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Spring 2017

Advanced International Trade Law (Bhala)


  1. Review Syllabus (available on law school tables outside the Dean's office by student hanging files) 
  2. Review Dumping reading from fall semester: International Trade Law, Volume II: Chapters 51-57, 70 
  3. New Dumping reading: International Trade Law, Volume II: Chapter 58 


  1. Review optional Dumping reading from fall semester: Modern GATT Law, Volume II:Chapters 65-69
  2. Optional new Dumping reading: Modern GATT Law, Volume II:Chapters 70-73

Advanced Legal Research (Steadham)

For Thursday, January 19:

  • Students should purchase the online, interactive textbook "TeachingLaw.com: Legal Research & Writing" (go to https://teachinglaw.com/ and click “Add to cart”). If you have questions or difficulty purchasing, contact csteadham@ku.edu or TeachingLaw.com@gmail.com.
  • From the TeachingLaw.com home page Main Menu, select the “Research Sources” category and read the first section titled “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.

Advanced Litigation (Schug)

Required text: Charles Rose III, Mastering Trial Advocacy (First Edition, West Academic Publishing)

For court session: Please read Chapter 1.

For class session (1/20): Please read pp. 40-46, 109-134.

Banking Law (Kalahurka)

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

Students are expected to read pages 1-38 of the main text prior to the first day of class. Optional background material: See the 2015 movie, “The Big Short”

Business Associations II (Hecker)

Business Associations I Epilogue
Business Associations II Prologue

  1. Allocations of Powers Between Shareholders and Directors: Statutory Nuances and Case Law
    1. General Rule: Director Primacy

      Casebook pp. 272-273 (Manice v. Powell), 282 (Note on the Business Judgment Rule)
    2. Exceptions: Activist Shareholder Inroads
      Supp. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 §14(a)(1)
      Supp. SEC Rule 14a-8(a), (b)(1), (i)(1), (2), (7), (8)
      DGCL §§ 102(b)(1), 109, 141(a), 242(b)(1)
      Casebook pp. 242-243 (Sec. D: Short Slates), 282 (from Sec. C: The Role of Bylaws)-291, 372-373 (Sec. C: Shareholder Access to the Nominating Process)
      Supp. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 §14(a)(2)
      DGCL §§ 112, 113

      Casebook pp. 240-242 (Sec. C: Plurality Voting)
      DGCL § 216(iii)
      Casebook pp. 234-236 (Sec. A: Staggered Boards)
      DGCL § 141(d)
    3. Board Overreaching: Equitable Limitations

      Casebook pp. 273 (from Schnell)-275 (through Berle & Means ), 332-334 (Note on the Role of Takeovers)
      DGCL §§ 109, 141(a), (d), (i), (k)(i), 211(d), 223(a), 228, 242(b)(1)
      Casebook pp. 275-282 (Blasius Industries; Note on Further Proceedings)
  2. Cumulative Voting

    Casebook pp. 236-240 (Sec. B: Cumulative Voting)
    DGCL § 214

Business Planning Seminar (Hoy)

Readings: Chapters I and II & Problem I of Business Planning by Gevurtz.

Capital Punishment (Cateforis)

Please read pages 3-31 in the textbook and read a few articles on Dylan Roof, his trial, and sentencing.

See you all Tuesday.

Civil Rights Actions (McAllister)

Tuesday, Jan. 17, Room 203. Please read the following (all are posted on Blackboard, as will be true of all of the materials for this course):

  1. The statutes (sections 1983 and 1988)
  2. Monroe v. Pape
  3. The Eleventh Amendment outlines
  4. Ex parte Young

You also may want to review the syllabus posted on Blackboard, but I will hand out paper copies in class.

Be prepared to sign the seating chart.

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Ware)

Read pages xxxi-xxxvii, 3-4 of Lynn M. LoPucki, et al., Secured Transactions: A Systems Approach (8th ed., 2016).

Complex Litigation (Hines)

For Wednesday, January 18, please read pages 35-41 in Linda Mullenix, Mass Tort Litigation (3rd ed).

Comprehensive Civil Mediation (Morse)

Before the first class, read: Riskin, Chapter 1 Overview of Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management, pp. 1-42, pp. 301-327 (Focus on the facilitative/evaluative distinction; don’t get caught up in the details of the graphs), and pp. 328-341.

Copyright Law and Digital Works (Kautsch)

The initial assignment is available on TWEN (The West Education Network).  If you visit TWEN and add Law 888, you should have access to the TWEN site for the course and then to the initial Course Materials, the Syllabus and selected provisions of U.S. Copyright law.

Contract Drafting (Sears)

Class 1: January 18, 2017. Text: Translating the Business Deal into Contract Concepts. These chapters provide the framework for the course. You will learn the analytic skills that deal lawyers use when drafting and the basic contract concepts from a deal lawyer’s perspective.

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.

Drafting Assignment: None

Corporate Finance (Harper Ho)

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 2012), 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); OPTIONAL: SEC’s Guide to Financial Statements. 

Deals (Hecker, Harper Ho)

The required text for this course is Stacey Bowers, CORPORATE DRAFTING: A PRACTICAL APPROACH (West 2015) (“Bowers”). Additional required materials for this course (“Supplemental Materials”) will be posted electronically via Blackboard. Please be sure to access the course’s Blackboard page regularly.  The course syllabus will be provided to you the first day of class and will be available on Blackboard by the end of the week (1/13/17).

Assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 17:

Bowers text: Ch. 2 (Facts); App. A (Dramatis Personae); Ch. 3 (Attorney-Client Engagement Letter). Your assignment is to read these chapters but you are not required to complete any assignments – the assignment in Ch. 3 will be discussed in class.

Supplemental materials (available on the course Blackboard site): Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6-1.10, 1.13; Richard E. Climan et al., "Negotiating the Acquisition of a Privately-Held Business: Some Basic Issues and Principles," ABA 20th Annual Nat'l Inst. On Negotiating Bus. Acquisitions, 2015, Sec. A (previously assigned in Due Diligence); “Time & Responsibility Schedule,” in ABA Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions, The M&A Process: A Practical Guide for the Business Lawyer (2005 ed.), pp. 59-61; annotated form engagement letter (Polsinelli).

Employment Discrimination (Schroeder)

For the first day of class, please read Hishon v. King & Spalding (p. 190) in the casebook, and the notes following the case. For those who want to plan ahead, the second assignment will include two cases that are not in the casebook, Texas Dept. of Community Affairs v. Burdine and Hazen Paper Co. v. Biggins. You can find copies of those cases on top of the filing cabinet outside my office, Room 309D.

Employment Law (Schroeder)

For the first day of class, find the 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 two coursepacks from the Union bookstore (one set of statutes, one set of regulations).

Environmental Law Seminar: Climate Change Law & Policy (Outka)

For Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3:45 - 5:10 p.m.:

  1. Please read the following in the primary textbook:
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1:
      1. Introduction - pp. 1-3, n. 1 and n. 3
      2. Causes of Climate Change – section A, pp. 6-7 (no notes); section B, pp. 10, n. 1 and n. 2 ; and section C, p. 12 opening paragraph, skim the rest, n. 1 on p. 15
  2. Please watch the short video summary (11:48 min) of the IPCC report, "Climate Change 2014: Climate Change Mitigation." Prepare to discuss at least two observations/insights/impressions/questions based on the summary.

Family Law (DeRousse)

Required Materials: Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi Cahn, Catherine J. Ross,  David Meyer, and Linda C. McClain, Contemporary Family Law – Doctrine, Policy and Practice in the 21st Century (West, 4th ed. 2015).

For our first class on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, please read:

  • Summary of Contents pp. xvii-xix
  • Chapter 1 – Marriage, Family, and Privacy in Contemporary America – pp. 1-13 (stop before section B) and “The Status and Conditions of Family Law Practice,” pp. 57-64.

Please be prepared to sign the seating chart on the first day of class. The syllabus and additional materials, including a casebook supplement, will be posted on Blackboard by the end of the day on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Insurance Law (All)

Please read pages 1-14 of the Abraham text.

Introduction to Constitutional Law (McAllister)

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9:15 - 10:10 a.m., Room 203. 

  1. Please read in detail Chapter 1 (pages 3-23), which includes the Constitution and some historical background.
  2. I will post the syllabus on Blackboard.
  3. Be prepared to sign the seating chart.
  4. Be prepared for a fascinating and challenging subject.  

Higher Education and the Law (Landsberg)

First-day reading: Areen and Lake, 2d ed, Higher Education and the Law, pages 6-8, 78-81, 1067-73, 1023-28, 1055-66, and 1145-52 (Appendix B)​.

Introduction to Constitutional Law (Levy)

For the first day of class (Tuesday, January 17, 2017), please familiarize yourself with the site, read the Course Information Memorandum and the Syllabus, and prepare pp. 1-6 in Unit 1 of the materials. On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, we will cover pp. 6-22 in Unit 1.

Lawyering Skills II

The first-day assignment is posted on Blackboard.

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Leben)

Read pp. 1-38, 69-75. Pages 1-38 are to give you background on the legislative process related to our first few cases (interpreting the Civil Rights Act of 1964); you won't be expected to keep track of all the legislative-history details.

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); and
  • DGCL §§ 102(a)(4), 141(a), 161, 242(a)(3), (b)(1), 251(a)-(c), 259, 262(a)-(c), (h), (i), 271(a), 272, 275.

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

Oil & Gas (DeLaTorre)
On the first day of class, we will cover pp. 56-61 and pp. 97-107 of the casebook (Lowe, Anderson, et al., 6th ed.). Please be ready to sign the seating chart on the first day of class.

Pretrial Advocacy (Valdez)

Required materials:

  • “Pretrial” by Thomas A. Mauet, published by Aspen Publishers (6th, 7th or 8th ed.)
  • “Pretrial Advocacy Case File” (I will distribute via Blackboard)

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.
  • Model Rules of Professional Conduct Book, or can be found on the American Bar Association website at: http://www.americanbar.org

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

Property (DeLaTorre) 

On the first day of class, we will cover pp. 103-113 of the casebook (Cribbet, Findley, et al., 9th ed.). Please be ready to sign the seating chart on the first day of class.​

Property (Outka)

For Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1:35 - 2:30 p.m.:

  1. Please read thoughtfully and prepare to discuss: Pages 1-8 of Chapter 1, The Concept of Property, in our core textbook Sprankling & Colletta, Property: A Contemporary Approach (3d ed. 2015).
  2. Please print, read thoughtfully, and bring to class “The Moral Complexity of Private Ownership,” at pages 6-11 in Freyfogle & Karkkainen, The Institution of Private Ownership: Introductory Essays (2013) (available free for download).

I recommend as optional reading “The Labor Theory and Its Curious Path,” at pages 2-5.

Real Estate Finance (Hickey)

Please check Blackboard for the first-day assignment.

Remedies (Hines)

For Wednesday, January 18, please read pages 1-7 in Douglas Laycock, Modern American Remedies (Concise 4th ed.)

Representing Nonprofit Organizations (Hopkins)

The syllabus is available on the syllabus table outside Room 203. Bring a binder to class to hold the handout materials.

Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Indigenous Nations (Kronk Warner)

  • David Matheson, Tribal Sovereignty:  Preserving Our Way of Life, 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 15 (2002) (skim)
  • 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

Taxation of Business Enterprises (Mazza & Dickinson)

We’ll spend the first day of class next Tuesday reviewing some basic concepts from Federal Income Taxation that will be important to your understanding of corporate and partnership taxation. We’ll plan to complete to complete on Tuesday the entire assignment I attached to Friday's email.

The following day, Professor Dickinson will start the material on corporate tax. Professor Dickinson’s course materials are available for purchase at the KU Bookstore. You can pick up a copy of those on Tuesday. Professor Dickinson will join us the first day and explain Wednesday’s assignment to you during class.

We’ll also spend a little time talking about the structure of the course. In short, Professor Dickinson will spend the first half of the semester covering corporate tax. You’ll complete a mid-term exam that will factor into your final grade for the course. I’ll teach the second half of the course, focusing on S corporations and partnerships, and give you a final exam. My final exam will be limited to concepts discussed during the second half of the course.

Trusts & Estates (DeLaTorre)
On the first day of class, we will cover pp. 41-50 of the casebook (Dukeminier and Sitkoff, 9th ed.). Please be ready to sign the seating chart on the first day of class.

Writing for Law Practice (Keller)

The first-day assignment is posted on Blackboard.


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