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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 2014

ADVANCED LITIGATION (Prater)
Come to the first class.


ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW (Bhala)
(1) Required: "International Trade Law" textbook, Chapter 35; (2) Required: Review syllabus (a revised version will be handed out in class). Start thinking about paper topics; and (3) Optional: "Modern GATT Law" treatise, Chapters 70-73.


BANKING LAW (Thomas)
Required Text: Richard Scott Carnell, Jonathan R. Macey, Geoffrey P. Miller, "The Law of Financial Institutions,"(Aspen Publishers, 5th ed., 2013)

Students are expected to read pages 1-38 of the main text and the June 29, 1987 Congressional Research Service Report: Glass-Steagall Act: Commercial v. Investment Banking," by William D. 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.” The class syllabus can be found on TWEN as well under either the "Course Materials" section or the "Syllabus" section.


BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS II (Hecker)
For the first class, please reread or read Eisenberg & Cox pages 452-456 (Introduction to Close Corporations) and 235-239 (Cumulative Voting). Also study DGCL sections 141(b), 216, 341-346, 356 in connection with the introductory text and 141(k)(ii), 214 in connection with cumulative voting.


BUSINESS PLANNING SEMINAR (Hoy)
Readings: Chapters I and II & Problem I of "Business Planning," by Gevurtz.

Discussion Topics:

  1. Sources of business planning law and materials.
  2. The nature of business planning (i.e., desirability of objective legal guidelines; problem approach; perspective of legal advice and opinions).
  3. Ethical problems encountered in the planning process.
  4. Introduction to valuation.
  5. Client counseling and project orientation exercise.
  6. Choice of business entity and alternatives of proprietorship; partnership (limited and general); corporation (Sub-S, C and statutory close); limited liability company; limited liability partnership.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (Cateforis)
For the first day of class, please read Chapter 1 in the textbook, "Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty" (3rd ed.).


COMMERCIAL LAW: PAYMENT SYSTEMS (Drahozal)
For the first class, read and prepare to discuss pages 3-11 in the Mann casebook. I will hand out a syllabus in class.


CONSUMER LAW (Ware)
The first assignment is to read the preface, table of contents and pages 1-4 of the casebook, Michael Greenfield, "Consumer Transactions" (6th ed., 2013).


COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION (Delaney)
Syllabus is posted in Blackboard. First two readings: (1) Jan. 22: Overview of US labor history, Budd, Chapter 3, pp. 63-108; (2) Jan. 23: Contemporary role and perception of labor unions.


COMPLEX LITIGATION (Hines)
Read pages 2-20.


COMMERCIAL LAW: SECURED TRANSACTIONS (Gaughan)
Please read pages 1-29 of the text (Intro/Security Interests/Attachment) and corresponding statutory references. Please also review the syllabus, which has been posted to Blackboard.


CONSTRUCTION LAW AND LITIGATION (Burger)
Chapters 1 & 2.


CORPORATE FINANCE (Harper Ho)
Tuesday, Jan. 21: "Intro to Accounting & Financial Statements," Carney pp. 1-10 (skip Quick Check 2.1 on p. 9); Blackboard E-Supplement: Excerpt from Brealey, Myers & Allen ("BMA"), pp. 2-4 and 6-8 (located in the folder for today's class on Bb). NOTE: All supplemental course materials will be posted on the course Blackboard site, which should be accessible to students shortly, and also made available in the optional course pack.


DIGITAL PRIVACY RIGHTS IN OPEN SOCIETY (Kautsch)
Visit the TWEN (The West Educational Network) website, add the “Digital Privacy” course and see the readings posted in “Course Materials” for the first two classes.


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.


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


ENERGY LAW AND POLICY (Outka)
First day assignments will be emailed to students.


ESTATE PLANNING: PRACTICE (Dickinson)
Tuesday, Jan. 21: For the first day of class, please study the material in Assignments 1.1 through 2.3 as listed in the syllabus included in the Xeroxed course materials. (If there is time, we will begin Assignment 3.1, but this need not be studied in advance.)

At the first class, families and date sequences will be allotted among the firms. Prior to the first class, each firm should determine its preferences as to date sequence and family.


EVIDENCE (Prater)
Chapter 1.


FEDERAL TAX PROCEDURE (Mazza)
Chapter 1:  Introduction, Overview, Tax Compliance
Chapter Assignment: Chapter 1. Skim only sections 1.03, 1.05[B][2][b] (on “Signaling”), and 1.05[C].
Problem Assignment: 2, 3, 5, 6.
Code: None
Regs: None
Supplement: Skim only sections 1.02, 1.05[A][1], 1.05[A][2].   

During the second hour, we’ll start the material in Chapter 20 dealing with tax research. Read the material in Chapter 20 before class and review the problem. I expect you to research the problem and generate a tentative answer before class. I will bring the printed sources we'll need to formulate an answer to class and illustrate the process to you step-by-step. We'll also focus on other administrative and judicial sources of tax law, but will reserve for the next unit any in-depth discussion of these topics.

Please be considerate to other students when using the sources in the library. Re-shelve the source promptly and in its proper location.

Chapter 20: Tax Research
Chapter Assignment: Chapter 20
Problem Assignment: Problems 1A & B
Code: None (other than what you discover as you research the problem)
Regs: None (same as above)


HEALTHCARE FINANCING AND REGULATION (Stevens)
Casebook pgs 305-334 and Hurley v. Eddingfield, 59 N.E. 1058 (Ind. 1901). Please prepare a case outline of Hurley, including the relevant facts, procedural posture, issue, and holding.


HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE LAW (Landsberg)
Read pages 8-11, 62-64, 907-13, 868-75, 897-906, appendix B1-8, 466-68.


INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (Levy)
All assignments and materials for this course will be posted on the course Blackboard site. For the first day of class, read

  1. The Course Information memorandum
  2. The Overview and Syllabus
  3. ​Pages 1-8 in Unit 1 (posted under Course Materials)

IMMIGRATION LAW (Yuille)
Please print and complete the reading and exercises, entitled “Immigration Priorities,” posted on the Blackboard course website. The assignment will be available on Friday morning (1/17/14). Please email me at lyuille@ku.edu if you have trouble accessing the materials online.

A syllabus and the assignment for the week of Jan. 27 will be distributed during the first meeting.


INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (McAllister)
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Room 203

  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.

INSURANCE LAW (All)
Please read pages 1-15 of the Abraham text.


LAWYERING SKILLS II
The assignment for the first day of class is posted on the Lawyering Skills II Blackboard site on the “Assignments” tab.


LEGISLATION AND STATUTORY INTERPRETATION (Leben)
Wednesday, Jan. 22: pp. 1-47.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW (McKenzie)
Please sign up for the Local Government Law TWEN page. For the first class on Jan. 21, please read pages 1-8 in the casebook, Baker & Gillette, “Local Government Law: Cases and Materials" (4th ed.).


MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS (Hecker)
For the first day of class, please prepare the following material:

  • Carney pp. 46-50 (Sec. 1), 57-65 (Secs. 3-4), 1105-1110 (App. A , skim);
  • DGCL §§ 102(a)(4), 141(a), 161, 242(a)(3), (b)(1), 251(a)-(c), 259, 262(a)-(c), (h), (i), 272, 275; and
  • Photocopy pp. 1-3 (Diagrams of Merger, Asset Purchase, Stock Purchase).

At some point during the first few weeks, you should also read Carney pp. 2-44 (Chaps. 1 & 2) on your own.


NATIVE AMERICAN NATURAL RESOURCES (Kronk Warner)
Students should read the following: Royster, Blumm and Kronk, "Native American Natural Resources Law," 3-10 (3d. ed., Carolina Academic Press 2013).


PENSION & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW (Brous)
Jan.23: "Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions" (Chapter 14), Practice Book pp. 17-20, Stumpff 440-473, Pratt IRC 410(b)(6)(C).


PRETRIAL ADVOCACY (Valdez)
Required materials:

  • “Pretrial” by Thomas A. Mauet (Aspen Publishers)
  • “Pretrial Advocacy Case File” (distributed 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
  • “Legal Ethics: Rules and Comparisons, 2014 Ed.”

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


REAL ESTATE FINANCE (Hickey)
First-day assignments will be delivered by email and posted on the Blackboard site.


REMEDIES (Hines)
Read pages 1-7 in the casebook.


TAXATION OF BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (Dickinson)
Tuesday, Jan. 21: 
For the first day of class, please do the following: 1. Read the course description at the beginning of the Xeroxed materials; and 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 LAW AND PHILOSOPHY (Darby)
Please check your email for reading assignments.


TORTS I (Kautsch)
In Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s "Torts: Cases and Materials" (12th ed.): 1) Tuesday, Jan. 21: read pages 1-16 in Chapter I, Development of Liability Based Upon Fault; and 2) Wednesday, Jan. 22: pages 17-30, up to Section 2. Battery, in Chapter II. Intentional Interference With Person or Property.


TORTS I (Westerbeke)
Jan. 23, 9:15 a.m. and 11:25 a.m.: Prosser, Wade & Schwartz, "Torts Cases and Materials" (12th ed., 2010), pp. 1-24.


WORKERS' COMPENSATION (Westerbeke)
Jan. 22, 1:35 p.m.: Little, Eaton & Smith, "Workers’ Compensation Cases and Materials" (6th ed., 2010), pp. 1-20.

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