Initial Assignments

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.

 

INITIAL ASSIGNMENTS – Incoming Students

FALL 2017

Course

Assignment

Civil Procedure I
§103.1 & 103.2

Professor Rierson

 

This assignment will cover class on Monday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 16 (Week 1).

 

Required Reading:

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, throughout the course of the semester. 

 

Glannon, Perlman, & Raven-Hansen, Civil Procedure:  A Coursebook (3d ed. 2017):  Please read Chapter 1 (An Introduction to American Courts), Chapter 2 (A Description of the Litigation Process and Sources of Procedural Law), and Chapter 3 (Diversity Jurisdiction in the Federal Courts), Sections 1 (Intro), 2 (State Citizenship of Individuals:  The Domicile Test), and 3 (The Complete Diversity Rule (skip Mas v. Perry and Note 6).  [We will cover Chapter 3, Sections 4-8 during Week 2.] 

 

Joseph W. Glannon, Civil Procedure: Examples & Explanations (7th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013):  89-107 (Diversity).

 

Optional Reading:

Joseph W. Glannon, The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure: Learning Civil Procedure Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis (3d ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013):  3-25 (Diversity).

 

Civil Procedure I
§103.3

Professor Wildenthal

 

Tuesday, August 15 (Class 1):

Introduction to the American court system, pleadings (complaint, answer, etc.), and pre-answer motions.

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 3-18 (ch. 1), pp. 413-15 (ch. 13, pt. I), pp. 427-29 (ch. 13, pt. III, notes 6-7), p. 467 (ch. 13, pt. VI), pp. 469-70 (ch. 14, pt. I), and pp. 480-90 (ch. 14, pt. III.A);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 3-19 (ch. 1), pp. 419-21 (ch. 13, pt. I), pp. 433-35 (ch. 13, pt. III, notes 6-7), p. 473 (ch. 13, pt. VI), pp. 475-76 (ch. 14, pt. I), and pp. 486-96 (ch. 14, pt. III.A).

 

FRCP 7, 8(a)-(b) and (d)-(e), 12(a)(1), (a)(4), (b)-(c), and (e)-(f).

 

Thursday, August 17 (Class 2):

More on pleadings and pre-answer motions; the Rule 12 “waiver trap”; amending pleadings.

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 490-503 (ch. 14, pts. III.B-IV, through note 5), pp. 517-18 (ch. 14, pt. VII), and pp. 553-66 (ch. 16, pts. I-III);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 496-509 (ch. 14, pts. III.B-IV, through note 5), pp. 523-24 (ch. 14, pt. VII), and pp. 559-72 (ch. 16, pts. I-III).

 

FRCP 12(g)-(i) and 15(a), (c)(1), and (d).

 

Optional further review: E&E ch. 19, pp. 369-83, and parts of ch. 20, pp. 385-95 (stop before “Notice ‘Within the Period Provided by Rule 4(m) ...’”) and pp. 400-01 (Explanation for E&E Nos. 1 and 2).

 

Tuesday, August 22 (Class 3):

The “diversity” branch of federal court subject-matter jurisdiction (“SMJ”).

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 39-88 (ch. 3);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 41-90 (ch. 3).

 

U.S. Const. Art. III, § 1, and § 2, cls. 1-2; 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a), (c)(1), and (e).

 

Thursday, August 24 (Class 4):

The federal question (“FQ”) branch of federal SMJ.

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 89-100 and 106-23 (ch. 4, pts. I-III and V-VII);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 91-102 and 108-25 (ch. 4, pts. I-III and V-VII).

 

28 U.S.C. § 1331.

 

Contracts I
§101.1 & 101.2

Professor Templin

 

Text: Contracts: A Modern Coursebook, by Ben Templin (2017 edition)

 

Read the following in your text:

Preface, pages xli-xlii

Part I: Introduction and Contract Formation, pages 1-3

Chapter 1, pages 5-23

 

Prepare answers to the problems at the end of Chapter 1.

 

In addition to the book, there is a sign-up to an electronic account that must be done as soon as you receive your Thomas Jefferson e-mail account

 

Contracts I
§101.3

Professor Lee

Introduction to the Study of Contract Law and Problem 1-1: read pages 1-17 in the casebook

Criminal Law
§105.2

Professor Kaye

 

Dear Criminal Law Students,

Welcome to Criminal Law!  I am very much looking forward to meeting you all.  In the meantime, here are the assignments for the first two days of class.  

For our first day of class, please complete Topics 1 and 2, below.  For our second day of class, please complete Topic 3.  All page numbers are in the 9th Edition of our casebook, unless otherwise noted.  

READING FOR CLASS #1

 

Topic 1: Background Reading

Note: These readings are background material about the criminal justice system.  We will not discuss these readings in a systematic way during our first week, but we will occasionally refer to them throughout the semester, and you will need to know the material in these readings in order to fully understand many of the materials we read and discuss throughout the semester.  I will also consider these materials fair game for any tests we have this semester.

 

Notes [regarding criminal justice actors], Notes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, pp. 10-13

Criminal Justice Procedures – Notes, pp. 14-18

Note on Formal Trial Procedure, pp. 23-25

In re Winship and Notes, pp. 38-43

The Burden of Production Versus The Burden of Persuasion, p. 47-48

Presumptions, pp. 52-53

Knowledge Goals: Learn (1) the basic structure of our criminal justice system, (2) basic criminal justice procedures, (3) basic trial procedures, (4) the reasonable doubt standard, (5) burdens in criminal cases, and (6) presumptions in criminal cases.

 

Topic 2: Elemental Analysis In The Criminal Law

Reading and Exercises: Elemental Analysis In The Criminal Law (Handout available on TWEN)

Knowledge Goals: Learn the basic structure of the definition of a crime and its elements. 

Skill Goals: (1) Reading and parsing criminal law statutes, (2) identifying the elements of a crime, (3) analyzing whether the facts in a fact-pattern satisfy the elements of the crime.

 

Topic 3: Analyzing The Mental State Element – The Basics 

                Model Penal Code, § 2.02, pp. 1274-75

                Note on the Model Penal Code Reforms, pp. 272-73

Exercise: Model Penal Code Mental States (Handout available on TWEN)

Dressler §§ 10.01, 10.04[A][1], [A][3][A], [E], 10.06 [defining various mental states]        

Knowledge Goals: Learn (1) the role of the mental state element in the definition of a crime, (2) the four basic Model Penal Code mental state terms, (3) several common law mental state terms, and (4) several rules of statutory interpretation pertaining to mental states.

Skill Goals: (1) Reading and parsing complex criminal law statutes, (2) applying rules of statutory interpretation regarding mental states, and (3) analyzing whether the facts in a fact-pattern satisfy a crime’s mental state element.

 

Lawyering Skills

All sections

All Professors

 

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

Review McKinney, Chapter 10-12 & Schwartz, pp. 149-158

Sign up for Lawyering Skills on TWEN

Suggested Reading:

Christensen, Ch. 4; Herald, Chs. 3-4

 

Legal Writing I
§099.1 & §099.8

Professor Christensen

 

READ: Chapters 1-3 in Dernbach, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Legal Writing I
§099.2

Professor Day

READ: Chapters 1-3 in Dernbach, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Legal Writing I
§099.3

Professor Durst

 

READ: Dernbach pp. 3-16 and chap. 3; prepare Exercise 3A.

 

 

 

Legal Writing I
§099.4 & §099.7

Professor Wright

 

READ: Dernbach text, pages 3-40 (through Exercise 3A) and Legal Writing I Workbook (WB), pages 1-14, and 217- end.

 

BRING TO CLASS: Dernbach, Exercises 1-B and 3-A (two copies – one to turn in and one to use in class); Short (2- 3 page) biography to turn in. In drafting Exercise 3A, use the “Standard TJ Case Brief Form” indicated below. Note that this format is slightly different than the case brief formats discussed in the Dernbach text and the WB.  NOTE: At a minimum, your biography should include where you grew up, where you went to college, what you majored in during college, why you want to be a lawyer, any legal background that you already have, and anything else that you’d like to share with me.

 

 

Standard TJSL Case Brief Form

  1. Procedural posture/history
  2. Background facts
  3. Legally-significant facts
  4. Issue
  5. Rule
  6. Holding
  7. Reasoning/Policies
  8. Concurrence/Dissent
  9. Disposition
  10. Relevance

 

 

Legal Writing I
§099.5

Professor Durst

Read Chapters 1-3 in Dernbach, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Legal Writing I
§099.6

Professor Day

 

Read Chapters 1-3 in Dernbach, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method

Torts I
§111.2

Professor Dyson

 

Please Read Cases: Prosser, Wade & Schwartz casebook:

 

Battery--

(1) Wallace v. Rosen case; Fisher v. Carrousel Motors

 

Assault--

(1) I de s et ux v. W de S

(2) Western Union v. Telegraph Co v. Hill

 

Please practice exercises:  Glannon on Torts (Optional, But Recommended): Read chapters on Battery & Assault & then complete all practice exercises on Battery & Assault.

 

Please read intent doctrine:  Diamond et al., Understanding Torts, p. 3-4 Please view: (Optional, But Recommended). 

 

Torts I
§111.3

Professor Bisom-Rapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casebook:              Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett, PROSSER, WADE, SCHWARTZ, KELLY, AND

PARTLETT’S TORTS, Thirteenth Edition, Foundation Press, 2015. (PR)

 

Treatise:                 Diamond, Levine and Bernstein, UNDERSTANDING TORTS, Fifth Edition, Lexis, 2013. (UT)

 

Hornbook:              Glannon, THE LAW OF TORTS: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS,

                                Fifth Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2015. (GL)

 

NOTE: Class will NOT meet on Monday, August 14 because I will be out of town. The reading assignments

below cover the first two class sessions: Wednesday, August 16 and a make-up class on Friday, August 18.

The make-up class will be held at 1:00 – 2:15 pm.

 

Week       Topic                                                      PR                                     GL                                 UT          

   1           Introduction                                           1-4                                                                          

                                                                                (Do not read Hulle)

INTENTIONAL TORTS

Concept of Intent                                  17-20                                 3-5                                 3-4

                                                                                notes 23-24                                                            (1.01A-C)

                                                                                26-29                                                                       5-6

                                                                                25                                                                            (1.01E-F)

 

 

Torts I
§111.4

Professor Waldman

 

Required Course Materials & Initial Assignment

 

Casebook:              Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett, PROSSER, WADE AND SCHWARTZ’S

TORTS, Thirteenth Edition, Foundation Press, 2015. (PR)

 

Treatise:                 Diamond, Levine and Bernstein, UNDERSTANDING TORTS, Fifth Edition, Lexis, 2013. (UT)

 

Hornbook:              Glannon, THE LAW OF TORTS: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS,

                                Fifth Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2015. (GL)

 

Week       Topic                                      PR                                            GL                                          UT          

 

   1           Introduction                           1-4                                                                          

                                                                (Do not read Hulle)

INTENTIONAL TORTS

 

Concept of Intent                  17-20                                         3-5                                         3-4

                                                                  notes 23-24; 25-29                                                                               5-6          

 

Initial Assignments Fall 2017

INITIAL ASSIGNMENTS

FALL 2017

Course

Assignment

Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure

§261.1

Professor Bettwy

 

 

8/25/16 - Class No. 1 – Overview of Adjudicatory Timelines and Applicable Law

        READ: Chemerinsky: the players 1-5; adjudicative process 5-12; purpose of procedural rules 12-19; incorporation of Bill         of Rights 19-29; retroactivity 29-30

        REGISTER ON TWEN

        WATCH VIDEO: See link on TWEN

              PREPARE FOR CLASS PRESENTATION (see individual assignments on TWEN)

                For each class, all students will be pre-assigned to either:

                (1) brief a case decision using the editable PowerPoint slides (linked on TWEN syllabus)

                (2) respond to one of the “Discussion Questions” (also linked on the TWEN syllabus)

                OR

                (3) participate in a mock exercise

Assigned students will conduct an impromptu jailhouse interview of a potential client (played by visiting actor) who has just been arrested (based on facts of Duncan v. Louisiana).

ADR Society

§425.1

Professor Rafner

No Initial Assignment Required

Adv. Civil Discovery Practice in CA

§489.1

Professor Ramey

No Initial Assignment Required

Advanced Legal Research

§297.1

Professor Templo

 

  1. Add Advanced Legal Research TWEN page.
  2. Required Reading & CALI Exercises (links posted on TWEN)
    1. CALI Exercise – Legal Research 101 – The Tools of the Trade
    2. CALI Exercise - Legal Research Methodology
  3. Read the syllabus and the honor code, both posted on TWEN

 

Advanced Mediation

§419.1

Professor Waldman

 

Preparation for Small Claims ; Review of the mediation process; Watch Brene Brown Ted talk on vulnerability and courage, link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o

 

Readings – Small Claims Packet Available on Advanced Mediation TWEN Site ;

Emotional Intelligence Exam (Available on Twen Site) ; Conflict Style Matters  (Available on Twen site); Excerpts from BEYOND REASON (available on Twen Site)  (Site will go up the week of August 7th- if students would like earlier access please contact professor Waldman via e-mail)

 

Mediation Text: Menkel-Meadow, Love, Mediation: Policy, Practice and Ethics:158-160

 

Advanced Trial Advocacy

§291.1

Prof. Siegel

 

  1. 16 August 17  Client/Witness Interview and Preparation – “Finding the Emotional Center”.  ALL SHOULD BE PREPARED TO PLAY WITNESS AND COUNSEL FOR THE ASSIGNMENT.

 

                                Read:      Read, Chapter 1

Know the facts of State v. Alexander

 

ALL:  Be ready to discuss Brandi Alexander and how to prepare HER for testimony at trial on direct and for cross.  (Assume this is the night before her testimony)

            

Be ready to discuss Dr. Jones and how to prepare him for his testimony at trial on direct and for cross

 

Business Associations

§115.1

Professor Wenger

 

Initial Assignment:  Smith & Williams 1-27

Business Associations

§115.2

Professor Tiefenbrun

 

Register for Business Associations-Tiefenbrun on TWEN.

Read the following portions in Kleinberger 4th edition: Pages 1-4, 7-16, and 17-52. Or Kleinberger 3rd edition: Pages 1-4, 6-14, 16-45.

Consult Class 1 Worksheet first .Do Class 1 Worksheet which is available on TWEN. The link to the Restatement Third of Agency is on this initial assignment sheet below. This Initial Assignment Sheet is on Twen.

The link to the RESTATEMENT Third of Agency is:

https://a.next.westlaw.com/Browse/Home/SecondarySources/RestatementsPrinciplesoftheLaw/RestatementoftheLawAgency?

 

California Civil Procedure

§202.1

Professor Slomanson

 

DAY 1: Subjects: Course Introduction; Sources of California law; Jurisdiction;
                              California Case Classification; Illustrative Moots.

 

                  Video: Video on Videos.


                  Reading: 1-8; 13 n.2-3; 14 (Rules)-15; 23 (Local)-39; 41-(Stearn)-54 n.1 & n.3; 
                              Case Questionnaire Form.

 

                  Assessment: Jurisdiction Quiz.        


DAY 2: Subjects: Service of Process; Venue; Forum Non Conveniens.  
             Reading: 66.2 (Espindola) & n.3,4; 71 (Dill) & n.5-6; Summons &

             Proof of Service Form; 88.C.1. (Brown) & n.1; 98.2        (Guimei) & n.2-3

.

                  Assessment: Venue Quiz.    
 

California Evidence

§225.1

Professor Crowley

 

Read Chapter 1 of the California Evidence, Second Edition, Author: Chris Chambers Goodman along with the California Evidence Code. If you are having trouble understanding a particular section, try reading the commentary to see if that helps. Additionally, fill out the following short questionnaire before class.

 

CALIFORNIA EVIDENCE -- Fall 2017

 

                It always helps me when teaching a class to know the expectations of the students for the class. To help me tailor the class and to get to know something about you, I would appreciate you filling out the following form prior to the first class.

 

 

Name: ________________________________

 

E-mail address: _________________________

 

Cell phone # (if not private): _________________________

 

Circle one: 2L 3L 4L             

 

Reason for taking class: ________________________________________________

 

Plans after graduation and bar (no need to say “to find a job” or “pay off my loans”):

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

Any particular area of evidence law about which you want to learn more:

 

__________________________________________________________________

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Civil Motion Practice

§229.1

Professor Ramey

 

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Civil Procedure I

§103.1 & §103.2

Professor Rierson

 

This assignment will cover class on Monday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 16 (Week 1).

 

Required Reading:

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, throughout the course of the semester. 

 

Glannon, Perlman, & Raven-Hansen, Civil Procedure:  A Coursebook (3d ed. 2017):  Please read Chapter 1. (An Introduction to American Courts), Chapter 2 (A Description of the Litigation Process and Sources of Procedural Law), and Chapter 3 (Diversity Jurisdiction in the Federal Courts), Sections 1 (Intro), 2 (State Citizenship of Individuals:  The Domicile Test), and 3 (The Complete Diversity Rule (skip Mas v. Perry and Note 6).  [We will cover Chapter 3, Sections 4-8 during Week 2.] 

 

Joseph W. Glannon, Civil Procedure: Examples & Explanations (7th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013):  89-107 (Diversity).

 

Optional Reading:

Joseph W. Glannon, The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure: Learning Civil Procedure Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis (3d ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013):  3-25 (Diversity).

 

Civil Procedure I

§103.3

Professor Wildenthal

Tuesday, August 15 (Class 1):

Introduction to the American court system, pleadings (complaint, answer, etc.), and pre-answer motions.

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 3-18 (ch. 1), pp. 413-15 (ch. 13, pt. I), pp. 427-29 (ch. 13, pt. III, notes 6-7), p. 467 (ch. 13, pt. VI), pp. 469-70 (ch. 14, pt. I), and pp. 480-90 (ch. 14, pt. III.A);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 3-19 (ch. 1), pp. 419-21 (ch. 13, pt. I), pp. 433-35 (ch. 13, pt. III, notes 6-7), p. 473 (ch. 13, pt. VI), pp. 475-76 (ch. 14, pt. I), and pp. 486-96 (ch. 14, pt. III.A).

 

FRCP 7, 8(a)-(b) and (d)-(e), 12(a)(1), (a)(4), (b)-(c), and (e)-(f).

 

Thursday, August 17 (Class 2):

More on pleadings and pre-answer motions; the Rule 12 “waiver trap”; amending pleadings.

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 490-503 (ch. 14, pts. III.B-IV, through note 5), pp. 517-18 (ch. 14, pt. VII), and

pp. 553-66 (ch. 16, pts. I-III);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 496-509 (ch. 14, pts. III.B-IV, through note 5), pp. 523-24 (ch. 14, pt. VII), and pp. 559-72 (ch. 16, pts. I-III).

 

FRCP 12(g)-(i) and 15(a), (c)(1), and (d).

 

Optional further review: E&E ch. 19, pp. 369-83, and parts of ch. 20, pp. 385-95 (stop before “Notice ‘Within the Period Provided by Rule 4(m) ...’”) and pp. 400-01 (Explanation for E&E Nos. 1 and 2).

 

Tuesday, August 22 (Class 3):

The “diversity” branch of federal court subject-matter jurisdiction (“SMJ”).

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 39-88 (ch. 3); or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 41-90 (ch. 3).

 

U.S. Const. Art. III, § 1, and § 2, cls. 1-2; 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a), (c)(1), and (e).

 

Thursday, August 24 (Class 4):

The federal question (“FQ”) branch of federal SMJ.

 

GPR (2d ed. 2014): pp. 89-100 and 106-23 (ch. 4, pts. I-III and V-VII);

or (3d ed. 2017): pp. 91-102 and 108-25 (ch. 4, pts. I-III and V-VII).

 

28 U.S.C. § 1331.

 

Civil Procedure II
§104.1 & §104.2

Professor Deo

Day 1 Introduction & Initial Client Meetings. 

Please read the following before we meet for our first class: Oppenheimer et al.Patt v. Donner, 1. Paula Patt Intake Form; 2. Clinic Retainer Agreement; 3. Paula Patt Interview Transcript; 4. Student Notes to File After Interview with Paula Patt; TWEN (Deo, Civil Procedure II) sample demand letters and sample retainer agreements.

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

§609.1

Professor Yoo

 

All students should bring to class a one page paper on a civil rights violation they have personally experienced or witnessed.

Client Interviewing & Counseling

§213.1

Professor Sanzo

Binder, Bergman, Price and Weinstein, Lawyers as Counselors: A Client-Centered Approach (3rd ed. 2012)    

 

Read:                      Part One: Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling, pp. 2-13.                         

Prepare:                A one-page statement responding to the following hypothetical situation: 

 

 Facts:  Your rich uncle dies and leaves a will naming you as one of his beneficiaries: the gift is $25,000                cash.

 

 A will contest has been filed by other relatives not mentioned in the will, and the case is set for trial in  10 months.  If the will contest is successful, you will get nothing because there is an earlier will in which  you are not mentioned. 

 

 You have received a settlement offer which provides you with a net settlement (after attorneys’ fees) of $7,500.  Your lawyer has indicated that there is a good chance the will contest will be defeated and that, after trial, you may receive net proceeds in the range of $12,500 to $15,000 (after attorneys’ fees and estimated litigation costs).  Your lawyer also told you that she believes this case will proceed to trial if you do not accept this settlement proposal. 

Do you accept the settlement or proceed to trial?  List the reasons for your decision.

 

Comm. Econ. Develop. Clinic Seminar

§523.1

Professor Neiman

Read the Small Business Law Center’s Policies and Procedures Handbook

 

Locate and read California Rules of Professional Conduct §§1-200, 1-300, 1-400, 3-100, 3-110 & 3-500

 

Read Alicia Alvarez, et al, Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice, Chapter 10 (Introduction to Community Economic Development), pp. 295-328

Comm. Econ. Develop. Fieldwork

§526.1

Professor Nieman

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Community Property

§167.1

Professor Klueck

Mon. Aug.. 14          l. Introduction to Cal. CP                   CPC pps. 53-66    

 

                                                Ill. Definitional and Tracing Issues                                                   

                                                Code & Notes (62-63)           ___________________________

                                                Clark                                       ___________________________

                                                Downer                                   ___________________________

Be prepared to answer the question: What do the deliberations of the California Constitutional Convention

(pp. 56-58) say about the role and legal status of women in mid-nineteenth century California/America?

Constitutional Law I

§135.2

Professor Guzelian

 

                                                                            No Initial Assignment

 

Constitutional Law I

§135.1 & §135.3

Professor Vandervelde

 

Constitutional Law I -- Register for the TWEN site for the course.  The U.S. Constitution may be found in the casebook on pages 3-16.  Read the Constitution in such a way that you see how it is organized, know the topics that are governed by it, and have a general understanding of what it says about each topic

 

Constitutional Law II

§136.1

Professor Wildenthal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No textbook purchase is required for Prof. Wildenthal's Constitutional Law course . All assigned readings (mainly Supreme Court cases) will be provided free of charge through a Google Drive link which should be available by late July. Feel free to email Prof. Wildenthal (bryanw@gmail.com), starting July 25, to obtain the link or ask any other questions.
 


Assigned readings for the first 3 classes are as follows:

 

Tuesday, August 15 (Class 1):

 

Standing, ripeness, and the “particularized injury” requirement; mootness and injuries “capable of repetition, yet evading review.”

 

U.S. Const. Art. III, § 2, cl. 1.

 

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973): read parts of Justice Blackmun’s opinion of the Court, pp. 116-17 (before Part I), pp. 120-22 (Part II), and pp. 123-29 (Part IV through IV.C).

 

Los Angeles v. Lyons, 461 U.S. 95 (1983): read Justice White’s opinion of the Court and part of Justice Marshall’s dissent, pp. 97-134 (through Part IV of the dissent; omit fns. 13-18 and 20-23 in the dissent).

 

Kingdomware Technologies v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (2016)

(http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-987.pdf): read parts of Justice Thomas’s opinion of the Court, p. 1 (1st ¶) and pp. 6-8 (Part II).

 

 

Thursday, August 17 (Class 2):

 

More on standing: taxpayer standing; standing to appeal; associational standing; third-party standing.

 

Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, 563 U.S. ___ (2011) (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-987.pdf): read Justice Kennedy’s opinion of the Court, pp. 1-19, Justice Scalia’s concurrence, pp. 1-2, and Justice Kagan’s dissent, pp. 1-24.

 

Clapper v. Amnesty International, 568 U.S. ___ (2013) (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-1025_ihdj.pdf): read Justice Alito’s opinion of the Court, pp. 1-24, and Justice Breyer’s dissent, pp. 1-20.

 

Hollingsworth v. Perry, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-144_8ok0.pdf): read Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion of the Court, pp. 1-17, and Justice Kennedy’s dissent, pp. 1-14.

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 22 (Class 3):

 

Presidential powers vis-à-vis Congress and the federal courts; claims of “executive privilege” and “inherent” presidential powers over war and national security.

 

U.S. Const. Art. I, § 1, and § 8, cls. 1, 3, 10-16, and 18; Art. II, § 1, cl. 1, § 2, cls. 1-2, and § 3; Art. III, § 2, cl. 1.

 

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952) (“Steel Seizure Case”): read Justice Black’s opinion of the Court, Justice Frankfurter’s concurring statement (omit his full concurring opinion), and the Appendix, pp. 582-92, the concurrences by Justices Douglas and Jackson, pp. 629-55, and parts of Chief Justice Vinson’s dissent, pp. 667-89 (to 1st ¶ break on p. 689) and pp. 701-10.

 

Bruce E. Altschuler, “A Look Back at the Steel Seizure Case,” 33 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 341 (2008) (handout provided).

 

New York Times v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971): read the Per Curiam opinion and the concurrences by Justices Black, Douglas, Brennan, Stewart, White, and Marshall, pp. 714-48, and Justice Harlan’s dissent, pp. 752-59 (omit fns. 2-10 in Justice White’s concurrence and fns. 1-3 in Justice Marshall’s concurrence).

 

United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974): read parts of Chief Justice Burger’s opinion of the Court, pp. 686-90, 692-97, and 703-16 (omit Parts I and III).

Contracts I
§101.1 and §101.2

Professor Templin

 

Text: Contracts: A Modern Coursebook, by Ben Templin (2017 edition)

Read the following in your text:

Preface, pages xli-xlii

Part I: Introduction and Contract Formation, pages 1-3

Chapter 1, pages 5-23

 

Prepare answers to the problems at the end of Chapter 1.

In addition to the book, there is a sign-up to an electronic account that must be done as soon as you receive your Thomas Jefferson e=mail account.

Contracts I
§101.3

Professor Lee

Introduction to the Study of Contract Law and Problem 1-1: read pages 1-17 in the casebook.

Contracts II

§102.1 & §102.2

Professor Greene

 

Please answer the following questions in a short, written statement:

 

  1. What was your biggest challenge in Contracts I?
  2. Do you want to be in law school and if so, why?
  3. If you could do or be anything in the legal profession, what it would it be?
  4. On a scale of 1-10, how motivated are you to do well in Contracts II?

 

Contracts Drafting (online)

§465.1

Professor Novak

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Contracts Drafting

§465.2

Professor Casalins

 

FIRST DAY OF CLASS WILL BE FRIDAY, AUGUST 25TH

 

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

 

Chapter 5 – A Contract’s Parts § 5.1-5.9

 

Copyright Law

§313.1

Professor Tooma

 

Welcome to Copyright Law. Please do the following three things before our first class:

 

1. Sign up for the Copyright Law course on TWEN. The password is “mashup”.

2. Download and read the syllabus.

3. In your copy of Alfred C. Yen and Joseph P. Liu, Copyright Law, Essential Cases

and Materials (West 3d ed. 2016), read all of Chapter 1, then read Chapter 2 through the

Problem on page 25. You will submit your response to your first assignment on TWEN under “C1 Assignment.”

4. Review IRAC and headnotes. You will be answering assignments (and your final)in this fashion. Even though copyright is not a bar tested subject, preparing to take exams in this way will better prepare you for the bar exam!

5. Get familiar with our class meeting location on GoToMeeting. Try a test session:

https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready. You can join from your computer, tablet or smartphone

 

Criminal Law
§105.1 and 105.2

Professor Kaye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Criminal Law!  I am very much looking forward to meeting you all.  In the meantime, here are the assignments for the first two days of class.  

For our first day of class, please complete Topics 1 and 2, below.  For our second day of class, please complete Topic 3.  All page numbers are in the 9th Edition of our casebook, unless otherwise noted.  

READING FOR CLASS #1

Topic 1: Background Reading

Note: These readings are background material about the criminal justice system.  We will not discuss these readings in a systematic way during our first week, but we will occasionally refer to them throughout the semester, and you will need to know the material in these readings in order to fully understand many of the materials we read and discuss throughout the semester.  I will also consider these materials fair game for any tests we have this semester.

 

Notes [regarding criminal justice actors], Notes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, pp. 10-13

Criminal Justice Procedures – Notes, pp. 14-18

Note on Formal Trial Procedure, pp. 23-25

In re Winship and Notes, pp. 38-43

The Burden of Production Versus The Burden of Persuasion, p. 47-48

Presumptions, pp. 52-53

 

Knowledge Goals: Learn (1) the basic structure of our criminal justice system, (2) basic criminal justice procedures, (3) basic trial procedures, (4) the reasonable doubt standard, (5) burdens in criminal cases, and (6) presumptions in criminal cases.

 

Topic 2: Elemental Analysis In The Criminal Law

 

Reading and Exercises: Elemental Analysis In The Criminal Law (Handout available on TWEN)

 

Knowledge Goals: Learn the basic structure of the definition of a crime and its elements. 

 

Skill Goals: (1) Reading and parsing criminal law statutes, (2) identifying the elements of a crime, (3) analyzing whether the facts in a fact-pattern satisfy the elements of the crime.

 

Topic 3: Analyzing The Mental State Element – The Basics 

 

                Model Penal Code, § 2.02, pp. 1274-75

                Note on the Model Penal Code Reforms, pp. 272-73

  Exercise: Model Penal Code Mental States (Handout available on TWEN)

  Dressler §§ 10.01, 10.04[A][1], [A][3][A], [E], 10.06 [defining various mental states]   

               

Knowledge Goals: Learn (1) the role of the mental state element in the definition of a crime, (2) the four basic Model Penal Code mental state terms, (3) several common law mental state terms, and (4) several rules of statutory interpretation pertaining to mental states.

 

Skill Goals: (1) Reading and parsing complex criminal law statutes, (2) applying rules of statutory interpretation regarding mental states, and (3) analyzing whether the facts in a fact-pattern satisfy a crime’s mental state element.

Criminal Motion Practice
§333.1

Professor Wise

Not yet received from professor

Criminal Procedure

§106.1 & §106.2

Professor Steinberg

CLASS NO.             SUBJECT                                                 ASSIGNMENT

 

1.                             FOURTH AMENDMENT

                                COVERAGE

                                Introduction                                             No Assigned Reading              

 

                                The Reasonable Expectation of Privacy   Introductory Note (Tomkovicz, pp. 3-5)

                                                                                                Katz v. United States (Tomkovicz, pp. 5-10)

                                                                                                United States v. White (Tomkovicz, pp.  11-17) (top)

 

                                The Open Fields Doctrine                        Oliver v. United States (Supplementary Materials)

                                Optional Reading:                                    Dressler, Pp. 70-91

Critical Race Theory 
§373.1
Professor Wenger

Derrick Bell, After We’re Gone, Delgado et al. at 9

Michael Olivas, The Chronicles, Delgado et al. at 15

TWEN: Excerpts from How to Write a Student Article.

Entertainment Law Transactions

§336.1

Professor Novak

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Evidence

§138.1 &§138.2

Professor Kreit

Introduction to evidence law: pp. 1 – 6, Handout: Competency, pp. 6 - 17 

The handout for the first class is posted to the TWEN page for the course, which is live and available for students to add. 

Externship

§697.1, §698.1, & §699.1

Professor Tropp

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Federal Income Taxation

§204.1

Professor Lemon

IRC §§ 1(c), 63(a), and 61(a).

Text pages 3 – 6 and 12 – 24, and 32 – 38 (this omits the Mayo case) 

Also, read "The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments, Section A", and 

"The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments, Section D", found at: 

(https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/the-truth-about-frivolous-tax-arguments-section-i-a-to-c)

(https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/the-truth-about-frivolous-tax-arguments-section-i-d-to-e)

(alternatively, you can go to irs.gov and search "Truth About Frivolous Arguments" and click the first result. Then click on the appropriate section)

International Investment Law & Arbitration

§472.1
Professor Vandevelde

International Investment Law and Arbitration -- Register for the TWEN site for the course.  Read pages 1-11 of the textbook.  The material on these pages is pretty technical, but the purpose of the reading is for you to understand what an investment treaty is, what its purpose is, what its key principles are, and in general terms what kinds of provisions it has.

 

International Human Rights
§255.1
Prof. Tiefenbrun

1. Think about which fundamental human rights are most frequently violated and in what circumstances (e.g. war, refugee camps, child labor in poverty stricken countries)

2. Do you think slavery is dead in the United States, and if it is not, give examples of contemporary slavery.

4. First day’s  reading: Chapter 1, pages 3-14, and read the following Treaties in the Appendix:

UN Charter, ICCPR, ICESCR (and Protocols), Vienna Convention on Law of Treaties, U.S. Constitution, American Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Charter 

International Sports Law

§528.1

Professor McCurdy

CASEBOOK:  Yasser, McCurdy, Goplerud & Weston, SPORTS LAW CASES & MATERIALS 8th ed. (Carolina Academic Press 2015) ISBN 978-1-6328-3385-4*

Initial Assignment:  Monday, August 14

Introduction to International Sports Law—LECTURE

Internet Reading—

                Access:  Nafziger The Future of International Sports Law Willamette Law Review

Casebook Reading—

                Prof. Weston Intro to Chapter 18—pp. 945-47  

                Green County Soccer Ass’n Problem—pp. 33-34

                Defrantz v. USOC, 492 F. Supp. 1181 (D.D.C. 1980)—pp. 34-38

                NCAA v. Tarkanian, 488 U.S. 189 (1988)—PP. 38-44

                                Note Public Law— Private Law Distinction

               *formerly published by LexisNexis

Intra-School Moot Court Competition

548.1

Various Professors

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Introduction to Mediation
§423.1
Professor Brown

All assignments are to be electronically submitted to mbrown@tjsl.edu.

Assignment 1 is due prior to class one.

Assignment 2 - Journal (see course syllabus) is due on August 27, 2017.

 

1. First Assignment Questions (Due before Class 1)

a. Choose One Written Assignment from below:

• Essay on Movie of choice from any of those listed below, pull out the essential message of the movie for you and why you think the story is useful for students of mediation. (Options: Crash, 12 Angry Men, Gran Torino, or My Sister’s Keeper (Minimum 4 pages- Maximum 5 pages);

OR

• Choose One Story From the Book, Stories Mediators Tell or Stories Mediators Tell: World Edition and write a short essay pulling out the essential message of the story for you and why you think the story is useful for students of mediation. (Minimum 4 pages- Maximum 5 pages).

 

2. Initial Reading Assignment (read prior to Class 1)

• The Mediator’s Handbook, read pages 3-38 (Overview, Preparation, Stage 1 & 2); pages 81-92 (Disputes & Conflicts); and pages 95-100 (Supporting the People).

Introduction to Sports Law
§246.1
Professor Grossman

 

Week                Date                                 Chapter                                 Pages (up to, but not including)

    1                   8/16                                 1. Introduction                       1-34

Judicial Seminar

§702.1 & §703.1

Professor Tropp

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Lawyering Skills I

§451.1 to §451.7

All Professors

All Sections

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

Review McKinney, Chapter 10-12 & Schwartz, pp. 149-158

Sign up for Lawyering Skills on TWEN

Suggested Reading: Christensen, Ch. 4; Herald, Chs. 3-4

 

Legal Foundations

§533.1

Professor Bolus

§533.2

Professor Malik

 

 

There is no initial assignment. However, students will take a one-hour thirty (30) question, mixed- subject “Baseline” Exam during the second class meeting. The Baseline Exam is comprised of Torts, Contracts, and Civil Procedure multiple choice questions and will be scored anonymously. The Baseline Exam is NOT graded, but students will receive credit for taking the Baseline Exam. Students who do not take the Baseline Exam will not receive credit for this assignment. The instructor does NOT have the authority to excuse any student from the Baseline Exam or to reschedule the Baseline Exam for any student. All such requests must be directed to Academics. Accommodated students wishing to use their accommodation should also contact Academics.

 

Legal Principles
§633.1
Professor Harkins

 

Read: Open Book (1st Ed.), Ch. 1-3; (2d Ed.) Ch. 1, 7-8

           Mastering, pp. 106-114

 

Prepare: Complete the Class 1 Reading Sheet (available on TWEN in the “Class One” folder) after you complete

            the reading.  Submit it before class via the TWEN Drop Box. 

 

Prepare: Review your Civ. Pro. notes and outline and bring the information with you to class.

 

Legal Writing I (IP)

§099.1 & §099.8

Professor Christensen

 

Chapters 1-3 Dernbach, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method.

Legal Writing I

§099.2 & §099.6

Professor Day

No Initial Assignment Required

Legal Writing I

§099.3 & §099.5

Professor Durst

 

Read: Dernbach pp. 3-16 and chap. 3; prepare Exercise 3A.

 

Legal Writing (Crim)

§099.4 and §099.7

 

Professor Wright

 

READ: Dernbach text, pages 3-40 (through Exercise 3A) and Legal Writing I Workbook (WB), pages 1-14, and 217- end.

 

BRING TO CLASS: Dernbach, Exercises 1-B and 3-A (two copies – one to turn in and one to use in class); Short (2- 3 page) biography to turn in. In drafting Exercise 3A, use the “Standard TJ Case Brief Form” indicated below. Note that this format is slightly different than the case brief formats discussed in the Dernbach text and the WB.  NOTE: At a minimum, your biography should include where you grew up, where you went to college, what you majored in during college, why you want to be a lawyer, any legal background that you already have, and anything else that you’d like to share with me.

 

 

Standard TJSL Case Brief Form

  1. Procedural posture/history
  2. Background facts
  3. Legally-significant facts
  4. Issue
  5. Rule
  6. Holding
  7. Reasoning/Policies
  8. Concurrence/Dissent
  9. Disposition
  10. Relevance

 

Legal Writing II

§199.1-§199.3

All Sections

Dernbach text, review chapters 2-4.

 

Mastering the Performance Test

All Sections

 

Read BarBri California PT Workbook (pp. 1-20) and Complete Reading Comprehension Sheet #1 (available on TWEN).    

The book will be a course supplement.

Mock Trial Team
§363.1.1

Professor McCoy

 

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Moot Court Society

§355.1

Professor Semeraro

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Patent Claim Drafting
§568.1

Professor Cowart

 

There will be a TWEN page for this course. Students will need to subscribe to the page and check it frequently for updates. All pre-class reading and homework assignments will be posted there including Initial Assignment documents.

 

1. U.S. Patent 4,498,586 (The "Pizza Box" Patent): Read/review entire patent

 

2. U.S. Patent 7,345,671 (The “iPod” Patent): Read/review portions highlighted in yellow (note: Claim 13 spans across two pages; please read entire claim.)

 

3. Parker v. Flook, 437 U.S. 584 (1978): Read majority and dissenting opinions in their entirety

 

Patent Clinic Seminar
§572.1
Professor Cowart

 

There will be a TWEN page for this course. Students will need to subscribe to the page and check it frequently for updates. All pre-class reading and homework assignments will be posted there including Initial Assignment documents.

 

1. Read the SBLC Student Handbook in its entirety. You are charged with understanding the policies and procedures it outlines before you set foot in the clinic and abiding by those policies and procedures at all times during your clinic practice. Come to the initial class armed with questions the handbook raises for you.

 

2. Familiarize yourself with the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) on the USPTO website, paying particular attention to the hyperlinks that make up the Table of Contents on the left side of the page (https://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/). You do not need to study the manual at this point; just get a basic feel for its layout to see if you can make sense of it. Come to class prepared to identify which two or three chapters you’d guess we’re most likely to rely on in patent-clinic practice and explain why that is.  

 

3. U.S. Patent 4,498,586 (The "Pizza Box" Patent): Read/review the entire patent

 

4. U.S. Patent 7,345,671 (The “iPod” Patent): Read/review the portions highlighted in yellow (note: Claim 13 spans across two pages; please read the entire claim)

Patent Fieldwork

§573.1

Professor Cowart

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Pre Bar Fundamentals

§646.1 Professor Macmanus

§646.2  Prof. Matsumoto

Pre-Class Questionnaire

Please complete this questionnaire and bring a HARD COPY to our first class.  We will not accept emailed copies.  Part of exam success is reading comprehension as well as following directions.  This is a credit/no credit assignment.  The purpose is to assess how you are feeling heading into the exam.  There are no correct answers-everyone has different thoughts about the bar exam.  We will discuss your answers in a later class, but the identity of the contributors will be kept confidential. 

 

Please identify your three greatest strengths heading into the bar exam.  These can be educational, psychological/mental, or even physical in nature. 

1.

2.

3.

Please identify your three greatest weaknesses heading into the bar exam. 

1.

2.

3.

What is your greatest fear about the bar exam?

What state exam will you be taking and what course provider will you use?

Property I

§141.1

Professor Semeraro

Property I – Semeraro, Property Law in the United States –

Defining Property and the Uncertain Right to Exclude         1-7

 

The Right to Exclude on Land Not Generally Open to the Public    25-37

Property I

§141.2

Professor Simon

(1) Please read Syllabus (to be posted on TWEN)

(2) Please read pp. 1, 18-33 (through note 4), 36-40 (Acquisition by Capture) in Property (Dukeminier), 8th Edition, 2014.

Property II

§142.1

Professor Semeraro

 

Property Law in the United States –

Land Contracts – Statute of Frauds & Marketable Title; Duty to Disclose & Questions  225-242

Property II

§142.2

Professor Schwabach

 

Property II: read pp. 570-601

 

Professional Responsibility

§140.1
Professor Schwabach

 

Read pp. 1-14, 21-78, and ABA Model Rules Preamble, 1.0, 5.5(a), 8.1

 

Professional Responsibility

§140.2

Professor Berenson

Zitrin, et al., Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law (Carolina Academic Press, 4th ed. 2014), Introduction and Chapter 1, pp. 1-38.

American Bar Association, Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Preamble.

Remedies

§166.1

Professor Guzelian

 

Remedies Cases and Problems: - Pages 3-14

Remedies

§166.2

Professor Wezelman

Below is the  Fall 2017 assignment for the first week of the  Fall 2017 Remedies class taught by Professor Wezelman. 

Also, you are receiving, below, instructions for accessing materials on the Docket for Professor Wezelman's Remedies class this semester.

First Week assignment:  Read pp. 1-2 of the Class 1 Handout on Remedial Goals posted in the “Course Materials” section for this course on the Docket.

Read pp. 1-41 and 49-52 in the assigned casebook-- Remedies (Rendleman), 8th Edition.

Docket Access Instructions: 

For all "Docket" readings on the Remedies syllabus, initial assignment and other assignments as well; please go onto the Docket at www.tjsl.edu/docket.

In the Document Library tab on the right side of the screen, go to the very bottom of the box and click on “Go to the Document Library”. 

Select “Course Materials” in the Category drop-down box and click on “Apply”. 

Select “SD 166.2 – Remedies – Professor Stanley Wezelman”.  All of your materials will be listed.

Risk Management
§286.1
Professor Guzelian

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Scholarly Legal Writing

§418.1
Professor Simon

 

 

Read Fajans & Falk - pages 1-9 and 12-26

 

Be prepared to discuss your potential topic.

 

Scholarly Legal Writing
§418.1
Professor Lee

 

 

Read pages 1-9 and 12-26 in the Fajans & Falk text (4th ed., 2011).  Please be prepared to discuss your potential paper topic

Solo Practice Concentration

§600.1

Professor McCoy

 

Read pages 32 – 40 (From the chapter entitled “What You’ll Learn in This Book” to the chapter entitled “The Iron Law of the Market”) in The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

 

Read chapters 1 - 3 in Introduction to Law Practice: Organizing and Managing Legal Work by Gary A. Munneke

 

Torts I

§111.1 & §111.2

Professor Dyson

 

Please Read Cases: Prosser, Wade & Schwartz casebook:

Battery--

(1) Wallace v. Rosen case; Fisher v. Carrousel Motors

Assault--

(1) I de s et ux v. W de S

(2) Western Union v. Telegraph Co v. Hill

 

Please practice exercises:  Glannon on Torts (Optional, But Recommended): Read chapters on Battery & Assault & then complete all practice exercises on Battery & Assault.

 

Please read intent doctrine: Diamond et al., Understanding Torts, p. 3-4 Please view: (Optional but Recommended). 

 

Torts I 
§111.3
Professor Bisom-Rapp

 

Casebook:              Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett, PROSSER, WADE, SCHWARTZ, KELLY, AND

PARTLETT’S TORTS, Thirteenth Edition, Foundation Press, 2015. (PR)

Treatise:                 Diamond, Levine and Bernstein, UNDERSTANDING TORTS, Fifth Edition, Lexis, 2013. (UT)

 

Hornbook:              Glannon, THE LAW OF TORTS: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS,

                                Fifth Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2015. (GL)

 

NOTE: Class will NOT meet on Monday, August 14. Prof. Bisom-Rapp will be out of town.

The make-up class will be held on August 18 from 3:00-4:15 in Room 225

 

Week       Topic                                                      PR                              GL                                                        UT          

   1           Introduction                                           1-4                                                                          

                                                                              (Do not read Hulle)

INTENTIONAL TORTS

Concept of Intent                                                   17-20                          3-5                                                        3-4

                                                                              notes 23-24                                                                    (1.01A-C)

                                                                              26-29                                                                                       5-6

                                                                              25                                                                                   (1.01E-F)

 

Torts I

§111.4

Professor Waldman

 

Required Course Materials & Initial Assignment

 

Casebook:           Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett, PROSSER, WADE AND TORTS, Thirteenth Edition, Foundation Press, 2015. (PR)

 

 Treatise:                 Diamond, Levine and Bernstein, UNDERSTANDING TORTS, Fifth Edition, Lexis, 2013. (UT)

 

                            Hornbook:              Glannon, THE LAW OF TORTS: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS,

                                                           Fourth Edition, Aspen, 2010. (GL)

 

Week       Topic                                      PR                              GL                                        UT          

 

   1           Introduction                           1-4                                                                          

                                                              (Do not read Hulle)

INTENTIONAL TORTS

 

                 Concept of Intent                  17-20                          3-5                                        3-4

                                                               notes 23-24; 25-29                                                  5-6          

 

               

Torts II

§112.1

Professor Bisom-Rapp

 

NOTE: Class will NOT meet on Monday, August 14. Prof. Bisom-Rapp will be out of town.

Make-up class will be on Friday, August 18 from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in Room 225

 

Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett, PROSSER, WADE, SCHWARTZ, KELLY, AND PARTLETT’S TORTS, 13th Edition, Foundation Press (2015) (CB)

 

Glannon, THE LAW OF TORTS: EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS, Fifth Edition, Wolters Kluwer (2015) (GL)

 

Diamond, Levine and Bernstein, UNDERSTANDING TORTS, Fifth  Edition, LexisNexis (2013) (UT)

 

WEEK                     TOPIC                                                     CB                             GL                           UT

               

1                              Strict Liability                                                       

                                Animals                                                  733-740                  323-343                249-265

                                Rylands v Fletcher                                 740-746

                                Indiana Harbor                                        750-758

                                Foster v Preston Mill                               758-760

                 Golden v Amory                                      760-761

                 Sandy v Bushey                                     761-765

 

 

Trademark Law Clinic Seminar

§574.1

Various

 

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Trademark Law Fieldwork

§576.1

Various

 

 

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Trial Practice

§170.1 & 170.3

Professor Grossman

170.1 – 8/15, Chapters 1-3, pages 1-61      Exercise: Case Memorandum

170.3 – 8/16, Chapters 1-3, Pages 1-61      Exercise: Case Memorandum

Trial Practice

§170.2

Professor Siegel

 

8/14   Administration, Case Analysis and Brainstorming case theme and theory

 

READ: Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance

            Bergman, Chapters 1 and 2

            Problem 3.9, Policeman on Surveillance – ATTACHED TO SYLLABUS AS APPENDIX C

 

All prepare case analysis for defense in the attached problem 3.9.  Develop suggested themes and theories for the DEFENSE

 

There will be a lecture on Opening Statements

 

Veteran’s Legal Assistance Clinic

§429.1

Berenson

 

Veterans Clinic

 

Epstein, et al., The Clinic Seminar (West Academic Publishing 2014), Chapter 1, pp. 1-11;

Berenson, A Primer for New Civil Law Clinic Students (available on TWEN).

 

Veterans Legal Assistance Fieldwork

§529.1

Professor Berenson

 

 

 

No Initial Assignment Required

Wills & Trusts

§171.1

Professor Wenger

 

 

 

Initial Assignments:  Dukeminier 1-34

 

Wills & Trusts

§171.2

Professor Martindill

 

1.Introduction and Class 1 of Wills and Trusts Course Outline.( To be Posted online)

 

2.California Probate Code  Read Sections 6400 and 6401(a)(b).  Purchase of a hard copy of the California Probate Code is not required.  Students must have access to the Probate Code and read the assigned Sections prior to class.

 

3. Introductory Definitions:

 

A) Will or Testament- a written document that is a lawful, voluntary                                                                                      disposition of assets upon death.

 

B) Codicil-a written supplement or amendment to a Will

 

C) Testator/trix (Transferor) one who makes a Will

 

D) Devise-gift of real property

 

E) Bequest-gift of personal property

 

F) Legacy-gift of money

 

G) Heir/Heir-at-law - those persons designated by statute as being next in line to inherit

 

H) Beneficiary (Transferee)-those persons named in the Will to inherit

 

I) Issue- lineal descendants of all generations

 

J) Probate, Surrogate, Orphan’s Court-Court having jurisdiction to hear matters arising from decedent’s estates or trusts.

 

K) Testate-Decedent dies leaving a valid Will which directs disposition of the estate.

 

L) Intestate-Decedent dies without a Will and estate is distributed according to state law.

 

M) Decedent-Person who died and whose estate distribution is in question