First Week Assignments - Fall 2017

Upperclass

Fall 2017 Upperclass First Week Assignments
CLASS
PROFESSOR
ASSIGNMENTS

Bankruptcy

Wilson

Assignments are posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Read Assignments 1 and 2 for the first week of class.  Anticipate discussion Problem Set 1 on Wednesday and Problem Set 2 on Thursday.

Business Associations

Bradford


Assignments are posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Client Interviewing & Counseling

K. Olson & A. Polt

Week 1 Assignment: August 22&24
Assigned Reading: Chapters 1-3
Units of Instruction
• Introduction
• Self-Disclosure
• Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
• Response Styles
• Non-verbal Communications

Constitutional Law I

Duncan

Assignments and Syllabus can be found on Professor Duncan's blog:

http://professorduncan.blogspot.com/

Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions

Bradford

Assignments are posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Evidence

Moberly

Thursday, August 24

I. Introduction

-SKIM the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) 101-1103 (only the rules, no commentary) to get a sense of their organization

-Mauet & Wolfson: 1-13

-Read the Syllabus.  Really.  All of it.

-Listen to the Before Class PowerPoint Lecture on Introductory Material (about 30 minutes) – I will regularly post PowerPoint lectures – slides plus a narrative. Often they will be optional and may serve as reinforcement of the reading or what we discuss in class. I will discuss this type of assignment more on the first day of class.

-Alix Spiegel, Struggle for Smarts? How Eastern and Western Cultures Tackle Learning, NPR.org (Nov. 12, 2012)

II. Relevance

            A. Relevance and Theory of the Case; Common Sense Inference

Assignment:

-State v. Mitchell (all)

-Please come prepared to discuss what you believe happened factually in the Mitchell case from your side’s perspective. You should prepare a detailed list of “good facts” and “bad facts” for your side. What facts do you think will be important for your side to present to a jury? How do you think your side should present those facts – through a witness? Through a document? Through an expert? Also, how will you respond to the other side’s “good facts,” which by definition are probably “bad facts” for you?

-Problem 2 (The problems start on page 251 of the Evidence in Context book.)

Friday, August 25

B. Legal Relevance – FRE 402, 401

-FRE 401, 402. Read the Advisory Committee Notes for Rule 401.

-Mauet & Wolfson: 75-79

-Warren D. Wolfson, Evidence Advocacy – The Judge’s Perspective, 31 Stetson L. Rev. 35 (2001). You may find this short article in the library, on Westlaw or Lexis, or through Hein Online, through the Schmid Library website: http://law.unl.edu/library

-Optional: Before Class PowerPoint Lecture on Legal Relevance (about 17 minutes)

-New York v. Heiserman, 127 A.D.3d 1422 (Apr. 16, 2015)

-Problems 5, 6, and 9

Assignments are posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

International Business Transactions

Schaefer

Reading Assignments For First Week: All reading assignments are from the Casebook: Folsom, Gordon, et al., International Business Transactions (12th ed., 2015 ) of the casebook with references to the problem numbers from that casebook.  Topic: International Law Basics; Tariff Barriers & U.S. Customs Law Classification, Valuation, & Origin

Read Problem 6.2 Introduction & Part A & B.

International Cyber Security

Beard

If you have not already done so, please activate your WESTLAW account – then go to the TWEN page and register for this course so that you can access the syllabus and reading assignments, including the following readings for the first week:   War in the Fifth Domain: Are the Mouse and Keyboard the New Weapons of Conflict? THE ECONOMIST, July 1, 2010                                  

Selected articles on the Stuxnet Worm                                                                   

Who is publishing NSA and CIA Secrets, and  Why?  LAWFARE, April 27, 2017                           

Who are the Shadow Brokers? THE ATLANTIC, May 23, 2017

International Law

Schaefer

Required Text:  Childress, Ramsey & Whytock, Transnational Law & Practice (2015, Wolters Kluwer).  Also make sure you sign up for the TWEN site. Additional materials for course are posted on TWEN site.

Reading Assignments for First Week:

  1. Pp. 142-156 (Int’l Law Sources)
  2. Pp. 159-165 (Vienna Convention on Law of Treaties)
  1. Pp. 166-183 (Self-Executing International Agreements)

Mental Health Law (Class and Seminar)

Schopp

Class Objectives and Assignments are posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

First Reading Assignment: Mon. Aug. 21 in room [121] will include a brief orientation lecture that should last approximately one half hour.  We will also discuss the materials listed below.

Reading assignments for Aug. 21 are listed below from the Slobogin et. al. Casebook (cb) and from the photocopied supplement (s).  Read the assigned sections numbered (2) and (3) below for familiarity.  We will concentrate discussion on (1) Mayock, (4) Hinckley Testimony, (5) Lewellyn, and (6) Barefoot.

(1) Mayock cb872

(2) Mental Disorders: Intro. cb4-14; Schizophrenia Spectrum cb1500-01; Depressive Disorders  cb1503-04; Personality Disorders: Antisocial cb1510-12; Obsessive Compulsive s55, Pedophilia s56;

(3) Clinical Opinion Testimony cb493-97

(4) Hinckley Testimony cb 497

(5) Lewellyn cb 523

(6) Barefoot cb 542

National Security Law

Beard

If you have not already done so, please activate your WESTLAW account – then go to the TWEN page and register for this course so that you can access the syllabus and reading assignments, including the following reading for the first class: Bradley & Goldsmith, Foreign Relations Law, Chapter 1 (pp. 1 – 26, 28 – 39)

The U.S. Constitution (please note in particular all references to national security matters and foreign affairs)   

Native American Law

Snowden

For our first meeting, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 1-84 of our text Federal Indian Law, Getches, et al (7th ed. 2017)

Real Estate Transactions

Medill

Professor Medill has sent students an email using the Canvas system with her syllabus for the semester attached.  If you did not receive this email, please consult with the College of Law IT staff to determine what email address is being used by the Canvas system and change it if necessary to ensure that you will receive future class communications.

Regulation of Banks & the Fintech Industry

Wilson

Assignments are posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Read pages 1 to 99, the first three chapters by Thursday, September 7.  I will touch on the major themes in this reading on Thursday, August 24.

Space Law

von der Dunk

Assignments will be posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Unfair Competition

Denicola

For the first class on Tuesday, Aug. 22, read pp. 1-13 and 18-24 in the Maggs and Schechter casebook.

First Year

Fall 2017 First Year First Week Assignments
CLASS
PROFESSOR
ASSIGNMENTS

Civil Procedure

Professor Lenich

Syllabus and Assignments will be posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Civil Procedure Professor Wittlin Syllabus and Assignments will be posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)
Contracts Professor Denicola

There are two REQUIRED books for the Contracts course:

 Contracts: Cases and Materials, by Farnsworth, Sanger, Cohen, Brooks and Garvin (8th Edition, Foundation Press 2013); and

 Contract Law: Selected Source Materials, 2017 Edition, by Burton and Eisenberg (West 2017).  (The 2015 or 2016 edition of this book will also work.)

 There is also a recommended OPTIONAL book:

 Contracts, by Farnsworth (4th Edition, Aspen 2004), that is the best source for supplemental reading.

 For the first class on Monday, Aug. 21, read pp. 31-42 in the Farnsworth, Sanger, Cohen, Brooks and Garvin casebook.

For Tuesday, Aug. 22, read pp. 42-48.
Contracts Professor Schutz Syllabus and Assignments will be posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)
Criminal Law Professor Schopp First Reading Assignment: Mon. & Tue. Aug. 21 & 22, 2017

JOSHUA DRESSLER & STEPHEN P. GARVEY, CRIMINAL LAW (7th ed. 2016).
                            
We will address chapters 1 and 2 as a single continuous unit, and we will discuss the cases in context of some of the theoretical and background readings presented in the text.  In chapter 1, we will discuss Ragland in light of  the textual material presented at pages 1-3 and 20-23.  In chapter 2, we will discuss the cases in light of the textual material at (31-35) and (73-75).

We will begin the Mon. Aug. 21 session with a brief orientation lecture, and we will begin discussing chapter 1 with Ragland.  We will continue on to chapter 2 with Dudley & Stephens, Superior Court (Du), Du, Gementera, Coker, and Ewing.  Chapter two may extend into the next week of class.
Criminal Law Professor Gardner

First day of class - read Casebook, pp. 159-185

Second day of class - read Casebook, pp. 192-198; 201-214

Legal Research & Writing

Professor Hayden

Your reading for the first week of class is Part A, chapters 1-4 in our main text, John C. Dernbach, Richard V. Singleton, Cathleen S. Wharton, Joan M. Ruhtenberg & Catherine J. Wasson, A Practical Guide to Legal Writing and Legal Method (5th ed., Aspen Law & Business 2013).

Your assignment for your first small section is posted on Blackboard (Bb) and due Tuesday, August 22. It is under “Assignments” (in the left-hand column). It is in the folder entitled, “Case Briefing.” That folder also contains additional exercises you can do on your own to hone in on your case briefing skills.

Syllabus and Assignments will be posted on  Blackboard (https://blackboard.unl.edu)

Property

Professor Duncan

Syllabus and Assignments can be found on Professor Duncan's blog at:

http://hoorayproperty.blogspot.com/

Property

Professor Medill

Professor Medill has sent students an email using the Canvas system with her syllabus for the semester attached.  If you did not receive this email, please consult with the College of Law IT staff to determine what email address is being used by the Canvas system and change it if necessary to ensure that you will receive future class communications.

There will NOT be class on August 23 and 24.  For the first day of class on Friday, Aug. 25, please read pages 3-22 in your Contemporary Property textbook.

Property

Professor Shoemaker

Reading Assignments - Week One

Text: DUKEMINIER, ET AL., PROPERTY (8th ed., Aspen Publ.)

Wednesday, August 23 -
Text pp. 1 (introductory note), 18-26 (Pierson case to end of note 4)

Thursday, August 24 -
Text pp. 26 (beginning with note 5) to 30 (Ghen to end of note 2)

Friday, August 25 -
Text pp. 30-33 (Keeble to end of note 4), 36 (note 5 only)

Syllabus and Assignments will be posted on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu)

Torts Professor Perlman Syllabus (including assignments) can be found on Canvas (https://canvas.unl.edu) under the "File" tab.
Torts Professor Lawson

      Main text, which is required: Victor E. Schwartz, Kathryn Kelly, & David Partlett, Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Torts (Foundation Press, 13th ed. 2015).

      Supplement, which is only recommended:   American Law Institute, A Concise Restatement of Torts (3rd ed., Aspen L. & Bus. 2013).

Wednesday, August 24 - Casebook reading v-vi, pp. 17-20.

Thursday, August 25 - Casebook reading pp. 20-31

Friday, August 25 - Casebook reading pp. 31-47