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First-Day Assignments

Before the start of each semester, this page will include information about assignments your professors would like you to complete before the first class. Please check back in the weeks leading up to the fall, spring and summer sessions.

Fall 2014

Administrative Law (Levy)
For the first day of class (September 2), please review the materials posted to the site, especially the Course Information and the Syllabus. Prepare the assignment in the syllabus (Unit 1.1) and be prepared to discuss the principal case.


Advanced Criminal Procedure (Cateforis)
Please read Chapter 1 in Dressler and Thomas, "Criminal Procedure: Prosecuting Crime.​"


Advanced Legal Writing (Rosenberg)
All materials are either in the required textbooks or available on Blackboard.

Read: Introduction and Chapter 1 in "Writing for Practice" (Fajans), Chapter 5 in the Aspen "Handbook for Legal Writers" (Bouchoux), Michael Higdon, "From Simon Cowell to Tim Gunn: What Reality Television Can Teach Us About How to Critique Our Students’ Work Effectively" (available on Blackboard).

Exercise: Edit the student memo posted on Blackboard in the Assignments tab in the folder marked "First-Day Assignment."


Advanced Litigation (Prater)
Come to the first class.


Alternative Dispute Resolution (McKenzie) 
There is no reading assignment for the first day of class, August 28. Please sign up for the course TWEN page.


Antitrust (Landsberg)
Read pages 1-10.


Bankruptcy (Ware)
read the casebook’s Table of Contents, Preface, and pages 1-5.


Business Associations I (Hecker) Please check your email for the syllabus. The first class, Thursday August 28, will be largely introductory. You should familiarize yourself with the shorthand and acronyms on the first page and then read the general course outline on p. 1 of the photocopy. With a few exceptions, the assignment titles in the syllabus match entries in the outline. Mastering the alphabet soup of statutory acronyms, and the entities to which they relate, is the first step toward success in the course. I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday and getting to know you over the next several months. PS: It's unlikely, but possible, that I'll get to assignment 1. I hope that won't be too burdensome to prepare.


Civil Procedure (Hines)
For class Thursday, August 28, please read pages 275-87 in the Yeazell "Civil Procedure" casebook.


Civil Procedure (Mulligan)

  • Register for the Course’s TWEN page on Westlaw.com. (The course syllabus is there.)
  • Sept 2: In the Yeazell red text book, skim 279-87, then more carefully read 288-306, 312-14.
  • Sept 3: in the Yeazell red text book, read 315-42.

Civil Procedure (Sward)
Both sections: For Thursday, August 28, please read pages 1-27 in the casebook. A syllabus is posted on Blackboard. Please read it and note the rules governing this class. In particular, please note that laptops, tablets, phones, and other such devices may not be used in this class for any purpose. The reasons for this ban are stated in the syllabus.


Civil Rights Actions (McAllister)
For the first day (Tuesday, Sept. 2), please read pages 1-18 of the book. Be prepared to sign the seating chart. I will hand out the syllabus in class.


Commercial Law: Payment Systems (Drahozal)
For the first day of class, please read pages 1-4 of the photocopied materials.


Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Ware)
Read the casebook’s Table of Contents, Introduction and pages 3 and 4.


Complex Litigation (Hines)
For Thursday, August 28, please read pages 2-20 in the "Mass Tort Litigation" casebook by Professor Linda Mullenix.


Constitutional Topics (Levy)
For the first day of class, please (1) access the Blackboard site and review the information posted to it; and (2) prepare the relevant reading assignment from the syllabus.


Criminal Procedure (Wilson)
Read Chapter 1 (pages 1-17) in our textbook, "Criminal Procedure" (8th ed.). Also read Amendment IV in the U.S. Constitution (reprinted on page 923 of our text) and begin Chapter 2 by reading pages 19-29. Come ready to discuss all.


Environmental Law Seminar (Outka)
In advance of the first day of class, please read the following in the primary textbook:

  • Preface (recommended)
  • Chapter 1: 
    • Introduction - pp. 1-3, n. 1 and n. 3
    • Causes of Climate Change – section A, pp. 5-7 (no notes); section B, pp. 9-10,  n. 1 and n.2 ; and section C, bottom of p. 11, rest optional, n. 1 on p. 15

And please watch the short video summary (11:48 min) of the recent IPCC report, "Climate Change 2014: Climate Change Mitigation."


Environmental Law Survey (Outka)
Please read, and bring to our first class, the following recent news stories available at the links below. The news source for 1-4 is available to KU Law students and faculty through the
Wheat Law Library. On campus, you should be able to access the story directly via the links provided. Off campus, you will have to log in through the library website (scroll down to “Energy and Environmental Publishing” under “Topical”). You should then be able to find the story either by date or title search.

  1. “AGRICULTURE: As Toledo recovers from water supply shutdown, lawmakers shine light on pollution source” (Greenwire/E&E Publishing, Aug. 5, 2014)
  2. “ENDANGERED SPECIES: Industry embraces voluntary measures to help lesser prairie chicken” (E&ENewsPM/E&E Publishing, June 3, 2014)
  3. “AIR POLLUTION: Study outlines minorities dramatically higher exposure to NO2” (Greenwire/E&E Publishing, April 17, 2014)
  4. “CLIMATE: Days before new carbon rules, Kan. coal plant gets the green light” (EnergyWire/E&E Publishing, June 2, 2014)
  5. EPA NEWS RELEASE: “Hazardous Waste: Marysville metal caster invests $230,000 in hazardous waste reduction as part of EPA settlement” (May 30, 2013)

Estate Planning: Principles
For August 28 and September 4, 2014. Read pages 1-54. The syllabus is on the syllabus table outside Room 203.


Evidence (Prater)
Read chapter 1.


Family Law (Peck)
For the first week, see the syllabus on Blackboard; read to page 19 in the casebook and read the material in the supplement shown in the syllabus through "Making own deal."


Federal Income Tax (Mazza)
Purchase materials from the bookstore and download course materials from TWEN. Complete Unit 1 and Problems 1 & 2 in Unit 2.


Federal Indian Law (Kronk Warner)
Getches, Wilkinson, Williams and Fletcher, "Federal Indian Law," (6th ed., West 2011), pages 1-29.


Intellectual Property (Torrance)
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you in Intellectual Property Law. Intellectual property is a wonderful subject, and we are currently living through an explosion of interest in it. In advance of the first class, please review the class syllabus to make sure you know what the assigned readings are for the first class. The syllabus is posted on Blackboard.


International Trade Law (Bhala)

Required:

  1. Pick up syllabus from tables in front of law school (by hanging files)
  2. Read syllabus carefully (Except for any questions, we will not be going over it in class)
  3. In International Trade Law: Read Preface and Chapters 1, 7
  4. Watch YouTube video

Optional:

  1. In Modern GATT Law: Read Preface, Introduction and Chapters 56-57

Islamic Law (Bhala)

Required:

  1. Pick up syllabus from tables in front of law school (by hanging files)
  2. Read syllabus carefully (except for any questions, we will not be going over it in class)
  3. In Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a): Read Preface, Notes on Manuscript Preparation, Introduction: Ten Threshold Issues, and Chapters 1-3
  4. Watch YouTube video

Optional:

  1. Read Speech by President Barack H. Obama, "On a New Beginning," Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 4 June 2009 (attached to the syllabus)

Jurisdiction (Mulligan)

  • Register for the Course’s TWEN page on Westlaw.com. (The course syllabus is there.)
  • Sept 2: Read Pennoyer v. Neff, which is on the TWEN site.
  • Sept 3: Read International Shoe v. Washington, which is on the TWEN site.

Media and the First Amendment (Kautsch)
Initial assignments have been posted on the TWEN (The West Education Network) website for the course.


Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations (Hopkins)
Read the first three chapters in the course book. The syllabus will be handed out in the first class.


Oil and Gas Law (Griggs)
For September 1, read pages 1-4, Historical Background, 4-26 Physical Background, 32-41 and 44-48 Technical Background. Recommended: 26-31, 42-44 Exploration Techniques and Exploration, 49-53 Land Descriptions. For September 2, 53-56 The Ad Coelum Doctrine and the rule of Capture.56-67, 97-104 Correlative Rights and traditional limits.


Patent Practice (Cook)
Patent Law Essentials: A Concise Guide (Alan L. Durham, 2013)
Anatomy of a Patent - pp 7 (sources of law), 17-24 and patents at end of Durham
Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) Sections 601-601.01(g) available at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html
Introduction to Prosecution  - pp 37-40 of Durham


Practice In Kansas (Valdez)
Required materials: "Practice in Kansas” (2013) - will be posted on Blackboard by Tuesday, August 26. There are no course materials to be purchased. Please read Chapter 1 (titled “Pleadings”) for the first week of class.


Property (DeLaTorre)
On the first day of class, we will cover pp. 103-113 of the casebook (Cribbet, Findley, et al., 9th ed.). Please be ready to sign the seating chart on the first day of class.


Property (Kronk Warner)
John G. Sprankling and Raymond R. Coletta, "Property: A Contemporary Approach" (2d ed., West 2012), pages 1-8.


Property (Yuille)
For our first meeting on September 2, please complete the assignment, which will be distributed via Blackboard, the course website. The assignment should take no more than a few minutes, but please plan on reviewing it by Friday, August 29. The site should be available to you no later than August 27. You should also obtain the required casebook, John G. Sprankling & Raymond R. Coletta, "Property: A Contemporary Approach" (2d ed. 2012), from which you will have a reading assignment for September 8. The syllabus and a short reading assignment for September 3 will be available on our first day of class.

Please contact me at lyuille@ku.edu if you have any questions or concerns.


Torts (Kautsch)
Initial assignments have been posted on the Blackboard site for the course.


Torts I (McAllister)
For our first class session (Tuesday, September 2), please skim pages 1-6 of our casebook, and read more carefully the cases contained on pages 6-20. Be prepared to sign the seating chart.


Torts I (Westerbeke)
Prosser, Wade & Schwartz, "Torts Cases and Materials" (12th ed. 2010), pp. 1-24 (two class periods).


Torts II (Westerbeke)
Prosser, Wade & Schwartz, "Torts Cases and Materials" (12th ed. 2010), pp.864-876.


Trusts and Estates (DeLaTorre)
On the first day of class, we will cover pp. 41-50 of the casebook (Dukeminier and Sitkoff, 9th ed.). Please be ready to sign the seating chart on the first day of class.


Water Law (Peck)
For the first week, see the syllabus on Blackboard; read the casebook pages and the materials in the supplement under the section on "Introduction," both "In General" and "Hydrology."

Academic Calendar
Nov 26
Thanksgiving Recess Begins - no classes
All day
Dec 01
Classes Resume
All day
Dec 03
Last Day of Classes
All day
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