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First Weeks Assignment:
Due Aug. 30 - Read Sloan, Ch. 1 & “How to Read a Legal Opinion: A Guide for New Law Students” (on Blackboard); Watch “Introduction to the Legal System,” “Types of Authority,” & “Introduction to Legal Citation”
First Week Assignments:
Wednesday, August 28: A Lawyer Writes, Introduction and Chapter 1
Friday, August 30: A Lawyer Writes, Chapter 4
The assignment for the first day is longer than I will usually give. I want to get us started with a common vocabulary and approach to torts, and then introduce you to some negligence cases in the products liability realm (those are the Eyeball Cases). I will be emailing you a copy of this syllabus and of those cases; the questionnaire will be available in the front office mid-week. I’m looking forward to this class! Best, MCL
FOR DAY ONE OF CLASS:
- Read/review, in Franklin, Rabin & Green, 10th Ed (“text” – all pages are to this book unless otherwise noted):
Brown v. Kendall, p. 50;
Tarasoff, p. 150;
Strauss, p. 166;
Palsgraf, p. 421;
Escola, p. 564;
Henderson v. Cominco American, 95 Idaho 690, 518 P.2d 873 (1974) (Goble p.339)
You read these cases in your first year. Read them again. Just read and appreciate them as they stand; do not get into the notes, etc.
Come to class prepared to explain:
What is a tort?
What are the goals, constraints, and recurring issues in the law of torts?
What is negligence?
What is the prima facie case for negligence?
How do the elements of the prima facie case fit together?
Come to class flexible in your vocabulary. Professor B. Cover, Professor Pimentel, Professor Goble, and I may all use different words, as do the authors of the various cases and Restatements. Can you understand the concepts even if the labels are different?
- Also for the first day of class: After you have done the above reading assignment, please pick up a hard copy of a questionnaire in the front office – come to class on the first day with the hard copy filled out.
- Also for the first day of class: Read the Eyeball Cases, which will be emailed separately
Initial Assignment List - Week #1
August 27: CB, pp. 1-24
August 29: CB, pp. 25-73
The first day of class will be Tuesday, August 27. Before the first day of class, please read the first pages of the syllabus which will be emailed to you. Then also:
a) Read Local 1330, edited version will be emailed to you; I’d prefer that we all be reading off the same copy. Please read primarily for the facts. Look at the law, but the main point is that the workers and the union lost. Consider:
-- Who/what is harmed and who/what is benefitted by the closing of the Youngstown plant? Was the plant “profitable” when it was shut down? Was “profitability” the real issue for US Steel? If not, what was the real issue for US Steel?
-- Why did this case come out as it did?
-- Who actually governs the American workplace? Who should? If the government should have any say in the American workplace, why? And how (using what tools)?
b) Also read in Crain, Kim and Selmi, Work Law, 3rd Ed (“the text”): pages xi-xiii; pages 4-9; and pages 250-253; 261-62. Feel free to read more in this portion of the text book, but nothing more is required.
c) Consider renting the film Roger and Me (about Flint, Michigan). A documentary, Struggles in Steel, available at the law library, allows you to see the interior of working steel factories. Glance at http://www.colorado.edu/IBS/pubs/pec/pec2003-0003.pdf (Or google “effects of layoffs”). Listen to Bruce Springsteen’s song “Youngstown,” (or read the lyrics) from his Ghost of Tom Joad album. (Do you know who Tom Joad is? If not, google him.)
I am looking forward to a vibrant semester with you.
First Day Assignment:
For the first day of class read about a trademark dispute involving Legos here: https://www.mandourlaw.com/blog/lego-files-lawsuit-for-trademark-infringement. Also take a quick tour around the trademark pages at the Patent and Trademark Office here: https://www.uspto.gov/trademark. As part of your tour, conduct a search for the trademark registration for the Lego figures by searching for the trademark registration number mentioned in the article under Word and/or Design Mark Search (Free Form) in the trademark search system. Review the registration to see what it tells you about the rights granted by the registration.
FIRST THREE CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
Read and be prepared to discuss the following materials before the class dates as indicated:
Tuesday, August 27: Barter, Currency and Legal Tender: US Constitution Art. I, 8, 5 & 18; and Art. I,10, 1. Textbook, 1A Introduction pp. 1 – 4 (skip Treasury Report and related problems); read Textbook 1B pp. 8 -33.
Thursday, August 29: Virtual Currency, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain: Textbook B6, pp. 68-88.
Tuesday, September 3: Cryptocurrency Case Study: Pocketful of Quarters (POQ): July 25, 2019 Request Letter to SEC for Non-Enforcement, counsel for POQ; and August 5, 2019 SEC Response (both linked at https://www.sec.gov/corpfin/pocketful-quarters-inc-072519-2a1 and copies to be provided).
First Two Assignments:
A. When are Adult Partners a Family: pgs. 1-39 (Class 1)
The law regarding legal recognition of families is undergoing a significant transformation. We will focus on what considerations and attributes courts should weigh in recognizing families and according them legal status.
B. Constitutional Protection of Marriage: pgs. 139-164 (Class 2)
One of the most profound changes in our cultural understanding of marriage is the result of the evaluation of the constitutional right to marry. Class will focus on the constitutional framework under which the right to marry is being analyzed and on the future ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent recognition that the right to marry extends to individuals of the same gender.
Assignment for class on Tuesday, August 27:
Read Chapters 1 & 3 of Adamson & Caldwell, Criminal Pretrial Advocacy (1st ed. 2013).
First Weeks Assignment:
For Friday, please read the following pages in the casebook, Arbitration Law 3d ed. Stone, Bales, Colvin: