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ASSIGNMENT FOR CIVIL DISCOVERY CLASS -- ANDREWS

For the first day of class (Monday, Jan. 8), please read the Introductory materials in the first unit of the Sylllabus (Unit I).

The course text is a “handout” book that I prepared.  It is on sale in the bookstore.

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Welcome to Constitutional Law. This class meets in room A255 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:20-9:30 a.m. Our first class is on Monday, January 8. Our casebook is David S. Schwartz & Lori A. Ringhand, Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook, 2nd edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2017). This is a new edition and a new casebook for me, which means that unless you can find one elsewhere, there will not be used copies floating around. I apologize sincerely for this; I know that casebooks are absurdly expensive and dislike adding to your burdens.  For what it's worth, this book is somewhat less expensive than other constitutional law casebooks. The authors have a number of supplemental materials they have prepared for particular sections of the course, some of which I may assign and all of which will be distributed (free, of course) as PDF documents.  

 

 

 

A syllabus will be forthcoming. In the meantime, I wanted to get you started with the readings for the first two or three classes. There are a number of them, although the degree of time and attention you need to pay to each one varies, as you can see below. 

 

 

 

For the first class, we will use three opinions concerning the so-called "travel ban" or "Muslim ban" executive order(s) issued by President Trump as a way of previewing some of the issues that we will discuss this semester. Accordingly, please read the following opinions: 1) Washington v. Trump, 847 F.3d 1151 (9th Cir. 2017) ["Washington v. Trump I"]; 2) Washington v. Trump, 858 F.3d 1168 (9th Cir. 2017) ["Washington v. Trump II"] (especially the various dissents from the denial of en banc review); 3) Aziz v. Trump, 234 F.Supp.3d 724 (E.D. Va. 2017). To be clear, the issues raised in these decisions go far beyond what we will study substantively in this course, and I do not expect you to understand everything that is discussed. Unless I tell you otherwise, you will not be examined on these cases and the law they discuss, and even if that were to change I would discuss them again and make sure you know precisely what aspects to study. So for now, I encourage you just to read them and think about some of the issues they raise, such as: 1) who gets to sue in court for an alleged violation of the Constitution, when, and why; 2) the relationship between the executive branch and other branches of the federal government, including the judiciary; and 3) how much deference, if any, the courts should pay to the so-called "political branches" of government; and 4) whether and how much this level of deference should change if individual rights are involved. 

 

 

 

Also for the first class--indeed, for before the first class--please read the PDF document entitled "Introduction to Constitutional Litigation and Analysis," which was written by the co-authors of the casebook as a supplemental reading that may help students at the beginning of the constitutional law course. Again, you should read this document seriously and studiously, but its purpose is as background material, so it will not demand the same level of attention you will bring to the cases and such that we read through much of the course. Some of the material in this document will be familiar to you either from your prior educations or from your Introduction to the Study of Law course.  

For the second, or second and third, classes, please read the United States Constitution: carefully, from beginning to end, and preferably more than once. As you will discover, in the constitutional law course one thing we rarely read or discuss is the, you know, actual United States Constitution. Instead, we read cases interpreting it. In my course, at least, I insist that all of us get a very good grounding in the constitutional text before we proceed to abandon it for most of the semester. We certainly do not abandon it entirely, and the constitutional text will play at least a recurring role in our discussion for much of the course, although not always a starring role. I have provided a PDF copy, but it is also available in the casebook itself, among many other places. 

One last note, if I may: Please be warned that I teach this class under what I call a "modified no-laptop rule." I will of course discuss that rule in class, on the second day probably, and in the syllabus. In short, it means that except for those who sign up to take notes on particular days and share those notes with the class, there will be no laptops allowed. If you require an accommodation, it will certainly be allowed, but requests for accommodation should go to the Assistant Dean for Students. I raise this for three reasons: 1) To ease the shock; 2) to let you know that it will not be in effect until the second week of classes, so you're welcome to bring laptops for the first week; and 3) because you might want to make sure you do have hard copies of the materials above, not just virtual copies. If you decide to rent or purchase an electronic version of the casebook, please be sure it is accessible via something other than a laptop, like a keyboard-less tablet, and be aware that that is all you should use the tablet for in class. 

Those notes and warnings aside, I think you will enjoy the class, and I know that I will very much enjoy getting to know you--those I have met already and those I haven't--and to work with you as we all (I no less than you) try to understand constitutional law. In the meantime, I wish you the very best for the holiday season and hope you get a chance to rest and recharge. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you in person in January.

Yours very truly,

Prof. Paul Horwitz

 

 

 

 

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For the second, or second and third, classes, please read the United States Constitution (attached)

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Please see attached the first two assignments for Professor Fair's Con Law class.

 

Week One

 

In the casebook 

 

T 1-22

 

Th 23-46

 

F 47-71

 

 

All,

Welcome to Contracts! For the first meeting, please read pages 1-12 in the casebook (Ayres & Klass, Studies in Contract Law (9th edition, 2017)) and §§ 1-2 of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts (which you can access through Westlaw/Lexis with independent research.

The syllabus will be posted on the website.

Best,

YA

 

 

Casebook, Maynard, Mergers and Acquisitions:   pages 1-47.

 

 

Welcome back, and welcome to Criminal Procedure. With apologizies, this did not post as I anticipated. If you do not have the opportunity to read before the start of class, please catch up by beginning of class on Thursday. For your first class, please read Perspectives on the Justice System pgs. 3-15, 20-23, 32-36, from our casebook Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Right To Counsel (wolters Kluwer, 3d. ed.).

 

53-59

 

 

There is no assignment for the first day of class.

 

Welcome to Employment Discrimination! Prior to our first class, please sign up for this course on TWEN and read pages 3-16 and 52-65 in the casebook.

 

 

1

The Basic Estate Tax

IRC §§ 2031, 2033, 2034 and all regulations thereto.

Stephens, Maxfield, Lind & Calfee, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, (“SML&C”) pp. 1-1 through 1-19,4-57 through 4-64, and 4-156 through 4-182.

SL&C Study Problem No. 2

 

 

Class on Tuesday, January 9, is canceled.  For class on Thursday, January 11, read pages 85-101 in the casebook (Allen et al., An Analytical Approach to Evidence, Sixth Edition).

 

 

Welcome to Gender and the Law! In advance of our first class session, please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1-31 in our assigned text: Bartlett, Rhode, and Grossman, Gender and Law, 7th ed.

Before the first day, you should sign up for the course TWEN page (no password) and obtain a copy of Immigration Law Stories (David A. Martin, & Peter H. Schuck, eds.). You should also read the course syllabus, the introduction to Immigration Law Stories, and excerpts from Gerald Neuman, Strangers to the Constitution (posted on TWEN). 

 

Land Use reading for Wednesday, January 10th is Callies 67-94.

 

Welcome back, and welcome to Law and Popular Culture.  For our first class, which is this Thursday, January 11th, please read the Preface and also pp. 3-22 of our course book, Law and Popular Culture, by Michael Asimow and Shannon Mader.

Roll Tide,
Professor Carodine

Welcome to Law and Religion. This class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-3:15 p.m. Our casebook is McConnell, Berg, & Lund, Religion and the Constitution, 4th edition (Wolters Kluwer 2016). For the first class, please read pages 1-11. For the second class, please read pages 13-50. Although this is a larger reading assignment, you need not read most of it with the same kind of painstaking care you take in reading opinions. Please, however, pay special attention to James Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance, at 43-47, plus the questions following it at 47-48. I always enjoy teaching this class and have found that my students also find the material extremely interesting and thought-provoking. I look forward to seeing all of you on January 8. 

Yours very truly,

Prof. Paul Horwitz

 

Class is cancelled for Tuesday January 9. I know better than to try and hold class at 8:20 after the championship game.

 

For our first class on Thursday January 11, please read Chapter 14, Sections A, D, & E in Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law by Lerman & Schrag.

We will hold a makeup class on Friday January 12 at 1:30 PM in Room 175.

 

Welcome to Leg-Reg.  The textbook for this course is Linda D. Jellum, The Legislative Process, Statutory Interpretation, and Administrative Agencies (2016).  Before the first day, you should sign up for the course TWEN page (no password) and read the course syllabus and Jellum, pp. 3-17.

 

Leg Reg reading for Wednesday is Jellum pp. 36-49

 

 

You should have received an email from me including the first day’s reading assignment.  Please email me (fvars@law.ua.edu) if you did not receive the email.  There should also be a course packet available through the bookstore.  The first day’s reading is assignment one in that packet (pages 1-20).

 

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OIL AND GAS LAW

SPRING, 2018

 

Mr. Pearson

Course Materials

Martin & Kramer, Oil and Gas Cases and Materials - 9th Edition 2011 ("Martin")

 

Class "Assignments and Outline" together with "Handout Materials" will be

 

 

provided in class.

First Assignment

A. Characteristics of Oil and Gas:

Read generally pp. 1-16 in Martin.

 

 

B. The Rule of Capture and Correlative Rights:

 

Read Ellif v. Texon Drilling Co. pp. 16-23 and Notes 1, 4, 8, 11 and 12

that follow in Martin and commentary on State Regulation and

 

Modification of the Rule of Capture pp. 28-30 in Martin.

 

 

C. Subsurface Storage of Gas:

Read Northern Natural Gas Co. v. L.D. Drilling, Inc. pp. 30-37 in Martin.

 

 

The first reading assignment for Payment Systems is:  Mann, Payment Systems (6th edition), Assignments 20-22.

 

 

For the first day of class, please read pages 1-23 in the casebook, Thomas W. Merrill & Henry E. Smith, Property: Principles and Polices (2d ed. 2012).  Note that we’ll be using the second edition, not the third edition. 

 

Welcome to Property! In advance of our first class session, please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1-43 (omit problem 5 et seq.) in our assigned text: Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Schill and Strahilevitz, Property, 9th ed.

Lynn M. LoPucki, Elizabeth Warren & Robert M. Lawless, Secured Credit. A Systems Approach (8th ed. 2016), pages xxxi - xxxvii, 3-13, and problems 1.1 and 1.2 on page 19.

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Securities Regulation - First Day Class Assignment attached

Please read Tuttle v. Buck, found at pp. 1-4 of the photocopied materials. 

 

Welcome to Wage and Hour Law. I am looking forward to working with you over the course of the semester. I apologize that there is no traditional casebook for this class, but no such thing exists currently. Thus, we'll be cobbling together our readings from a variety of sources, including the two hornbooks I have asked you to purchase.

A syllabus will be distributed the first day of class, but before you arrive on the 9th, please have completed and be prepared to discuss the following:

 

 

Read the following cases: United States v. Darby Lumber Co., 312 U.S. 100 (1941), Alden v. Maine, 527 U.S. 706 (1999), National League of Cities v. Usery, 426 U.S. 833 (1976), Garcia v. San Antonio Municipal Transit Authority, Luder v. Endicott, 253 F.3d 1020 (7th Cir. 2001), Parker v. Prairie View A&M Univ., 145 F.Supp.3d 702 (S.D. Tex. 2015). Skim the following cases: West Coast Hotel v. Parrish, 300 U.S. 379 (1937), Hammer v. Dagenhart, 247 U.S. 251 (1918), Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida, 517 U.S. 44 (1996), Central Virginia Community College v. Katz, 546 U.S. 356 (2006).

 

Because these opinions have not been curated and edited by a casebook author, let me guide your reading a little. Please focus your attention on questions of whether the Constitution permits regulation of wages and hours worked and the application of that regulation to state and local governments.

Due to the National Championship Game on Monday evening, I wanted to let my students know that I will not be having class on January 8th.  Since the MLK holiday is the following Monday, my first class will be on Monday, January 22, 2017.