Course Assignments and Cancellations

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Required Reading Materials:


  • Funk, Shapiro & Weaver, Administrative Procedure and Practice (5th ed. West 2014)
  • Administrative Law Supplement (2019) (may be accessed on TWEN)


Assignment for the First Class

Tuesday, January 08, 2019



1-26 (Funk casebook); 5 U.S.C. § 551(1) (Appendix in casebook)




            I.          Introduction 

                        A.   Administrative Agencies:  Purpose, Function, and Structure 



***      I will hand out your Syllabus at the first class, or you may pick one up on the floor outside of my office.

Classes for the week of September 24 are cancelled.

Classes for the week of September 24 are cancelled.

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Please see attachments.

Advanced Legal Research class is cancelled for Wednesday, October 17th.

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Dear Students:

I'm looking forward to seeing you next week in the Law and Public Policy course. As those of you who have spoken to me about it know, the goal of the course is practical, although the content is often "intellectual" in nature. Everything lawyers do, from the smallest cases to the largest legislative and political efforts and a great deal that lies in between, involves arguments about public policy, and often involves working with policy-makers and lawmakers, economists, experts in various fields, and so on. The goal of the course is to provide a working vocabulary for lawyers that will help them interact with these various players, to understand public policy and the choices it presents better, and to frame and make arguments of their own. In my years in practice and my professional and civic dealings with others, I have found that vocabulary immensely useful and rewarding, both practically and intellectually. It involves a mix of public policy, regulatory theory, and economics. It's a new course, and I'll be feeling my way forward--with your input!--but I think it will be simultaneously enriching, fun, and useful. I look forward to it immensely and very much want you to enjoy it and profit from it.

The main book for the course is Thomas A. Lambert's How to Regulate: A Course for Policymakers. It should be available in the bookstore (and is mercifully cheaper than the books for most courses). The rest of the readings will be handouts and PDFs from various sources. For the first week, please read the following:

1) In Lambert, the Preface (ix-xii) and the first two chapters (pages 1-15).

2) The attached article by Barak Orbach, "What is Regulation?", 30 Yale Journal on Regulation Online 1 (2013).

3) The attached article by William H. Clune, "Law and Public Policy: Map of An Area," 2 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (1993). Read the whole ting, but my focus will be on the Introduction and Parts I and III-IV.

4) The attached Alabama "price-gouging" statute. We will probably not discuss it until the second class. (A teaching note: This kind of mix of readings will be pretty standard. Most weeks, in addition to the reading discussing a concept, such as rent-seeking or public choice or externalities, we will use a case, law, or case study to illustrate, apply, and work through the concepts and turn more abstract ideas into more practical realities.)

Again, I look forward to working with you. Please let me know if you have any preliminary questions or problems with any documents or sources.


Prof. Horwitz

Business Organization is cancelled for today, Monday October 8, 2018.



International Business Transactions is cancelled for today, Monday October 8, 2018.


Legislative Drafting class is cancelled for today, Tuesday October 16th.  Professor Spruell will send the assignment for next week's class later this week by email.

We will NOT meet tonight.  I have to go to Hale County and will not be back in time for class.  In lieu of class this week, please watch a portion of a jury trial.  Judge Almond is trying a capital murder.  Judge Almond is located on the 7th Floor of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse (714 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa Alabama  35401).  The Capital Murder trial begin tomorrow.   Judge Roberts (my husband) is trying a rape case starting  tomorrow.  His courtroom is located on the 3rd Floor of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse.

Please no shorts or t-shirts. 

Class for Monday, October 1, has been cancelled.  A make up class will be held on Tuesday, October 2, from 2:00 - 3:15 in Room 273.

Class for November 6 has been cancelled.

Class for November 6 has been cancelled.