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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 2015

Advanced Litigation (Prater)
Come to the first class.

Advanced Criminal Procedure (Cateforis)
For our first class meeting, Thursday, Aug. 27, please read pages 34-63 in Dressler and Thomas, "Criminal Procedure: Prosecuting Crime." During our first two class meetings, we will be discussing the norms set out in the book, talking about what “justice” means and about criminal justice reform.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Fairchild)
There is no ADR assignment for the first day; however, syllabus and course description are posted on Blackboard. 

Antitrust (Landsberg)
The casebook is "United States Antitrust Law and Economics," 2d edition (2011), by Einer Elhauge (Foundation Press). The syllabus is available at the Law School, and also on Blackboard, to which you should have access. For the first day of class, please read pages 1-10 of Elhauge and the syllabus.

In addition to the casebook, you will need 15 USC sec.s 1-4, 6a-7, 9, 12-18a, 45, available on Westlaw.
A few supplemental cases will be assigned (see syllabus).

Class is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2:40-3:35 in Room 129. Make-up classes are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 129. No classes have been canceled yet, but one make-up is a constructive day (hence, a regular required class day). Two other days may be canceled later in the semester.

The registrar has scheduled the final exam on Monday, Dec. 7, from 2-5 p.m.

Business Organizations (Harper Ho)
Required materials for the course include:

  • The most recent (3rd) edition of Smith & Williams (S&W)
  • The 2015 Eisenberg statutory supplement

I have been advised that the 2015 statutory supplement (required) is unlikely to be available at the bookstore before the first week of September, but assigned readings from it will be provided for you in PDF via Blackboard for the first couple weeks. An optional coursepack will be available (on or before Fri.) at the bookstore (Burge Union) that includes the primary supplemental readings (with the exception of handouts). You may instead opt to print or use supplemental materials from Blackboard, but many students find the coursepack more convenient. The course syllabus and Blackboard site should be accessible to you sometime the week of 8/24. 

Since the syllabus only contains the full assignment for the first few weeks, be sure to check Blackboard (Course Materials) for each session's assignment and the related folder containing any supplemental materials (beyond the casebook and statutory supplement) even if you are purchasing the coursepack. An updated syllabus with remaining assignments will be provided later in the course, but generally after we complete a section of the materials rather than in advance. Blackboard is the authoritative source for all assigned readings and announcements. The "Assignments" section of Blackboard will be reserved for assignments you will complete during the course, not for daily readings. Please be sure to bring your casebook AND statutory supplement (once it's available) with you to class each day.

For Monday (1st hour), we will cover “Creation of the Agency Relationship. Please prepare:  

  • S&W pp. 1-6, Nears v. Holiday Hospitality Franchising, Inc. (does not incluse Problem 1-1)
  • Stat.: 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.

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?

For Monday (2nd hour), we will cover “Duties of Principal and Agent.” Please prepare:  

  •  S&W pp. 7-11, Food Lion, Inc. v. Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.
  •  Stat.: Rstmt. 3.14-3.16; Rstmt. 8.01-8.13, 8.15 (cmts not required other than cmt to 8.01d(1))

Today's Key Questions:

  • What are the problems that agency law attempts to solve?
  • What duties does the agent have to the principal? Principal to agent?
  • Do these duties change if a person is a “double agent”?

Civil Procedure (Mulligan)
Register for the Course’s TWEN page on Westlaw.com (The course syllabus is there. You will gain access to Westlaw during orientation.)

  • Aug. 31: In the Yeazell red textbook, skim 279-87, then more carefully read 288-306, 312–14.
  • Sept. 1: In the Yeazell red textbook, read 315-42.

Civil Procedure (Sward)
Welcome to Civil Procedure! This is an important course regardless of what you ultimately hope to do with your law degree. I hope that you will learn a lot in this course, not only about Civil Procedure itself, but also about the skills of legal analysis. I am here to help you with this.

We will have two classes on Thursday, one right after the other, with a short break in between. For those two classes, please read pages 1-27 and 554-559 in your casebook. In addition, I have posted several items on Blackboard. There is a brief history of procedure, which we will discuss on the first day, probably in the second class, so please read that. I also strongly urge you to read a short paper on stating the issue in whether/when format. Both of these documents can be found under the Course Documents button on Blackboard. You should also read the entire syllabus, including the rules and goals for the course and the guidelines on how to study law at the end of the syllabus. The syllabus is under the Syllabus button on Blackboard. The syllabus itself refers to two other documents that are posted under the Course Documents button on Blackboard, both of which help to explain why I do not allow computers or other devices, like tablets or smart phones, in the classroom.

Please note: In addition to the rule against use of computers and similar devices in the classroom, another important rule is that you may not use, for any purpose, any materials prepared by students who took this class in previous years, and you may not record the class. (If there is some compelling reason why you need to record the class, see me.) I have explained the reasons for these rules in the syllabus.

I look forward to a productive and, I hope, enjoyable year! See you all on Thursday.

Civil Rights Actions (McAllister)
For the first day (Monday, Aug. 31), please read Monroe v. Pape (posted on Blackboard). You also may want to review the syllabus posted on Blackboard, but I also will hand out paper copies of the latter in class. Be prepared to sign the seating chart.

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Ware)
The required casebook is Lynn M. LoPucki & Elizabeth Warren, "Secured Credit: A Systems Approach" (7th ed., 2012).

The recommended statutebook is Elizabeth Warren, "Bankruptcy and Article 9" (2015). You may use a different statutebook if it has current versions of these statutes: (1) Articles 1 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, (2) the Uniform Motor Vehicle Certificate of Title and Anti-Theft Act, and (3) the Bankruptcy Code. The 2011-2014 versions of the recommended statutebook have the current versions of these statutes, as do several other books.

For the first class, read casebook pages xxxi-xxxv, 3-4.

Contracts (Peck)

1.  Please try to access Blackboard for our contracts course.

2.  In Blackboard, under Course Documents, you'll find the course syllabus, which contains information about the course, along with a list of the pages we'll cover in the casebook, Restatement, and UCC this semester.

3.  For this first week, please look at the table beginning on page 2 of the syllabus. Please read the materials shown for Cpt. 1, Basis for Enforcing promises.

4.  Thursday, we'll first begin with some introductory discussion about the course and about the subject of contracts in general.

Contracts (Ware)
Two books are required for this course: 

  • E. Allan Farnsworth et al., "Cases and Materials on Contracts" (8th ed. 2013)
  • James E. Byrne, "Contracts Texts" (4th or 5th edition)

For the first class, read Farnsworth pages v – x.

Contract Drafting (Sears)
First class meets Sept. 2, 2015. Textbook is "Translating the Business Deal into Contract Concepts." These chapters provide the framework for the course. You will learn the analytical 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
  • Drafting Assignment –​ None

Copyright Law and Digital Works (Kautsch)
Go to The West Education Network (TWEN) and visit the website for Copyright Law and Digital Works. Initial assignments, plus the course syllabus, are posted there.

Corporate Social Responsibility (Harper Ho)
For Monday, please visit the "Assignments" section of Blackboard (access will be provided to you on or before Thursday, August 27, 2015) and click on the link to respond to the questions shown there. Please complete this and email your responses to me before 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Required advance readings have also been posted for those who have not already completed either Business Organizations or BA 1&2. These readings should be completed before the start of the second week of class (Tuesday, September 8).

The syllabus and all materials for the course will be posted on Blackboard, and you should bring them to class. At present, laptops are permitted, but if they interfere with discussion, this will be subject to change. This seminar will focus heavily on discussion, but note taking will be essential to your mastery of the material. Copies of the syllabus will be provided during the first class. 

Elections and Campaign Finance (Johnson)
Please read pages 55-60 of the casebook and Burson v. Freeman, which is posted in the Course Documents page of the Blackboard website.

Environmental Law Survey (Outka)
Welcome back to Green Hall! There is so much happening in environmental law this year – we are going to have a great semester. For the first day of class, please read and bring with you the sampling of environmental law news stories below. Collectively, these selections will give you an early sense of the wide-ranging issues, themes, and challenges for environmental law and policy, historically and looking to the future as the field continues to evolve. As you read each selection, highlight and come prepared to discuss aspects of the stories that raise questions, that evoke your sense of justice or injustice, that suggest the possibilities and/or limits of law as a source of environmental protection, and anything else that strikes you as interesting and especially pertinent to the justifications for and practice of environmental law.

Note: The source for 1-4 is available 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 web page. Scroll down to “Energy and Environmental Publishing” under “Topical”. You should then be able to find the story either by date, title search.

  1. “COAL: Greens urge courts to yank states' Clean Water Act authority” – GreenWire/E&E Publishing (July 23, 2015)
  2. “WATER POLLUTION: Judge rules dairy manure poses 'imminent and substantial' health threat” – GreenWire/E&E Publishing (Jan. 15, 2015)
  3. “OIL AND GAS: EPA proposes crackdown on methane emissions” – GreenWire/E&E Publishing (Aug. 18, 2015)
  4. “AIR POLLUTION: Study outlines minorities dramatically higher exposure to NO2” – GreenWire/E&E Publishing (April 17, 2014)
  5. “ENVIRONMENT: 230 Colorado mines are leaking heavy metals into state rivers” – Denver Post (Aug. 16, 2015)
  6. “EPA Newsroom: U.S., Maryland Settle with 16 Companies for Cleanup of Central Chemical Superfund Site in Hagerstown, Md.” (Aug. 17, 2015)

Estate Planning: Principles (Hickert)
Aug. 31: Text pages 1-42 (and corresponding IRC Sections and Regulations)
Sept. 1: Text pages 42-54 (and corresponding IRC Sections and Regulations)

Evidence (Prater)
Read Chapter 1.

Federal Income Tax (Mazza)
Purchase from the bookstore the following required material:

  • Burke & Friel, "Taxation of Individual Income" (11th ed. 2015)
  • CCH, Federal Income Tax Code and Regulations — Selected Sections (2015-16)

Before the first class, access the TWEN materials and read the course description. During the first class, we will discuss some administrative matters relating to the course and focus on sources of U.S. tax law. Prepare the reading assignment in Unit 1.

Federal Indian Law (Kronk Warner)
David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson, Robert A. Williams, Jr. & Matthew L.M. Fletcher, "Federal Indian Law," pp. 8-29 (6th ed. West 2011).

Immigration Law (Yuille)
Welcome to Immigration! For our first meeting, this is what you should do:

  1. Please complete the reading and answer the questions in the handout available on Blackboard.
  2. Please bring a computer or tablet that will allow you to complete an online activity.
  3. You must also review the syllabus. You should bring any syllabus questions or concerns with you to class on Monday.

Please note: There is no required text for this course. However, you will be required to use the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) weekly. Consider purchasing a hard copy of the relevant primary legal sources (e.g. Immigration Law Handbook). Suggested but not required texts include the following:

International Trade Law (Bhala)
"International Trade Law" (4th ed., 2015), Volume I: Preface, Introduction, and Chapters 1-2. Also start reading Chapters 3-7 and watch YouTube video.

Please note this and all assignments are in the NEW, 4th edition, of the "International Trade Law" textbook.

Islamic Law (Bhala)

Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a): Preface, Notes on Manuscript Preparation, Introduction: Ten Threshold Issues, and Chapters 1-3

Watch YouTube video

Jurisdiction (Mulligan)
Register for the Course’s TWEN page on Westlaw.com (The course syllabus is there.)

  •  Aug. 31: Read Pennoyer v. Neff on the TWEN site.
  •  Sept. 1: Read International Shoe v. Washington on the TWEN site.

Juvenile Law (Sheldon)
This assignment is also posted in Blackboard.

Required Texts:

  • "Children in the Legal System" (5th ed.) (2014) by Davis, Scott, Wadlington, and Whitebread           
  • Revised Kansas Code for Care of Children (Kansas Statutes Annotated 38-2201 et seq.)
  • Revised Kansas Juvenile Justice Code (Kansas Statutes Annotated 38-2301 et seq.)
  • Juvenile Justice Authority (Kansas Statutes Annotated 75-7001 et seq.)

Aug. 31 class topic: Introduction to the Legal and Philosophical Basis to the Juvenile Justice System                                         

Reading Assignment:

  • Casebook: Chapter 1 (pp.1-2) and Chapter 9 (pp. 913-918)
  • Kansas Code for Care of Children (Section 38-2201, 2209-2213 and 2247)
  • Kansas Juvenile Justice Code (Section 38-2301, 2309-2312, 2325-2326 and 2353)
  • Juvenile Justice Authority (Section 75-7001, briefly look through the Act)

Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic (Steadham)
Prior to our first class meeting on Sept. 2, please register for access to the online textbook at https://teachinglaw.com/. Students who have previously purchased access to TeachingLaw.com for a different class should have continuing access this semester. Please contact me with any questions (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

Labor Law (Delaney)
MTW 3:45 – 4:40, Green Hall Room 108

I have posted a Syllabus and Course Overview to Blackboard. Assigned readings appear in the Syllabus for the semester. The first week’s readings are below. The National Labor Relations Act sections can be found under the “Course Documents” tab on Blackboard.

I intend to spend the first class recounting a little history about the labor relations climate in the U.S. before our modern labor laws were passed beginning in the 1930s. I don't usually cite to Wikipedia (and probably won't again this year), but there is some pretty good, well-researched material on the site about a violent series of strikes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries called the Colorado Labor Wars. I have posted a couple of MS Word documents to the "Course Documents" tab on Blackboard that excerpt some of the Wiki text. You are NOT required to read the documents and I won't test on them, but I promise you if you do take a little time to look at the accounts before (or after) the first class you will have a much better appreciation for how we came to be where we are today and you will find the story to be as surprising and interesting as anything else you are likely to be assigned this academic year.

Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations (Hopkins)
For the first class on Sept. 1, 2015, please complete the following reading assignment:

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

Patent Practice (Cook)
Durham: Pp 7 (sources of law), 17-24 and 37-40, as well as reviewing the patents at the end of Durham.

MPEP: 601-601.01(g)

The MPEP is accessible here: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html

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. 

Special Topics: Advanced Legal Analysis (Six)
The first-day assignments are posted on the Blackboard site for the course. You will find a brief reading assignment and also a request that you bring your laptop computer with you to class if you generally take law school exams on a computer. We will be taking an ungraded “pre-test” during our first class meeting on Sept. 2. The syllabus is also posted on the Blackboard site.

Sports Law (DeLaTorre)
On the first day of class, we will cover pp. 105-112 of the casebook (Mitten, Davis, et al., 3rd ed.). Please be ready to sign the seating chart on the first day of class

Torts I (Westerbeke)
(8:10 and 10:20 classes): Prosser, Wade & Schwartz, "Torts Cases and Materials" (13th ed. 2015), pp. 1-20.

Torts I (Kautsch)
For the initial class period, the assigned reading is Chapter I, "Development of Liability Based Upon Fault," pages 1-15, i Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s "Torts: Cases and Materials" (13th ed.). Visit the Blackboad site for the course to see additional assignments, as well as the syllabus.   

Torts I (McAllister)
For our first two class sessions (both on Monday, Aug. 31), 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.

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

Water Law (Peck)

  1. You can find the course syllabus on Blackboard.
  2. For this week, from table beginning on p. 3 of the syllabus, please read the casebook pages through the sections on "In General" and "Hydrology" and the accompanying Supplement pages.
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