Assignments for First Day/Week of Classes
Spring 2022 Beginning Tuesday, January 18

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

On this page:
» Civil Procedure I (A) - Glashausser
» Constitutional Law I (A) - Rubenstein
» Constitutional Law I (B) - Jackson, J.D.
» Contracts (B) - Boyack
» Corporate Compliance: Law and Policy - Westbrook
» Decedents' Estates and Trusts - Grant
» Employment Discrimination - Mastrosimone
» Federal Courts - Glashausser
» Fundamentals of Real Estate Law - Boyack
» Law in Context - Klinkner
» Leadership for Lawyers (ON) - Sneed
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (J) - Grant
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A1) - Matthews
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A2) - Jackson, J.D.
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (AB) - Mastrosimone
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B1) - Kowalska
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B2) - Matthews
» Legislation - Rubenstein
» Multistate Legal Analysis (ON) - Griggs, M.
» Pretrial Advocacy-Criminal - Francis
» Race and the Law (ON) - Nelson-Butler
» Remedies - Griggs, M.
» Transactional Drafting - Westbrook


Civil Procedure I (A) - Glashausser for Wednesday, 1/19/2022

  • Go to the D2L site (d2l.washburn.edu) and read the syllabus.
  • In the syllabus, you will see the first class assignment (#1)
  • (A) read pages 54-56 and 289-91 in the Yeazell & Schwartz text; and
  • (B) in the rule book, read Rule 1 and 28 U.S.C. section 2072, and skim 28 U.S.C. sections 41 and 133.
  • Please read the syllabus as well.
  • Note that although I listed the 2022 rule book because I thought it would be the one most readily available, I have not actually received it myself yet; it would be fine to use the 2019 rule book as an alternative, as the two are almost identical.
  • In case you have trouble getting the books, I have put pdf files of the first few assignments on D2L, at the end of the “readings” category within “content.”
  • If you have any problems, please just let me know.


Constitutional Law I (A) - Rubenstein for Wednesday, 1/19/2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

  • Read the syllabus & class policies posted on D2L
  • Read pages 1-21 of your textbook (Maggs & Smith, Constitutional Law (5th ed. 2021). The first half of that reading (pp. 1-10) is primarily historical background, which is self-explanatory and will not be the focus of our class discussion. The details of that background are not something you need to master, but the big picture themes are important to grasp (e.g., the motivations and anxieties that led to the Articles of Confederation, the shortfalls of the Articles of Confederation, and the ambitions and general principles enshrined in the subsequently enacted Constitution). Most of our class discussion will focus mostly on the second half of the reading---pertaining to how the Constitution is organized and methods of constitutional interpretation (originalism vs. non-originalism).
Questions for discussion:
  • What are the basic tenets of originalism and non-originalism?
  • Why does the debate between these approaches to constitutional interpretation matter? (I.e., what are the stakes, both theoretical and practical)?
  • Are you an originalist or non-originalist (or agnostic/ambivalent)? Whatever you decide, are you able to articulate and justify your position?
Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Read pp. 22-38 (D.C. v. Heller case and discussion points)
  • Note: If your schedule permits, you should hold off reading this case until after our first class, for two reasons. First, the class discussion on Wed. may help you to understand what is most important to focus on when you read the case. Second, it will be better if the case is fresh in your mind because we will dissect and discuss the various judicial opinions in the case in detail. Alternatively, if you read the case before Wed., you should reserve some time to re-read (or re-skim) it prior to Thurs. class so that it is refreshed in your mind.


Constitutional Law I (B) - Jackson, J.D. for Wednesday, 1/19/2022
Read the following:

  • History and Overview
  • Read pp. 1-13 of Maggs & Smith


Contracts (B) - Boyack for Wednesday, 1/19/2022

  • Be sure to go onto the D2L Website for the course, as all the class information/announcements/zoom class information are posted there.
  • Carefully Read the course Syllabus
  • Watch "Course Orientation" Video (linked on D2L)
  • Read Casebook p. 1-12
  • Complete Engagement/Study Questions (ESQ) #1 and submit answers


Corporate Compliance: Law and Policy - Westbrook for Tuesday, 1/18/2022

  • The class textbook is:
  • Geoffrey Miller Law of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (3rd edition, 2020)
  • The reading for the first day (Tuesday, January 18th) is:
  • Introduction (Introduction, pp. 1-7)
  • Compliance Basics (Ch. 4, pp. 157-61)
  • Introduction to Corporate Governance (Ch. 1, pp. 9-30)


Decedents' Estates and Trusts - Grant for Tuesday, 1/18/2022

  • Find the class D2L page
  • Watch intro video (on the Start Here page)
  • Complete the Pre-Class Survey in Week 1 Module on D2L
  • Review Syllabus webpage
  • Read Pages 1-16, 29-33
  • Skim pages 40-51
  • Take Tuesday Quiz in Week 1 Module on D2L


Employment Discrimination - Mastrosimone for Wednesday, 1/19/2022

  • Review the D2L site for the class.
  • Review the syllabus and the schedule of assignments for weeks 1-4, which can be found on D2L.
  • Read Ontiveros (the textbook) Ch. 1; Ch. 2, pp. 11-36.
  • Read The “At-Will” Default Rule and Its Limits, which can be found on D2L.
  • Review 29 C.F.R. Secs. 1601.6-1601.34


Federal Courts - Glashausser for Wednesday, 1/19/2022

  • Please find the syllabus on D2L and prepare assignment #1, which covers three readings (Breyer, Surrency, and Reams & Haworth) that you will download (within “content,” in “readings”). For this assignment, it is NOT crucial to focus on details. Do more than skim, but a thorough reading is unnecessary. In the Reams & Haworth excerpt, try to get a sense of the parameters of the debate that yielded Article III. Please read the syllabus as well. If you have any problems, please just let me know.


Fundamentals of Real Estate Law - Boyack for Friday, 1/21/2022
See assignments on course D2L website. All assignments have to be completed on D2L. All course materials are linked on the website (there is no casebook).


Law in Context - Klinkner for Thursday, 1/20/2022
Read the following:

  • Introduction
  • Course Expectations/Overview
  • The 30,000 Foot View of Law School Testing
  • Preparing for Success in Law School
  • Read Writing and Analysis in the Law Chapter 18 (pp. 453-458)


Leadership for Lawyers (ON) - Sneed for Tuesday, 1/18/2022

  • Please take a look at the Introduction module found on D2L.
  • You will find the reading, video and assignment for this module.


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (J) - Grant for Tuesday, 1/18/2022

  • Find the class D2L page
  • Watch Intro video (on the Start Here page on D2L)
  • Review Syllabus website (link on D2L page)
  • Complete Pre-Class Memo (under Assignments on D2L)
  • Read Edwards Ch. 1
  • Read Rowe article (under Week 1 on D2L)


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A1) - Matthews for Tuesday, 1/18/2022


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A2) - Jackson, J.D. for Wednesday, 1/19/2022
Read:

  • Chapter 19, LARW: ATBW (On D2L site)
  • Jeffrey D. Jackson, For Effective Persuasion, Don’t Neglect the Narrative, 84 J. Kan. Bar Ass’n, Apr. 2015, at 12. (Available on Westlaw and Lexis)


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (AB) - Mastrosimone for Tuesday, 1/18/2022

  • Review Class Syllabus and Schedule of Assignment Documents on D2L
  • Read Supplemental Reading #1 on D2L
  • Read Supplemental Reading #2 on D2L
  • Draft an Annotated Rule Outline based on the materials in Supplemental Reading #2
  • Signup for LARW II A/B on Core Knowledge for Lawyers (Class Code 122-98-5387


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B1) - Kowalska for Tuesday, 1/18/2022

  • Please access our D2L page for Spring 2022 Law > LARW II-B1
  • As you will see in the Content area, the assignments for Tuesday are to please: (1) read A Lawyer Writes Ch. 19, Part I; (2) read An Advocate Persuades, Chapters 1-2; (3) complete the review quiz in D2L. The assignments for Friday are also available in the Content area.
  • Please email me if you are having any difficulty obtaining either of the new textbooks (An Advocate Persuades or The Bluebook).


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B2) - Matthews for Tuesday, 1/18/2022


Legislation - Rubenstein for Wednesday, 1/19/2022

  • Read the syllabus & class policies posted on D2L
  • Read and be prepared to discuss the various holdings and rationales of the judges’ opinions in “The Food Stays in the Kitchen.” Do you agree with the judges’ decisions? If so, which ones, and why not others? Note: The Food Stays In the Kitchen is posted on D2L under Content tab.


Multistate Legal Analysis (ON) - Griggs, M. for Tuesday, 1/18/2022
Read Chapter 1: Putting the Pieces Together. Students will take a diagnostic exam during the first week of class. Diagnostic exam scores will not be calculated in the final course grade.


Pretrial Advocacy-Criminal - Francis for Tuesday, 1/18/2022
Pretrial Advocacy: Criminal Prior to the first workshop session, please read the following available on D2L under the "Preliminary Issues" module:

  • ABA Prosecution Function Standards excerpt,
  • ABA Defense Function Standards excerpt, and
  • Kansas Supreme Court Rule 3.8.
We will meet as a large group via Zoom on Tuesday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. Please see the Announcement on D2L. During this first workshop, we will watch a movie which we will refer to at different points in the semester. The announcement on D2L provides details on how you will access the movie. Due to the length of the movie, this workshop will run 95 minutes. You will get the extra time back later in the semester.

Also, please hold off on purchasing your copy of the State v. Tyler case materials until you are informed which side of that case you will be working on.

Please be aware that the case files for this course are no longer published in print form. You will need to purchase from the bookstore a license for an electronic copy of the file, which will be provided to you.


Race and the Law (ON) - Nelson-Butler for Tuesday, 1/18/2022
Please read Is Kim Kardashian White? (and Why Does It Matter Anyway?) Racial Fluidity, Identity, Mutability & the Future of Civil Rights Jurisprudence.


Remedies - Griggs, M. for Wednesday, 1/19/2022

  • The first week assignment for Remedies is Chapter 1 and Chapter 6, pp. 531-550 only, including Hypo 6.1 (pp. 549-570 4th ed.).
  • Class will not meet on Wednesday, January 19.


Transactional Drafting - Westbrook for Tuesday, 1/18/2022
Read the following from the course book Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (2nd ed., 2014), by Tina L. Stark.

  • Chapter 1: A Few Words (pp. 3-8)
  • Chapter 2: The Building Blocks of Contracts (pp. 9-10)
  • Chapter 30: Ethical Issues in Drafting (pp. 455-459)


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