First Class Assignments

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Animal Law – Flannery

Casebook: Wagman, Waisman and Frasch, Animal Law: Cases and Materials (4th ed., Carolina Academic Press 2010).


  • Jan. 15 – No reading assignment
  • Jan. 22 – Read pp. 3-49

Business Associations – Steinbuch

Read first 40 pages of text.

Civil Procedure II – Beiner

We will be picking up where we left off last semester. Read about motions to dismiss on pages 610 to 626 in the text book along with Rule 12(b), 12(g) and 12(h). In addition, we will be looking at Rule 11, so please read that rule as well as pages 641-657 of your text book.

Civil Procedure II – Boles

First, sign up for the Civil Procedure II TWEN page. Second, ensure your clicker is in working order. Third, complete the following assignments, which should take us through the first few classes:

  • Chapter 5 (Venue, Transfer and Forum Non Conveniens)
    • skip Reasor-Hill and notes (bottom of p. 363 – top of p. 368)
    • pay particular attention to accompanying statutory authority
  • Chapter 8 (Modern Pleading)
    • p. 553 – 554
    • bottom of p. 558 (Note on the burden of pleading) – 579
    • Supplement:
      • skim Twombly complaint, focusing on ¶ 51
      • FRCP 8

Commercial Paper – Goldner

Register on TWEN for Commercial Paper (Goldner). Under the tab Syllabus and Assignments you will find document Syllabus and Class Policies. The required texts are listed in that document, as well as all class policies and the assignment for the first week.

Comparative Law – Kahn-Fogel

Before the first class, please read the following:

  • The Civil Law Tradition, pp. 1-33
  • Ugo Mattei, An Opportunity Not to be Missed: The Future of Comparative Law in the United States, 46 Am. J. Comp. L. 709 (1998)
  • The Perils of Comparative Law, excerpt on TWEN
  • David Gerber, Authority Heuristics, 79 Chi. -Kent. L. Rev. 959 (2004)
  • Michael Reisman, Lining Up: The Microlegal System of Queues, excerpt on TWEN

Conflict of Laws – Gallant


Constitutional History – Mader

First assignment

Contracts – Schwartz

First class 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
  • Chapter 5 – A Contract’s Parts

Contracts II – Silverstein

Day – First class assignments

Night – First class assignments

Criminal Law – Epps

Text: Criminal Law Concepts and Practice 3rd Edition. Read the following:

  • Jan. 14 – pages 1-23
  • Jan. 16 – pages 23-46
  • Jan. 21- pages 47-66
  • Jan. 23 – pages 67- 85

Carefully review the problems in the assigned reading and be prepared to discuss them in class.

Criminal Law – Gallant


Criminal Procedure, Post-trial – Sullivan

Course overview and first assignments

Criminal Procedure, Pretrial – Kahn-Fogel

For the first week of class, please read pages 1-66 of the casebook.

Critical Race Theory – Aiyetoro

Read Roy L. Brooks, “Critical Race Theory: A Proposed Structure and Application to Federal Pleading, ” 11 Harvard BlackLetter Journal, 85-98 (1994).

Decedents’ Estates and Trusts – Foster

The assignment for the first week is now posted on our course TWEN site. Register asap. Our class is a small one and so it’s imperative everyone is prepared. I’ll see you Jan. 13.

Employment Discrimination – Cain


First assignments

Employment Law – Hansen

Required books: Rothstein & Liebman, Employment Law: Cases and Materials, Concise Seventh Edition (Foundation Press, 2011) (Casebook); Rothstein & Liebman, Employment Law: 2013 Supplement (Foundation Press, 2013) (Supplement); Willborn, Schwab, Burton & Lester, Employment Law: Selected Federal and State Statutes (LexisNexis, 2012) (Statutes)

First-week reading:

  • Jan. 14 – Introduction to the Employment Law – Casebook:Chapter 1, pages 1-14
  • Jan. 16 – Employment at Will and its Regulation –  Casebook: Chapter 2, pages 15-52 and statutes: Model Employment Termination Act, pages 23-30

Environmental Law – Wright

Jan. 13 – Pages 1-20 and 25-36

Jan. 15 – Pages 37-65

Family Law – Flannery

Casebook: Wadlington, O’Brien & Wilson, Domestic Relations: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 2013, Foundation Press)


  • Jan. 13 – Read pages 1-19 in the casebook
  • Jan. 15 – Read pages 19-41 in the casebook

Immigration Law – Oliver

First assignment (for classes 1 and 2): Please read pp. v to vii, ix to xi, xiii to xvi, and Ch. 3 – Federal Agencies and Courts, pp. 267-94.

Course materials: Thomas A. Aleinikoff et al., Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (6th ed., Thomson/West 2008) and Thomas A. Aleinikoff et al., Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms (2012 West). The textbook is the same book students used last year, so you should be able to purchase a used book. The statutory supplement is the 2012 edition, which is new.

Intellectual Property – Evans


Introduction to intellectual property – Read Nard et al., pp. 1- 18  (due Jan. 14).

Acquiring Patent Rights: A. Claiming and Disclosing the Invention 1. Claim Interpretation  – Read Nard et a., pp. 19 – 45 (due Jan 16)

Juvenile Law – Stallings

Jan. 14 –  General Overview – Introduction

  • Introductions, Syllabus and student obligation review
  • Chapter 1: History and Philosophy of Juvenile Justice System
  • Terminology of Juvenile Court, A.C.A. § 9-27-303

Law and Economics – Steinbuch

Read first 2 chapters of Mankiw. Ensure that you bring your ID number for quizzes. Since this class has regular quizzes, please note that it will have a limited absence policy.

Law and Literature – Fleming

First class – Jan. 14 – What’s in a name?

  • Auden, “Law Like Love” – handout
  • Owen, “Call Me Loyd” – handout

An appropriately labeled handout will be available a week before the first class. Look for it at the check-out desk in the library.

  1. Self-intros. Who are you? Where’re you from? What’ve you been doing with yourself the last few years? Why are you in law school? Why are you in this class? What is something that your fellow students don’t know about you?
  2. Bring a poem to class. Be prepared to read it and tell why you chose it.
  3. Discuss “Course Description and Syllabus” (to the extent needed).

Law and Psychiatry – Sullivan

Course overview

Reading 1

Reading 2

Lawyering Skills – Johnson

You will attend a workshop prior to the first class lecture. For your first workshop, you should be prepared to talk about yourself for 5-8 minutes, no notes. You may, but are not required to, talk about your goals and what you hope to learn in the class.

Legal Profession – Oliver

First assignment (for class 1): Read:

  • The Preface, pp. v to vi, and Chapter 1 in the textbook we will use, which is Thomas D. Morgan, Ronald D. Rotunda, and John S. Dzienkowski, Professional Responsibility Problems and Materials (11th ed., Foundation Press 2011),
  • Preface, p. v; The American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Aug. 2003), pp. 1-2; and Preamble: A Lawyer’s Responsibilities, pp. 3 to 10 in Thomas D. Morgan and Ronald D. Rotunda, 2013 Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press 2013).

The textbook is the same students used last year, so you should be able to purchase used books.  The other book we will use, Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility, is new – the 2013 edition.

Legal Research II – all sections

Week one – Introduction to Federal Law

Legislation – Entrikin

For Jan. 15, read and be prepared to discuss:

  • Rynearson, Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step:
    • Foreword, pp. xvii-xxi
  • Jellum & Hricik, Modern Statutory Interpretation (2d ed.):
    • Introduction, pp. xxv-xxx
    • Ch. 1, pp. 1-32
    • Problem 1-1, pp. 12 – Prepare your answers in writing to turn in (please type them)
  • Oleszek, Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process (9thed.):
    • Preface, pp. xv-xviii
    • Ch. 1, pp. 1-18

Natural Resources Law – Goodhart

At our first session on Tuesday January 14, 2014, we will cover the Introduction to Natural Resources Law materials and the Johnson v. M’Intosh case on pages 1-64 in the text book (FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND AND RESOURCES LAW, Sixth Edition, by George Cameron Coggins, Charles F. Wilkinson, John D. Leshy, and Robert L. Fishman).

Oil and Gas Law – Perkins, Peiserich, Rankin

Course policies

First assignment

Patent and Trade Secret – Carter

Read pages 1-37, 60-68 and 69-114 from the Principles of Patent Law book.

Property II – Goldner

Register on TWEN for Property II (Goldner). Under the tab Syllabus and Assignments you will find two documents: Syllabus and Class Policies, and Weekly Assignment Jan. 13.

Property II – Foster

The assignment for the first week of Property II, Day Section, is posted on the Property II TWEN site. Register for it.

RWA II – Barger

First class assignments

RWA II – Cain

First week assignments


RWA II – Entrikin

For Jan. 13, be prepared to discuss the reading assignments in class. Your client letter, which will be assigned the first day of class, is due at the beginning of class Jan. 22. Read the following in the Neumann & Tiscione text:

  • Ch. 21 – Client Advice Letters
  • Appendix C – Sample Client Advice Letter

Read the following in the Noah Messing text (new book The Art of Advocacy: Briefs, Motions, and Writing Strategies of America’s Best Lawyers – available in bookstore)

  • Ch. 17 – Letters

For Jan. 15, read the following in the Neumann & Tiscione text and be prepared to discuss:

  • Ch. 22 – Developing a Persuasive Theory
  • Ch. 22 – Exercise — Escape from Prison, p. 262 – Prepare your answers in writing to turn in

Read the following in the Ross Guberman text (new book Point Made:  How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates – available in bookstore)

  • Introduction, pp.  xxiii-xxvi
  • Ch. 1 – pp. 1-9.

RWA II – Gustafson

First class assignment

RWA II – Mader

First assignment


Race and the Criminal Justice System – Kelly

No reading is required for the first class. We will watch a movie. Students are to write a brief essay on racism (500 words or less). The essay should include your definition of racism, your personal thoughts on the issue, and any personal experience that you want to share. The essay is due Jan. 23.

Remedies – Aiyetoro

Introductory reading material

Sales Transactions – Fendler

Jan. 14: Introduction, Scope of Article 2, pp. 1-29

Jan. 16: Scope, cont’d; Offer & Acceptance, pp. 29-47 

Secured Transactions – Jones

First assignments

Securities Regulation – Fendler

Jan. 13: Introduction to Securities Regulation, pp. 1-32. Definition of a “Security” – Introduction, pp. 33-35.

Wartzman v. Hightower Productions, Ltd.

Jan. 15: Meaning of “Investment Contract,” pp. 37-48.

SEC v. W.J. Howey Co.

Continental Marketing Corp. v. SEC

SEC v. Edwards

Meaning of “Investment Contract” cont’d, pp. 46-61

SEC v. Koscot Interplanetary, Inc., 497 F.2d 473 (5th Cir. 1974) (read in conjunction with text on pp. 46-48)

Casali v. Schultz, 732 S.W.2d 836 (Ark. 1987) (read in conjunction with text on pp. 49-52)

Note: Print out these cases from Westlaw – in form of West Reporter PDF – and bring to class.

Social Security Disability – Curdie


Sports Law – Brooks and Phillips

Jan. 13: The Role of the Commissioner. Read Weiler: p. 1-40

Tax Policy – Oliver

Course policies and first assignment