First-Day Assignments


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Fall 2023

Complete the short survey that will be emailed out.

For the first day of class, please (1) review the course Canvas site and read the Course Information Memorandum and the Course Syllabus, which are posted on the site; and (2) prepare Unit 1.1A-C in the textbook. Class discussion will focus on NBC v. United States.

1. Read the course syllabus (available on Canvas).
2.  Elhauge, Einer, US Antitrust Law and Economics, 4th edition 2022, pages 1-11, 53-58.

Read chapters I and II and Problem I of Business Planning by Gevurtz

For the first day, please read in the Yeazell, Schwartz and Carroll textbook pages 1-4; 205-208; 234-242, 245-248. 

For Wednesday, August 30th, please read pages 205-210 in Civil Procedure 
by Yeazell & Schwartz (11th ed.)

Read and Discuss Casebook 15–45
Read Supplement 1451 (§§ 526, 540)
Read Mo. Stat. §§ 407.567, 577, 579

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 day of class (both sessions on Monday, August 28), read and prepare to discuss pages 1-8 in the Burton & Drahozal casebook. In addition, find, read, and bring with you to class a contract of your choice.

The first Contracts assignment is casebook pages xix-xxi, 1-8.


Read the Syllabus thoroughly, print out a copy of it, and bring it to class on Monday, August 28th.

Read Ch. 1 (all), Ch. 2, pp. 11-20 (stop at C. Enforcement Schemes) from the course casebook (Ontiveros, Corrada, Selmi, Porter & McCormick, Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace West Academic: 10th ed., 2021)

Read excerpt posted on Canvas from Bradley A. Areheart, The Anticlassification Turn in Employment Discrimination Law, 63 Ala. L. Rev. 955 (2012) 

Watch  For Jobs and Freedom: A Black Nouveau Special (Milwaukee PBS Specials)

Please review syllabus (to be emailed).

Please read from Craig's Environmental Law in Context (5th ed.) the following:
Origins of Environmental Law
Common Law: the public trust doctrine (PTD): pp. 4–14

PTD and Constitutional Rights in Juliana: Juliana (skim pp. 34–48); Juliana appeal introduction (p. 49) and dissent (p. 56)

Common Law Torts: pp. 113–119; Private Nuisance Claims: pp. 720–723, nn. 1 & 4; Public Nuisance Claims: pp. 920–922, nn. 1–2

Indigenous Values and modern Rights of Nature approaches: pp. 14–15 n. 2; pp. 58–62; pp. 73–74 nn. 1–4

Environmental Law Seminar: Environmental Justice (Outka)

In Clifford Villa, et al., Environmental Justice: Law Policy and Regulation (3d), please read:

Ch. 1, pp. 3-7 (stop at Pathfinder);  pp. 9-18, notes 1 and 2; pp. 25-32, notes 1 and 4; p. 38

(the Preface, Forward, and rest of the chapter are encouraged, but not required)

Please read thoughtfully and come to class with at least two key responses/insights/points of interest to share in discussion.

Please register for the class TWEN site through your Westlaw account.  I will use it to list all assignments and course materials.

Please read the following for the first day of class:

Kevin Fox Gotham, Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2010, Chapter 1: “Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: An Introduction.”

Assignment for first two weeks (through 5 September)

Please pick up hard copy of the syllabus from tables near student hanging files in Green Hall

Please review syllabus

Please read - 

  1. 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Articles 31-32 (4 pages)
  2. Clark, Katharine & Matthew Connolly, A Guide to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying Statutes, The Writing Center, Georgetown University Law Center (April 2006-March 2018) (13-21 pages)
  3. GATT Article XX(a) (1 page)
  4. GATT Article VI and Interpretative Note, Ad Article VI (2 pages)
  5. Article 2 of the 1995 World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Antidumping (1 page)
  6. U.S. Antidumping Law, 19 U.S.C. Section 1673 (1 page)
  7. RYAN, Chapter 1 (Formalism), pages 1-18; Chapter 2 (Structuralism), pages 19-31; and Chapter 3 (Historical Criticism), pages 32-42
  8. RYAN, Chapter 8 (Ethnic, Post-Colonial, and Transnational Criticism), pages 1109-123
  9. Abbott-Snidal article on Hard and Soft Law in International Governance, pages 421-456
  10. GATT Articles XXXVI, XXXVII, and XXXVIII (6 pages)

Assignment for first two weeks (through 5 September)

Please pick up a hardcopy of the syllabus from tables near student hanging files in Green Hall

Please review syllabus

Please read -

International Trade Law: A Comprehensive Textbook,
Volume 1,
Preface, Introduction, and Chapters 1-12

Review the course syllabus;

Read Introduction to Skills Learning in Jurisdiction;

Read Pennoyer v. Neff ; and

As you read the case, complete the Case Reading Assignment.

Robin Walker Sterling, Fundamental Unfairness: In Re Gault and the Road Not Taken, 72 MD. L. Rev. 607 (2013) – pp. 615-33 “Juvenile Court – Origin” (posted on Canvas)

CB pp. 1-10

CB pp. 10-14 (Section C Rise of Juvenile Court; stop at Illinois Juv Court Act)

For the first day of class, please (1) review the course Canvas site and read the Course Information Memorandum and the Course Syllabus, which are posted on the site; and (2) prepare to discuss United States v. Pulsifer

Stone, The First  Amendment, pp. 376-401.

Read the syllabus and the following: Hall, P. D. (2006). A historical overview of philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations in the United States, 1600-2000. In: The nonprofit sector: A research handbook (2nd ed.). Eds. Powell, W.W., & Steinberg, R. New Haven: Yale University Press. 

Email the instructor with your response to the following questions and be prepared to discuss: Why are you taking this class? What do you hope to get out of it? [There are no right or wrong answers. Even saying “you are taking this class for credit” will suffice if that is why you are taking the class. There also is no requirement for length of the response. There is no grade for this submission.] 

Professor Najarian R. Peters
Preparation for Class One
August 24, 2023

You can find both articles on SSRN online.  Please be prepared to discuss in class

Anita Allen's An Ethical Duty To Protect One's Own Privacy Alabama Law Review (Law Review Article)

Daniel Solove's "Understanding Privacy" pgs. 1-8 (Intro to Solove's book, Understanding Privacy). 

For Wednesday, August 30th, please read pages 1-15 in the Modern American Remedies 
by Laycock and Hasen (Concise 5th edition)

The first Secured Transactions assignment is casebook pages xxxi-xxxvii, 3-4.

First day assignments are posted on Canvas.

pp. 1-18

Document 1 - pp. 111-120

Document 2  - pp. 121-124 

Professor Najarian R. Peters  
Preparation for Classes One  
August 28, 2023  

Prosser et al Torts Cases and Materials 14th 

Introduction pgs. 1-16 
Ryan v. Napier (referenced on pg. 6 with link below). 
Ryan v. Napier, 245 Ariz. 54, 425 P.3d 230 (2018)… (supplemental reading that may help with further understanding)
Note 1 pg. 5; Notes and Questions 1-4 pgs. 6-7;   
Notes and Questions 1-4 pg.10 
Notes and Questions 2-6 pgs. 15-16 

read Chapter 1 of the textbook prior to class #1.