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Fall 2015 First Assignments

(Updated: Mon., August 24, 2015 2:27 PM)

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Administrative Law ( - 532) - Sant'Ambrogio, M.

Books: Required:

State and Federal Administrative Law by Asimow and Levin. 4th ed. ISBN: 978-0314283795.

Assignment: Introduction to Administrative Law and overview of the course; two views of the Administrative State—Stewart and Eskridge & Ferejohn.

Reading: A&L 1-14; Supp. 1 (Stewart, The Reformation of American Administrative Law); and Supp. 2 (ESKRIDGE & FEREJOHN, A REPUBLIC OF STATUTES)


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ADR in the Workplace ( - 505D) - Bedikian, M.

Books: Required:

ADR in the Workplace by Cooper, Nolan and Bales. 3rd ed.West Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-0314195883.


Assignment: Class 1 reading assignment:
Part 1. Labor Arbitration, Chapter 1, Pp 3-17 and Chapter II 19-39.


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Advanced Legal Research ( - 586) - Bean, B., Meland, J.

Books: Required:
Principles of Legal Research by Kent Olson. 2nd ed. Concise Horbook Series. West Academic. ISBN: 978-0314286642.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN site for this course.

Class 1 Reading Assignment: Chapter 1 in your casebook.

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Advanced Legal Research ( - 586) - Hanna, H., Hedin, J.

Books: Required:
The Process of Legal Research by Kunz, et.al. 7th ed. ISBN: 978-0735569775.

Assignment:

Details: They will be using the 7th ed.

Advanced Topics in Indian Law: Global Perspectives on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ( - 635A) - Singel, W.

Books: The professor will provide materials for the course. A link on Turtle Talk will be provided to the students.

Assignment:

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Analytical Methods for Lawyers-Microeconomics ( - 509A) - Mercuro, N.

Books: A required collection of readings will become available around August 14, 2015 at Budget Printing on Trowbridge Rd.

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Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety ( - 810E) - Haskell, S.

Books: The book used for:
LAW 810E, Section 730, Animal Health, World Trade and Food Safety
is available online through the MSU libraries.
It is not necessary to purchase the book.
Attached are instructions for accessing the book. The instructions are also provided within the course.
Global Livestock Health Policy: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Effective Action
Copyright © 2004 Iowa State Press

Author(s): Robert F. Kahrs
Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
Print ISBN: 9780813802046
Online ISBN: 9780470344842
DOI: 10.1002/9780470344842
LC CALL# SF740 .K35 2004eb


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Antitrust Law ( - 504) - Chen, J.

Books: Required:
Antitrust Analysis: Problems, Text, Cases by Philip Areeda, et.al 7th ed. 2013. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1454824992.

Assignment:

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Arbitration (Labor) ( - 505B) - Roumell, G.

Books: Required:
Coursepack: Roumell's Primer on Labor Arbitration. Available at Spartan Bookstore in August, 2015.

Assignment: Challenges to the jurisdiction of the arbitrator because of procedural defects. Functions of the Arbitrator. Pages 1-30.

Evidential issues. Pages 25-45.



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Basic Income Taxation A ( - 501A) - McCormick, A.

Books: Required:
1. Taxation of Individual Income by Burke & Friel. 11th ed. LexisNexis. ISBN: 978-1632824424. Looseleaf ISBN: 978-1632824448.
2. Selected Federal Taxation Statutes and Regulations by Lathrope. 2016 ed. West. ISBN: 978-1634594837. Publication date: 7/2015.

**An e-version of the book is now available. ISBN: 978-1632824431. Won't be available until August, 2015.**

Assignment: Assignment: For the first day of class:

1. Register on the Westlaw TWEN site for Basic Tax A with Professor McCormick. Get help from the library and/or computer lab if you have trouble registering. The password for registering is basic. The TWEN site will be open to subscribers in early or mid August.

2. Download and read the syllabus which appears on the TWEN site.

3. Read and prepare the first listed assignment in the syllabus. This includes a reading assignment from Chapter 1 of the textbook as well as an assignment from the Code book. Be prepared to discuss the problems at the beginning of Chapter 1.


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Basic Income Taxation B ( - 501B) - Wease, J.

Books: Required:
Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-0314291370.

Assignment: Read pp 1-28.

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Basic Will Drafting ( - 540A) - Behan, M.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: Please sign up on the TWEN site for this course. All information will be posted here.

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Biotechnology Law and Food Products ( - 810P) - Carter-Johnson, J.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: History of Agricultural Biotechnology: How Crop Development has Evolved, By: Wieczorek Ania, available at http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/history-of-agricultural-biotechnology-how-crop-development-25885295

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Biotechnology Law Seminar ( - 558S) - Carter-Johnson, J.

Books: Required:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. ISBN: 978-1400052189.
Any format is acceptable.

Assignment: Register on TWEN for this course. All materials will be posted there.

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Business Enterprises ( - 500M) - Bean, B.

Books: Required:
1. Mastering Corporations and Other Business Entities by Lee Harris. 2009. Carolina Academic Press. ISBN: 978-1594604447. Many students find this inexpensive book helpful in understanding a new area that uses a strange vocabulary.
2.Business Associations: Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnership and Corporations by Klein, Ramseyer and Bainbridge. 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th editions are all acceptable. Foundation Press.

Assignment: Sign on to the TWEN site for this course, download the Introduction, Syllabus and Game Plan for Days 1 and 2. There are Game Plans for each week of our 14 week investigation of how corporations work and how shareholders may protect themselves. Review the Supplemental Materials included on the TWEN site for Days 1 and 2. Read the Harris materials very carefully as we will have some sort of quiz on the business and economics terminology that we use throughout the course. (Mastering the terminology is the key to Acing the course.)

FYI, there is more reading for Day 1 than for the other 27 Days in BE. Thus, you may wish to start early.
You will also need to prepare the cases from Bainbridge. Feel free to pose questions and comments/complaints on the "Forum" part of the TWEN site. You should also not hesitate to email the TAs to explain whatever is unclear.
Very little changes to text. Cases not in one edition will be posted to the TWEN site for this course.

Details: Business Enterprises is a four-credit course which deals with the various forms of legal entities used to engage in commercial activities. All bar examinations include questions covering Business Enterprises/Corporations. Unincorporated business forms are also studied with emphasis on the rapidly expanding area of Limited Liability Companies. The Federal securities laws are referred to but are not a significant aspect of the course. While there are several drafting exercises, the course is principally conducted as a discussion of the 100 or so cases we read. In addition, we shall regularly discuss current developments in the business press regarding matters directly related to the course. These developments include shareholder activism, claims asserted against boards of directors and mergers and acquisitions.

The TWEN Site is an important aspect of the course. All materials and daily assignments, plus many supplemental materials will be found there. The first week’s Game Plan and assignments will be posted there several weeks prior to the first class. The Game Plans outline the materials to be read, questions to consider while reviewing each case and often include information providing background material that might otherwise have to be presented in lectures. The final examination accounts for 85% of the grade, the drafting exercises and class participation 15%.




Business Enterprises ( - 500M) - Walther, B.

Books: No textbook required.

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Business, Securities and Tax Planning ( - 507) - Kretschman, Meurlin, C.

Books: Required:
1. Business Planning, Closely Held Enterprises (American Casebook) by Dwight Drake. 4th ed. ISBN: 978-0314289607.
2. Corporate and Partnership Taxation: Black Letter Outlines by Schwarz and Lathrope. 7th ed. Thomson West. ISBN: 978-0314277565.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. Your first assignment will be available there.

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Capstone Intellectual Property and Communications Law Seminar ( - 535E) - Candeub, A., Carter-Johnson, J.

Books: No textbook required.

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Capstone Intellectual Property and Communications Law Seminar ( - 535E) - Candeub, A., Carter-Johnson, J.

Books: No textbook required.

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Chance at Childhood Clinic ( - 631F) - Kozakiewicz, J.

Books: No textbook required. All materials will be posted on D2L.

Assignment: No first assignment.

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Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure for Foreign Lawyers ( - 805) - Wittner, N.

Books: Required:
Civil Litigation Procedure and Practice for Foreign Educated Lawyers by Wittner. Aspen, 2012. ISBN: 978-1454851172. The supplement will be included.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. All materials will be posted there.

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Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure for Foreign Lawyers ( - 805) - Wittner, N.

Books: Required:
Civil Litigation Procedure and Practice for Foreign Educated Lawyers by Wittner. 2nd ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454851172. This will include the supplement.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. All materials will be posted there.

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Civil Procedure I ( - 530A) - Pucillo, P.

Books: Required:
Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials by Friedenthal, et al.West. Compact 11th ed. ISBN: 978-0314280206
2. Federal Civil Rules Supplement, 2015-2016 ed. For use with all Civil Procedure casebooks. West, 2015. ISBN: 978-1634595902.

Assignment: In preparation for our first class (on Monday, August 24), please:

(1) register for our course TWEN page (which will be open as of Monday, August 17)

(2) review the course syllabus (posted to the TWEN page’s Course Materials folder);

(3) review the provisions of law listed below:

• Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 2, 3, 12(b), and 85
• U.S. Constitution, Art. III, §§ 1, 2
• 28 U.S.C. § 1331
• 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)

and

(4) review—and be prepared to discuss—the material on the following pages of Jack H. Friedenthal, et al., CIVIL PROCEDURE: CASES AND MATERIALS (Compact 11th ed., West 2013) (our casebook this semester):

• 193-194 (up to the Notes and Questions section on p. 194)
• 196-204 (up to note 5 on p. 204)


Details: The ISBN for the Compact 11th ed. was corrected 7.7.15.

Civil Procedure I ( - 530A) - Thronson, D.

Books: Required:
1. Civil Procedure, Cases and Materials by Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton, and Hershkoff. Compact 11th ed. for Shorter Course, West, 2013. ISBN: 978-0314280206.
2. Federal Civil Rules Supplement by Spencer (2015-2016 Ed. West. ISBN: 978-1634595902.
Recommended:
Civil Procedure: Examples and Explanations. 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer, 2013. ISBN: 978-1454815488.
The professor will distribute additional materials throughout the semester.

Assignment: Class #1, Monday, August 24, 2015

A Survey of the Civil Action, text pp. 1-5, skim 16-34
Traditional Bases for Jurisdiction, text pp. 35-46
Fed. R. Civ. P. 1

The reading assignments below may be altered and supplemented at various points throughout the semester. Please adjust your reading to reflect changes announced in class.



Details: This course will provide an overview of the nature and structure of civil litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Students will consider major case law and doctrine applicable to civil procedure and will develop an understanding of basic principles of procedural due process and the organization, operation, and content of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.



Civil Procedure I ( - 530A) - Darden, T.

Books: Required:
1. Civil Procedure by Yeazell. 8th ed. Aspen Publishers. ISBN: 978-1454807100.
2. 2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Cases and Other Materials by Yeazell. Aspen Publishers. ISBN: 978-1454859147.

Assignment: No first assignment.

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Civil Procedure I ( - 530A) - Pucillo, P.

Books: Required:
Civil Procedure: Cases and Materials by Friedenthal, et.al West. Compact 11th ed. ISBN: 978-0314280206.
2 Federal Civil Rules Supplement, 2015-2016 ed. For use with all Civil Procedure casebooks. West. ISBN: 978-1634595902.

Assignment: In preparation for our first class (on Tuesday, August 25), please:

(1) register for our course TWEN page (which will be open as of Monday, August 17)

(2) review the course syllabus (posted to the TWEN page’s Course Materials folder);

(3) review the provisions of law listed below:

• Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 2, 3, 12(b), and 85
• U.S. Constitution, Art. III, §§ 1, 2
• 28 U.S.C. § 1331
• 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)

and

(4) review—and be prepared to discuss—the material on the following pages of Jack H. Friedenthal, et al., CIVIL PROCEDURE: CASES AND MATERIALS (Compact 11th ed., West 2013) (our casebook this semester):

• 193-194 (up to the Notes and Questions section on p. 194)
• 196-204 (up to note 5 on p. 204)



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Civil Rights Clinic I ( - 630X) - Manville, D.

Books: Required:
1. Prisoner Self Help Litigation Manual by Manville. 2010. Oxford PRess. ISBN: 978-0195374407.
2. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence. You will need a copy of both.

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Civil Rights Clinic II ( - 630Z) - Manville, D.

Books: Required:
1. Prisoner Self Help Litigation Manual by Manville. 2010. Oxford PRess. ISBN: 978-0195374407.
2. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence. You will need a copy of both.

Assignment:

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Client Counseling and Interviewing ( - 591A) - Winegarden, J.

Books: Required:
Pretrial Litigation in a Nut Shell by Dessem. 5th ed. West Law. ISBN: 978-0314273963.

Assignment: Read pp. 1-31.

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Codex Alimentarius ( - 810F) - Hegarty, P.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: No first assignment.

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Conflict Resolution Clinic I ( - 631D) - Tarr, N.

Books: Required:
The Practice of Mediation: A Video Integrated Text by Frankel and Stark. 2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1454802198.

Assignment: To prepare for class on August 26, please read Chapter 1 and 2 in your casebook. Be prepared to discuss the Rosa Lopez problem on page 4.

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Conflict Resolution Clinic II ( - 631E) - Tarr, N.

Books:

Assignment:

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Constitutional Law II ( - 500N) - Lawrence, M.

Books: Required:
Constitutional Law by Chermerinsk., 3rd or 4th ed. Wolters Kluwer. 4th ed. ISBN: 978-1454817536. 3rd ed. ISBN: 978-0735577176.

Assignment: Class 1 (Tues., Aug. 25)
-students with 4th edition: xli-lvii (skim); 517-530
-students with 3d edition: xli-lvii (skim); 523-536

Class 2 (Thurs., Aug. 27)
-4th ed: 530-551
-3d ed: 536-552; Handout: McDonald v. City of Chicago (at p.552)


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Constitutional Law II ( - 500N) - Saunders, K.

Books: No textbook required. All the materials will be on the course website.

Assignment: Read the materials in the "Day 1" file on the course web site.

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Constitutional Law Topics: Free Expression ( - 551B) - Knake, R.

Books: Required:

There will be a coursepack for this course available for purchase in August, 2015.

Assignment: Read
1. Bazelon, Better Judgment http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/magazine/better-judgment.html?_r=0
2. Schauer, On the Distinction Between Speech and Action
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2514453



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Construction Law ( - 601) - Deneweth, R.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: I look forward to meeting you and our first session together.

All reading materials will be posted to the TWEN site for this course.

On the first day of class, we will review the Course Information Document and Syllabus and we will review the Construction Process Charts. Please also read the article by James R. Case and the Case of Matrix Construction v. Barton Malow (not reported in N.W. 2d (2006), 2006 WL 399762, No. 265156, Feb. 21, 2006, and be prepared to discuss these matters.

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Consumer Bankruptcy ( - 506E) - Lawton, A.

Books: Required:
The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases and Problems by Warren, Westbrook, Porter and Pottow. 7th ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454822387. Looseleaf ISBN: 978-1454848384.

Assignment: Sign up for an account with Bloomberg Law. You will sign up as an academic user; no activation code is needed. Once you register, it may take up to 24 hours for Bloomberg to activate an account for you so don't wait until the day before class to register.

Once you get an account, sign in and click on the "Litigation & Dockets" tab along the top. Under the "Dockets" tab on the top right, click on "Search Dockets." A page will pop up and the first blank space says "Courts." Use the "Browse" button to the right and click on the "+" sign in the following order: (1) Federal Court Dockets; (2) US Bankruptcy Courts & BAP; (3) US Bankruptcy Courts; and (4) Distrcits of Illinois. Then click on the Northern District of Illinois. Under the blue "browse" area a red circle with a very tiny "x" will appear with "U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois" next to it. If you see that on the page, then move down to the blank space for "Docket Numer." Enter the following: 13-28708. Then, scroll down and click on the green search button at the bottom of the page.

One case should come up - for James Moen, 13-28708, filed July 18, 2013. Click on the link to his case. When the docket for his case appears, do the following:

1) Update the docket - an e-mail with any updates will be sent to the e-mail address you used to register
2) Save the docket. You can print/download it or have it e-mailed to you. Bring the docket with you to the first class in either print or electronic form.
3) Open and save Docket Entry #1, which is his chapter 13 voluntary petition along with his schedules and Statement of Financial Affairs. Save the document and bring it with you to the first class period. Again, print or electronic form.

There is no assigned "book" reading. Instead, I want you to read through the docket and also familiarize yourself with the petition and schedules, which we will discuss during the first class period.


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Contracts ( - 530B) - Barnhizer, D.

Books: Required:
1. Contracts: Cases and Theory of Contractual Obligation (American Casebook Series) by Bishop & Barnhizer. 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-1628101102.
2. Bishop and Barnhizer's Contracts: Cases and Theory of Contractual Obligation, Selected Rules (American Casebook Series) -July 25, 2015. ISBN: 978-1634598255.

Assignment: Class Date Topics Reading (HBB)
1 25 Aug. Jurisprudential Foundations; Objective Theory of Contracts PP 1-19 not discussed in class and Syllabus 21-47
2 27 Aug. Enforcing Promises: Consideration 47-83
3 1 Sept. Enforcing Promises: Consideration (Con't) 47-83
4 3 Sept. Enforcing Promises: Reliance and Restitution 83-126


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Contracts ( - 530B) - Spoon, E.

Books: Required:
1. Contracts: Cases and Materials by John Edward Murray, Jr. 7th ed. LexisNexis. ISBN: 978-0769898056.
2. Contract Law: Selected Source Materials Annotated by Burton and Eisenberg. 2015 ed. West. ISBN: 978-1634595551.

Assignment: In your Murray casebook read pp. 1-11; 39-50.

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Contracts ( - 530B) - Lawton, A.

Books: Required:
Problems in Contract Law: Cases and Materials by Knapp, Crystal and Prince. 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735598225.

Assignment: Day 1: Common Law or UCC?; Offer & Acceptance
• Text: 1-17 (background reading); 143, 159-169, 31-53
We will cover the material in the order above.


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Contracts ( - 530B) - Barnhizer, D.

Books: Required:
1. Contracts: CAses and Theory of Contractual Obligation (American Casebook Series) by Bishop & Barnhizer. 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-1628101102.
2. Bishop and Barnhizer's Contracts: Cases and Theory of Contractual Obligation, Selected Rules (American Casebook Series) - July, 2015. ISBN: 978-1634598255.

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Copyright Law ( - 533B) - Pager, S.

Books: Required:
Copyright In A Global Information Economy by Cohen and Loren. 3rd ed.. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735591967.

Assignment: In your casebook read pp. 3-32 and skim pp. 33-40.

Details: Professor will be using the 3rd ed.

Criminal Procedure: Adjudication ( - 616C) - O'Brien, B.

Books: Required:
1. Criminal Procedure: Adjuciation and Right to Counsel by Allen, Stuntz, Hoffman, Livingston & Leipold. 2011 ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735590250.
2. Comprehensive Criminal Procedure, 2015 Supplement by Allen, Stuntz, Livingston & Leipold. 2015. 978-1454859284.


Assignment: In Criminal Procedure: Adjudiation and Right to Counsel read pp. 961-987.

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Criminal Procedure: Investigation ( - 616B) - Totten, M.

Books: Required:
Comprehensive Criminal Procedure by Allen, et al. 3rd ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735587786.

Assignment: Course Overview/ Assignments.
1.Criminal Justice system, generally. Read pp. 26-44.

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Criminal Trial Advocacy I - PreTrial ( - 617A) - Kaplan, S.

Books: No textbook required. Sign up on the TWEN site for this course.

Assignment: 1. Students should read handouts 5, 5-B, 5-P and 6, all found on the TWEN site.
2. Students should analyze, and be prepared to discuss the police reports in the Giannola case, which is found at the end/bottom of the course materials under "Police Report".

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Decedents' Estates and Trusts ( - 501D) - Ten Brink, C.

Books: Required:
Wills Trusts & Estates by Dukeminier and Sitkoff, 9th ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454824572.

Assignment: See syllabus posted on the TWEN page for this course.

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Decedents' Estates and Trusts ( - 501D) - Ten Brink, C.

Books: Required:
Wills Trusts & Estates by Dukeminier and Sitkoff, 9th ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454824572.

Assignment: See syllabus posted on TWEN page for this course.

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Delivering Legal Services:New Legal Landscape ( - 537Q) - Grady, K.

Books: Required: REVISED: 8/7/2015

Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind. The professor is supplying the book. Please pick up your copy from Marie Gordon, Room 465, Law College Building.

Recommended: A Course Pack will be available at the Spartan Bookstore. Recommended reading: The Four Things a Service Business Must Get Right by Frances Frei. Harvard Business Review, April 2008.

Please sign up on the TWEN page for this course. Additional materials will be posted.

Assignment: In your Susskind text read Chapters 1-5 (pp. 3-49).

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Domestic Violence ( - 541B) - Brenner, H.

Books: Required:
1. Domestic Violence and the Law: Theory and Practice by Schneider, Hanna, Greenberg and Sacks. 3rd ed. Foundation Press. ISBN: 978-1599419299.
2. Possessed by Phillip Crowley and Kenneth Wiley. 2013. ISBN: 0865349630

Assignment: In preparation for the first day of class, read pp. 1-40 in the casebook. You should also begin reading the novel, Possessed, which will serve as a framework for the seminar.

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Effective Legal Analysis & Process ( - 530P) - Pritchard, G., Short, M.

Books: Required:
Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School by Stropus and Taylor. Carolina Academic Press, 3rd ed. ISBN: 978-1611632248.

Assignment: Reading:
1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapter 6
2. Sample Memo Handout (received by email)
3. Case Briefing Handout (received by email)
4. Minor in Possession Memo Assignment (received by email)
5. Minor in Possession Case Law (received by email)
Case Briefs
1. Before class on Friday, 8/21, draft a case brief for the Dalton and Fager cases. (instructions received by email).
2. Post to TWEN (Assignment Drop Box will be available during Immersion Week), and bring one copy to class.


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Election Law ( - 579E) - Wiener, R.

Books: Required:
The Law of Democracy: Legal Struture of the Political Process by Issachsarof, Karlan and Pildes. 4th ed. Foundation Press, 2012. ISBN:978-1599419350.
The supplement to the text will be distributed electronically by the professor.

Assignment: Introduction: Who Can Vote and Who Cannot. In your text read pp. 25-52.
Brief: Richardson v Rameriz, p. 27. Kramer, p. 48.

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Equity ( - 579F) - Johnson, C.

Books: Required:
Remedies by Sherwin, Eisenberg and Re. Foundation Press, 1st ed. ISBN: 978-1599418636.

Assignment: Read Chapter 1 in your casebook.

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Estates and Future Interests Drafting Seminar ( - 540C) - Johnson, C.

Books: The professor will supply his own materials for this course.

Assignment: Be able to "Define a future interest and give an example explaining why it qualifies as a future interest."

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Evidence ( - 500P) - Pucillo, P.

Books: Required:
Evidence by George Fisher. 3rd ed. Foundation Press. ISBN: 978-1609300609.
2. Federal Rules of Evidence Statutory Supplement. 2015-2016. ISBN: 9781634593946.

Assignment: In preparation for our first class (on Monday, August 24), please:

(1) register for our course TWEN page (which will be open as of Monday, August 17)

(2) review the course syllabus (posted to the TWEN page’s Course Materials folder);

(3) review—and be prepared to discuss—Rules 401 and 402 of the Federal Rules of Evidence (along with the applicable Advisory Committee notes and other drafting history);

and

(4) review—and be prepared to discuss—the material on the following pages of George Fisher, EVIDENCE (3d ed., Foundation Press 2012) (our casebook for the semester):

• 1-6 (up to the section on “Tanner v. United States: Historical Prelude”)
• 22-29



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Evidence ( - 500P) - Bitensky, S.

Books: Required:
1. Evidence Cases and Materials by Park and Friedman, 12th ed. ISBN: 978-1609301385.


Assignment: Read Pages 1 through 77 in the assigned hardcover casebook EVIDENCE CASES AND MATERIALS (12th edition only) by Roger Park & Richard Friedman; read Rules 101-105, 401-402, 601-602 and 1101 of the Federal Rules of Evidence in Appendix A of your casebook; and also read the excerpt from ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a handout for you to pick up from the handout station outside room 465.


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Family Law: Child, Family and the State ( - 541F) - Jacobs, M.

Books: No textbook required. All materials for this course will be posted on the TWEN page for this course.

Assignment: All readings are available on TWEN.
The readings for the first class are in the folder labelled Week One: Defining a Right of Family Privacy.

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Family Law: Marriage & Divorce ( - 541E) - Starnes, C.

Books: Required:
Contemporary Family Law by Abrams, Cahn, Ross & Meyer. 3rd. ed., 2012. West. ISBN: 978-0314276872.


Assignment: Read pp. 1-12.

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Family Law: Marriage & Divorce ( - 541E) - Starnes, C.

Books: Required:
Contemporary Family Law by Abrams, Cahn, Ross & Meyer. 3rd. ed., 2012. West. ISBN: 978-0314276872.


Assignment: Read pp. 1-12.

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Federal Jurisdiction ( - 579G) - McKeague, D.

Books: Required:
Federal Court and the Law of Federal-State Relations by Low, Jeffries, Jr. and Bradley. 8th ed.Thomson Reuters. ISBN: 978-1609304232.

Assignment: • Casebook (Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations, Eighth Edition), pages 241-254; Appendix A, pages 1331-1332 (Article III) (Required Reading)
• History of Federal Judicial System (TWEN-Optional Reading)



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Federal Law and Indian Tribes ( - 635B) - Singel, W.

Books: Required: Getches' Cases and Materials on Federal Indian Law, 6th ed. ISBN: 978-0314200365.
Recommended: Canby's American Indian Law in a Nutshell, 6th ed. (2014).
ISBN: 978-1628100082.

Assignment: Read Chapter One: Indians and Indian Law in the casebook.

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Food and Drug Law ( - 558B) - Fortin, N.

Books: Required:
Food Regulation: Law, Science Policy and Practice by Neal Fortin. Wiley. ISBN: 978-047012709.

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Food Regulation in Latin America ( - 810G) - López-Garcia, R.

Books: No textbook required.

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Food Regulation in the European Union ( - 810B) - Jukes, D.

Books: No textbook required.

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Food Regulation in the U.S. ( - 810A) - Fortin, N.

Books: No textbook required.
Recommended: Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy and Practice by Fortin. Wiley. ISBN: 978-0470127094.

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Foundations of Law ( - 530K) - Fletcher, M.

Books: Required:
1. What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law by George and Sherry. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735582361.
2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevens. Penguin/Random House. ISBN: 978-0812994520. A paperback edition will be available late August.

Assignment: Read both books completely before classes begin.

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Foundations of Law ( - 530K) - Lawrence, M.

Books: Required:
1. What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law by George and Sherry. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735582361
2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevens. Penguin/Random House. ISBN: 978-0812994520. A paperback edition will be available late August.

Assignment: Read both books before classes begin.

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Foundations of Law ( - 530K) - O'Brien, B.

Books: 1. What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law by George and Sherry. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735582361.
2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevens. Penguin/Random House. ISBN: 978-0812994520. A paperback edition will be available late August.

Assignment: Read both books before classes begin.

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Foundations of Law ( - 530K) - Howarth, J.

Books: Required:
1. What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law by George and Sherry. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735582361.
2. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevens. Penguin/Random House. ISBN: 978-0812994520. A paperback ed. of this text will be available late August.

Assignment: Read both books before classes begin.

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Foundations of Law and Legal Research ( - 807A) - Domann, B.

Books: No textbook required.

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Foundations of Law and Legal Research ( - 807A) - Domann, B.

Books: No textbook required.

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Franchise Law ( - 513) - Ward, G.

Books: Required:
Franchising: Cases, Materials & Problems edited by Alexander Meiklejohn. ABA Publishing. ISBN: 978-1627223386.

Assignment: Text: Scope of Franchise Law: pp xxvii-xxxi; Chapter 1: History of Franchising, pp. 1-26.

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Government Relations and Lobbying Law ( - 551D) - Pirich, J.

Books: No textbook required. All materials will be posted on the TWEN site for this course.

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Great Lakes First Amendment Law Clinic I ( - 630T) - Costello, N.

Books: No textbook required.

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Great Lakes First Amendment Law Clinic II ( - 630U) - Costello, N.

Books: No textbook required.

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Hospitality Law ( - 605A) - Brower, M., Deacon, B., Ten Brink, C.

Books: No textbook required. All materials will be posted to the TWEN site for this course.

Assignment: See the syllabus posted on the TWEN page for this course.

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Housing Law Clinic I ( - 630V) - Gilmore, B.

Books: No textbook required.

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Housing Law Clinic II ( - 630W) - Gilmore, B.

Books: No textbook required.

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Immigration Law ( - 541G) - Thronson, V.

Books: Required:
1. Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy by Legomsky and Rodriguez. 6th ed. Foundation Press. ISBN: 978-1609304249.
2. Immigration & Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms by Aleinikoff, et.al. 2014 ed. West. ISBN: 978-0314288202.

Assignment: Class #1, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reading
Overview of Immigration Law; Legomsky pp. 1 – 10
History, Legomsky pp 14 – 24 [skim]
Moral Dimensions of Immigration Control, Legomsky, pp. 24 – 36 [skim]

Immigrants and the Constitution: Sources of the Federal Immigration Power, Legomsky pp. 97-115

Immigration Priorities Exercise – Please complete the exercise on the following pages prior to the first class and come prepared to discuss your choices.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW
Fall 2015
Veronica T. Thronson

IMMIGRATION PRIORITIES EXERCISE


You have just been appointed Immigration Czar, giving you absolute power over immigration status decisions in the United States. For purposes of this exercise, U.S. immigration law is exactly what YOU want it to be – do not concern yourself with the actual state of current immigration law or politics.

First, rank the following applicants for admission to lawful immigration status from 1 to 21, with 1 as the highest priority.

Second, decide how many of the applicants you will admit. In other words, from your ranked list will you allow admission to none, to all or to some number in between?

Be prepared to discuss and explain your decisions.

_____A is the spouse of a U.S. citizen and has two children. A has never worked.

_____B is A’s minor child by a previous marriage.

_____C is A’s adult child by a previous marriage.

_____D is a highly skilled scientist with no relatives in the United States.

_____E owns a large and successful business that she wishes to expand into the United States.

_____F is an agricultural laborer who never finished high school.

_____G is an outstanding basketball player who has been drafted by an NBA team.

_____H is an experienced nurse with no relatives in the United States.

_____I, now age 18, was brought to the United States on a tourist visa by a parent at age three from a country with an Islamic fundamentalist government and never left. She speaks the language of her home country, but has not returned there since her arrival in the United States. She just graduated from high school with honors.

_____J is the adopted teenage child of a U.S. citizen. She has a juvenile delinquency adjudication for possession of marijuana.

_____K is a victim of domestic violence who has assisted the police in the prosecution of her abuser.

_____L is a 15-year-old girl who was smuggled into the United States and forced to work at a brothel for several months before being freed during a police raid.

_____M is a 15-year-old boy who was smuggled into the United States and forced to work long hours on an isolated farm where his documents and wages were withheld.

_____N is the aging parent of a lawful permanent resident.

_____O entered the country illegally and gave birth to a child, a U.S. citizen, who was born with severe physical disabilities.

_____P is the adult sibling of a U.S. citizen and has a spouse and five minor children.


_____Q participated in a failed military coup to overthrow a brutal dictator in her home country and claims that she will be tortured if returned to her native country.

_____R is a 6-year-old girl who will be subjected to a high risk of female genital mutilation if returned to her native country.

_____S is R’s mother.

_____T came to the United States two years ago with her young son and husband, who has several years remaining in his Ph.D. program. T, who has been the primary caretaker for her son, recently divorced her husband.

_____U is a 9-year-old boy from a gang-infested country with the highest murder rate in the world who entered the United States by himself and without authorization. He has an undocumented aunt living in Texas.

_____V is a 16-year-old boy who fled an abusive home and has been working as a guide for smugglers who lead people across the southern border. On his last trip, he was captured by Border Patrol and placed in a shelter for unaccompanied minor children.

Of these, how many will you admit? ______





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Information Privacy and Security Law ( - 535P) - Candeub, A., Linna Jr., D.

Books: Required: REVISED TEXTBOOK AS OF JULY 31, 2015

Information Privacy Law by Daniel Solove and Paul Schwartz. 5th ed. Aspen Casebook, Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1454849537.

Assignment: Please read pp. 1-28 for the first class.
Second class: 28-41; 65-69; 81-89; 96-102.


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Integrative Law & Social Work ( - 541J) - Kozakiewicz, J.

Books: All materials for this course will be posted on D2L.

Assignment: No first assignment.

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Intellectual Property Survey ( - 535D) - Pager, S.

Books: Required:
Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age by Merges, Menell, Lemley. 6th ed. Aspen Casebook Series. ISBN: 978-1454820093.
Statutory Supplement is Optional.

Assignment: In your casebook please read pp. 1-24.

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International Business Transactions ( - 512B) - Barnhizer, D.

Books: Required: Principles of International Business Transactions (Concise Hornbook Series. June, 2013 by Folsom, Spanogle, Van Alstine. 3rd ed. ISBN: 978-0314286598.

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International Business Transactions ( - 512B) - Barnhizer, D.

Books: Required: Principles of International Business Transactions (Concise Hornbook Series. June, 2013 by Folsom, Spanogle, Van Alstine. 3rd ed. ISBN: 978-0314286598.

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International Civil Litigation ( - 548K) - Wittner, N.

Books: Required: Revised 7/17/2015 supplement only.
1. International Civil Litigation: International Civil Litigation in the US Courts. 5th ed.Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-0735507555.
2. Civil Litigation for Foreign-Educated Lawyers: 2014 Supplemental Materials. Aspen. ISBN: 978-145485085-4.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. All materials will be posted there.

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International Environmental Law ( - 548E) - Favre, D.

Books: Required:
International Environmental Law and Policy by Hunter, Salzman and Zaelke. 5th ed. ISBN: 978-1609303211.

Assignment: First assignment:
Aug. 24 Introduction – pp. 3 - 31


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International Food Laws and Regulations ( - 810D) - Fortin, N.

Books: No textbook required.

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International Sale of Goods ( - 548G) - Reifenberg, Jr., J.

Books: Required:
1. International Sales Law, A Problem-Oriented Coursebook by Spanogle and Winship. 2nd ed. West, 2012. ISBN: 978-0314152787.
2. 2000-01 Documents Supplement. West. ISBN: 0314250697.

Assignment: Read pp. 1-42 in the textbook. Be prepared to answer the questions.

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Investor Advocacy Clinic I ( - 631B) - Broxup, D., Roberts, E.

Books: Required: REVISED EDITION 8/20/15
1.Essential Lawyering Skills: Interviewing, Counseling, Negotiation and Persuasive Fact Analysis by Krieger & Neumann, Jr. 5th ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1454830980

2. The Practioner's Guide to Security Arbitration, ABA Publishing. ISBN: 978-1614387596. Product Code 5150456.

Assignment: Introduction to FINRA Arbitration.
In your Doss & Frankowski text read Chapters 1-6. Shearson v McMahon, 482 U.S. 220

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Jurisprudence ( - 579J) - Fletcher, M.

Books: Required:
Jurisprudence, Classic to Contemporary: From Natural Law to Postmodernism. 2nd ed. West, American Casebook. ISBN: 978-0314252074.

Assignment: Bring to class a copy of two judicial opinions that interest you, either from your previous studies or from your general interest. Be prepared to describe these cases in very general terms and your interest in those cases. These cases can be from any American federal, state, or tribal court, or from an administrative proceeding, or any other adversarial proceeding, so long as there is a written opinion. We will be using some or all of these opinions chosen by the class for various purposes during the semester.

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King Scholars Jurisprudence ( - 626C) - Saunders, K.

Books: Required:
1. Jurisprudence Coursepack will be available at the Spartan Bookstore.
2. Law's Empire by Dworkin, 1994. Harvard. ISBN: 978-0674518360.

Assignment: In the coursepack read, "The Case of the Speluncean Explorers".

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King Scholars Seminar ( - 626D) - Saunders, K.

Books: No textbook required.

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Labor Law ( - 511D) - Bedikian, M.

Books: Required;
Labor Law - Collective Bargaining in a Free Society by Heinsz, Noland and Bales. 6th ed. West Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-0314177728.


Assignment: Read Chapter 1, Pp 2-30.

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Legal English I for Foreign Lawyers ( - 804A) - Celeste, M., Francis, J.

Books: A coursepack will be available at the Spartan Bookstore for this course.

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Matrimonial Practice ( - 541M) - Bank, M., Rifkin, B.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: No first assignment.

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Mediation Advocacy and Civil Facilitative Mediator Training ( - 587E) - Pappas, B.

Books: The professor will be contacting students with reading information.

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Mediation Advocacy and Domestic Relations Mediator Training ( - 587F) - Pappas, B.

Books: The professor will be contacting students regarding textbook and reading assignments.

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Michigan Civil Procedure ( - 593A) - Lauderbach, J.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: Const. 1963, Art. VI, section 13, Const. 1963, Art. VI section 15, MCL 600.605, 600.841, 600.8301.

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Moot Court Competition (Class) ( - 627A) - Copland, J.

Books: No textbook required. Sign up on the TWEN page for this course.

Assignment: Prior to the first day of class, you should do the following: (1) complete the Student Profile found in “Course Materials” on TWEN, and either email your responses to your Professor or bring the completed Profile sheet with you to the first day of class; (2) Read the Syllabus, Competition Rules, and Competition Problem, all of which are located in “Course Materials”; (3) Prepare a one-minute “oral argument” in which you assert that Texas Hold’Em poker is either predominately a game of skill, or predominately a game of chance; and (4) draft a Case Brief, no longer than three pages in length (12-point Times New Roman font), covering both opinions in the Competition Problem. You may draft a single summary of facts and a single summary of the issues but will need two separate summaries of the courts’ respective opinions (with reasoning and holdings). The facts/issues portion should not take more than one page, and your summary of the reasoning/holdings in each opinion should not take more than one page (for each opinion). The Case Briefs will be graded, and the grading Rubric is located in the Syllabus.

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Moot Court Competition (Class) ( - 627A) - Copland, J.

Books: No textbook required. Sign up on the TWEN page for this course.

Assignment: Prior to the first day of class, you should do the following: (1) complete the Student Profile found in “Course Materials” on TWEN, and either email your responses to your Professor or bring the completed Profile sheet with you to the first day of class; (2) Read the Syllabus, Competition Rules, and Competition Problem, all of which are located in “Course Materials”; (3) Prepare a one-minute “oral argument” in which you assert that Texas Hold’Em poker is either predominately a game of skill, or predominately a game of chance; and (4) draft a Case Brief, no longer than three pages in length (12-point Times New Roman font), covering both opinions in the Competition Problem. You may draft a single summary of facts and a single summary of the issues but will need two separate summaries of the courts’ respective opinions (with reasoning and holdings). The facts/issues portion should not take more than one page, and your summary of the reasoning/holdings in each opinion should not take more than one page (for each opinion). The Case Briefs will be graded, and the grading Rubric is located in the Syllabus.

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Moot Court Competition (Class) ( - 627A) - Zimbelman, J.

Books: No textbook required. Sign up on the TWEN page for this course.

Assignment: Prior to the first day of class, you should do the following: (1) complete the Student Profile found in “Course Materials” on TWEN, and either email your responses to your Professor or bring the completed Profile sheet with you to the first day of class; (2) Read the Syllabus, Competition Rules, and Competition Problem, all of which are located in “Course Materials”; (3) Prepare a one-minute “oral argument” in which you assert that Texas Hold’Em poker is either predominately a game of skill, or predominately a game of chance; and (4) draft a Case Brief, no longer than three pages in length (12-point Times New Roman font), covering both opinions in the Competition Problem. You may draft a single summary of facts and a single summary of the issues but will need two separate summaries of the courts’ respective opinions (with reasoning and holdings). The facts/issues portion should not take more than one page, and your summary of the reasoning/holdings in each opinion should not take more than one page (for each opinion). The Case Briefs will be graded, and the grading Rubric is located in the Syllabus.

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Negotiation ( - 591C) - Raheem, A.

Books: Required:
Effective Legal Negotiation and Settlement by Charles Craver, 7th ed. LexisNexis. ISBN: 978-0769848983.

Assignment:

Details: This course will focus on the skills necessary for effective performance in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. We will use three texts, Getting to Yes (Fisher, Ury, & Patton) Getting Past No (Ury), and People Skills, (R. Bolton) and rely on a number of other sources---articles, audio visual materials, and hands on exercises, both role plays and simulations. The rationale for this course is compelling: Negotiation is the central process in dispute resolution, and yet receives the least amount of rigorous training and practice across the globe. Whether your practice is as an advocate or as a neutral, it is critical to understand negotiation if one is to wisely utilize processes like mediation and arbitration. Despite its growing presence in the legal system, negotiation and dispute resolution are neither well understood nor well practiced.

Negotiation ( - 591C) - Dodge, M.

Books: Required:
Getting to Yes by Ury. Any edition is acceptable.

Assignment: No first assignment.

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Negotiation for Foreign Educated Lawyers ( - 805A) - Hartfield, E.

Books: Required:
1. People Skills by Robert Bolton. 1979, Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 067162248-X Pbk.
2. Getting to Yes by Fisher & Ury. 2nd ed. Bantam Books. ISBN: 0140157352.
3. Getting Past No by Ury. Revised ed. ISBN: 0553371312.

Assignment: For the August 28, 2015 class
1. Read Fisher & Ury, Getting to Yes, Chapter 1.
2. Prepare to verbally introduce yourself to the class by addressing the 5 questions that appear under “Self Introductions”.
3. Be prepared to interview a classmate with the same questions and report to the class on what you have learned.


Details: This course will focus on the skills necessary for effective performance in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. We will use three texts, Getting to Yes (Fisher, Ury, & Patton) Getting Past No (Ury), and People Skills, (R. Bolton) and rely on a number of other sources---articles, audio visual materials, and hands on exercises, both role plays and simulations. The rationale for this course is compelling: Negotiation is the central process in dispute resolution, and yet receives the least amount of rigorous training and practice across the globe. Whether your practice is as an advocate or as a neutral, it is critical to understand negotiation if one is to wisely utilize processes like mediation and arbitration. Despite its growing presence in the legal system, negotiation and dispute resolution are neither well understood nor well practiced.

Negotiation for Foreign Educated Lawyers ( - 805A) - Hartfield, E.

Books: Required:
1. People Skills by Robert Bolton. 1979, Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 067162248-X Pbk.
2. Getting to Yes by Fisher & Ury. 2nd ed. Bantam Books. ISBN: 0140157352.
3. Getting Past No by Ury. Revised ed. ISBN: 0553371312.

Assignment: For the August 28, 2015 class
1. Read Fisher & Ury, Getting to Yes, Chapter 1.
2. Prepare to verbally introduce yourself to the class by addressing the 5 questions that appear under “Self Introductions”.
3. Be prepared to interview a classmate with the same questions and report to the class on what you have learned.


Details: This course will focus on the skills necessary for effective performance in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. We will use three texts, Getting to Yes (Fisher, Ury, & Patton) Getting Past No (Ury), and People Skills, (R. Bolton) and rely on a number of other sources---articles, audio visual materials, and hands on exercises, both role plays and simulations. The rationale for this course is compelling: Negotiation is the central process in dispute resolution, and yet receives the least amount of rigorous training and practice across the globe. Whether your practice is as an advocate or as a neutral, it is critical to understand negotiation if one is to wisely utilize processes like mediation and arbitration. Despite its growing presence in the legal system, negotiation and dispute resolution are neither well understood nor well practiced.

Negotiation for Foreign Educated Lawyers ( - 805A) - Pappas, B.

Books: The professor will be contacting students with reading information.

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Patent Application Preparation ( - 533J) - English, T.

Books: There is no textbook for this class. Please access: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html to access the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP).

Assignment: Read MPEP 608.01 (a) through 608.01(p).
27 pages.

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Patent Law ( - 533K) - Carter-Johnson, J.

Books: Required:
The Laws of Patents by Craig Nard. 3rd ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454831501.

Assignment: Register on the TWEN site for this course. All materials will be posted here.

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Plea and Sentencing Clinic I ( - 630P) - Smith, C.

Books: No textbook required.

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Products Liability ( - 522) - Wittner, N.

Books: Required:
Restatement Third, Torts. Products Liability. American Law Institute. ISBN: 978-031423194-3.
Please sign up on the TWEN page for this course. All other information will be posted on TWEN.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. All materials are posted there.

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Professional Responsibility ( - 500Q) - Knake, R.

Books: Required:

Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd ed. (Interactive Casebook Series). West. ISBN:" 978-0314287816.

Assignment: Read pp. 1-26 in Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd Edition (Pearce, Capra, Green, Knake, Terry)


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Professional Responsibility ( - 500Q) - Bullington, C.

Books: Required:
1. Problems in Legal Ethics by Schwartz, Wydick, Perschbacher & Basset. 10th ed. West. ISBN: 978-0314280497.
2. Selected Standards on PRofessional Responsibility by Morgan and Rotunda, 2015. Foundation Press. ISBN: 978-1634592086.

Assignment: Read Chapter 1 in Problems in Legal Ethics and the ABA Model Rules, read the Preamble and MR 1.0.

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Public International Law ( - 548N) - Reifenberg, Jr., J.

Books: Required:
1. International Law: Cases and Materials by Damrosch, et al. West, 6th ed.ISBN: 978-0286437.
2. International Law: Cases and Materials Supplement. 6th ed. West, 2014. ISBN: 978-0314286451.

Assignment: Prepare the materials on pages 57-84 in the textbook; be ready to present the three cases in class.

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Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers ( - 637E) - Black, R., Candeub, A.

Books: Required:

An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research by Lee Epstein & Andrew Martin. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199669059.

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Reading Comprehension Skills for Foreign Lawyers ( - 804D) - Svec, T., Wilson-Duffy, C.

Books: Required:
1. Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis. Random House ISBN: 978-0679723127.
2. Freedom For the Thought that we Hate by Anthony Lewis. ISN: 978-1465018192.
3, Purchase a subscription to Linguatorium.

Assignment:

Details: No Kindle version.

Regulating Environmental Risk ( - 566Q) - Morag-Levine, N.

Books: Required:
Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach by Driesen, Adler and Engel, 2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer,ISBN: 978-0735594487.

Assignment: 1)“What is Environmental about Environmental Law: The Nature of Environmental Injury,” 21-25.

2) Climate Disruption Case Study, 25-29.

3) Garret Hardin, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” 65-67.

4)“Human Health and Prevention, Economic Efficiency, Equity and Environmental Justice,” 110-112.

Please prepare study questions on pp.25, 29, 67.


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Remedies ( - 593D) - Roberts, J.

Books: Required:
Remedies (University Casebook Series) 5th Edition by Elaine Shoben, William Tabb, Rachel Janutis ISBN-13: 978-1609301194.


Assignment: First Assignment

Legal and equitable primarily require the courts, and to a lesser extent, administrative tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies to provide and enforce them. This course concentrates on court remedies. Thus, the course necessarily provides a refresher on and applies various civil procedure and constitutional due process concepts. If you do not recall your civil procedure or due process studies with fondness, fear not. Many students report that this class helps bring these past subjects into better perspective. For that reason students should re-familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Michigan Court rules identified below. Some of these are general rules which I selected as a refresher on civil procedure. Others are more specific and outline the procedure necessary to obtain particularized forms of relief. The remedy-specific rules will be re-visited during the course of the semester. As such, you need not memorize or outline any of these rules at this stage, nor will you be expected to have mastered them by the start of the first class. Thus, please read the following:

Chapter 1 (pp 1-12) of your remedies text.

Fed. R. Civ P. 14, 18, 19, 22, 23.1, 24, 26(c), 37, 54-57, 60, 62, 64-66, 69, 70 and 71.

M.C.R. 2.203 - 2.206, 2.209, 2.313, 2.603, 2.605, 2.612, 2.614, 2.621, 2.622, 3.101, 3.102, 3.306, 3.401, 3.410, 3.411, 3.412, 3.603, 4.201 and 4.202.


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Research, Writing & Advocacy: International LL.M. ( - 804) - Mansour, S.

Books: Please note that there was a technical error on the website showing different required books for this course. If you purchased those books, please return them.

Tracey E. George & Suzanna Sherry, What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law (Aspen 2009)

This is the same book that is used in your Foundations of Law course, so there is no need to purchase an additional copy if you have already purchased it for your Foundations of Law Course.

If you have any questions about book purchases, please contact your professor.

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Research, Writing & Advocacy: International LL.M. ( - 804) - O'Regan, D.

Books: Tracey E. George & Suzanna Sherry, What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law (Aspen 2009)

This is the same book that is used in your Foundations of Law course, so there is no need to purchase an additional copy if you have already purchased it for your Foundations of Law Course.

If you have any questions about book purchases, please contact your professor.

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Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Lawrence, D.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available.


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.
B. Reading
1. Syllabus, pages 1-5. (The syllabus is available on TWEN in Course Materials.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
• Due: Before class, 8/19/15
• Post to TWEN (Assignment Drop Box), and bring one copy to class.
• There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
• Include each section that is described on pages 2-4 of the Handout.
• Follow the format instructions on page 4 of the syllabus (double-space, one-inch margins, black ink, 12-point typeface, and a font that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman or Century).
• You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
• Carefully proofread, and be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.
• Further instructions appear immediately below.

Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Lawrence
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief
During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.
Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:
1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?
2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?
You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.

Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Lawrence, D.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.
B. Reading
1. Syllabus, pages 1-5. (The syllabus is available on TWEN in Course Materials.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
• Due: Before class, 8/19/15
• Post to TWEN (Assignment Drop Box), and bring one copy to class.
• There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
• Include each section that is described on pages 2-4 of the Handout.
• Follow the format instructions on page 4 of the syllabus (double-space, one-inch margins, black ink, 12-point typeface, and a font that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman or Century).
• You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
• Carefully proofread, and be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.
• Further instructions appear immediately below.

Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Lawrence
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief
During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.
Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:
1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?
2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?
You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.

Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Mansour, S.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to RWA. I am looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment – Please complete the assignments in the order they are listed
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site (“Research, Writing, & Analysis - Section 008 - Mansour (JD section).”)
B. Reading
1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
2. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
3. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
4. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
5. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
6. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Syllabus (The syllabus will be available on TWEN starting August 17 and you will receive a hard copy during your first class on August 19, when we will cover it in detail.)
C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
• After completing the assigned reading from A Lawyer Writes and the Case Briefing Handout, draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at
http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/) and bring a printed hard copy with you to our first class on August 19, 2015.
• There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow the format in the Case Briefing Handout and include each section that is described on pages 2-4 of the Handout.
• Follow the format instructions in the syllabus (double-space, one-inch margins, black ink, 12 point typeface, Times New Roman font).
• You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The court affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
• Any words that are not your own must be placed in quotation marks.
• Carefully proofread and edit for grammar and punctuation.
• Further instructions appear immediately below.

Memorandum
To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Mansour
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief
During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.
Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:
1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?
2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?
You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.

Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Stokstad, P.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: First Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site (you will need to do this to submit your first assignment before class).

B. Reading
1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1-3 (focus on the sample memo in Chapter 1 and on Chapter 3; you may skim Chapter 2, which repeats much of the information you will cover in Foundations of Law)
2. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
3. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
4. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
5. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
6. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)

C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
• Due: Before class, 8/19/15
• Post to TWEN (in the Assignment Drop Box) and bring one hard copy to class.
• There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
• Please use 12-point Times New Roman or Century Schoolbook font and one-inch margins. Put PID (or if you don't have one yet, your name) on the first page. If the case brief is more than one page long, please staple the pages.
• You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
• Carefully proofread, and be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.
• Further instructions appear immediately below.

Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Stokstad
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief

During RWA, you will be completing assignments as though you were a member of a law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.

Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute will protect the City against a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:

1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?

2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?

You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Gentry, K.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to RWA!

The rather complex series of assignments for the first day of class appear below.
Welcome to RWA! The rather complex series of assignments for the first day of
class appear below.

First Assignment

A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.
B. Reading
1. Syllabus and Addendum to Syllabus. (The syllabus is available on TWEN in
Course Materials.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample
memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the
beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at
http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between
Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching
Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute
(available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
8. Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at
http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
9. Due: At the start of the first class.
10. There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow
the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
11. Include each section that is described on pages 2-4 of the Handout.
12. Follow the format instructions from the syllabus (double-space, one-inch
margins, black ink, 12-point typeface, and a font that is easy to read, such as
Times New Roman or Century).
13. You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from
the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The
court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
14. Carefully proofread, and be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.
15. Further instructions appear on the next page.
D. Reading and Analysis Exercise
Read the assigned Wallace article for comprehension and discussion. This
assignment appears directly after the memo regarding the Seich case.
Memorandum
To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Gentry
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief
During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first
client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained
during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the
grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while
participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the
school.
Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law
applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the
Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To
determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you
to consider two issues:
1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump
Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the
negligence claim is not barred by the statute?
2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary
School as a member of the general public so that the statute
applies and thus bars the negligence claim?
You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin
your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich
v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your
understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.
A. Writing analysis.
People arrive to law school with various levels of writing ability. For some of
you writing is what you last did in a freshman composition class (or some AP
class in high school) and that was the end of that. For others, particularly
those who majored in social sciences, you probably wrote a lot in college.
Regardless, you will quickly find that law school writing is different and
likely harder than anything you have done to date. The writing is quite
technical and, by its nature, often rather dry. Writing well, with technical
accuracy, in a manner that keeps the reader’s attention, is difficult. Before
we embark on reading a lot of appellate caselaw, which often fails on at least
one, usually two, and occasionally all three of these points, it is a useful
exercise to consider the concepts of good writing, technical accuracy, and
holding the reader’s attention by examining a non-legal work that does all
three reasonably well. Thus you should now read David Foster Wallace’s
essay describing Roger Federer and tennis. While Wallace has a particular
point and opinion in his writing he also offers a great deal of technical
explanation to support his position. It matters not at all if you know nothing
of Wallace, Federer, or tennis, because Wallace’s writing is such that, at the
conclusion of this piece, you should know a decent amount about Federer and
the game of tennis and far more about both than you did before (unless you
already happen to be an acquaintance of Federer and a very high level tennis
player yourself, and the low chance of that happening in this class (again) is
what makes this exercise useful). When you get done with this piece (which,
like all things, we will discuss in class so pay attention – I might call on you
with a question about it) consider next that this is akin to what you are soon
to be doing - taking an arcane subject about which your readers know little,
and probably had little interest in until forced to by circumstances, and
making it digestible and comprehensible to them, via a single written
offering. It is a tough job, though Wallace made it look easy.1
Below is the link for Wallace’s essay “Federer as a Religious Experience” first published in the New York Times on August 20, 2006.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?pagewanted=all&_



Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Stokstad, P.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: First Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site (you will need to do this to submit your first assignment before class).

B. Reading
1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1-3 (focus on the sample memo in Chapter 1 and on Chapter 3; you may skim Chapter 2, which repeats much of the information you will cover in Foundations of Law)
2. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
3. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
4. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
5. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
6. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)

C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
• Due: Before class, 8/19/15
• Post to TWEN (in the Assignment Drop Box) and bring one hard copy to class.
• There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
• Please use 12-point Times New Roman or Century Schoolbook font and one-inch margins. Put PID (or if you don't have one yet, your name) on the first page. If the case brief is more than one page long, please staple the pages.
• You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
• Carefully proofread, and be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.
• Further instructions appear immediately below.

Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Stokstad
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief

During RWA, you will be completing assignments as though you were a member of a law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.

Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute will protect the City against a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:

1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?

2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?

You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Spiliopoulos, E.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.
First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.
B. Reading
1. Syllabus, pages 1-5. (The syllabus is available on TWEN.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample
memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ and on
TWEN.)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ and on
TWEN.)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the
beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at
http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between
Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching
Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/
and on TWEN.)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute
(available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ and on TWEN.)
C. Office Memo One: Case Brief
8. Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at
http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ and on TWEN.)
9. Due: Before our first class on 8/19/15
10. Post to TWEN (Assignment Drop Box), and bring one copy to class.
11. There are many ways to brief a case. For purposes of this assignment, follow
the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
12. Include each section that is described on pages 2-4 of the Handout.
13. Follow the format instructions on page 4 of the syllabus (double-space, one inch margins, black ink, 12-point typeface, and a font that is easy to read,
such as Times New Roman or Century).
14. You do not need to use formal citation, but do cite to the page number from
the case where the reader will find the relevant information. Example: The
court of appeals affirmed the lower court decision. (p. 415)
15. Carefully proofread, and be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.
16. Further instructions appear immediately below.

Memorandum
To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Spiliopoulos
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief
During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first
client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained
during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the
grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while
participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the
school.
Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law
applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the
Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To
determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you
to consider two issues:
1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump
Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the
negligence claim is not barred by the statute?
2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary
School as a member of the general public so that the statute
applies and thus bars the negligence claim?
You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin
your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich
v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your
understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.

Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Ching, B.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site. This is the forum I’ll use for distributing documents, e-mails, and other communications outside of classroom hours.

B. Reading

1. Syllabus, pages 1-5. (The syllabus will be available on TWEN in Course Materials.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)\
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)

C. Office Memo One: Case Brief

8. Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/). Bring this as preparation for discussion in the first class.
Consider how the Recreational Use Statute and the Seich case might apply to our client’s situation. Background for our client appears in the memo below.

Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Ching
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief

During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.

Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:

1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?

2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?

You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Ching, B.

Books: Required:
1. A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis by Coughlin, Malmud and Patrick. 2nd ed. 2013. ISBN: 978-1611633979.
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available.


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site. This is the forum I’ll use for distributing documents, e-mails, and other communications outside of classroom hours.

B. Reading

1. Syllabus, pages 1-5. (The syllabus will be available on TWEN in Course Materials.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)\
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)

C. Office Memo One: Case Brief

8. Draft a case brief for the Seich case (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/). Bring this as preparation for discussion in the first class.
Consider how the Recreational Use Statute and the Seich case might apply to our client’s situation. Background for our client appears in the memo below.

Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. Ching
Date: August 2015
Re: Seich Case Brief

During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton, while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.

Because the accident occurred in Massachusetts, Massachusetts law applies. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, is wondering whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim. To determine whether this defense might be available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:

1. Does the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program constitute a “charge” or “fee” so that the negligence claim is not barred by the statute?

2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute applies and thus bars the negligence claim?

You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to first read the following case: Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997). In order to aid in your understanding of the case, please prepare a case brief.


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - O'Regan, D.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment
A. If possible, sign up for our TWEN site before the first class.

B. Please read the following.

1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
2. Case Briefing Handout (available at the bottom of http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ )
a. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/); turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
3. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
4. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
5. The Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
6. Note: Our section is not from a criminal-law perspective, so do not read RWA From A Criminal Law Perspective Closed Memorandum Materials.

C. Please brief Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997), available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/. Print your brief, and bring it to our first class. Below are the background and instructions for the case brief.
Background Memorandum

To: RWA Students
From: Prof. O'Regan
Date: August 2015
Re: Brief of Seich

During RWA, you will be members of a fictional law firm. Our first client is the City of Loveland. The City has been sued for injuries sustained during the summer of 2014 by six-year-old Jason Upton while on the grounds of Loveland Elementary School. Jason sustained a serious fall while participating in the Jump Start summer program, which was hosted at the school.

Litigation about the accident will be governed by Massachusetts law. Luis Baker, a senior attorney for the City, wishes to know whether the Massachusetts “recreational use” statute bars a negligence claim against the City. To determine whether this defense is available, Mr. Baker has asked you to consider two issues:

1. Is the tuition that Jason paid to participate in the Jump Start program a “charge” or “fee” so that the statute does not apply to bar the negligence claim?

2. At the time of his fall, was Jason at Loveland Elementary School as a member of the general public so that the statute does apply to bar the negligence claim?

You will soon learn more about the facts, but in the meantime, to begin your research, Mr. Baker has asked you to read Seich v. Town of Canton, 686 N.E.2d 981 (Mass. 1997), available now at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/), and to prepare a case brief. Seich is a case that interprets the Massachusetts recreational use statute.
Instructions

• Turn in a printed (and stapled) copy at beginning of class, August 19, 2015.
• Because assignments are anonymous, include your PID, NOT YOUR NAME, on the upper right corner of the first page of the brief.
• There are many ways to brief a case. For this assignment, follow the format in the Case Briefing Handout.
• Include every section described on pages 2-4 of the Handout.
• Format your brief to be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman, with one-inch margins, and page numbers centered at the bottom of each page.
• Do not include formal citation, but do include page numbers from Seich as follows: "The court of appeals affirmed the decision. (p. 415)"


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis ( - 530D) - Goebel, E.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9).

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7).

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available.


Assignment: Welcome to RWA! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.

B. Reading

1. Syllabus, pages 1-5. (The syllabus will be available on TWEN in Course Materials.)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2 (Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.)
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
a. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)
6. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
7. Office Memo One: Read the Massachusetts Recreational Use Statute (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)




Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective ( - 530E) - Costello, N.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: First Assignment for RWA-IP Fall 2015

Research, Writing & Analysis – Intellectual Property
Prof. Nancy Costello
First Assignment

A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.

B. Reading

1. The Syllabus (The Syllabus will be posted under Course Materials on TWEN by Monday 8/17)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2.
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
1. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)




Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective ( - 530E) - Costello, N.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)

2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)

3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)

4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: First Assignment for RWA-IP Fall 2015
Research, Writing & Analysis – Intellectual Property
Prof. Nancy Costello
First Assignment

A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN site.

B. Reading

1. The Syllabus (The Syllabus will be posted under Course Materials on TWEN by Monday 8/17)
2. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2.
3. Case Briefing Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
4. Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/)
1. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class.
5. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html)




Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis: Social Justice Perspectives ( - 530Q) - Rosa, J.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to Research, Writing, and Analysis: Social Justice Perspectives! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment (Complete before our first class)

A. Sign up for our TWEN site at https://lawschool.westlaw.com (after you register during immersion week).

B. Read
1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2. Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.
2. Case Briefing Handout (available early August at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
3. Plagiarism Handout. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class (available early August at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ ).
4. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html).
5. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available early August at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ ).

C. Watch the following short podcasts:
1. The Court System
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fohdwifv0dsruhg/The%20Court%20System.mp4
2. Anatomy of a Trial
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvavmymfw3rvvms/Anatomy%20of%20a%20Trial.mp4
3. Steps in the Court Process https://www.dropbox.com/s/gpbw8pn065ksll9/Steps%20in%20the%20Court%20Process%20 Example.mp4
4. How to Read a Case
https://www.dropbox.com/s/anmh3p1ouptr846/Case%20Read%20Davis.mp4

D. Write (and then upload to your Assignment Drop Box on TWEN):
1. A short essay addressing the following:
- What does the term “social justice” mean?
- Do you have any personal experience with social justice issues? If so, please describe.
- What are your expectations for this course?
- Instructions: Length should be approximately 1-2 pages double spaced with your name at the top.
2. A tweet on a separate word document (no more than 140 characters) about how you want people to describe you at your retirement party.
3. Complete the Student Information Form (available in the Course Materials link on TWEN during immersion week).


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis: Social Justice Perspectives ( - 530Q) - Rosa, J.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: Welcome to Research, Writing, and Analysis: Social Justice Perspectives! I’m looking forward to working with you this semester.

First Assignment (Complete before our first class)

A. Sign up for our TWEN site at https://lawschool.westlaw.com (after you register during immersion week).

B. Read
1. A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2. Be sure to carefully review the sample memo on pages 5-9.
2. Case Briefing Handout (available early August at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
3. Plagiarism Handout. Turn in the completed Student Acknowledgement Form at the beginning of the first class (available early August at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ ).
4. MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html).
5. Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available early August at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ ).

C. Watch the following short podcasts:
1. The Court System
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fohdwifv0dsruhg/The%20Court%20System.mp4
2. Anatomy of a Trial
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvavmymfw3rvvms/Anatomy%20of%20a%20Trial.mp4
3. Steps in the Court Process https://www.dropbox.com/s/gpbw8pn065ksll9/Steps%20in%20the%20Court%20Process%20 Example.mp4
4. How to Read a Case
https://www.dropbox.com/s/anmh3p1ouptr846/Case%20Read%20Davis.mp4

D. Write (and then upload to your Assignment Drop Box on TWEN):
1. A short essay addressing the following:
- What does the term “social justice” mean?
- Do you have any personal experience with social justice issues? If so, please describe.
- What are your expectations for this course?
- Instructions: Length should be approximately 1-2 pages double spaced with your name at the top.
2. A tweet on a separate word document (no more than 140 characters) about how you want people to describe you at your retirement party.
3. Complete the Student Information Form (available in the Course Materials link on TWEN during immersion week).


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis: Criminal Law Perspective ( - 530N) - LaRose, S.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: First Assignment
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN course page using your MSU e-mail account (students have had trouble receiving e-mails and notifications from TWEN when signing up with a different account).

B. Reading

1. Read the Syllabus (posted to my TWEN Course Page in Course Materials).
2. Read A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2.
3. Read the Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/), print off the final page, sign it, and turn it in at the beginning of the first class.
4. Read the MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html).
5. Read the article by Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
6. Read the materials posted to my TWEN Course Page under Course Materials entitled Closed Memorandum 1.


Details:

Research, Writing & Analysis: Criminal Law Perspective ( - 530N) - LaRose, S.

Books: Required:
1. Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (2d ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-61163-397-9)
2.Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer (4th ed. 2013) (ISBN: 978-1-4548-2698-9)
3. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“BB”).
(ISBN: 978-0-692-40019-7)
4. Tracy L. McGaugh & Christine Hurt, Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015) (“McGaugh”). (ISBN: not yet available).


Assignment: First Assignment - REVISED 8/12/15
A. Before the first class, sign up for my TWEN course page using your MSU e-mail account (students have had trouble receiving e-mails and notifications from TWEN when signing up with a different account).

B. Reading

1. Read the Syllabus (E-Mailed to all students enrolled in course & posted to TWEN).
2. Read A Lawyer Writes, Chapters 1 and 2.
3. Read the Plagiarism Handout (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/), print off the final page, sign it, and turn it in at the beginning of the first class.
4. Read the MSU College of Law Plagiarism Policy (available at http://law.msu.edu/academics/handbook/plagiarism.html).
5. Read the article by Anne Enquist, Talking to Students About the Differences Between Undergraduate Writing and Legal Writing, Vol. 13 No. 2 Persp: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 104 (2005) (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/).
6. Read RWA from a Criminal Law Perspective Closed Memorandum Materials (available at http://www.law.msu.edu/rwa/ and posted to TWEN under Course Materials).



Details:

Secured Transactions ( - 501E) - Payne, K.

Books: No textbook required.
All materials will be posted to the TWEN site for this course.

Assignment: Read carefully Chapter 1 from the TWEN site course materials. Brief the one case (it's an important one throughout the semester) and read the UCC Revised Article Nine sections referred to in the chapter materials.

Details:

Securities Regulation I ( - 524B) - Spoon, E.

Books: Required:
1. Securities Regulation by Marc Steinberg. 6th ed. LexisNexis. ISBN: 978-0796865157.
2. Securities Regulation, Selected Statues, Rules and Forms by Thomas Hazen. 2015. West. ISBN: 978-1628101430.

Assignment: Read pp. 1-40 in the Steinberg casebook.

Details:

Seminar in Race, Law and American Culture: From Slavery to Post Civil Rights ( - 541S) - Kuykendall, M.

Books: Required:
For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law by Randall Kennedy. Pantheon Books. ISBN: 978-0307907376.

Assignment:

Details:

State and Local Taxation ( - 572B) - Chen, J.

Books: Required:
State and Local Taxation by Hellerstein, Stark Swain & Youngman. 10th ed. West. ISBN: 978-0314286987.

Assignment: Before reading your first assignment, please read pages 1-22 of the casebook for an overview.

Jurisdction to tax.
1. Constitutional foundations: due process and intersate commercie. 23-55.
2. Constitutional Limits on state income tax jurisdiction. 55-89.
3. Congressional Power over stte tax jurisdiction 214-221, 89-113.

Details:

Strategic International Transactions ( - 512G) - Bean, B.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: Submit a current resume by email to BWBean@Gmail.com prior to the beginning on the semester. Long befiore classes commence, review the suggested paper topics on the SIT TWEN site. This will give you an idea of just how few limits there are on your proposed paper topic. Submit your paper topic ideas by August 15 so that the substantive topics covered in the seminar can be incorporated into the course materials. Yes, there will be consequences to not discussing your paper topics options with me prior to the start of class. Review the Syllabus on TWEN for materials to be prepared for the first meeting of this seminar.

Details: This course is meant for those who have an interest in matters beyond the borders of the USA, including those who wish to consider more sophisticated aspects of corporate law where the US is a world leader. The course will introduce lawyers to selected legal aspects of strategic arrangements and challenges in international business and international relations. Topics we cover will be dictated in part by the research papers participants in the class undertake. Your principal effort in this course will be your paper dealing with any international, transnational, cross-border, inter-galactic or other problem/issue, whether human rights, global climate related, corporate, criminal or whatever. There are no limits, other than our discussion about what you are very interested in or curious about and which we mutually agree will be worth investigating. Regardless of whether you are seeking ULWR credit, the paper will require an outline, first draft and final. See the Syllabus for deadlines. Your first draft will be proofread by another member of the seminar prior to submission. In addition to the paper, each class member will make a formal presentation on the major points of his or her paper. Presentations are made during the last three meetings of the seminar iin November, prior to the Thanksgiving break. Your final paper is due on November 30..
While the Syllabus shows a good deal of reading, it is light reading. It is for information, largely short news items, and there is no final examination. The reading will not be a burden. Much of the reading will be divided among students to stimulate discussion. But you must be prepared to discuss.


Tax Clinic I ( - 630C) - Wease, J.

Books: Required:
Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure by Lederman and Mazza. 3rd ed. LexisNexis. ISBN: 978-1422422632.

Assignment: In your casebook read chapter 1 and chapter 19.

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Tax Clinic II ( - 630D) - Wease, J.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment:

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Technology Enhanced Trial Advocacy ( - 623G) - Kipp, B.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: "Students must obtain TrialDirector 6.8 install disk (or instructions for downloading software from website) from technology services (Room 208) or from James LaMacchia, Law Library Circulation Desk. Software should be installed by student on laptop and registered with software company prior to first class meeting. Return software CD to instructor on first day of class."

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Technology Enhanced Trial Advocacy ( - 623G) - Kipp, B.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment: "Students must obtain TrialDirector 6.8 install disk (or instructions for downloading software from website) from technology services (Room 208) or from James LaMacchia, Law Library Circulation Desk. Software should be installed by student on laptop and registered with software company prior to first class meeting. Return software CD to instructor on first day of class."

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Topics in Tort Law: Advanced Products Liability ( - 525B) - Wittner, N.

Books: Required:
1. Restatement Third, Torts: Products Liability by the American Law Institute.
2. The Litigator by John Grisham, Doubleday. ISBN: 978-0385535137.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. Reading materials will be available here.

Details: The Litigator was added 7/29/2015

Torts I ( - 500R) - Kalt, B.

Books: Required:
Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials by Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett. 13th ed. Foundation Press. ISBN: 978-1609304072.

Assignment: First Assignment
Fall 2015

Torts

Welcome to law school!

For the first class, the first thing you should do is to read the class rules very carefully. There is a lot of important material in them for which you will be responsible, and I will be proceeding under the assumption that you know them (though it is usually obvious on the first day who does not know them).

After that, please read pages 1–4, pages 17–20, and the notes on pages 23–25 in the casebook. (When the page at the start or end of a range in an assignment has a case start or end in the middle of it, you should start or end there. So for example, for your first class, you should read from the start of page 1 up to the middle of page 4; do not read Hulle v. Orynge. Read Garratt v. Dailey and the notes after it; don’t read Wagner v. State. Read the set of notes that start on page 23; don’t read Ranson v. Kitner.)

A lot of our time on the first day will be spent on administrative matters and introductory lecture material, but we will get to the assigned reading, and I will be calling on people. Be sure to read the cases very carefully and be prepared to discuss them in detail. Also, as will be true for the entire semester, be sure to read and think about the “Notes and Questions” following each case (though you needn’t track down and read the cases and materials cited in them).

Reading these 11 pages will almost certainly take you longer than you think, and you may still not “get” all of it. That’s completely normal. Just do the best you can and try not to worry. It will get easier. Preparing for my class should be a serious enterprise for you, but not a scary one. Moreover, worrying is a waste of your time, and you will not have much time to spare this semester.

There will be a TWEN site set up for this class by August 14. You must register on it before our first session. The TWEN site will be important and helpful—there are mandatory assignments on it, and other materials that you will need to prepare properly for the exam—so if you have trouble getting set up, seek out the library/technology staff for help.

If you have any concerns or problems about this or anything else, please feel free to come by my office (415), call me (432-6987) or e-mail me (kalt@law.msu.edu).


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Torts I ( - 500R) - Payne, K.

Books: Required:
Torts and Compensation, Concise 7th ed. by Dobbs, Hayden and Bublick. West Publishing. ISBN: 978-0314278593.

Assignment: Torts - Section 2 - The assignment for the first week of class (classes on August 25 and 27): read pages 3 through 50 in the Dobbs casebook, Torts and Compensation, Concise Seventh Edition and write a case brief for each of the cases. Briefing cases is a skill you will develop over the course of the semester; however, it is important to make your best effort from the very first case. Your briefs should include an accurate statement of the facts including the jurisdiction and parties, the question(s) of law presented, legal rule(s) that decide the case, and the resolution of the dispute.

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Torts I ( - 500R) - Ravitch, F.

Books: Required:
Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials by Schwartz, Kelly Partlett. Foundation Press, 13th ed. ISBN:978-1609304072.

Assignment: Read pp. 1 (mid) - 20.

Details: Text won't be available until July, 2015.

Torts I ( - 500R) - Ravitch, F.

Books: Required:
Prosser, Wade and Schwartz's Torts: Cases and Materials by Schwartz, Kelly Partlett. Foundation Press, 13th ed. ISBN:978-1609304072.

Assignment: Read pp. 1 (mid) - 20.

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Trial Practice Institute - Trial I ( - 623D) - Aquilina, R.

Books: Required:
Trial Advocacy: Planning Analysis & Strategy by Berger, Clark and Mitchell. 4th ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1454841531.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. The first assignment will be posted there.

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Trial Practice Institute - Trial I ( - 623D) - Payok, M.

Books: Required:
Trial Advocacy: Planning Analysis & Strategy by Berger, Clark and Mitchell. 4th ed. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1454841531.

Assignment: Sign up on the TWEN page for this course. First assignments will be posted there.

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Trial Practice Institute: Pre-Trial I ( - 623B) - McNally, V.

Books: Required:

Pretrial by Mauet. 9th ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454856337.

Assignment: Sign on to the TWEN site for this course. First assignments will be posted there.

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Trial Practice Institute: Pre-Trial I ( - 623B) - Sherman, A.

Books: Required:

Pretrial by Mauet. 9th ed. Aspen. ISBN: 978-1454856337.

Assignment:

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Trial Practice Institute: Trial Practicum ( - 623J) - McNally, V.

Books: Required:
A Student's Guide to Trial Objections by Charles Gibbons, 4th ed. ISBN: 978-1628102093.

Assignment: Sign on to the TWEN site for this course. First assignments will be posted there.

Details:

Trial Practice Institute: Trial Practicum ( - 623J) - McNally, V.

Books: Required:
A Student's Guide to Trial Objections by Charles Gibbons, 4th ed. ISBN: 978-1628102093.

Assignment: Sign on to the TWEN site for this course. First assignments will be posted there.

Details:

Trial Practice Institute: Trial Practicum ( - 623J) - McNally, V.

Books: Required:
A Student's Guide to Trial Objections by Charles Gibbons, 4th ed. ISBN: 978-1628102093.

Assignment: Sign on to the TWEN site for this course. First assignments will be posted there.

Details:

Trial Practice Institute: Expert and Scientific Evidence ( - 623F) - Schafer, R.

Books: Cases and FRE’s to be obtained on your own:
Daubert v. Merrill-Dow Pharmeaceuticals, 509 US 579 (1993). General Electric Co. v. Joiner, 522 U.S. 136 (1997). Kumbo Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999)
FRE 104, 403, 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706
Available in the library (not required but selected chapters will be referenced)
Trial Evidence. Authors Thomas A. Mauet and Warren D.Wolfson

Assignment: CLASS ONE: August 24, 2015
1. Introduction
2. Review Legal Foundations for “Expert” and “Scientific” Evidence
3. FRE 104, 403, 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, 706
4. Daubert v. Merrill-Dow Pharmeaceuticals, 509 US 579 (1993). General Electric Co. v. Joiner, 522 U.S. 136 (1997). Kumbo Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 (1999).
5. Chapter nine, Trial Evidence Mauet & Wolfson

CLASS TWO: August 26, 2015
1. The Expert Witness
a. The Interview (preparation)
b. Taking Testimony
c. Presentation of Evidence
2. Cross Examination of Expert Witness

Details: The course will review and apply the Rules of Evidence and selected case precedent related to the foundational requirements to qualify an expert witness and present testimony, as well as admitting scientific or technical evidence. The course will cover selected areas of forensic science examining the basic methodologies associated with each discipline. The course will examine techniques and strategies as it relates to the expert witness and scientific evidence, both as a proponent and opponent of the offered expert and forensic evidence. The course will require students to develop a competence in the use of experts during litigation through admissibility exercises as well as an in-depth examination of proper direct and cross examinations.


Urban Food, Farm and Agriculture Law Practicum ( - 566P) - Patel, J.

Books: No textbook required.

Assignment:

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Wildlife Law ( - 565B) - Bambery, C.

Books: The coursepack, Wildlife Law will be available at the Spartan Bookstore for this course.

Assignment:

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Workers' Compensation ( - 610) - Bruce-Erickson, C.

Books: Required:
Workers' Compensation Cases & Materials by Little, Easton and Smith. 6th ed. West. ISBN: 978-0314187949.

Assignment: Read Chapter 1.

Details: Professor will be using the older, 6th ed.

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