Law! For class on January 9, please read pp. 1-34 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss. For class on January 11, please read pp. 35-63 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss.

7603 - Family Law (Federle)

Welcome to Family Law! For class on Monday, January 9, please read pp. 501-531 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss. For class on Wednesday, January 11, please read pp. 531-547 in the casebook and be prepared to discuss.

7700 - Human Rights (Quigley)

For the first day, please read pp. 90-99 in the casebook (Philip Alston & Ryan Goodman, International Human Rights: The Successor to International Human Rights in Context, 2013)

7812 - Patent Prosecution (Mescher)

None

7815 - Intro to Intellectual Property (Kaminski)

William Fisher, Theories of Intellectual Property, pp 1-13. Available at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/tfisher/iptheory.pdf
Case book Introduction, pp 1-6 (up to but not including “C. An Example of Intellectual Property Protection: Misappropriation”)

8100 - Employment Law (Hébert)

Assignments: Jan 9: Casebook xxv-xxxviii; 3-16; Update 1 Jan. 10: CB 16-49; Update 1-3 Jan. 11: CB 49-65; Update 3 Jan. 12: CB 69-83; Update 3

8106 - Employee Benefits (Hébert)

Syllabus and supplemental materials available on TWEN. Jan. 9 Casebook 1-29; ERISA sec. 2 Jan. 10 CB 31-45; ERISA secs. 3, 4 Jan. 11 CB 45-54; ERISA sec. 3

8109 - Employment Discrimination Law (Chamallas)

For the first day of class, please read pp.3-9 and pp.43-52 in the Ontiveros casebook.

8189.01 - Criminal Defense Clinic (Merritt/McCaughan)

Please sign up for the course (Criminal Defense Clinic Winter/Spring 2017) on TWEN. On the TWEN site you will find the assignment for the first class (under Syllabus).

Before the first class you should pick up a copy of the Clinic Handbook from the clnic suite. The book will be in your mailbox (located behind the clinic reception desk). If you can't find your mailbox or copy of the handbook, please check with Lynda Seelie at the desk.

You should also purchase a copy of the Clinic Rulebook from the Moritz Registrar.That book may not be available until after January 9, but you won't need it for the first class.

If you will not be at the law school until January 9, you will find all readings for the first class on appropriate portions of the TWEN site. I.e., all portions of the Clinic Handbook are available in the "Clinic Handbook" section of the site, and the rules from the Rulebook are available under "Clinic Rulebook." Happy new year and see you on January 9!

8189.05 - Legislation Clinic (Enns/Rudesill)

Welcome to the Legislation Clinic1 We look forward to meeting each of you. For the first class on Monday, Jan. 9 at 3:55 pm in Room 455, please read the materials in Sec. 1 of the Procedures Manual, available from the Registrar.

8189.07 - Mediation Clinic (Deason/)

Welcome to the Mediation Clinic and Seminar! The reading assignment for the first day of class is on negotiation basics for mediators. A handout has been sent to you as an e-mail attachment and a hard copy is available outside my office, room 323.

8200 - Evidence (3 credits) (Simmons)

For the first day, please read the Foreword, Study Guide, and Chapters 1 and 3 in the casebook.

 

Also, please sign up for the class TWEN site at "Evidence: Spring 2017--Simmons (3 credits)."  A copy of the syllabus is posted there, and I will use the TWEN site to communicate with students.

8200 - Evidence (Simmons)

For the first day, please read the Foreword, Study Guide, and Chapters 1 and 3 in the casebook.

Also, please sign up for the class TWEN site at "Evidence: Spring 2017--Simmons (4 credits)."  A copy of the syllabus is posted there, and I will use the TWEN site to communicate with students.

8203 - Civil Procedure 2 (Wilson)

Assignment for Monday, Jan. 9, 2017: Yeazell Casebook: Pages 367-386. You are also responsible for studying all rules and federal statutes cited in the Yeazell casebook that are in the Rules Supplement. In addition, please register for this course on TWEN. The Tentative Syllabus will be posted on TWEN. Please email me at Wilson.49@osu.edu if you have any questions or concerns about this course. I am really looking forward to teaching Civ Pro II, and doing all that I can to help you become a great lawyer!

8206 - Conflict Of Laws (Caust-Ellenbogen)

For the first class, read pp. xxvii-xxvix and 1-14 in Brilmayer et al. Future assignments are listed in the syllabus.

8209 - Federal Courts (Tokaji)

For our first class on Tuesday, January 10, please read the opinion in Boumediene v. Bush, which appears at CB 998-1016 of your casebook, Low, Jeffries & Bradley Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations (8th ed. 2014)("CB"). What is habeas corpus? Why did the Court conclude that the petitioners were entitled to pursue this remedy? Please don't get too caught up in the technical complexities of Boumediene. For now, we'll focus on the big-picture questions concerning the relationship of the federal courts to the political branches (and we'll come back to this case later in the semester).

8212 - Pretrial Litigation (Ralph)

 Welcome to Pretrial Litigation! To prepare for the first day of class, you should find the course website on TWEN, review the syllabus posted there, and complete the reading assignment for the first day. See you in class!

8311 - Climate Change Law (Carlarne)

Welcome to Climate Change Law! For our first day of class, please read Chapter 1 of the text: International Climate Change Law: Mapping the Field.

8315 - Education Law (Wilson)

Assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017: Derek Black, Education Law Casebook (2nd ed. 2016): Pages 1-16. In addition, please register for this course on TWEN. The Tentative Syllabus will be posted on TWEN. Please email me at Wilson.49@osu.edu if you have any questions or concerns about this course. See you in on Tuesday.

8406 - Professional Responsibility (Ball)

In the casebook, read:

Chapter I. The Legal Profession: Background and Fundamental Issues (pp. 1-19)

8406 - Professional Responsibility (Coughlan/Caligiuri)

None

8600 - Real Estate Finance (Weiler)

For the first class, peruse the textbook and supplement, read pages 275-303 in the supplement, and review the case Mark v. Long. Also, access the Carmen site for this course (available no later than Jan. 1), which will be used for posting course materials throughout the semester.

8700 - Federal Income Tax (Hoffer)

Happy New Year!  Please read pages 1 - 18 of your text for our first class on Monday.  In addition, please register for our TWEN page using the email address at which you would like to be contacted with additional information about our course.

8709 - Wills Trusts & Estates (Johnson)

Register on the TWEN page for this course on or after December 19, 2016. You will find the syllabus and the reading assignments for the first 2 weeks on TWEN. I hope you have an enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you in January.

8809 - Health Law (Parasidis)

 The first-day assignment was emailed to the class on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If you did not receive the email, contact Professor Parasidis at: parasidis.1@osu.edu

8818 - Sports Law (Kirstein)

Assignment: Chapter 1: Moral Integrity of the Sport; The Role of the Commissioner and the Law - Preserving Integrity of the Game. Read Preface pp. v-vi and Pages 1-31 Legal Scope of Commissioner's Authority over Conduct Detrimental to the Game. Cases: Rose (1989), Johnson (1919), Landis (1931), Finley (1978), Braves (1977), Cubs (1992), and Dodgers (2011).

8896.11 - Sem: State Constitutional Law (Sutton)

JANUARY 23: Introduction; Principles of Federalism Reading: Introduction to casebook; Chapter 2 (pp. 7-32).

8896.11 - Sem: Issues in Arbitration (Cole)

Please read pp. 1-6 and 64-80 BEFORE the first class.

8896.13 - Sem: Tax Policy (Hoffer)

Happy New Year!  Please do these three things:

(1) Register for our TWEN page using the email address at which you would like me to contact you with course information.

(2) Read How America Pays Taxes-- in 10 Not-Entirely-Depressing Charts by Derek Thompson, available here: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/how-america-pays-taxes-in-10-not-entirely-depressing-charts/360647/

(3) On the basis of your reading, prepare to discuss these questions with your classmates:

  (a) What about these statistics differed from what you previously believed?

  (b) How might you explain those differences?

  (c) On the basis of your reading, how to you think the federal tax law currently helps or disadvantages people at low, middle, or high levels of income or wealth?

  (d) On the basis of what you've seen in the article, what broad recommendations might you have for legislative or regulatory changes moving forward?  Why are you making those recommendations?

8896.24 - Sem: Constitutional Interpretations (Spindelman)

Happy New Year! Welcome to Advanced Constitutional Law. Please sign up on the TWEN site for the course. For our first meeting, please read (in this order, available on TWEN): (1) Brown v. Board of Education (1954), (2) Bolling v. Sharpe, and (3) Brown v. Board of Education (1955). Look forward to seeing you soon! -M.S.

8896.38 - Sem: Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform (Berman)

In preparation for our first class on Thursday, Jan 12, you should:

1. Bookmark the blog Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform, which appears at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/


2. Pick up a copy of the Course Description and the Pre-Class Questionnaire (available from outside my office, Room 313). Complete the questionnaire.


3. Consider keeping clear the period from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Fridays January 13, 20 and 27 for (optional) movie-watching class sessions to view the PBS documentary "Prohibition" and then to celebrate the 21st Amendment at a local establishment.

8896.45 - Sem: The Business of Law (Lee)

 Welcome to the Business of Law Seminar! During the first several weeks of class, we will work towards our "Pitch Day" in late February. The TWEN course site will go live on New Year's Day. Before our first day of class, please do the following:

1.  Please register for the TWEN site at your convenience anytime between New Year's Day and January 4 (password: transform).

2.  Please do the first-day assignment. The assignment will be posted on the TWEN site by January 5. Website links and readings for the first-day assignment will also be posted on the TWEN site by that date.

The course syllabus and class calendar of guest appearances will be distributed on the first day of class. Thank you, and I look forward to our first day of class on January 10! 

8896.47 - Sem: War Crimes (Fernandez)

Weekly reading assignments are clearly marked in the copied course materials available for purchase in the registrar's office. Please read the assignment for Week 1 before the first day of class. In addition, there is a short introductory essay due on Jan. 11th, via TWEN. Please join the course's TWEN page to see the details and to submit the essay. The syllabus is also available on the TWEN page.

8896.50 - Sem: Gender and the Law (Chamallas)

For our first class meeting (Jan.11), please read pp. 1-49 in Chamallas, Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory and pp. 168-184 in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court (commentary and opinion for Frontiero v. Richardson).