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Scoops January 16 First Assignment Issue

Initial Class Assignments for Spring 2018

This newsletter contains initial class assignments for many Law School courses. If you do not see one of your classes listed below it is because the professor did not submit a first assignment.  Check the Blackboard course site for more information at https://blackboard.cornell.edu.

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First Year Courses

Civil Procedure (BE)-Cavanagh

Class 1:  Supplement Class 1 (Justiciability).

Civil Procedure (AF)-Clopton

Welcome back! For our first meeting, please read pages 254-70, 280-83, and 465-76 in our casebook, Field, Kaplan & Clermont, Civil Procedure: Materials for a Basic Course, Concise 12th ed. (2017). A full syllabus will be available on Blackboard prior to the first meeting. I look forward to working with you.

Constitutional Law (CD)-Johnson

Welcome to Constitutional Law. For the first class, please read the edited version of Scott v. Sanford posted on Blackboard under the Content tab.

Torts (DF)-Heise

Prior to our first class-scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018, at 2:30pm in Room 186-please read and be prepared to discuss pp. xxxi-xxxvii; 3-4 from our primary text for the course, Richard A. Epstein & Catherine M. Sharkey, Cases and Materials on Torts (11th ed., 2016).  Copies of our course syllabus are available on-line via Blackboard. I will also bring a few hard copies to our first class.

Torts (AB)-Schwab

For the first class on Monday, January 22, please read Epstein and Sharkey Casebook pp. 3-14 (Vosberg, Dougherty) & 56-58 (Alcorn). For the second class on Tuesday, January 23, please read Epstein & Sharkey Casebook pp. 14-28 (Mohr, Hudson — skip Canterbury).

Torts (CE)-Wendel

Hi everybody, welcome back! Please read the syllabus, posted on Blackboard, for information and course policies. Reading for the first day of class is pp. 147-53, including the Lubitz and Carroll Towing cases. It is essential that you get the Fourth Edition of the Twerski, et al., casebook, since the book was extensively revised since the Third Edition.

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Upperclass Courses

Administrative Law-Farina

The casebook is Gellhorn & Byse's Administrative Law 11th ed. (N.B. This is the edition used last year.) For the first class, read: (1) the Course Information page on Blackboard; and (2) pp. 1-16 and Note p. 30 in the casebook. (pp. 18-29 are an optional, but useful, introduction). If you have trouble accessing Blackboard or need a copy of the first assignment, contact Bethany Jones, blj53@cornell.edu.

Client Counseling-Freed

Please note that students must attend the first class (on Monday, January 22) to remain in the course or to potentially enter the course from the wait list. Before class, please read Chapters 1-3 and Chapter 13 (pages 316-327 only) in Lawyers as Counselors: A Client-Centered Approach (3d ed. 2012).

Complex Litigation-Cavanagh

Class 1: Supplement Class 1 (Federal Civil Litigation at the Crossroads...).

Conflicts in Patent Law and Practice-Dabney

Hi students. The complete course syllabus is available on Blackboard. There is no casebook; each week bound copies of the assigned readings will be put in your student folders and will also posted to Blackboard. Bound sets of the first class readings and statutory supplement will also be available from Ms. Headlam in Room 315 for students who sign up this week. Our first class topic is "What kinds of innovations potentially qualify as 'inventions' of 'inventors'?", and assigned the readings include a patent issued in 2003 for "[a] method of conducting a mock trial exercise in a lawsuit pending before a court at law."

Criminal Procedure-Investigations-Colb

Welcome to Criminal Procedure Investigations. Please (1) buy Joshua Dressler & George C. Thomas III, Criminal Procedure: Investigating Crime (Sixth Edition 2017) (hereinafter "CB"), (2) download Syllabus, Materials, and columns from the Cornell electronic Blackboard (which will be available before classes start). Prior to our first day of class (Monday, January 22 at 10:10 in room 184 MTW), please read the first assignment on the syllabus: Materials 1-16. The second assignment is to read CB 95-101, 105-114 (including notes 1 and 2), Materials 17-24. Each week, we will be covering the content of (approximately) two numbered items on the syllabus. I look forward to seeing all of you on January 22!

Education Law-Heise

Prior to our first class-scheduled for 8:35 AM on Monday, January 22, 2018, in Room 276-please read and be prepared to discuss pp.1-17 in our principal text, Yudof et al., Educational Policy and the Law (5th ed. 2012). I will distribute copies of the course syllabus at our first class as well as through Blackboard. After that, additional copies will be available from Ms. Jackson in Room 315.

Evidence-Weyble

For the first class meeting (Monday, Jan. 22), students should read pages 1-15 in A Modern Approach to Evidence (5th ed.), plus Federal Rule of Evidence 606 and associated commentary. Students should also review and be prepared to discuss the Juror Hicks Documents (2 pages), which will be available for download on Blackboard. For the remainder of the first week of classes (Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 25), students should read and be prepared to discuss the Tellez transcript (pp. 15-140 of the text, but a relatively quick read), and review Federal Rules of Evidence 101 through 105, and 404.

Federal Income Taxation-Green

For the first class, please read pages 22-27 in Michael J. Graetz & Deborah H. Schenk, Federal Income Taxation: Principles and Policies (7th ed. 2013), and section 61 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Free Speech on the Internet-Tebbe

I hope you all had a relaxing break. We will be using Madeleine Schachter & Joel Kurtzberg, Law of Internet Speech (3rd ed. 2008), plus materials posted on Blackboard. For the first day of class, Monday 1/22, please read pp. 3-15, and for Wednesday 1/24 please read 15-35. The full syllabus will be available in class on the first day (and posted on Blackboard). I look forward to exploring this subject with you!

Internet Law, Privacy, and Security-Grimmelmann

The syllabus is at http://james.grimmelmann.net/courses/internet2018S/. The first assignment is to read pages 9 to 49 in the casebook. I will lecture on the technical material, but be prepared to discuss the rest.

Labor Law, Practice and Policy-Cornell

Prior to our first class, please read the Introduction of Labor Law Stories by Cooper & Fisk, pp 1-12; the Regional Director (Region 13) of the NLRB decision regarding Northwestern University football players, "American Workers Need Better Job Protections," NY Times, December 28, 2017 and "Reagan Fires Air Traffic Controllers," ABA Journal (The decision and short articles are available on Blackboard under assignments).

Law Governing Lawyers-Sebok

Required texts: Casebook: Pearce, Knake, Green, Joy, Kim, Murphy and Terry, Professional Responsibility, A Contemporary Approach, Third Edition (West Academic 2017) (all reading assignments are to the casebook) (all reading assignments are to the casebook).

Supplemental Codes and Standards: Thomas D. Morgan and Ronald D. Rotunda, Morgan and Rotunda's Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility, 2017 (Foundation Press, 2017).

Optional text: W. Bradley Wendel, Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations, Fourth Edition (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013).

The required texts for this course are (1) the casebook, which is Pearce, Knake, Green, Joy, Kim, Murphy and Terry, Professional Responsibility, A Contemporary Approach, Third Edition (West Academic 2017) and (2) the supplement, Morgan and Rotunda, Morgan and Rotunda's Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility, 2018 edition (Foundation Press, 2018). We will meet on Wednesday, in room 184 from 1:25 to 2:20pm. The first reading assignment is Chapter 1, pp. 1 - 21.

Law of Robots-Walters

Happy new year and welcome back! You will be able to find all of the reading online, with links in the syllabus. Our first class meets on Thursday, January 25: Introduction: The Law of the Horse: Robot Law's Future from Cyberlaw's Past. For class, please read: 1) Hon. Frank Easterbrook, Cyberspace and the Law of the Horse, 1996 U. Chi. Legal Forum 207 (5 pages) (http://bit.ly/2mtKhLy), 2) Larry Lessig, The Law of the Horse: What Cyberlaw Might Teach (Section I only), 113 Harv. L. Rev. 501 (1999) (13 pages) (https://cyber.harvard.edu/works/lessig/finalhls.pdf), and 3) Neil Richards and William Smart, How Should the Law Think About Robots? (Sections 3-7 only) (13 pages) (http://bit.ly/2mtwqFn).

Oral-Presentation Skills-Atlas

Thanks for enrolling in Oral-Presentation Skills. This accelerated course (six classes over three weeks) will begin on Tuesday, February 27. You must attend the first class to remain in the course or to enter the course from the wait list, and, absent exceptional circumstances that arise after the course begins, you may not miss any of the six classes. There is no assignment for the first class (you will each make a presentation at the second class), but be prepared to discuss your public-speaking experience.

Principles of American Legal Writing-Weyble

Please check Blackboard for assignments.

Professional Responsibility for LLMs-Sebok

Required texts: Casebook: Pearce, Knake, Green, Joy, Kim, Murphy and Terry, Professional Responsibility, A Contemporary Approach, Third Edition (West Academic 2017) (all reading assignments are to the casebook) (all reading assignments are to the casebook).

Supplemental Codes and Standards: Thomas D. Morgan and Ronald D. Rotunda, Morgan and Rotunda's Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility, 2017 (Foundation Press, 2017).

Optional text: W. Bradley Wendel, Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations, Fourth Edition (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013).

The required texts for this course are (1) the casebook, which is Pearce, Knake, Green, Joy, Kim, Murphy and Terry, Professional Responsibility, A Contemporary Approach, Third Edition (West Academic 2017) and (2) the supplement, Morgan and Rotunda, Morgan and Rotunda's Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility, 2018 edition (Foundation Press, 2018). We will meet on Wednesday, in room G90 from 3:15 to 4:10pm. The first reading assignment is Chapter 1, pp. 1 - 21.

Securities Regulation-Omarova

There are two required texts for this course. All students must purchase both of these books and bring them to every class session: (1) Stephen J. Choi & A.C. Pritchard, Securities Regulation: Cases and Analysis (4th ed., 2015) ("Textbook") and (2) Stephen J. Choi and A.C. Pritchard, Securities Regulation: Statutory Supplement (2017) ("Statutory Supplement"). For the first week of classes, the mandatory reading assignment is Textbook, Chapter 1, pp. 1-15; 33-45. We will also watch in class the PBS documentary, "The Crash of 1929," which may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDRTf_hWnxY.

Social Science and the Law-Hans

January 22. First day of class. Introduction to the course and to the field of law and social science. Reading: Demosthenes Lorandos, Expert Evidence Post-Daubert: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 43 LITIGATION 18 (Spring 2017).

Surveillance and Privacy-Levy

Welcome to Surveillance and Privacy! Our class will meet for the first time on Wednesday, January 24, at 2:55 pm, in Thurston Hall 203. There is no reading you need to do to prepare for the first class.

Trade Secrets and Practice-D'Amore

Welcome to the new Trade Secrets Law and Practice class at Cornell Law School!  I look forward to working on this exciting and developing area of law with you.  The case book for the course will be the new edition of Trade Secret Law: Cases and Materials (2d Ed. 2017), by Rowe and Sandeen; we will also use some additional material outside the case book as needed.  The syllabus will be distributed by January 19.  Class 1 will cover the materials in Chapter 1.  If you haven't gotten the book yet, please read Cincinnati Bell Foundry Co. v. Dodds, Ohio Superior Court, 1887, 1887 WL 469; Allen-Qualley Co. v. Shellmar Products Co., 31 F.2d 293 (N.D. Ill. 1929); Clorox Co. v. S.C. Johnson & Son, 627 F. Supp. 2d 954 (E.D. Wis. 2009) and Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Botticella, 613 F.3d 102 (3rd Cir. 2010).

Note that the case book is available for purchase via Amazon, West Publishing, and other online sources.  If you are buying a new copy, be sure to purchase the most current edition.  Used copies may be available; they are almost certainly going to be from the prior edition, but if you choose to purchase one of those please let me know so we can identify the important updates.

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Colloquia, Seminars, and Problem Courses

Chinese Law: Tradition and Modernization-Yu

We will meet on Monday, January 22 for our first class. Please check the course Blackboard site for the syllabus and reading assignment.

Comparative Legal Philosophy-Yu

We will meet on Tuesday, January 23 for our first class. Please check the course Blackboard site for the syllabus and reading assignment.

Deals Seminar: Drafting and Analyzing M+A Agreements-Jacobs

Please read and be prepared to discuss the following documents for the first class; (Tab 1 through 7 and Article I of Tab 8). All reading materials can be found on Blackboard.

Deals Seminar: Hedge Funds, PE Funds, and Other Investment Vehicles-Nowak

The assignment for the first two classes appears in the Content folder on Blackboard. Please make sure you bring your laptops/tablets to class in order to access the cases, statutes, etc. online. I have free copies of the relevant statutes and regulations that I will hand out at class so there is no need for you to buy those books.

Deals Seminar: Law and Investment Banking-Radey

Please read the following for the first class. All reading materials and questions to consider can be found on Blackboard.

1. Form 20-F for Credit Suisse Group AG, 12-15, 21-25 (Credit Suisse, 2015).
2. Congressional Research Service Report, Who Regulates Whom? An Overview of U.S. Financial Supervision, 1-3, 5-14, 18-27 (2010).
3. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Sound Practices for Managing Legal Risk: Principles for Legal Departments in Financial Institutions (2006).
4. Stephen M. Cutler, Speech by SEC Staff: Remarks Before the National Regulatory Services Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealer Compliance/Risk Management Conference (Sept. 9, 2003).

Optional Additional Reading
1. Credit Suisse, Form 20-F for Credit Suisse Group AG, 16-20, 26-42 (2015).
2. Morgan Stanley, Form 10-K for Morgan Stanley, 1-9 (2017).

Feminist Jurisprudence-Bowman

Please read pp. 1-49 of the textbook, Bowman et al., Feminist Jurisprudence (5th ed. 2018) for the first class.

Global Labor and Employment Law-Sander

Welcome back from the break, and welcome to Global Labor and Employment Law. In preparation for the first class, please read (1) the Baker & McKenzie publication US Employment Law for Global Employers (available at digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu), focusing on the Introduction, section I (1,2, 5-8), section II (1-4, 8), section III (1-2), and all of sections IV and V; and (2) Critical Issues in European Employment Law for the Global In-House Counsel, pp. 1-31 (which will be available on Blackboard). As you read the materials on US employment law, please imagine you are a foreign entrepreneur/manager/Human Resources executive and be prepared to discuss what aspects of US employment law present the biggest risks and opportunities in operating your business.

International Business Transactions-Gardner

Welcome back! Our primary text this semester will be Vagts, Dodge, Koh & Buxbaum, Transnational Business Problems (5th ed.); additional readings will be posted on our Blackboard site. For our first meeting on Monday, January 22, please read pp. 63-69 and pp. 85-93 in the casebook; be prepared to discuss questions 1-3 on p.94 in the casebook; and read pp. 303-306 of Maggie Gardner, Channeling Unilateralism, 56 Harv. Int'l L.J. 297 (2015). The course syllabus and the supplemental readings will be available on our Blackboard site before our first meeting.

International Litigation-Clopton

Welcome back! The casebook for this course is Gary B. Born & Peter B. Rutledge, International Civil Litigation (5th ed.). For the first week, I will post an assignment on Blackboard under "Course Info." If you have any difficulty obtaining this assignment, please do not hesitate to contact me. Additional information about our course will be available on Blackboard and during the first course meeting. I look forward to working with you.

Islamic Law and History-Powers

Ruthven, Short Introduction to Islam, all.

Land Use Law-Peñalver

The syllabus and all readings for the course are available on the Blackboard site. The first assignment is:

Jan 23: Perspectives on Land Use Regulation
Packet 1
Richard Reeves, Dream Hoarders, excerpts (2017)
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law, ch. 3 (2017)

Law and Economics-Schwab

For the first class on Tuesday, January 23, please read: Polinsky, Chs. 1-2 (pp. 1-11); Katz, pp. 1-40; Wydick, Chs. 1-4. Optional background reading can include Posner, Chs 1-2; Cooter & Ulen, Chs 1-2.

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Clinical Courses

Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic-Yale-Loehr/McKee

Wednesday, January 24. 2:00-4:00pm, Room G81. Please check Blackboard for the reading for the first class. If you can't access it, it is below:

Ninth Circuit Immigration Outline Part B, sections I-III (Dec. 2016), available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/uploads/immigration/immig_west/B.pdf.

Immigration Clinic Handbook (On Blackboard>Course Documents>Immigration Clinic Handbook): Chapters 1-4; 6-7 Appendix A, "Chart of Steps in an Asylum Case.

I.N.S. v. Cardoza-Fonseca, 480 U.S. 421 (1987) (the majority opinion, with a focus on part II).

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From Markeisha Miner

Dean of Students

Markeisha Miner

WBB

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From Chenay Weyble

Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support
CW

Office Hours January 16-19 (Room 126F MTH):

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: drop in 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: drop in 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Or by appointment: (607) 255-0146 or cbw75@cornell.edu

Perspective. I hope you had a wonderful break and got some much-needed rest.  Recharging your batteries now is necessary preparation for the spring semester.  While you had a break around every six weeks during the fall semester, you don't get a break until week 11 in the spring.  You can avoid feeling "burned out" if you approach the 14-week spring semester with a specific plan to balance your workload with relaxation time.  Please come see me if you need help with a schedule.

But you're probably too focused on your fall grades right now to plan for the spring.  Keep the grades in perspective and consider how much you learned last semester, both about the law and law school.  That knowledge will serve as a building block for this semester.  Whether you are pleased with or disappointed in your grades, you should reflect on your performance and make a plan for improvement.  I will be available during Lawyering Week to work with anyone who wants advice on how to work more efficiently and effectively this semester.  Welcome back!

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Positions Available

Professor Yale-Loehr needs some research assistants this summer to help update his immigration law treatise. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. This is an excellent job for a bright 1L.  If interested, please email a transcript, resume and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at swy1@cornell.edu. Please also indicate your dates of availability. The job is full-time, so students interested in attending the Paris or other summer law programs need not apply.

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Graduate Legal Studies

LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions

LL.M. students may review course enrollment selections with Dean Houghton. Please visit the Course Counseling page to schedule a meeting prior to the end of Add/Drop (January 30th at 12pm for limited courses and January 31st at 3pm for unlimited courses). Hope you all had a relaxing break!

Save the Date

A cocktail reception celebrating LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Park Atrium at Statler Hall. An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.

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