Assignments for First Day/Week of Classes
Spring 2016 Beginning Tuesday, January 19

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
» Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar - Judd
» Business Associations - Westbrook
» Constitutional Law I (A) - Jackson, J.D.
» Constitutional Law I (B) - Rubenstein
» Constitutional Law I (J) - Pollvogt
» Contracts (A) - Boyack
» Contracts (B) - Sourgens
» Criminal Procedure - Ramirez
» Divorce Practice - Elrod
» Employment Discrimination - Duncan
» Evidence - Kaye
» Family Law Seminar - Elrod
» International Petroleum Arbritration - Sourgens
» Legal Analysis, Research & Writing for the Government Client (ON) - Jackson, K.
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (J) - Jackson, J.D.
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A1) - Kowalski
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A2) - Grant
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (AB) - Grant
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B1) - Kowalski
» Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B2) - Mastrosimone
» Pretrial Advocacy-Civil - Francis
» Public Employment Law - Mastrosimone
» Public Land Law - Duncan
» Race and the Law - Jackson, J.T.
» Real Estate Transactions - Boyack
» Remedies - Judd
» Securities Regulation - Westbrook
» Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers, Estates, and Trusts - Martello
» White Collar Crime - Ramirez


Administrative Law - Rubenstein for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Please read Lawson, Federal Administrative Law pp. 1-11 (middle); p. 22 (5U.S.C. 551); pp. 29-34.


Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar - Judd for Thursday, 1/21/2016


Business Associations - Westbrook for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Read the following for the first day:

  • Introduction to the Class
  • Agency: Introduction to Agency Relationships
  • Agency: Creation and Types
  • P/P: Chapter 8 pp. 174-176
  • Restatement (3rd of Agency: Section 1.01-1.04[1]
  • TWEN: Gorton v. Doty
  • TWEN: A. Gay Jenson Farms Co. v. Cargill, Inc.


Constitutional Law I (A) - Jackson, J.D. for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Please read pages 1 - 13.


Constitutional Law I (B) - Rubenstein for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Please read Constitutional Law, pp. 1-22.


Constitutional Law I (J) - Pollvogt for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Read the following from the text Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach, Gregory E. Maggs and Peter J. Smith (3rd Ed.).

  1. For Tuesday, 1/19/16, The Constitution of the United States of America pp. 1307-1323
  2. For Thursday, 1/21/16, History and Overview; Methods of Interpreting the Constitution pp. 1-13; pp. 13-22
  3. For Friday, 1/22/16, District of Columbia v. Heller pp. 23-41


Contracts (A) - Boyack for Wednesday, 1/20/2016

  • Sign up for Course on TWEN
  • Read Course syllabus
  • Casebook pp. 1-17 (skip Problem 1-1) and 17-26


Contracts (B) - Sourgens for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Please read pp. 1-35, Cases and Materials on Contracts: Making and Doing Deals (Epstein, Markell, Panoroff).


Criminal Procedure - Ramirez for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Please read pages 1-30 in the casebook Moskovitz, Cases and Problems in Criminal Procedure: The Police (6th Edition 2014).


Divorce Practice - Elrod for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

  • Images of Family Lawyers & Professionalism. The first class will discuss the public perception of lawyers and marketing. Find four websites for family lawyers - at least one in Kansas. The others can be from anywhere. Find one bad image. We will discuss these images of law and lawyers. What is the public's perception of lawyers generally?
  • Readings: TWEN Chapter 1. Practicing Family Law: Selecting and Training Clients. Marsha Kline Pruett & Tamara D. Jackson, The Lawyer's Role During the Divorce Process: Perceptions of Parents, Their Young Children and Their Attorneys, 33 FAM. L. Q. 283 (1999); Samuel V. Schoonmaker, III @ Samuel V. Schoonmaker, IV, Two Generations of Practioners Assess the Evolution of Family Law, 42 FAM. L. Q. 687 (2008).
  • See one of the following movies: The Client, War of the Roses, Kramer v. Kramer, Liar, Liar, Intolerable Cruelty, The Devil's Advocate, A Civil Action, The Verdict, Legally Blond, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Time to Kill, A Few Good Men, or Philadelphia. What is the image projected in the movie?


Employment Discrimination - Duncan for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Read course intro, pp 1-20, Employment Discrimination Law, 8th (Avery, et al); Intro video re Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Read Coverage of Civil Rights Acts, pp. 41-64


Evidence - Kaye for Wednesday, 1/20/2016


Family Law Seminar - Elrod for Thursday, 1/21/2016
For the first day of class read the following cases and articles. Be Prepared to Ddiscuss them. Email three discussion questions and observations too Shirley Jacobson by 9:30 a.m. on class day, Thursday, January 21. shirley.jacobson@washburn.edu

  1. Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015) (Kennedy opinion)
  2. Linda C. McClain, Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage: Revisiting the Channelling Function of Family Law, 28 CARDOZO L. Rev. 2133 (2007).
  3. John Eekelaar, Why People Marry: The Many Faces of an Institution, 41 FAM.L.Q. 413 (2007)
  4. Milton Regan, Marriage at the Millennium, 33 Fam L.Q. 647 (1999)
  5. Marsha Garrison, The Decline of Formal Marriage: Inevitable or Reversible? 41 FAM. L. Q. 491 (2007)
  6. Adam Candeub & Mae Kuykendall, Modernizing Marriage, 22 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 735 (2011)
  7. Pew Research Center Social Trends Staff; The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families, Nov. 18, 2010


International Petroleum Arbritration - Sourgens for Tuesday, 1/12/2016

  • Please read the attached (231 KB PDF) before the first class session except for the final article marked "skip."
  • We will begin class with a short quiz about the reading (Professor Sourgens will ask you to answer the "key questions" on pages 3-4).


Legal Analysis, Research & Writing for the Government Client (ON) - Jackson, K. for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Class will meet in Room 119 from 3:20 - 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

  • To prepare for the first class, please print and review the documents in the "LARW Course Information folder in the D2L classroom.
  • Also, please print the first day exercises below to complete in class using your laptop or pen/paper.
  • You will not need your textbooks for the first class.


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I (J) - Jackson, J.D. for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Please read Legal Writing and Analysis pp. 3 - 9, 17 - 23. You do not have to do any of the exercises, but you should read through them.


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A1) - Kowalski for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  1. Please read A Lawyer Writes, Chapter 19, on the transition from objective to persuasive legal writing. If you are joining the class mid-year and used a different textbook for your LARW I class, please contact Professor Kowalski to advise which book you have from LARW I, and she will assign a reading from that book.
  2. Read the Introduction and "How to Get the Most from This Book" in our new test, The Art of Advocacy by Noah Messing. Please also skim the tables at the back of the book to see how you can access the original briefs used in the examples.
  3. Review the syllabus, which is now posted in our TWEN syllabus section. Please pay particular attention to the sections on attendance, assignments, grades and honor code.
  • Friday, January 22, 2016
  1. Please read Chapters 17 and 18 on professional letters and email in A Lawyer Writes.
  2. Complete the "Draft job application letter" assignment. The reading and assignment instructions are included in the TWEN assignment dropbox.


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (A2) - Grant for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Read Supplements #1 and #2 (posted on TWEN page).


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (AB) - Grant for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Read Supplements #1 and #2 (posted on TWEN page).


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B1) - Kowalski for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  1. Please read A Lawyer Writes, Chapter 19, on the transition from objective to persuasive legal writing. If you are joining the class mid-year and used a different textbook for your LARW I class, please contact Professor Kowalski to advise which book you have from LARW I, and she will assign a reading from that book.
  2. Read the Introduction and "How to Get the Most from This Book" in our new test, The Art of Advocacy by Noah Messing. Please also skim the tables at the back of the book to see how you can access the original briefs used in the examples.
  3. Review the syllabus, which is now posted in our TWEN syllabus section. Please pay particular attention to the sections on attendance, assignments, grades and honor code.
  • Friday, January 22, 2016
  1. Please read Chapters 17 and 18 on professional letters and email in A Lawyer Writes.
  2. Complete the "Draft job application letter" assignment. The reading and assignment instructions are included in the TWEN assignment dropbox.


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II (B2) - Mastrosimone for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

  1. Sign up for the TWEN page for class.
  2. Read the Supplemental Reading Material 1 on Bar Exam Statistics found on the TWEN Site.
  3. Read the course schedule and class policies found on the TWEN Site.
  4. Read the Supplemental Reading Material 2 on the Hardy & Tisdale problem found on the TWEN Site. Be prepared to discuss the problem and cases in class. Draft an annotated outline of a synthesized rule from the cases in the Hardy and Tisdale problem set to determine when a person will be admitted to the bar despite having less than perfect "character and fitness." Please bring a hard copy of your annotated rule to pass in during class. This will count as an "analytical exercise."


Pretrial Advocacy-Civil - Francis for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

Updated Thursday, 1/14/2016, 5:40 p.m.


Public Employment Law - Mastrosimone for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

  • Sign up for course on TWEN site.
  • Read Malin et al: pages 1 - 32, and corresponding material in Cumulative Supplement located on TWEN site.


Public Land Law - Duncan for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Read Course Intro, pp. 1-31, Natural Resources Law. 3d(Klein, Cheever, Birdsong)
Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Read Intro to Public Domain and Federal Lands, pp 35-65


Race and the Law - Jackson, J.T. for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Please read the following from the Race and Races course text:

  • Introduction through the end of the notes on p. 19.


Real Estate Transactions - Boyack for Tuesday, 1/19/2016

  • Sign up for course on TWEN
  • Read course syllabus
  • Assignment 40a (p. 905-915) - read and prepare solution to the principal problem.


Remedies - Judd for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Please read:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
  1. Introduction to the Course and the Rightful Position Prinicple. Laycock pp. 1-18
  • Friday, January 22, 2016
  1. Value as the Measure of the Rightful Position. Laycock pp. 18-35.


Securities Regulation - Westbrook for Wednesday, 1/20/2016
Please read the following:

  • Introduction to the Securities Markets and Securities Regulation
  • Types of Securities
  • The Capital Market
  • Who Provides Information to Investors?
  • Reading: C/P Ch. 11: pp. 1-15, 20-28, 33-45
  • The Concept of Materiality
  • What Matters to Investors?
  • Forward-Looking Information
  • Reading: C/P Ch. 2: pp. 47-57

You should try to get a good start on the reading during the next week, but do not worry if you do not finish it by Wednesday.


Taxation of Gratuitous Transfers, Estates, and Trusts - Martello for Tuesday, 1/19/2016
Please read the following:

  • Problem(s): 1, and all associated readings as indicated by the problem.
  • Objective:
  1. Understand the basic of the interplay of the Transfer Tax System;
  2. Understand how to attentively map out problems according to the IRC and Treas. Regs.; and
  3. Become familiar with outside resources pertaining to Tax Law.


White Collar Crime - Ramirez for Wednesday, 1/20/2016


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