Assignments for First Day/Week of Classes
Fall 2016 Beginning Monday, August 29

If your course does not appear on this page, please check back-- first day assignments are still being submitted.

On this page:
» Advanced Trial Advocacy - Hanley/Ossmann
» Arbitration - Sourgens
» Business Associations - Westbrook
» Civil Procedure II - Bahadur
» Conflict of Laws - Warner
» Constitutional Law II - Rich
» Criminal Law (A) - Ramirez
» Criminal Law (B) - Francis
» Criminal Procedure II - Ramirez
» Debtor/Creditor Relations - Boyack
» Decedents' Estates and Trusts - Grant
» Employment Law - Mastrosimone
» Evidence - Sourgens
» Evolution of a Business Transaction - Westbrook
» Federal Courts - Glashausser
» Intellectual Property - Judd
» Interviewing and Counseling - Leisinger
» Judicial Externship - Grant
» Jurisprudence - Rich
» Legal Analysis, Research & Writing for the Government Client - Jackson, K.
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A1) - Kowalski
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A2) - Mastrosimone
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (AB) - Jackson
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B1) - Kowalski
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B2) - Jackson, Jeffrey
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (J) - Grant
» Legislation - Rubenstein
» Oil and Gas Law - Griggs
» Pretrial Advocacy-Civil - Alaka / Slinkard
» Professional Responsibility - Rubenstein
» Property (A) - Griggs
» Property (B) - Boyack
» Remedies - Judd
» Taxation of Individual Income - McMillan
» Torts (A) - Glashausser


Advanced Trial Advocacy - Hanley/Ossmann for Monday, 8/29/2016
Assignments to be completed before class:

  1. Read chapter 1: Case Analysis & Storytelling in MTA, pages 1 - 13.
  2. Read Chapter 3: Persuasion Theory in MTA, pages 31 - 43.
  3. Read Jackson & Flinders case files and be prepared to discuss good/bad bacts from both files.
  4. Develop combined written timeline for Jackson and Flinders case files.

Student performances during class:
  • Group discussion analyzing both cases including story, theme, theory, good/bad facts, timeline
  • Deliver a 3 - 5 minute story based on a true event from your own life.

Topics that will be discussed during class:
  • Lecture on Case Analysis, Storytelling and the Connection between Opening Statement/Closing Argument (Hanley).
  • Assigned roles for next week's performance.


Arbitration - Sourgens for Wednesday, 8/31/2016
Please look through the fact scenario below:

  1. You represent a baseball player in a grievance arbitration. Your client has emails in which he inquired about the side-effects of human growth hormone. Do you volunteer this evidence in an arbitration governed by the following clause?

8. Evidence. The parties may offer any evidence they wish. The arbitral tribunal shall have the power to order the Parties to produce such additional evidence as it deems necessary to an understanding and determination of the dispute. The arbitral tribunal is not bound by any rules of evidence and shall be the judge of the relevancy and materiality of the evidence offered or ordered to be produced.


Business Associations - Westbrook for Wednesday, 8/31/2016
Welcome to BA! There are five things you need to know right now:

  1. There will not be class on Monday, August 29th. This class will begin on Wednesday, August 31st. The class will meet in room 114 from 10:40 - 12:05.
  2. The textbook for the class is Palmiter and Partnoy's Corporations: A Contemporary Approach (2nd ed., 2014) (West Interactive Casebook Series). You will access other reading for the class (cases, the restatements, uniform acts) through the TWEN page.
  3. You should register for the class TWEN page. Information that you need, as well as readings for the first day of class, will be found there.
  4. This class will be taught as a multiple assessment course and will have a graded exercise or quiz at the end of each class day. The quiz on the first day will be a practice run; it will not be graded.
  5. The topics and reading assignments for the first day of class are:
  • TOPICS: August 31, 2016
  • Introduction to the class
  • Agency: Introduction to Agency Relationships
  • Agency: Creation and Types
  • READINGS: August 31, 2016
  • Palmiter/.Partnoy: Chapter 9, pp. 174-176
  • Restatement (3rd of Agency: Sections 1.01-1.04 (text of the restatement only, not the comments)
  • TWEN: Gorton v. Doty
  • TWEN: A. Gay Jenson Farms, Co. v. Cargill, Inc.

Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Westbook if you have any questions about the class before the first day.


Civil Procedure II - Bahadur for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
For First Class Read from text:

  • Forum Shopping Concerns pp. 1013 - 1024


Conflict of Laws - Warner for Monday, 8/29/2016
Introduction, Syllabus, Traditional Choice of Law
Read from text book pp. v - ix, 1 - 43


Constitutional Law II - Rich for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
Read Maggs & Smith (3rd Edition) pp. 1-22 and 506-525. (For students using the 2nd Edition, read pp. 1-22 and 465-485.)


Criminal Law (A) - Ramirez for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
Foundation Principles of the American Criminal Justice System; Proof of Guilt at Trial; Standards of Review - Prior to and in preparation for the first day of Criminal Law, please read the assigned materials below in the book and the handout, consider the notes and questions, and review the exercise on jury instructions on pages 8 and 9 of the handout, noting the language that you find significant:

  • Read: Dressler & Garvey, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (6th ed.) pp. 1 - 9, 13 - 18 (for Part D.1, pp. 9 - 13, review only notes 2, 3, and 5, after reviewing handout - see below).
  • Read and Review Handout: First day packet: Reading excerpts for the first day of class: In re Winship and Sandstrom v. Montana; Exercise on Jury Instructions; Questions for Owens v. State
  • First Day Packet (165 KB PDF)


Criminal Law (B) - Francis for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
August 30, 2016
Students in this course must access/register on the TWEN page for this course: Criminal Law - B Section; John Francis. Some readings for the first week are uploaded to the TWEN page.

Foundation principles of the American Criminal Justice System; introduction to the "problem method,"

  • Read and consider the questions in "Reading Excerpts for First Day of Class" (Uploaded to TWEN under the "Course Materials and Supplemental Readings" tab on the left).
  • Read Moskovitz, Cases and Problems in Criminal Law, pp. 1 - 13; pp. 759 - 760.

September 1, 2016
Mental States/Mens Rea: Intent
  • Read and consider the questions in the "Reading Excerpts on Mens Rea and Intent - 1" (Uploaded to TWEN under the "Course Materials and Supplemental Readings" tab on the left).
  • Read Moskovitz, Cases and Problems in Criminal Law, pp. 15 - 17; pp. 760 - 763.


Criminal Procedure II - Ramirez for Monday, 8/29/2016
Please read:
Chapter One: Introduction to Criminal Procedure (a.k.a. Bail to Jail) Stages of Criminal Justice System; Purpose of Procedural Rules; Incorporation of the Bill of Rights, and Retroactivity--Please read the following prior to the first class meeting:

  • Erwin Chemerinsky & Laurie L. Levenson, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication(Second Ed. 2013): pp. 1 - 30.


    Debtor/Creditor Relations - Boyack for Monday, 8/29/2016

    • Please Read the Course Syllabus.
    • Sign up for class website on TWEN.
    • Read Casebook Assignment 1 (pp. 1 - 21)
    • Solve Problems 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3


    Decedents' Estates and Trusts - Grant for Monday, 8/29/2016

    Please read:

    1. 1 - 15: Freedom of Disposition and Dead Hand
    2. 26 - 41: Constitutional Imperative
    3. Skim 41 - 51: The Mechanics of Succession


    Employment Law - Mastrosimone for Tuesday, 8/30/2016

    1. Read Rothstein & Liebman pages 2 - 25 and accompanying material in the 2014 supplement.
    2. Sign up for the class on TWEN.


    Evidence - Sourgens for Monday, 8/29/2016
    Read: Merritt & Simmons, pp. 6 - 39 ("M and S")


    Evolution of a Business Transaction - Westbrook for Wednesday, 8/31/2016

    Welcome to EBT! There are three things you need to know right now:

    1. The class has a TWEN site. You should sign up for that site as soon as possible (all of your readings will be posted there).
    2. For the first day, please read and bring a hard copy of the Letter of Intent for our transaction.
    3. This class will meet Wednesday, from 1:10 - 3:10, in Room 119.


    Federal Courts - Glashausser for Wednesday, 8/31/2016

    1. Sign up for the TWEN site and download the syllabus.
    2. Please prepare assignment #1, which covers three readings (Breyer, Surrency, and Reams & Haworth) that you will download from TWEN (under "Course Materials").
    3. For this assignment, it is not crucial to focus on details. Do more than skim, but a thorough reading is unnecessary.
    4. In the Reams & Haworth excerpt, try to get a sense of the parameters of the debate that yielded Article III.
    5. Please read the syllabus as well.
    6. If you are new to TWEN, to sign up, go to www.lawschool.westlaw.com; select the "TWEN" tab; click on the "drop/add a course" button; check the box in front of "Federal Courts (Fall 2016) - Glashausser"; and click on "submit."
    7. If you have any problems, please let Professor Glashausser know.


    Intellectual Property - Judd for Tuesday, 8/30/2016


    Interviewing and Counseling - Leisinger for Wednesday, 8/31/2016
    Text: The Counselor-at-law: A Collaborative Approach to Client Interviewing and Counseling, Third Edition; DiPippa, Peters and Cochran - 2014.

    Please Read: Chapter 1 - Three Models of Legal Counseling Pages 1 - 10 and be prepared to discuss. We will go over a live interview assignment for Friday at the first class session as well.


    Judicial Externship - Grant for Friday, 9/9/2016
    Class will meet in Room 119 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Read Chapter 12 of text.


    Jurisprudence - Rich for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    Read Hayman, Levit and Delgado, pp. v-xii.


    Legal Analysis, Research & Writing for the Government Client - Jackson, K. for Wednesday, 8/31/2016

    • First Day Exercises: PDF (86 KB PDF) | Word (15 KB PDF)


    Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A1) - Kowalski for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    Tuesday, August 30: Welcome and review of course policies/syllabus

    1. To get a sense of the course content, please skim tables and indexes in all required texts
    2. Please read The Ideal Law School Graduate? A 'People Person' Who Can Do Research
    3. Please also read Hiring Partners Reveal New Attorney Readiness for Real World Practice
    Thursday, September 1: Sources of law in the United States legal system
    1. Read A Lawyer Writes, Ch. 1-2
    2. Read Basic Legal Research, Ch. 1
    3. Bring completed profile card to class (cards will be distributed on Tuesday); submit to TA at start of class


    Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A2) - Mastrosimone for Tuesday, 8/30/2016

    1. Complete the first day writing assignment posted on the TWEN site on the "Writing Assignment Materials" tab.
    2. Read: Edwards Chapter 1, Sloan Chapter 1 and skim Bluebook Table of Contents and pages 1-2 and skim Aspen Handbook Table of Contents and Appendices (excluding C & D).


    Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (AB) - Jackson for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    Please read Linda Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis pp. 3 - 9 and 17 - 23.


    Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B1) - Kowalski for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    Tuesday, August 30: Welcome and review of course policies/syllabus

    1. To get a sense of the course content, please skim tables and indexes in all required texts
    2. Please read The Ideal Law School Graduate? A 'People Person' Who Can Do Research
    3. Please also read Hiring Partners Reveal New Attorney Readiness for Real World Practice
    Thursday, September 1: Sources of law in the United States legal system
    1. Read A Lawyer Writes, Ch. 1-2
    2. Read Basic Legal Research, Ch. 1
    3. Bring completed profile card to class (cards will be distributed on Tuesday); submit to TA at start of class


    Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B2) - Jackson, Jeffrey for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    Please read Linda Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis pp. 3 - 9 and 17 - 23.


    Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (J) - Grant for Tuesday, 8/30/2016

    Please read:

    1. Supplement #1 - 2015 Bar Exam Statistics
    2. Supplement #2 - Togstad v. Vesely, Otto, Miller & Keefe
    3. Assignment Due: Info Sheet and Reflection Questions (on TWEN)


    Legislation - Rubenstein for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    The textbook for this course is Eskridge, Frickey et al., Legislation and Regulation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy (5th Ed.), ISBN978-1-62810-173-7.

    • Your first assignment, due Tuesday, August 30, is to read pp. 1 - 37.
    • Also, watch the video Schoolhouse Rock - How a Bill Becomes a Law, found on YouTube. You might remember it from 5th grade (or , at least that's when I first saw it).
    • The textbook reading provides a fascinating account of how the Civil Rights Act of 1965 became law. For our purposes, it will be a case study in the legislative process. The story is rich with detail, all of which is important. But, big picture, focus on the procedural and political hoops the bill had to surmount to become law.
    • I'm looking forward to seeing you and to a great semester ahead.
    Professor Rubenstein


    Oil and Gas Law - Griggs for Monday, 8/29/2016
    Please Read: Lowe, Anderson, Smith, Pierce, and Mulander, Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (West, 6th ed. 2013).

    • Chapter 1. History, Accumulation, and Ownership
    1. pp. 1 - 4 Historical Background
    2. pp. 4 - 26 Physical Background
    3. pp. 32 - 41, 44-48 Technical Background
    • Recommended:
    1. pp. 26 - 31, 42 - 44 Exploration Techniques and Exploration
    2. pp. 49 - 53 Land Descriptions


    Pretrial Advocacy-Civil - Alaka / Slinkard for Tuesday, 8/30/2016


    Professional Responsibility - Rubenstein for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    "No Assignment"


    Property (A) - Griggs for Monday, 8/29/2016
    Please Read: Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Scholl & Strahlilevitz, Property (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business - Aspen Casebook Series 8th ed. 2014). pp. 1 - 3, 18 - 26.


    Property (B) - Boyack for Monday, 8/29/2016

    • Read Syllabus
    • Register for course on TWEN
    • Read "What is Property?" posted on Twen.
    • Examine chart on p. ix of Casebook.
    • Read "Introduction" p. 1 - 2 of Casebook.


    Remedies - Judd for Friday, 8/29/2031
    First Week Reading Assignments:
    Monday, August 29, 2016

    • Introduction to the Course and the Rightful Position Principle, Laycock pp. 1 - 18
    Wednesday, August 21, 2016
    • Value as the Measure of the Rightful Position, Laycock pp. 18-35
    Friday, September 2, 2016
    • Reliance and Expectancy, Laycock pp. 35-52


    Taxation of Individual Income - McMillan for Tuesday, 8/30/2016
    For the first class, please have prepared Reading Module 1, and have printed off and read the material from the IRS Website.

    Note that at the beginning of each module, you will need to hand in the problem sets from the assigned chapter, and these must be typed and printed out for submission at the beginning of the first class pertaining to that chapter.

    Professor will not accept problem answers that are emailed to her.


    Torts (A) - Glashausser for Monday, 8/29/2016

    • Sign up for the TWEN site and download the syllabus. In the syllabus, you will see the first class assignment (#1).Please read the Liebeck material, which is on TWEN in "course materials."
    • Please read the syllabus as well.
    • If you are new to TWEN, to sign up, go to www.lawschool.westlaw.com; select the "TWEN" tab; click on the "drop/add a course" button; check the box in front of "Torts (Fall 2016) - Glashausser"; and click on "submit."
    • If you want to read ahead beyond the first day, you will notice that we will cover some of the same cases you discussed with Professor Bahadur in "First Week" (this month, for the A Section, or in January, for the J Section).
    • If you have any problems ,please just let Professor Glashausser know.


Please forward assignment additions/updates to Donna McMurry in the Dean's Office.