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Fall 2017

Administrative Law (Levy)

For the first day of class, please:

  • Visit the course Blackboard site
  • Review the Course Information and Syllabus posted to the site
  • Read AL Unit 1.1 A-C (class discussion focuses on NBC v. US )

Advanced Litigation (Schnug) 

Please review the syllabus posted on Blackboard. Also, you will need a hard copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence to bring to every class. During our first class, you will receive instructions for your first assignment. All students will be delivering an opening statement during our first court session on Wednesday, Aug. 30. I look forward to working with you all!

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Ware)

Hornbook §§ 1.1 - 1.8, 3.43 - 3.45

Antitrust (Landsberg)

Read Einer Elhauge's "US Antitrust Law and Economics"" (2011), pages 1-10, 49-52.

Chinese Law (Harper Ho)


The course syllabus has been posted and all reading assignments for the first week will be accessible on the "Course Materials" section of the course Blackboard site by end of the day on Mon. Aug. 21. Please note that the syllabus only includes assigned readings for the first section of the course.  An updated syllabus will be provided later in the course and daily assignments (including any adjustments to readings on the syllabus) will be posted on Blackboard. The course text (Chen) is available at the KU Bookstore.

Discussion questions to guide you through the readings are also posted on Blackboard. There is no coursepack for the course, but all readings are available on Blackboard. There is no exam in this class and I highly recommend taking notes by hand and reserving your computer to access assigned materials. You may also wish to print them out and bring them to class if you prefer to annotate.

Civil Procedure (Hines)

For class Thursday, Aug. 24, please read pages 295-97 & 367-72 in Civil Procedure by Yeazell & Schwartz.

Civil Procedure (Sward)

Both sections: Please read pp. 1-27 in the casebook.

Civil Rights Actions (McAllister) (Thursday, Aug. 24, Room 127)

2 SESSIONS (9:15-10:10 and 10:20-11:15)

Please read the following (all are posted on Blackboard, as will be true of all of the materials for this course):

  1. The statutes (sections 1983 and 1988)
  2. Monroe v. Pape
  3. The Eleventh Amendment outlines
  4. The Eleventh Amendment cases (there are five, starting with Ex parte Young and ending with Alden v. Maine)

You should review the syllabus posted on Blackboard, but I will hand out paper copies in class.

Be prepared to sign the seating chart. 

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Ware)

Casebook pages xxxi-xxxvii, 3-4.

Comprehensive Family Mediation (Morse)

Chapter 1 in the class text: Family Mediation, Murphy & Rubinson

Contract Drafting (Sears)

Reading assignment:

  • Chapter 1: A Few Words
  • Chapter 2: The Building Blocks of Contracts
  • Chapter 3: Translating the Business Deal – Part 1
  • Chapter 4: Translating the Business Deal – Part 2 (including the Appendices to Chapter 4)
  • Chapter 5: A Contract’s Parts

Class discussion: We will discuss Exercise 5-2 during class. Please review it.

Contracts (Drahozal)

Read and prepare to discuss pages 1-9 in the Burton & Drahozal materials and review the Vacant Land Real Estate Sale Contract at the end of the Burton & Drahozal materials.

Elections and Campaign Finance (Johnson)

Hasen, "The 2016 U.S. Voting Wars:  From Bad to Worse," in Course Documents on Blackboard website.

Electronic Discovery (Castle)

Read Chapters 1 and 2 of "Zubulake's E-Discovery: The Untold Story of My Quest for Justice" (2012).   

Environmental Law (Outka)

First-day reading assignment (PDF)

Estate Planning Principles (Hickert)

Course Syllabus (PDF)

Evidence (Parness)

Read pages 3-20 in text and check Blackboard or TWEN.​

Federal Income Tax (Mazza)

Purchase from the bookstore the following required materials:

  • Burke & Friel, Taxation of Individual Income (11th ed. 2015).
  • CCH, Federal Income Tax Code and Regulations ― Selected Sections (2017-18)

Before the first class, access the TWEN materials for this course and read the Course Description. During the first class, we will discuss some administrative matters relating to the course, complete Unit 1 relating to the sources of U.S. tax law, and begin Unit 2 relating to tax policy.  For Monday, read all the materials assigned for Unit 1 and read the two Center for Budget Priorities handouts. Also read the portion of the Graetz & Schenk excerpt relating to horizontal and vertical equity. For Tuesday’s class we should complete Unit 2 and begin Unit 3.

Note that you do not need to read the Congressional Research Service handout included in the Unit 1 materials until sometime later in the course.

Because you may not use computers during class, you’ll need to print out the materials in advance.

Federal Indian Law (Kronk Warner)

Getches, et al., "Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law" (West Academic Publishing 2017), pp. 8-31.

International Commerce and Investment (Harper Ho)

You will have access to the course Blackboard site by no later than the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 25. All reading assignments for the first week will be posted on the "Course Materials" section of the site and the syllabus will also be available for your reference; hard copies of the syllabus will be provided in class. Please note that the syllabus will only include the initial assigned readings and that daily assignments and due dates will be posted thereafter on Blackboard. The primary textbook for the course is: Chow & Schoenbaum, International Business Transactions: Problems, Cases, & Materials (Wolters Kluwer, 3d ed. 2015) and should be available at the KU Bookstore (please let me know if this is not the case). All supplemental materials for this course will be available electronically via Blackboard. This section of the course satisfies the professional writing requirement.

I highly recommend taking notes by hand and reserving your computer to access assigned materials. If you prefer to take notes on a laptop, you may wish to print out supplemental readings and bring them to class for ease of reference and annotation.

For Monday, please read Chow & Schoenbaum (C&S), pp. 1-21; OPTIONAL (really!): Dan Harris, On Becoming a China Lawyer, April 16, 2017.

In addition, you should do an online search to find (i) an example of an international business lawyer or firm with offices in the U.S. that handles international business matters (transactional or dispute resolution); and (ii) come prepared to introduce who/what you found, what type of work it appears they handle, and which practice area/areas this lawyer or the primary engagements of the firm you found appear to fall in.  Observe how/where the firm markets its international capabilities (See C&S Q1, p. 8 under "Notes and Questions"). Suggested search terms: cross-border, international, etc.   For the online search, please prepare brief talking points you will use for discussion and then turn in.

Key Questions: (these do not require a response but are a guide to what we’ll cover on Monday).

  • What do international business lawyers do?
  • What forms does global international commerce take? (see C&S pp. 14-18)
  • How has globalization affected international business? What about the role of multinational enterprises?  (see C&S p. 21)

See you Monday!

International Law and Literature (Bhala)

This assignment covers the first week of class:

  1. Posner, Richard A., Law and Literature, Preface, pages xi-xvi; and Critical Introduction; pages 1-17
  2. 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Articles 31-32 (4 pages)
  3. Clark, Katharine & Matthew Connolly, A Guide to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying Statutes (PDF), The Writing Center, Georgetown University Law Center (April 2006) (21 pages)
  4. GATT Article XX(a) (1 page)

PLUS: Review Syllabus. Students should pick up the Syllabus on the tables in the lobby outside 203 Green Hall.

International Trade Law (Bhala)

This assignment covers the first two weeks of class:

PLUS: Review syllabus. Students should pick up the Syllabus on the tables in the lobby outside 203 Green Hall.

Islamic Law - Fort Leavenworth (Bhala)

Monday, August 14

Lecture topic

Introduction: Ten Threshold Issues


  • Life and Times of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) (PBUH) 570/571-632 A.D.
  • Revelation, Themes, and Compilation of the Holy Qur'ān 610-650 A.D.

Reading assignment



  • Speech by President Barack H. Obama, "On a New Beginning," Cairo University, Cairo Egypt, June 4, 2009 (attached to syllabus)
  • Qur’ān: Introduction at pp. xiv-xxxvi; Qur’ān, Surah 2 (The Cow) at 2-33 (skim only); Surah 19 (Mary) at 191-95; Surah 20 (Ta Ha) at 196-202; Surah 26 (The Poets) at 232-38; Surah 30 (The Byzantines) at pp. 257-60; Surah 36 (Ya Sin) at pp. 281-84; Surah 37 (Ranged in Rows) at 285-89; Surah 49 (The Private Quarters) at 338-39; Surah 55 (The Lord of Mercy) at 353-55; Surah 56 (That Which is Coming) at 356-58; Surah 69 (The Inevitable Hour) at 387-88; Surah 77 (Winds Set Forth) at 403-04; Surah 105 (The Elephant) at 437; Surah 106 (Quraysh) at 438.

Jurisdiction (Mulligan)

  1. Register for the course TWEN page. Readings are posted there. 
  2. Aug. 24, Pennoyer v. Neff 
  3. Aug. 25, International Shoe v. Washington

Jurisdiction (Sward)

For Thursday, August 24, 2017, please read pages 75-89 in the casebook, and complete the case reading assignment on Blackboard.  In addition, please read the syllabus carefully.  The case reading assignment is a required ungraded assignment, as described in the syllabus.

Juvenile Law (Sheldon)

For August 28: Introduction to the Legal and Philosophical Basis to the Juvenile Justice System


  • Casebook
    • Chapter 1 (pp.1-2)
    • Chapter 9 (pp. 913-918)
  • Kansas Code for Care of Children
    • Section 38-2201
    • Section 38-2209
    • Section 38-2210
    • Section 38-2211
    • Section 38-2212
    • Section 38-2213
    • Section 38-2247
  • Kansas Juvenile Justice Code
    • Section 38-2301
    • Section 38-2309
    • Section 38-2310
    • Section 38-2311
    • Section 38-2312
    • Section 38-2325
    • Section 38-2326
    • Section 38-2353

Kansas Supreme Court Research Practicum (Steadham)

Prior to our first class meeting, please register for access to the online textbook. Please contact me with any questions at csteadham@ku.edu.

For the first day of class, please review the following modules on TeachingLaw.com:

  • Research Sources
    • Introduction to Legal Research
      • The American Legal System
      • Overview of Primary Law
      • Overview of Secondary Sources
      • Citing to Research Sources
      • Overview of the Research Process
      • A Research Plan Example: From Start to Finish​

Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Organizations (Hopkins)

For Aug. 30: Please bring a binder to the first class.

Textbook, Chapters 1-3, Sample articles of incorporation, Internal Revenue Code sections 501(a), (b), (c); 170

Patent Practice (Cook)

Anatomy of a Patent                                                                                                                                        

pp 7 (sources of law), 17-24 and patents at end of Durham

Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)


MPEP 601-601.01(g)

Introduction to Prosecution       

pp 37-40 of Durham

Practice in Kansas (Valdez)

Required materials: There are no course materials to be purchased. All course materials will be available on Blackboard.

Please review the first file folder, Chapter 1, called “Commencing A Civil Action” for the first week of class.  It can be found under the Course Documents tab on Blackboard.

Professional Responsibility (Hoeflich)

Week 1 | Topics and Cases Covered:

In re Glass, 58 Cal. 4th 500 (Cal. 2014); In re Mustafa, 631 A.2d 45 (D.C. 1993); In re Prager, 422 Mass. 86 (Mass. 1996); In re Zbigien, 433 N.W.2d 871 (Minn. 1988); In re Taylor, 1996 Cal. LEXIS 4452; In re Griffiths, 413 U.S. 717 (U.S. 1973); Supreme Court of New Hampshire v. Piper, 470 U.S. 274 (U.S. 1985); In re Garcia, 58 Cal. 4th 440 (Cal. 2014)

  • Bar Application Process/Academic Misconduct
    • In re Glass, 58 Cal. 4th 500 (Cal. 2014)
    • In re Mustafa, 631 A.2d 45 (D.C. 1993)
    • In re Prager, 422 Mass. 86 (Mass. 1996)
    • In re Zbigien, 433 N.W.2d 871 (Minn. 1988)
    • In re Taylor, 1996 Cal. LEXIS 4452
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Citizenship
    • In re Griffiths, 413 U.S. 717 (U.S. 1973)
      • Supreme Court of New Hampshire v. Piper, 470 U.S. 274 (U.S. 1985)
      • In re Garcia, 58 Cal. 4th 440 (Cal. 2014)

Prosecutorial Ethics (Valdez)

Required materials (to be purchased): “Prosecutorial Ethics” (2d Ed.) by R. Michael Cassidy

In addition, students will be responsible for reviewing online materials, such as relevant ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and other readings as assigned by me.           

First assignment: Please read the Introduction to Prosecutorial Ethics (pp. xvii-xix). Also read ABA Model Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor (and comments), to be found on the American Bar Association website.

Special Topics: Appellate Advocacy (Stegall)

Winning Brief §§ A–B, pp. 3–76; Plain English Part 1.1, pp. 7–23.

Special Topics: Civil Claim Settlement (Parness)

Read chapter 1.  Check Blackboard or TWEN.

Special Topics: Legislative Process (Levy)

  • Visit the course Blackboard site.
  • Review the Course Information and Syllabus, the Grading Policy Memorandum, and the Legislative Drafting Exercise posted to the site.
  • Read Part 1.A of the materials posted to the site (pp. 1-8).

Special Topics: Mass Incarceration (Cateforis)

The first-day assignment for Special Topics: Mass Incarceration is posted on Blackboard.

Torts (Kautsch)

The following are initial reading assignments in Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Torts: Cases and Materials (13th Edition): 

  1. Monday, Aug. 28 - Pages 1-15 in Chapter I. Development of Liability Based Upon Fault.
  2. Tuesday Aug. 29 - Pages 17-31, up to Sec. 2. Battery, in Chapter II. Intentional Interference with Person or Property.
  3. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 1:35 p.m. - Pages 31-42, up to Sec. 4. False Imprisonment, in Chapter II.
  4. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 2:40 p.m. - Pages 42-58, up to Slocum v. Food Fair Stores of Florida, in Chapter II.

Torts (McAllister)

For our first two class sessions (both on Monday, August 28), please skim pages 1 - 4 of the casebook, and read more carefully the cases contained on pages 5 - 31. 

Be prepared to sign the seating chart.







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