Initial Assignments



  • Winter 2015 Intersession
  • Spring 2015 Entering Students







Listed below are the initial assignments that need to be completed prior to your first class session. Please review your schedule and complete the assignments for your assigned classes.




Alternative Dispute Resolution


Professor Brown

Register for this course on TWEN.  Required articles will be posted on the TWEN course website entitled "ADR in the Criminal Context," under Course Materials in a PDF format. 


Read The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Zehr), 2002, Good Books.


Read pp. 13-78 in A Human Being Died That Night (Gobodo-Madikizela), 2003, Houghton Mifflin Company.


Read pp. 1-66 and 142-161 in Country of My Scull:  Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa (Krog), 2000, Three Rivers Press.


Read excerpts from Settling Accounts by Diane Orentlicher, 100 Yale L.J. 2537-2558 (up to “Post-Nuremberg Developments”) and 2582 (from Customary Law: Disappearances, Extra-Legal Executions and Torture”)- 2585 (up to Customary Law-Crimes Against Humanity)


Read Extraordinary Evil, Ordinary Crime: A Framework for Understanding Transitional Justice, 5 Human Rights Journal 39


Read pp. 9-33 in Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence


Watch the movie A Long Night’s Journey into Day available for rent or purchase on 


California Legal Research


Professor Templo

Sign up for this course on TWEN. In the Course Materials folder, access the CALI link provided and complete the exercise before the first day of class.


Comics & the Law


Professor Schwabach

Sign up for this course on TWEN.


Read the following cases.  It's quite a bit of reading, but we'll be spending three hours going over it.  All of these cases will be posted as Westlaw links on the TWEN page (except Deckmyn, for which I'll just post the full text):

  • 17 USC sec. 102
  • 17 USC sec. 106
  • 17 USC sec. 107
  • Detective Comics, Inc. v. Fox Publications, Inc., 46 F.Supp. 872 (S.D.N.Y., 1942)
  • Burroughs v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 519 F. Supp. 388 (S.D.N.Y. 1981)
  • Walt Disney Prods. v. Air Pirates, 581 F.2d 751 (9th Cir. 1978)
  • Gaiman v. McFarlane, 360 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. 2004) 
  • Warner Bros., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., 720 F.2d 231 (2d Cir. 1983)
  • Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 U.S. 569 (1994) 
  • Deckmyn v. Vandersteen, C‑201/13 (3 Sept. 2014)


Intensive Negotiation Workshop


Professor Harbaugh

There is no “traditional” initial assignment for this class.  On January 5, 2015 you will receive an email with instructions and a brief survey to be completed.  The class will be divided into 2 groups, each group receiving a different email.  Please DO NOT discuss the survey with other students in advance of class.  You must complete and return this survey before attending class on January 9, 2015.


Introduction to Mediation


Professor Cobalt

Read the Initial chapters titled “Overview” and “The Process” in the required book, The Mediator's Handbook: Revised and Expanded Fourth Edition (Beer), 2012, Edition, New Society.


Write a thoughtful written response answering ALL of the following questions:


1. Describe a conflict in which you personally have been involved.  Why did the conflict occur? 

2. In what ways did the conflict impact you emotionally?

3. If the conflict was resolved, how did it get resolved?  What was helpful in getting it resolved? 

4. If it was not resolved, why not?  What would you have wanted from the other person?  What do you think the other person would have wanted from you? 

5. Why did you go to law school?  How has your law school experience met (or not met) your expectations for attending?


Oral Argument of Criminal Motions


Professor Kennedy

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Listed below are the initial assignments that need to be completed prior to your first class session. Please review your schedule and complete the assignments for your assigned classes.




Civil Procedure I


Prof. Cromer Young



Sign up for this course on TWEN.


Sign up for this course on


Civil Procedure I


Prof. Slomanson



Navigate Course Website at <> & Watch Video on “Videos” (Course Website, click Videos).


Contracts I


Prof. Golden



Read the short week 1 course introduction Handout that can be found in the “Course Materials” section of the Docket ( for this course.  You will receive instructions on how to access the docket during your week 1 orientation.  This short course introduction should be read first.


Read pp. 31-48 (Ch.1, §3(A)) in Contracts: Cases and Materials (Farnsworth), 8th Edition.


Read Restatement 2nd of Contracts: §§1, 71-74, 79, 81and Uniform Commercial Code: pp. 263-264 (“Compiler’s Note”), §§1-103, 1-201(b)(3) & (12), 1-304, 2-102, 2-103(1); 2-105(1) and 2-106 in the required supplement, Selections for Contracts (Farnsworth), 2013.


NOTE: Readings from the Restatement 2nd of Contracts and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) are in the required supplement, Selections for Contracts.  The 2013 edition of this supplement contains two versions of Article 1 of the UCC.  For purposes of this initial assignment all readings from Article 1 are from the "2001" version (pp. 265-282).


Contracts I


Prof. Greene



Read Ray v. Eurice Brothers, p. 33, in Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials (Knapp), 7th Edition, Aspen.


Read restatement sections 17 and 22 in Rules of Contract Law 2012-2013 Statutory Supplement (Knapp), 2012, Aspen.


Lawyering Skills


Prof. Harkins



No Initial Assignment

Lawyering Skills


Prof. TBA



No Initial Assignment

Legal Writing I


Prof. Day



Register for this course on TWEN (you will learn about TWEN and WestLaw, and receive your login and password during your orientation).


Read pp. 3-22 and 43-50 in A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method (Dernbach), 5th Edition, Aspen.


Read pp. 5 and 131 – 142 in The Process of Legal Research (Kunz), 8th Edition, Aspen.


Legal Writing I


Prof. Slattery



In preparation for our first class, you should complete and be prepared to discuss items A, B, C, D, and E, below.  Please be sure to register for the correct section of Legal Writing I on TWEN (you’ll see my name next to the course title), as you will use the assignment sheet posted in the “Assignment Drop Box” folder for “Class 1” to turn in the assignments described in item C, below.  Note also that the assignments and responses to questions listed under C and D, below, are due by 11:59pm the night before our first class (so I can review them and prepare accordingly).

(A) Read Suzanne E. Rowe, Legal Research, Legal Writing and Legal Analysis, and Lawrence M. Friedman, Law in America [excerpt] in the Legal Writing I Workbook (pages 217-end).

(B) Read pages 1-14 (Introduction & Case Briefing) in the Legal Writing I Workbook.

(C) Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in A Practical Guide to Legal Writing & Legal Method (Dernbach).  You should work through all of the relevant exercises in Dernbach, but you will turn in only two exercises: Exercise 1-B (parts 1 & 2) and Exercise 3-A (Toad v. Ulrich case brief, using the case briefing method described in Chapter 3). 

SPECIAL NOTES for PART C: for Part 2 of Exercise 1-B, above, the goal is to create ONE rule that brings together each of the reasons you gave for your conclusions in Part 1 a-d.  In doing so, note the question you answered for each question in Part 1, namely, whether someone has a valid defense.  When turning to Part 2, carry that mindset forward, and try wording your rule like a definition for what a valid defense is or is not, incorporating specific details (e.g., “A person has a valid defense when _____________, _____________, or ____________, unless ____________”; or “It is not a valid defense when _____________, _____________, or ____________, unless ____________.”).  In doing so, you may find yourself revising your answers to Part 1, which is perfectly fine.

Please be sure to type your answers directly into the assignment sheet posted in the Class 1 assignment dropbox on TWEN, and limit yourself to one page for each exercise.  Please use full sentences and paragraphs, not bullet-points; I use these assignments to assess your ability to follow directions, assess your current reasoning skills, and to get a sense of your basic writing ability.  Please spend no more than 60 minutes on each assignment.

(D) Read the entire course syllabus before our first class (an electronic version will be posted on TWEN).

(E) Point your web browser to, click on “Enroll” and answer the warmup and questionnaire questions you’ll find posted there.


Torts I


Prof. Delman



Read the material and cases in the following order:  pp. 1-4, 5-6 (Weaver v. Ward), 4-5 (The Case of Thorns), 7-10 (Brown v. Kendall), 10-13 (Cohen v. Petty), 13-16 (Spano v. Perini), 17-20 (Garrat v. Dailey), 25-27 (McGuire v. Almy), and 24-25 (Ranson v. Kitner)  in Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials (Schwartz), 12th Edition, Foundation.


Read pp. 3-6 in Understanding Torts (Diamond), 4th Edition, LexisNexis.


Read pp. 3-5 in The Law of Torts: Examples and Explanations (Glannon), 4th Edition, Aspen.