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Spring 2021


Advanced International Trade Law (Bhala)

For both 25 and 26 January:
(1) Review Syllabus (distributed via email)
(2) Read:
International Trade Law Textbook (5th edition, 2019),
Volume III, Chapters 1-9


Advanced Legal Research

For Wednesday, January 27:

Students should purchase the online, interactive textbook TeachingLaw.com: Legal Research & Writing (go to https://teachinglaw.com/ and click on “Add this book to my shopping cart”). If you have questions or difficulty purchasing, contact csteadham@ku.edu or TeachingLaw.com@gmail.com.

From the TeachingLaw.com: Legal Research & Writing homepage, select the “Research Sources” category and read the first section entitled “Introduction to Legal Research” (including the following subsections: 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). Our first class meeting will include discussion of the assigned readings and an overview of the course syllabus.


Bankruptcy (Sypher)

Casebook 1-19 problems 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3


Comparative Law (Head)

Comparative law. Students enrolled in the course should have received information about the first week of classes from Mr. Head. If not, please contact him at jhead@ku.edu. Discussions in the first few class sessions will revolve around the material in Chapter 1 of Great Legal Traditions, the text for the course.


Contract Drafting (Sears)

Class 1 - January 27, 2021

Reading Assignment from Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do (2nd ed. 2014) by Tina L. Stark

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.

Submit time sheet as described in Syllabus by 10:00 a.m. on January 26, 2021.


Corporate Finance (Harper Ho)

Our casebook is Carney, William J., Corporate Finance: Principles and Practice (Foundation Press, 3d. ed. 2014). There is a 4th ed. of the casebook, but we are NOT using that version – the 3d ed. should be cheaper as well. We will also be using Top Hat Pro (www.tophat.com) for attendance and class participation. Please register using the email you will receive and also consult the instructions on Blackboard (Course Materials – Getting Started) about Top Hat. The syllabus and all course materials for the first 2 weeks are available on Blackboard.

The assignment for Tue. Jan. 26 is: Carney pp. 1-10 (skip Quick Check 2.1 on p. 10); Blackboard E-Supplement: Robert J. Rhee, “Introduction,” in Essential Concepts of Business for Lawyers (Wolters-Kluwer 2016), pp. 1-2; Excerpts from Brealey, Myers & Allen ("BMA"), pp. 2-5, 8-10, 721 (located in the folder for today's class on Bb); SKIM: SEC Guide to Financial Statements.

Because this semester’s course is scheduled for 2 1.5 hr. sessions rather than 3 55 min. sessions, I recommend you also read the assignment for Session 2 as well, since we will begin it on Tue. and finish on Thurs. – the same is true for later weeks (i.e. read 2 assignments for Tue. and 1 new one for Thurs.).

Financial Statement: The Balance Sheet. Carney pp. 11-18, Quick Check 2.1 on p. 10E-Supp: John Lawyer Balance Sheet question; Robert J. Rhee, “T-Accounts,” in Essential Concepts of Business for Lawyers (Wolters-Kluwer 2016), pp. 107-110; OPTIONAL: William D. Duhnke III, “Testimony by PCAOB Chairman William D. Duhnke before the House Committee on Financial Services,” HLSCG, Jan. 17, 2020; begin Alphabet Quarterly Report exercise.


Deals (Harper Ho)

  • Read Bowers Ch. 2 (Facts); Ch. 3 (Attorney-Client Engagement Letter).
  • E-Supp.: "M&A - 2019," HLSCG Jan. 15, 2019; Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6-1.10, 1.13; SKIM: Richard E. Climan et al., "Negotiating the Acquisition of a Privately-Held Business: Some Basic Issues and Principles," ABA 24th Annual Nat'l Inst. On Negotiating Bus. Acquisitions, 2019, Sec. A; Annotated form engagement letter (Polsinelli); App. A Bowers Modifications (Dramatis Personae)

Assigned Textbook: Stacey Bowers, Corporate Drafting: A Practical Approach (West 2015) (“Bowers”).

Supplemental Materials (“E-Supp.”): Additional required materials for this course will be posted electronically via Blackboard. Please be sure to access the course’s Blackboard page regularly.

NOTE: A makeup class is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29 3:35 p.m. via Zoom. All sessions meet synchronously on Zoom.


Elder Law Field Placement Program (Harp)

Class topic: Ethical issues in representing seniors
Reading: Elder Law, Chapter 2 (The problems/Hypotheticals are not assigned.)


Employment Law (Rosenberg)

For the first classes, please read the items listed at III. A. 1 & 2 on the syllabus. "Crain" refers to Work Law, our textbook. Supplemental readings are posted on Blackboard on the Supplemental Readings tab.

-Readings on English labor acts following the Black Death (Blackboard)

-Crain, 6-31, 42-45

-Crain, 47, 57-80

-Lemmerman v. A.T. Williams Oil Co. (Blackboard)

-Donovan v. DialAmerica Marketing (Blackboard)

-Supplemental reading from N.Y. Times on Cal. Prop 22 (Blackboard)


Extended Bar Preparation (Jewell)

Make a list of any concerns you may have about the bar exam at this point. Consider any demands you expect to have on your time between graduation and the bar exam (e.g. moving, travel, work, family commitments, etc.) and list them. Be prepared to discuss these concerns and demands in class.


First Amendment Advocacy (Kautsch)

See Blackboard for assignment


Global Data Protection Law (Fey)

Assignment and Reading/Viewing for January 25, 2021 Global Data Protection Law Class

Hello, everyone.  I hope all of you are having a great break.  I am really looking forward to meeting and getting to know each of you this semester.  My goal is for this to be a very interesting class for all of you regardless of whether you are interested in pursuing a privacy law career or just want to learn more about what corporations, nations, etc. are doing with your data.  Please come to the first class, and every class thereafter, ready to actively participate in our discussions.  Here is the assignment and reading/viewing I would like you to complete in preparation for our first class.  My primary goal for this first class is to get all of you thinking more about the importance of data protection and privacy. 

Readings/Viewing:

“The Rapid Evolution of Data Protection Laws” from The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2019  (Chapter 1 only (pp. 1-4)).
Ian Bogost, “Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism.” The Atlantic.  23 August 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/08/the-age-of-privac...
Liz Mineo, “When It Comes to Internet Privacy Be Very Afraid Analyst Suggests.” Harvard Gazette, 24 August 2017. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/08/when-it-comes-to-internet...
Shoshana Zuboff, “Surveillance Capitalism.”  VPRO.  YouTube, 20 December 2019.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIXhnWUmMvw 

First-day Assignment:

Project to Complete before First Class

  • Pick two companies that have collected data from or concerning you (ideally, two companies whose approaches to data collection, usage, transfer and privacy would be interesting to compare and contrast), and request each of those companies to provide you with your personal data that is held by the company.  Companies should provide instructions for downloading or requesting your data.  Please be aware that some companies make this easier than others.   Confirm that you can get a download of your data from each company in time for the first class (or pick different companies). 
  • Our class discussion will be more interesting if there are a variety of different companies chosen.  When you request your data from each company, consider whether you are amenable to providing any additional data the company requests in order to get your data.  If not, pick a different company. 
  • Consider (but don’t feel limited to) the following companies.  Please consider options that are not likely to be chosen by others.  That will make for a more interesting discussion.
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Snapchat
    • What’s App
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Ring
    • Google
    • Nest
    • YouTube
    • LinkedIn
    • Amazon
    • Microsoft  (X-Box or other gaming platforms)
    • Tinder
    • Apple
    • Spotify
    • 23&Me
    • Ancestry.com
    • FitBit
    • Pinterest
    • BuzzFeed
    • Indeed.com
    • Tumblr
    • Acxiom
    • Epsilon Data Management
  • Review the data that has been collected by each of the companies about you and each of the companies’ privacy policies.
  • Come to class prepared to discuss and to compare and contrast:
    • The types of personal data each company has concerning you;
    • Each company’s data collection, usage and transfer practices, and each company’s privacy practices (including its data sharing practices);
    • The ease or difficulty of obtaining access to your personal data from each company;
    • What surprised you most (or that you think would most surprise others) about each company’s data collection and privacy practices;
    • Your opinions on each company’s data collection and privacy practices (including its data sharing practices); and
    • Your views on rights that data subjects (like you) should have.

On or before Saturday, 1/23, at noon, I would like each of you to email me a document with three paragraphs: (1) In the first paragraph, you should set forth key things you learned from this project concerning how each of the corporations you selected use and share personal data; (2) In the second paragraph, you should discuss the three things that most surprised you about the personal data practices of the companies you selected (or, if nothing surprised you, three things you think are likely to surprise others); and (3)  In the third paragraph, you should address your views on whether and to what extent data protection and privacy is important for our society (and why you feel the way you do). Your work on this first project, along with your contributions in class concerning this first project, will be worth 10% of your grade in our class. Look forward to meeting all of you soon.  In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me at lfey@ku.edu with any questions. 


Healthcare Regulation (Collier)

Check Blackboard


Higher Education and the Law (Landsberg)

Textbook-Higher Education and the Law (2d ed), Areen and Lake, 2014 Foundation Press, read pages: 6-8, 78-81, 1067-73.


International Commerce and Investment (Head)

Students enrolled in the course should have received information about the first week of classes from Mr. Head.  If not, please contact him at jhead@ku.edu.  Discussions in the first few class sessions will revolve around the material in Chapter 1 of Global Business Law, the text for the course.


Islamic Law (Bhala)

For 25 January:

(1) Review Syllabus (distributed via email)

(2) Read:

Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a) (2nd edition, 2016)

Preface, 

Notes on Manuscript Preparation, 

Introduction: Ten Threshold Issues, 

and Chapters 1-3 


Lawyering Skills II (Keller) (Watts) (Six) (Rosenberg)

Will be posted on course Blackboard site


Mergers and Acquisitions

Introduction (January 28th)

Treatise Chapter


Moot Court Competition (Keller)

Will be posted on course Blackboard site.


Product Liability (Carpenter)

Assignment is posted on course Blackboard site


Real Estate Finance (Hickey)

Login to Blackboard. Read the announcement and follow the instructions contained therein.


Securities Regulation (Platt)

Read pages 1-22 of our casebook, STEPHEN J. CHOI & A.C. PRITCHARD, SECURITIES REGULATION: CASES AND ANALYSIS (5th ed.).


Taxation of Business Enterprises (Shipman/Mazza)

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

· Schwarz, Lathrope & Hellwig, Fundamentals of Business Enterprise Taxation: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2020)

· Current Code and Reg volume (2020-2021 ed.). Students who took Federal Income Tax in the fall will use the Code volume purchased for that course. Assignments and additional readings, which include the syllabus, will be distributed via Blackboard.

ASSIGNMENT FOR FIRST CLASS:

· Purchase the required materials from the bookstore.

· Download Part I of the Syllabus from Blackboard. [Part II of the Syllabus, covering S Corporations and Partnerships, will be posted later in the semester.]

· For the first day, after discussing administrative matters, we’ll complete Unit 1 and start Unit 2. Unit 1 gives an overview of the three basic models of entity taxation - the C corporation, the S corporation, and the partnership. Although we will spend some time in this unit discussing the relevant distinctions among the three models, we will wait until we have some base of knowledge concerning C corporations before we make specific comparisons. In Unit 2, we’ll talk about the requirements associated with section 351. We won’t get to any of the problems in Unit 2. Please read pages 505 – 520 and the Code sections assigned to that part of the unit. We won’t get to American Bantam Car until the next class period.


Torts (Peters)

Please read the syllabus and pages 1-9 in the casebook. Answer questions 1 and 2 on pages 6 and 7. Read over the remaining questions on pages 8 and 9.


Trusts and Estates (Drahozal)

For the first day of class, read pages 1-11, 22-27 in the Gallanis casebook.



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Questions?

Leah Terranova
Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
785-864-4357
​leaht@ku.edu

Vicki Palmer
Registrar
785-864-9211
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