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Fall 2017

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!

Antitrust (Landsberg)

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

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. 

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).   

Federal Indian Law (Kronk Warner)

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

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.

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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