First-Day Assignments


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Spring 2022

Assignments for spring 2022 are organized by class and faculty.

Assignment for 18 and 24 January:

Introduction to Course

Topic 1:
Antidumping Law:
Overview of Dumping,
Dumping Procedures, and
Dumping Margin Calculation

Review Syllabus

International Trade Law Textbook, Volume III, Chapters 1-9

Welcome to Advanced Litigation!  Your syllabus and assignments are posted on Canvas. For our first week, please complete the Self-Assessment and Goals worksheet on Canvas and submit it by 1/21 at 8:00 p.m. For our first class, please review the brief article posted on Canvas, and for class on 1/22, review the NITA video assigned in your syllabus.

First Day Assignment for Bankruptcy is:

Germain casebook sections 1.1 – 1.3.2 (skip problems 8-9), and App. A

Read syllabus on Canvas and casebook pages xxv-xxvi and 1-3.

Reading for the first week of class

Hello, All.

For the first week of class, please read Chapter 1 of the casebook and in Chapter 2, the first case, Furman v. Georgia.

The first chapter, as you will see, takes us through a lot of "big picture" issues - philosophical arguments for and against and a brief history of the American death penalty. But, the chapter first presents a specific case: - a 1980 crime out of California. We will use the case to explore social, philosophical, and legal issues.

If you are interested, there is a short (32 minute) documentary about Mr. Babbitt and his case called Last Day of Freedom. It is currently available to stream on

On Friday, we will start our discussion of the law governing the death penalty by focusing on two cases: McGautha v. California, in Chapter 1, and Furman v. Georgia.

I look forward to exploring this topic with you all.


For the first day of class, read pages 1-19 and prepare to discuss Problems 1.1 and 1.2 in the Drahozal casebook.

(Tuesday, January 18th; 9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.)

Room 106

  1.  Please read in detail Chapter 1 (pages 3-23), which includes the Constitution and some historical background.
  2.  I will provide paper copies of the syllabus in class and send out an electronic copy by email in advance.
  3.  I hope you will enjoy this fascinating and challenging subject.

Class 1.  January 20, 2022 

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. 

For the first assignments for Criminal Law, the information has been posted on the course Canvas page.

For the first assignments for Criminal Procedure, the information has been posted on the course Canvas page.

First day assignment: Lowenstein (6th edition), pages 29-31, 47-48 n. 5, and 52-56.

For the first day, make sure you have access to the course on Canvas. Read the Syllabus (on Canvas) and the readings listed at A.1. in the Syllabus (Crain, Work Law 3-31 and the supplemental readings posted on Canvas). For the rest of the first week, do the readings through A.2. in the Syllabus.

Thanks to those who have registered for Environmental Law (905) on TWEN.  If you have not done so, please register. There are links on there for interesting optional reading. Below are the assignments for class next week.

First Day Assignment:  
(1) Read TEXT (Farber) pages 1 – 25.  
(2) Register for the TWEN site for this class (go to and find this course in TWEN). It is available for registration now, and you do not need a password. 

(3) Email me with any questions about policies and materials.

First Week Assignment: Read TEXT, pages 1 – 46.

Please register for Environmental Law Seminar: Public Lands on TWEN.

Here is the assignment for the first week of class: 

(1) register on the TWEN class site. 

(2) read (skim) pages 1-44 in Coggins, Wilkinson, Leshy, and Fischman's Federal Public Land and Resources Law, 7th ed. 

(3) read this syllabus and policies document and send me any questions you have. 

Please bring your laptop computer to class as we will do some online searches to learn about legal research in the context of public land law. Please put your cell phone on airplane mode and stow it away. Reading assignments will be adjusted as time requires.

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. Go to and read the information there.

Family Law Readings and Assignments – First Day Assignments

CB = Casebook (Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi R. Cahn, Catherine J. Ross & Linda C. McLain, Contemporary Family Law, 5th Ed. (2019)

Module One: Introduction to this Course

Date: 1/18

Module Two: Marriage, Family and Privacy in Contemporary America

In this module, we will spend time developing an understanding of the constitutional underpinnings of family law and the evolution of the right to privacy. You should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the origin of the right to privacy as it relates to the family, be able to track the major cases scaffolding the right to “care, custody and control” of children and the connections between those cases and contemporary marital and reproductive privacy rights, and you should enjoy an emerging appreciation for the complexity of family law practice.

We will not devote significant time to reproductive rights, other than through their connection to the historical right to privacy in family decision-making. Especially given the recent cases pending in the U.S. Supreme Court, that body of law could form an entire course on its own and is handled in greater depth in constitutional law courses. For those interested in a deeper dive, throughout the semester I will highlight talks, commentary, and other opportunities to learn from experts in reproductive rights law.

Date: 1/19 

Jan. 18        Redish textbook 714–17; 172-93; Supp. 27-28
                U.S. Constitution Art. I, Cl. 9, § 2
                Magna Carta articles 38–40


Jan. 19        Redish textbook 1–19; U.S. Constitution; re-read Article III

First-day assignment:

  • Introduction to Course 
  • Review Syllabus 
  • Sign up for a free law student membership at and get familiar with the online resources 
  • Dig deep into your own migration story. Please approach this diligently and mindfully and come to the first class prepared to share at least three specific observations, concepts, and reflections, based on what you discovered. 
  • The syllabus is available on Canvas.

Meeting 1 Readings:

  • National Security Law: Principles and Policy (2015) by Geoffrey Corn, Jimmy Gurule, Eric Jensen, & Peter Margulies published by Wolter Kluwer, ISBN-13: 978-1454852742; ISBN-10: 1454852747. pp. 40-91, Overlapping Powers of Congress and the President through Chapter 3’s Conclusion. You may also use the 2019 Edition but may have to adjust your readings by referencing section titles instead of page numbers.
  • Authorization for the Use of Military Force [AUMF] (2001)  

Authorization for the Use of Military Force (.pdf)

  • Review the information on the Blackboard site, especially the Course Information and Syllabus (located under General Information)
  • Read Experiencing Constitutional Law (ECL), General Introduction and Chapter 1, Part A, pp. 1-13 (Available as a pdf in the "Class Sessions" content area in the folder labeled "The Constitutional Order")
  • Review the Constitution

Assignment for 18 and 25 January

Introduction: Then Threshold Issues

Part One: Origins

● Life and Times of the
   Prophet Muhammad
   (Peace Be Upon Him) (PBUH)
   570/571-632 A.D.

● Revelation, Themes, and
    Compilation of the Holy
    610-650 A.D.

Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a) Textbook

Notes on Manuscript Preparation,
Introduction: Ten Threshold Issues,
and Chapters 1-3

Review the course syllabus on Canvas; Read A Lawyer Writes Ch. 17 (electronic copy can be found in supplemental Materials #1 on Canvas); Review Client Advice Letter assignment on Canvas, Open Memo 2, and relevant Open 2 research.

No first-day assignment.

Welcome to Professional Responsibility. Please review the course syllabus on Canvas and read “The Anatomy of a Complaint” located on Canvas and is also available online (you can also just Google “Anatomy of a Complaint” and Kansas). During the first two weeks, you should also read Modules 1 and 2.

  1. Sprankling & Colletta, Property: A Contemporary Approach, pp. 1-7 for those with the 5th edition OR pp. 1-8 for those with the 4th edition (“The Concept of Property”)
  2. Supplemental Reading: Freyfogle & Karkkainen, The Institution of Private Ownership: Introductory Essays (2013) (available free for download from SSRN) – retrieve and read pp. 2-11, “Moral Complexity and the Common Good” (inclusive of “A. The Labor Theory and Its Curious Path” and “B. The Moral Complexity of Private Ownership”) 

Please read thoughtfully and come to the first class prepared to share at least two specific insights, reflections, or points of interest based on the reading.

Your assignment for the first class is to familiarize yourself with the Canvas page for our class, review the syllabus, and read the materials about Real Estate Economics.

Read syllabus on Canvas and casebook pages 1-16, 22-30, 36-38, and 43-46.

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