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LISTED BELOW ARE THE INITIAL ASSIGNMENTS FOR UPCOMING SEMESTERS.  AS YOU CONTINUE TO SCROLL DOWN YOU WILL FIND ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING SEMESTERS:

 

  • Fall 2015 Incoming Student Courses

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 INITIAL ASSIGNMENTS FOR FALL 2015 INCOMING 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.

 

Course

Assignment

Civil Procedure I
§103.1

Professor Rierson

This assignment will cover class on Tuesday, August 18, and Thursday, August 20.

 

Read Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action.  We will use the lawsuit described in this book to illustrate many of the procedural issues addressed in the course. 

 

Read pp. 3-36 (Introduction) and 39-88 (Subject Matter Jurisdiction - Diversity) in Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (Glannon), 2nd Edition, Aspen.

 

Civil Procedure I
§103.2

Professor Deo

Read Introduction: Freer 1-10, 15-18; Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 1.

 

Read Subject Matter Jurisdiction, Federal Question: Freer 177-180, 214-218 n.1, 222-230; 28 U.S.C. 1331, 1338; U.S. Constitution Art. III, Sec. 2.

 

Civil Procedure I
§103.3

Professor Cromer Young

Read pp. 13-16 through note 5, excluding note 3; 18; 89-94; 97-98 n. 5; 106-115; and 123-4 in Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (Glannon), 2nd Edition, Aspen.

 

Read the U.S. Constitution, Art. III sec. 2; 28 U.S.C. 1331, and 1338.

 

Contracts I
§101.1

Professor Templin

Your initial assignment together with the coursebook for Contracts I will be available August 10. 

 

Contracts I
§101.2

Professor Lee

Read pp. 1-17 and complete problem 1-1 in Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials (Knapp), 7th Edition, Aspen.

Contracts I
§101.3

Professor Greene

No Initial Assignments

 

Criminal Law
§105.2

Dean Keller

(1) Read as background information for the course:

·                      Kadish et al, Criminal Law and Its Processes [Casebook], pp. 1 - 19 (stop at “The Presentation of Evidence”)

·                      Dressler, Understanding Criminal Law, §§3.01 to 3.03

 

(2) Read and be prepared to discuss:

·                      Kadish et al, Criminal Law and Its Processes [Casebook], pp. 31-36 (“Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” through note 4)

 

·                      Readings on Theories of Punishment, in Casebook:

A. Introduction: 75-82; Why Punish? Introductory Note, at 89-91

B. Utilitarian View: 91-93

C. Retribution: 93-100 (through Note on Retribution as Constraint)

D. Deterrence: 111-114

E. Rehabilitation: Vitiello and Moore, 115-116; Note – Does Rehabilitation Work?, at 117-118

F. Incapacitation: 120-124

 

(3)  Register for this course on TWEN. (You will learn about TWEN and Westlaw, and receive your login and password during your orientation.)  Prepare your answers for the Worksheet on Theories of Punishment – see TWEN Criminal Law – Keller coursepage under Syllabus/Schedule of Assignments. 

 

Lawyering Skills

All sections

All Professors

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

Read Lindh v. Surman (in Reading Like a Lawyer and posted on TWEN).

Review Chapter 10-12 in Reading Like a Lawyer (McKinney), 2nd Edition, Carolina Academic Press.

Review Chapter 15, pp. 149-158 in Expert Learning for Law Students (Schwartz), 2nd Edition, Carolina Academic Press.

Legal Writing I
§099.1 & §099.5

Professor Day

No Initial Assignment

Legal Writing I
§099.2 & §099.6

Professor Durst

Read chapter 1 and prepare exercise 1B for class discussion in A Practical Guide to Legal Writing & Legal Method (Dernbach), 5th Edition, Aspen.

 

Legal Writing I
§099.3

Professor Rierson

Read pp. 3-9 (Rules and Policies), 11-22 (Sources of Law), 43-53 (Precedent and Stare Decisis) and complete exercises 2-A, 2-B, 4-A, 4-B, and 4-C in chapters 2 and 4 for review in class in A Practical Guide to Legal Writing & Legal Method (Dernbach), 5th Edition, Aspen.

 

Read pp. 9-19 (The US Legal System) in Just Research: Preparing for Practice (Enquist), 4th Edition, Aspen.

 

Legal Writing I
§099.4

Professor Christensen

Read chapters 1-3 in A Practical Guide to Legal Writing & Legal Method (Dernbach), 5th Edition, Aspen.

Legal Writing I
§099.7

Professor Slattery

For the first class session, you should complete and be prepared to discuss items A-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 template answer form posted in the “Assignment Drop Box” folder for “Class 1” to turn in the assignment described in item C below.  You will learn how to use TWEN during your orientation.  Note also that your first assignment is due by 11:59pm on the night before our first class.

 (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 (or word process) your answers, and limit yourself to one page for each exercise.  Please use full sentences and paragraphs, not bullet-points; in addition to your reasoning skills and ability to spot and follow directions, I use these assignments to get a sense of your basic writing ability.  Please also 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 www.questionpress.com/prof_slattery, click on “Enroll” and answer both the reflective prompt and questionnaire you’ll find posted there.

 

Legal Writing I
§099.8

Professor Wildenthal

Class 1 (week of Aug 17):

     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

 

Class 2 (week of Aug 17):

     Read pp. 23-42 in A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method (Dernbach), 5th Edition, Aspen (some

     additional assignments announced later).

 

Torts I
§111.1 & §111.4

Professor Dyson

Read Battery (beginning with Wallace v. Rosen) p. 31-37, & Assault, p. 37-41 in Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts (Schwartz), 12th Edition, Foundation Press.
 

Read pp. 3-4 in Understanding Torts (Diamond), 5th Edition, LexisNexis.

 

Optional bur recommended: Read chapters on Battery & Assault & then complete all practice exercises on Battery & Assault, in The Law of Torts: Examples and Explanations (Glannon), 4th Edition, Aspen (Optional, but recommended).

Torts I
§111.2 & §111.3

Professor Bisom-Rapp

Register for this course on TWEN. (You will learn about TWEN and Westlaw, and receive your login and password during your orientation.) Spend some time before class perusing my TWEN webpage.

 

Read pp. 1-4 (Introduction), 17-20 (Concept of Intent), notes 22-24 (do not read Spivey), and 24-28 in Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts (Schwartz), 12th Edition, Foundation Press.

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

 

Read pp. 3-4 (1.01A-C) and 5-6 (1.01 E-F) in Understanding Torts (Diamond), 4th Edition, LexisNexis.