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Fall 2018

Administrative Law (Levy)

For the first day of class (Monday, August 27, 2018) please:

  1. Review course Blackboard site and familiarize yourself with its contents.
  2. Read the Course Information Memorandum and the Course Syllabus.
  3. Read Unit 1.1, parts A-C, in your Administrative Law book. Omit the Problem. Class discussion will focus on the principal case, NBC v. United States.

Antitrust (Landsberg)

Casebook: Elhauge, Einer, "U.S. Antitrust Law & Economics," 3d ed (2018).

Read: 1-11, 53-57. Syllabus is posted on Blackboard.

Advanced Litigation (Schnug)

For our first class (8/23), please review this brief article: "Talk to the Eyes: If It Can’t Be Visualized, It’s Not a Story." 

There is no text assigned for the course, but you will need to bring a copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence to every class. There are copies available at the bookstore for purchase, or, if you have a copy in a previous textbook or want to print a complete version from Lexis or Westlaw, that is also fine. The syllabus and additional resources are posted to Blackboard. Please complete the self-assessment form posted on Blackboard and bring it with you to our first class. You do not need to wear courtroom attire for our first class, but you will for every court session (Thursdays) after that. I look forward to working with you!

American Legal History (Hoeflich)

Syllabus will be handed out during the first class meeting.

Appellate Advocacy (Stegall)

Please note that our first class session is not until after Labor Day on September 4.  

For the first class session, please read: 

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

Business Associations I (Hecker)

Check your email for the syllabus and assignment.

Business Organizations (Harper Ho)

Smith & Williams (3d ed.): S&W pp. 1-6, Nears v. Holiday Hospitality Franchising, Inc. (does not incl. Prob. 1-1);  Statutory Supplement (Eisenberg): Rstmt (3d) of Agency §§ 1.01-1.03, 1.04(5)

NOTE: For all assignments from the Restatement, you should also skim the comments and related examples. Bring the Statutory Supplement with you to class each day. Do not purchase the 2nd edition of the casebook. An optional coursepack will also be available for purchase at the KU Bookstore by the Friday before class. Identical materials will be available to you on the course Blackboard site.

Today's key questions:

  • What is a principal? What is an agent?
  • How is an agency relationship formed? What intent is required? Of what relevance is contract?
  • Why does it matter whether an agency relationship exists between two parties or not?

Civil Procedure (Hines)

For class Thursday, August 24, please read pages 1-5, 299-305 & 367-71 in Civil Procedure by Yeazell & Schwartz (9th ed).​  

No laptops will be allowed in class.

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Ware)

Read pages xxxi-xxxvii and 3-4 of the LoPucki casebook.

Comprehensive Family Mediation (Morse)

Read chapter 1 of "Family Mediation Theory and Practice," J. Murphy.

Contracts (Ware)

Roman numeral pages v – x in E. ALLAN FARNSWORTH ET AL., CASES AND MATERIALS ON CONTRACTS (8th ed. 2013).

Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainablity, and the Law (Harper Ho)

Email me before 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, your answers to the following questions:

  1. What is “corporate social responsibility”? What is “sustainability”? Are they the same?
  2. What is a societal problem or need that you believe corporations are well-equipped to solve or meet? Why? 
  3. Are there any negative impacts of business activity that particularly concern you? If so, what are they and why?
  4. What do you hope to learn from this class?

Each answer should be no more than a few sentences.

Visit Walmart’s corporate homepage and browse to learn what is available under each tab. Be prepared to discuss.

Visit the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, click on the first icon (“Sustainable Development Goals”) and SKIM the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” What does “sustainable” or “sustainability” mean, based on the SDGs & the 2030 Agenda?

If you have not completed Biz Orgs OR both BA I and BA II, you must complete the Required Advance Readings posted in the Course Materials folder before the start of Week 2 of the course.  

Note that this class satisfies the professional writing requirement and is exempt from the Law School grade curve. The course grade depends largely on a research paper and related presentation. Full details and a syllabus will be available shortly on the course Blackboard site, as well as the Advance Readings mentioned above.

Contract Drafting (Sears)

Translating the Business Deal into Contract Concepts. These chapters provide the framework for the course. You will learn the analytic skills that deal lawyers use when drafting and the basic contract concepts from a deal lawyer’s perspective.

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.

Elections and Campaign Finance (Johnson)

Lowenstein casebook, p. 29-31, 47-48 n. 5, 52-77, 117-124 n. 5.

On Blackboard: U.S. Constitution, Article I, Sections 4 and 5; Constitution Amendments 15, 17, and 26.

Employment Law (Rosenberg)

Welcome back! Students should check the course Blackboard page for the first-day assignment. If you do not have access to the course Blackboard page, please email Professor Rosenberg (jorose@ku.edu).

Estate Planning: Principles (Hickert)

See Syllabus and attachment posted on Blackboard for first-day assignment.

Evidence (Velte)

Read the Foreword, Study Guide, and Chapters 1 and 2 of the casebook. Complete the Introduction Assignment that is posted on Blackboard. You may email it to Professor Velte (kvelte@ku.edu) prior to class or bring a hard copy to class.

Federal Income Tax (Mazza)

Our first class takes place on Monday, August 27. The class runs for 90 minutes: 10:20 to 11:50 a.m. In advance of the first class, you should purchase the casebook and Code volume. The materials for the course, which includes a Course Description and Syllabus, are available on TWEN. They should be posted on August 20.

For the first class, review the Course Description and prepare the materials associated with Units 1 and 2. On Tuesday, we’ll complete Unit 2 and get through Unit 3. There is a possibility that we may start Unit 4 on Tuesday, but we’ll have a better sense of that after Monday’s class.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you.

Federal Indian Law (Kronk Warner)

David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson, Robert A. Williams, Jr., Matthew L.M. Fletcher, & Kristen Carpenter, "Federal Indian Law," 8-31 (7th ed. West 2017).

International Law and Literature (Bhala)

Pick up the syllabi from the table outside Room 203.

First-week assignment:

REQUIRED readings:

  1. Posner, Preface, pages xi-xvi; and Critical Introduction; pages 1-17. This book is: Posner, Richard A., "Law & Literature" (Harvard University Press, 3rd ed., 2009, 550 pages), ISBN: 978-0-674-03246-0
  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, The Writing Center" (PDF), Georgetown University Law Center (April 2006) (21 pages)
  4. GATT Article XX(a) (1 page)

OPTIONAL reading:

  1. Cross, Chapter 1 (Historical), pages 9-19; Chapter 2 (Jurisprudential), pages 20-45; Chapter 3 (The Basic Rules States), pages 46-67; Chapter 4 (The Basic Rules Illustrated), pages 68-111. This book is: Cross, Sir Rupert, Dr. John Bell and Sir George Engle, "Statutory Interpretation," (Butterworths, London, 1987), selected excerpts

International Trade Law (Bhala)

Pick up the syllabi from the table outside Room 203.

First- and second-week assignments:

REQUIRED readings:

  1. International Trade Law Textbook, Volume I:  Preface, Introduction, and Chapters 1-2, 3-7. This textbook is: Raj Bhala, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, Volumes I and II, 4th edition, 2015, LexisNexis (now Carolina Academic Press), ISBN: 978-0-76986-907-0.
  2. Watch YouTube video: International Trade Law with Raj Bhala

OPTIONAL readings: 

  1. Modern GATT Law: Preface and Introduction, Chapters 56-57. This treatise is: Raj Bhala, Modern GATT Law: A Treatise on the Law and Political Economy of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and Other World Trade Organisation Agreements, Volumes I and II, 2nd edition, 2013, Thomson Sweet & Maxwell (London), ISBN 978-1-84703-776-3.

Jurisdiction (Mulligan)

Please register for the course on TWEN. You will find the syllabus and readings there.

Please read Pennoyer v. Neff.

Kansas Supreme Court Research Practicum (Steadham)

Prior to our first class meeting, please register for access to the online textbook at https://teachinglaw.com/ and click on the “Join a Class” link located under “My Classes.” 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

Lawyering Skills 1 (all sections)

Before class on Friday 8/17:  

Go to http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts and read the information contained in the sections below. Please also watch the short video on state and federal courts at https://www.fjc.gov/node/1616326.

  1. Federal Courts and the Public
  2. Court Role and Structure
  3. Comparing Federal and State Courts
  4. About the U.S. Courts of Appeal

Also read Chapters 1-2 in your Lawyering Skills textbook, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis by Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick.

Before class on Monday 8/20: Read Chapter 3 in A Lawyer Writes.

Legal Aid Clinic (DeRousse)

  • Orientation will be held on Aug. 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Before orientation, please read the Legal Aid Clinic Manual, Sections 1, 3, and 4. An electronic copy has been sent to enrolled students by email, or feel free to borrow a Legal Aid Manual from the clinic office. 
  • Please also complete the Student Intro Sheet that was attached to the email and bring it with you to orientation.

Media and the First Amendment (Kautsch)

The course syllabus and initial reading assignments for Media and the First Amendment are available on TWEN (The West Education Network). If you have any difficulty gaining access to TWEN, please notify Professor Kautsch by sending him an email at mkautsch@ku.edu.

Professional Responsibility (Valdez)

Reading assignment for first week (August 27-28, 2018):

Required materials:

Please read the following for the first week of class:

  • Introduction and Chapter 1: Regulation of Lawyers (Text: xxxiii – xxxvii and pp. 1-63; Model Rules: Preamble and Scope note, and Rule 8.1)
  • Chapter 2: Lawyer Liability (Text pp. 65 – 140; Model Rules 5.1-5.3; 8.3)

Prosecutorial Ethics (Valdez)

Reading assignment for first week of class:

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: Foreign Relations Law (Levy)

For the first day of class (Monday, August 27, 2018) please:

  1. Review the course Blackboard site and read the documents posted there.
  2. Read pp. 3-12 and 25-37 in your textbook.

Academic Calendar

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
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