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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.

Spring 2015

Advanced Legal Research (Steadham)
For Thursday, January 22:

  • Students should purchase the online, interactive textbook TeachingLaw.com. To purchase TeachingLaw.com: 1) Go to www.teachinglaw.com and click on “Register Now”; 2) From the drop down menu, choose your instructor's name (adjacent to TLAW92); 3) Click on “Add to Cart” and follow check out instructions.  If you have questions or difficulty purchasing, contact customercare@bna.com or csteadham@ku.edu.
  • From the TeachingLaw.com homepage Main Menu, select the “Research Sources” category and read the first section entitled “Introduction to Legal Research” (including the following subsections: The Importance of Effective Legal Research, Overview of Types of Legal Authority – Primary Law, Overview of Types of Legal Authority – Secondary Sources, Citing to Sources, Overview of Process and Strategy, and A Research Plan Example: From Start to Finish).
  • Our first class meeting will include discussion of the assigned readings and an overview of the course syllabus.

Advanced Litigation (Prater)
Come to the first class.

Advanced International Trade Law (Bhala)
For Tuesday, January 20:

  • Topic 1: Antidumping (AD) Law
  • Continued from Previous Semester: Injury Determination and WTO Antidumping Agreement  
  • Review Syllabus
  • Chapter 35: International Trade Law textbook 
  • Chapters 70-73: Modern GATT Law​

Alternative Dispute Resolution (Fairchild)
There is no assignment; however, students should get the syllabus and course summary off of Blackboard.

Banking Law (Thomas)
Students are expected to read pages 1-38 of the main text [Richard Scott Carnell, Jonathan R. Macey, Geoffrey P. Miller, The Law of Financial Institutions, (Aspen Publishers, 5th ed., 2013)] and the June 29, 1987 Congressional Research Service Report: Glass-Steagall Act: Commercial v. Investment Banking by William De. Jackson prior  to the first session in preparation for class discussion. This report can be found on TWEN, under Banking Law, “Course Materials,” listed as “Glass-Steagall Congressional Report.”

Business Planning Seminar (Hoy)
Readings: Chapters I and II & Problem I (read only) of Business Planning by Gevurtz. No assignment due.

Chinese Law (Harper Ho)
The primary text for the course is Albert Chen, An Introduction to the Legal System of the People's Republic of China (4th ed. 2011). All supplemental and reference materials will be available to you via Blackboard as of 1/20/15. These materials will also be available in a hard copy coursepack (total of 3 coursepacks). Due to their cost, I recommend you wait until after the first day of class to decide whether to purchase the coursepacks, since they are nonrefundable. You will need to have access to all assigned materials for each class session, either in the coursepack or other hardcopy (my recommendation), or on your laptop. “Reference” materials are exactly that.

The assignment for Tuesday, January 22 is:

  1. Albert Chen (4th ed. 2011) “Introduction”, pp. 1-6 (textbook) and the following supplemental materials:
  2. “What China Wants,” Economist, Aug. 23, 2014, pp. 43-48. I recommend taking time to peruse the special interactive features available in the online version of this piece.
  3. “Methods of Comparative Law,” John H. Merryman, David S. Clark & John O. Haley, Comparative Law: Historical Development of the Civil Law Tradition in Europe, Latin America, & East Asia (LexisNexis, 2010), ISBN 978-1-4224-7478-5, pp. 72-79

Reference (skim):

  1. Outline of Early Chinese History (chart) in Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings (Burton Watson, trans.) (London: Columbia UP, 1963), front matter
  2. Historical Chronology of China from W. Scott Morton & Charlton M. Lewis, China: Its History and Culture, 4th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005), pp. 287-296.

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Gilmore Gaughan)
The first-day assignment is pages 1 through 29 of the textbook.

Complex Litigation (Hines)
For Wednesday, January 21, please read pages 2-20 in the Mass Tort Litigation casebook by Professor Linda Mullenix. 

Consumer Law (Ware)
Casebook’s preface, table of contents and pages 1-4.

Contract Drafting (Sears)
Here is the first reading assignment included in the syllabus:

  • 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
  • Chapter 5 – A Contract’s Parts

Visit the author’s website, www.aspenlawschool.com/stark, and click on and inspect “Student Materials.”

Contracts (Drahozal)
For the first class, read and prepare to discuss pages 1-8 in the Burton casebook.

Corporate Finance (Harper Ho)
Tuesday, Jan. 20: Intro to Accounting & Financial Statements

  1. Carney pp. 1-10 (skip Quick Check 2.1 on p. 11)
  2. Blackboard E-Supplement: Excerpt from Brealey, Myers & Allen ("BMA"), pp. 2-5, 8-10, 721 (located in the folder for today's class on Bb).

NOTE: All supplemental course materials will be posted both on the course Blackboard site, which should be accessible to students shortly, and also made available in the optional (but recommended) coursepack. The coursepack should be available by Friday, Jan. 16, at the Burge Union.

Digital Privacy Rights in an Open Society (Kautsch)
Visit the TWEN site for the course, where the assignment for the first class meeting is posted under “Course Materials.”

Economic Development in Indigenous Nations (Brien)
Read pp. 1-24 of Reservation "Capitalism" - Economic Development in Indian Country.

Employment Discrimination (Schroeder)
For the first day of class, please read the note on p. 2 in the casebook on Proving Discrimination, Slack v. Havens, and the notes following the case.

Employment Law (Schroeder)
For the first day of class, find the first set of course materials on TWEN and read the first two cases, Lemmerman v. A.T. Williams Oil Co. and Donovan v. DialAmerica Marketing Co. You should also purchase the set of statutory materials from the bookstore.

Evidence (Wilson)
Read pages 1-39 in the casebook, Evidence: Text, Problems, and Cases (5th ed.). Also read Rules of Evidence 101, 102 and 1101 in the Courtroom Evidence Handbook.

Be prepared to discuss all of this material in class.

Federal Courts (Sward)
Read pages 1-7 in the materials posted on Blackboard, and 241-254 in the casebook.

Government Control of Land Development (Davis)
11:25 on January 20. Read pp. 14-26 and 63-71 in the textbook.

International Trafficking in Persons Seminar (Cronin)
No first-day assignment. Assignments are handed out at orientation.

Immigration (Yuille)
Welcome! Please complete the reading and answer the questions in the handout available on Blackboard. You should also review the syllabus.

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 texts include the following:

*Highly recommended

Note: Links to suggested resources available on Blackboard

Insurance Law (All) 
We will NOT have class on Tuesday, January 20. We will begin Thursday, January 22.

For class on January 22, please read pages 1-15 of the Abraham text.

Introduction to Constitutional Law  (Levy)
The Blackboard site for the course is now available. There is no assigned textbook for the class. Instead, I will post all information, materials, and assignments for the course on the Blackboard site.

For Tuesday, January 20, read the following:

  1. The “Course Information” Memorandum
  2. The “Course Overview and Syllabus”
  3. Unit 1, pp. 1-8

For Wednesday, January 21, read the following: 

  1. Unit 1, pp. 8-21 (United States v. Windsor)

Introduction to Constitutional Law (McAllister)
Tuesday, January 20 | 11:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. | Room 104

  1. For our first class session, please review in detail The Constitution  (pages xxv - xli in the front of the casebook) and pages 1 - 9 of the casebook.
  2. Be prepared to sign the seating chart.
  3. Be prepared to dig into a fascinating and challenging subject.

Jurisdiction (Sward)
Read pages 75-89 in the casebook.

LGBTQ Seminar (Brown)

Land Transactions (Peck)
The syllabus is now available as a course document on Blackboard. The first week, I'll generally be lecturing on the material shown in the syllabus under Introduction — real estate finance and land descriptions. For Wednesday, please read the material through Real Estate Finance, both in the casebook and the supplement.

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Leben)
The assigned reading for the first day will be pp. 1-38 and 69-75.

Local Government Law (McKenzie)
For the first day of class, Jan. 20, 2015, read pages 1-8 in Baker and Gillette “Local Government Law” (4th ed.). Please sign up for the course TWEN page, where
you will find the course syllabus. I will see you Tuesday at 9:15 in Room 109 for the beginning of a great semester!

Media Law Clinic (Kautsch)
Visit the TWEN site for the Media Law Clinic, where the assignment for the first clinic meeting is posted under “Course Materials.”

Pretrial Advocacy (Valdez)
Required materials:

  • “Pretrial,” by Thomas A. Mauet, published by Aspen Publishers
  • “Pretrial Advocacy Case File” (I will distribute in class)

Please read Chapter 1 and 2 of “Pretrial.” 

Professional Responsibility (Valdez)
Required materials:

  • “Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law” by Zitrin, Langford and Cole (4th ed.)
  • “Legal Ethics: Rules and Comparisons" (2014 ed.)

Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 (“Initial Reflections on Ethics, Morality, and Justice in the Adversary System”) of the case book.    

Public Health Law (Williams)
Please read Chapter 1, p. 1-42, "A Theory and Definition of Public Health Law" in Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint,

Remedies (Hines)
For class Wednesday, January 21, please read pages 1-15 in the Remedies casebook by Douglas Laycock.

Real Estate Transactions (Hickey)
Please watch for an email from the instructor telling you to review the syllabus and other materials on Blackboard.

Sovereignty, Self-Determination and Indigenous Nations (Kronk Warner)
“Sovereignty, Self-Determination and Indigenous Nations” is:

  • David Matheson, Tribal Sovereignty:  Preserving Our Way of Life, 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 15 (2002)
  • Angela Riley, (Tribal) Sovereignty and Illiberalism, 95 Cal. L. Rev. 799, 821-835 (Historical and Legal Foundations of Tribal Sovereignty) (2007)
  • Definition of Sovereignty, available at: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sovereignty

Special Topics: Balancing Security and Liberty in Europe (Yenisey)
Read the first 14 pages of the course materials (available at the Burge Union), download the Klass-Germany case of ECHR and prepare for the class on Tuesday.

State and Religion (Davis)
1:35 on January 26. Please read pp. 1-28 and 46-51 in the textbook.

Taxation of Business Enterprises (Dickinson)
For the first day of class, Tuesday, January 20, please do the following:

  1. Read the course description at the beginning of the Xeroxed materials.
  2. Study Assignments 1, 1A, and 1B as described in the syllabus that is included in the Xeroxed materials. Solve Problems 1A and 1B.

Topics in Family Law (Peck)
I have put the syllabus in the Course Documents on Blackboard. Please read it soon to see how the class sessions will be conducted. We'll discuss these at the beginning of the first day, next Thursday. 

For the first week, please read the materials shown in the syllabus through "I.D. Protection of Fathers." We may get as far as page 46 of the supplement by the end of class on Friday. Group A (see syllabus) should be ready on Thursday and Group B on Friday. 

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