Assignments for First Day/Week of Classes
Fall 2014 Beginning Monday, August 25

If your course does not appear on this page, please check back-- first day assignments are still being submitted.

On this page:
» Administrative Law - Rubenstein
» Adoption - Hazlett
» Advanced Trial Advocacy - Hanley/Beall
» Constitutional Law II - Rich
» Contracts (J) - Sourgens
» Criminal Law (A1) - Maxwell
» Criminal Law (A2) - Maxwell
» Criminal Law (B) - Kaye
» Criminal Procedure II - Ramirez
» Debtor/Creditor Relations - Boyack
» Domestic Violence - Grover
» Employment Law - Mastrosimone
» Environmental Law - Duncan
» Evidence - Concannon
» Family Law - Elrod
» Family Law Seminar - Maxwell
» International Business Transactions - Westbrook
» Interviewing and Counseling - Leisinger
» Jurisprudence - Rich
» Law Practice Management - Zimmerman
» Legal Analysis in Context - Torts - Pollvogt
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A1) - Grant
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A2) - Mastrosimone
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (AB) - Jackson, JD
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B1) - Grant
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B2) - Jackson, JD
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (J) - Kowalski
» Mediation - Kaye
» Negotiation - Glaser
» Pretrial Advocacy-Criminal - Francis
» Property (AJ) - Duncan
» Property (BJ) - Boyack
» Secured Transactions - Westbrook
» Torts (B1) - Glashausser
» Tribal Law and Government - Kowalski
» Workers' Compensation - Cooper/Fisher


Administrative Law - Rubenstein for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please read Gary Lawson, Administrative Law textbook: pp. 1-11, 22, 29-34.


Adoption - Hazlett for Monday, 8/25/2014

  • Orientation, Syllabus, Adoption History, Kansas Statutes, current new items.
  • Required reading - text, Adoption Law, Theory, Policy and Practice, 2nd Ed, pp xxix - xxxi, 1-15 (end of Chapter Notes and Questions are optional.)
  • Familiarize yourself with the Kansas Adoption Relinquishment Act K.S.A. 59-2000 through 59-2144.
  • Sign up for the List servs: Capital Law School (go to law.capital.edu) and register for both news and cases list servs.
Possible questions for discussion:
  1. In Kansas, in an independent adoption, may a consenting biological parent waive notice of the final hearing? Has the law really changed?
  2. Review K.S.A. 59-2123 and Kansas Attorney General Opinion No. 93-70 for the purpose of discussion.
  3. Review K.S.A. 59-2121 and go to for the purpose of discussion
  4. Review the 2 original Kansas Adoption Statues attached and compare with current law K.S.A. 59-2114 and 59-2124
  5. Find what you can about the "orphan trains."


Advanced Trial Advocacy - Hanley/Beall for Monday, 8/25/2014

  • Sign up for this course on TWEN
  • Set up Google Drive (See instructions on course syllabus)
  • Read Hoffman's Building Block #7, Case Planning & Trial Notebook (posted on TWEN)
  • Read Chapters 1, 2, and 3: Case Analysis, Trial Tools, and Persuasion Theory, pgs. 1-42, in Modern Trial Advocacy
  • Read State v. Baker case file
  • Prepare case analysis for break-out sessions


Constitutional Law II - Rich for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please read - Maggs & Smith, pp. 22-38.


Contracts (J) - Sourgens for Monday, 8/25/2014
Please read Epstein, Markell, Ponoroff, pp. 1-35 and the first day handout (39 KB PDF).


Criminal Law (A1) - Maxwell for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Read first day assignment (12 KB PDF).


Criminal Law (A2) - Maxwell for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Read first day assignment (12 KB PDF).


Criminal Law (B) - Kaye for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Read first day assignment memo (12 KB PDF) and sample case brief (53 KB PDF).


Criminal Procedure II - Ramirez for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter One from the assigned text, Erwin Chemerinsky & Laurie L. Levenson, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (Second Ed. 2013)

  • Chapter One: Introduction to Criminal Procedure (a.k.a. Bail to Jail)
  • Stages of Criminal Justice System; Purpose of Procedural Rules; Incorporation of the Bill of Rights, and Retroactivity, Read: pp. 1-30.


Debtor/Creditor Relations - Boyack for Tuesday, 8/26/2014

  • Sign up for the class website on TWEN
  • Read Course Syllabus (posted on TWEN)
  • Read Casebook Assignment 1 (pp. 1-21)
  • Solve Problems 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 - come prepared to discuss each of these in class.


Domestic Violence - Grover for Wednesday, 8/27/2014

  • Required Reading: Chapter 1, pages 1-28 in Domestic Violence Law text.
  • Recommended Reading: Chapter 1 in The Batterer As Parent (Bancroft & Silverman)


Employment Law - Mastrosimone for Monday, 8/25/2014
Read: Rothstein & Liebman pages 2-25 and accompanying materials in the 2014 supplement and sign up for the class on TWEN.


Environmental Law - Duncan for Monday, 8/25/2014
The first three days of class will be spent on the handout that is available in the wall bin outside room 301.


Evidence - Concannon for Monday, 8/25/2014
See first day assignment memo (16 KB PDF).


Family Law - Elrod for Monday, 8/25/2014
See first day assignment (27 KB PDF).


Family Law Seminar - Maxwell for Wednesday, 8/27/2014
First Day Assignment

  1. Sign up for the TWEN Course: Family Law Seminar Fall 2014 - password FLS Fall 14 under tab course materials.
  2. Read Course Description
  3. Under tab What is Family read: Introduction, Moore v. City of East Cleveland and Chapter 4
  4. Under tab Forum: Read and consider the discussion questions posted under Discussion Questions, Class 1 Discussion Questions


International Business Transactions - Westbrook for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please complete the following before the first class:

  1. Read Chapter 1 (Introduction), pp. 3-18, in the textbook.
  2. Sign on to the class TWEN page and make sure that you can access the materials posted there.


Interviewing and Counseling - Leisinger for Monday, 8/25/2014

  • Read: Chapter 1 - Three Models of Legal Counseling: pages 1-10. In the required text: The Counselor-at-law: A Collaborative Approach to Client Interviewing and Counseling, Second Edition; DiPippa, Peters and Cochran - 2007.


Jurisprudence - Rich for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please read - Hayman, et.al., Prologue, pp. v-xii and sign up on TWEN.


Law Practice Management - Zimmerman for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
For the first day read Chapters 1-3 in text book Introduction to Law Practice: Organizing and Managing Legal Work 4th edition.


Legal Analysis in Context - Torts - Pollvogt for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Read the following for the first class:


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A1) - Grant for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please read:

  • Introduction to course
  • Edwards Chapter 1
  • Sloan Chapter 1
  • Rowe article (on TWEN)
  • Assignment due: Info Sheet (on TWEN)


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (A2) - Mastrosimone for Tuesday, 8/26/2014

  1. Complete the first Day Writing Assignment posted on the TWEN site on the "Writing Assignments" tab.
  2. Read: Edwards Chapter 1, Sloan Chapter 1 and skim Bluebook table of contents and Pages 1-2 and skim Aspen Handbook table of contents and appendices (excluding C & D).


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (AB) - Jackson, JD for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please Read Legal Writing and Analysis pp. 3-9, 17-23


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B1) - Grant for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please read:

  • Introduction to course
  • Edwards Chapter 1
  • Sloan Chapter 1
  • Rowe article (on TWEN)
  • Assignment due: Info Sheet (on TWEN)


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (B2) - Jackson, JD for Tuesday, 8/26/2014
Please Read Legal Writing and Analysis pp. 3-9, 17-23


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (J) - Kowalski for Tuesday, 8/26/2014

  1. Please read Linda Edwards, Legal Analysis and Writing Chapter 14 (Introduction to Brief Writing). If you would like to see two real trial-level briefs, you can take an early look at our semester case file on TWEN, which contains a motion brief and a response brief. If you do not have the Edwards book from your previous legal writing course, please contact me for an alternate assignment until I can get a copy of the book put on reserve for you.
  2. Please complete ICW exercises 6 and 7 (state and federal statutes), and submit them in hard copy at the beginning of the class period. If you did not have Prof. Byers last semester, please e-mail me to let me know whether you used ICW citation exercises in your previous legal writing class, and if so, which exercises you have already completed. I will adjust your assignment accordingly.
  3. Assignments for Thursday will be discussed in class on Tuesday. .


Mediation - Kaye for Monday, 8/25/2014
See first day assignment (12 KB PDF).


Negotiation - Glaser for Wednesday, 8/27/2014
Please read the following:

  • Korobkin, Negotiation Theory and Strategy, pp. 5-24, 251-260;
  • Shell, Bargaining for Advantage, Introduction & pp. 3-25


Pretrial Advocacy-Criminal - Francis for Tuesday, 8/26/2014

  1. Please read the ABA Prosecution Function Standards excerpt, ABA Defense Function Standards excerpt, and Kansas Supreme Court Rule 3.8, all available on the course TWEN page under the "Course Materials" tab.
  2. We will meet in Room 150 on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
  3. During this first workshop, we will watch a movie which we will refer to at different points in the semester. Due to the length of the movie, this workshop will run 95 minutes. You will get the extra time back later in the semester.
  4. Please enroll in the course TWEN page before the first day.
  5. Also, please hold off on purchasing your copy of the State v. Tyler case materials until you are informed which side of the case you will be working on.


Property (AJ) - Duncan for Monday, 8/25/2014
Please read the following e-articles about note taking. Article 1 and Article 2.
Primarily, we will begin our introduction to the course. So please pick up the handout that it is in a box on the floor outside my assistant's office, Room 302, and read pp. 1-8, 17-22. We will spend approximately two days on the handout, looking to finish it on Wednesday or early in the hour on Friday. We will be learning a little bit of law as we move through it, but its main purpose is to help us explore the very nature of property--which may be somewhat different than you suspect.


Property (BJ) - Boyack for Monday, 8/25/2014
Sign up for the class website on TWEN.
Carefully read the entire course syllabus (posed on TWEN)
Start Assignment 1:

  • Read Casebook through p. 12 (including all the notes)
  • Brief case Jacques v. Steenberg Homes
  • Think carefully about the Principal Problem (from p. 2 - 3)


Secured Transactions - Westbrook for Wednesday, 8/27/2014
We will not have class on Monday, August 25th. The first day of class will be Wednesday, August 27th.

  1. Introduction to the Class
  2. What is Secured Transaction? Reading: LoPucki and Warren, pp. xxxi-xxxii (end of carryover paragraph)
  3. Creditors' Remedies under State Law. Reading: LoPucki and Warren, pp. 3-5 (end of last full paragraph), 14-15, 18 ("Fraudulent Transfers" section), 22-24 (end of carryover paragraph)
  4. Introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code
  5. In addition, please sign on to the class TWEN page and make sure you can access the materials posted there.


Torts (B1) - Glashausser for Tuesday, 8/19/2014
Please read the materials on case briefing and the court system that the Admissions Office has posted at http://washburnlaw.edu/academics/jurisdoctor/firstyear/firstweek/index.html#glashausserday1. You will receive future assignments in class.


Tribal Law and Government - Kowalski for Wednesday, 8/27/2014

  1. Please read Matthew L.M. Fletcher, American Indian Tribal Law, pp. xxi-xxiv and pp. 1-40, including the "notes" sections.
  2. While you are reading, consider the differences in governance between the more traditional, quasi-judicial tribal council decisions on pp. 5-9 and the tribal constitutions on pp. 25-39. How do they represent a shift in philosophy of governance? Please record your thoughts in a paragraph of 100-150 words and bring a hard copy to discuss and submit in class. Please include your name and begin your paragraph with a topic sentence stating your main point. Try to mention one or two specific examples from the reading to make your paragraph more persuasive.
  3. Please join the TWEN site.


Workers' Compensation - Cooper/Fisher for Wednesday, 8/27/2014
Read the following:

  • Employees' Remedies Prior to and Apart from Workers Compensation Chapter 1, pp. 1 - 21
  • The Compensation Principle, Chapter 2, pp. 61-83


Please forward assignment additions/updates to Donna McMurry in the Dean's Office.