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Scoops August 15 First Assignment Issue


First Year Courses


From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support


Upperclass Courses


From Paul Weber
Director of Information Technologies


Colloquia, Seminars, and Problem Courses

Positions Available

Clinical Courses

Initial Class Assignments for Fall 2016

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

Textbooks for law courses are available at the Cornell Store on Ho Plaza across from Willard Straight Hall.  For a complete listing of store hours see

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First Year Courses

Civil Procedure (CE)-Rachlinski

Please obtain (and read) a copy of the syllabus from the course website. Assignments for the first four classes are as follows: Wednesday, Aug 24: 1-11 in FKCS; pp 1-9 in FRCP (Preface). Monday, Aug 29: 12-32 in FKCS. Tuesday, Aug 30: 33-49 in FKCS. Wednesday, Aug 31: 49-55 FKCS.

Civil Procedure (AD)-Holden-Smith

Welcome to Cornell and to the study of Civil Procedure! Please download a copy of the course Outline from the Blackboard site for this course. For the first class meeting please read and be prepared to discuss pages 1-11 of the FKC casebook.

Civil Procedure (BF)-Clopton

Welcome to Cornell! For our first meeting, please read pages 1 to 11 in our casebook, Field, Kaplan, Clermont & Struve, Civil Procedure: Materials for a Basic Course, Concise 11th ed. (2014). A full syllabus will be available on Blackboard prior to the first meeting. I look forward to meeting you!

Constitutional Law (B)-Rana

Welcome to law school! We will have an orientation lunch on Monday, August 22 at 12:00 noon. Our first formal class session will be on Wednesday August 24. For Wednesday's class please visit Blackboard for the relevant assignment as well as the course syllabus. We will be discussing selected pages from Michael Klarman, "What's So Great about Constitutionalism?", 93 Nw. U. L. Rev. 145 (1998).

Constitutional Law (D)-Stiglitz

Welcome to Cornell Law School! I look forward to meeting you all soon. You can find our syllabus and first assignment on our course's blackboard site.

Constitutional Law (C)-Tebbe

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our orientation session on Monday, August 22 at 12:00 noon. Our first class session will be on Wednesday, August 24 at 2:55pm in Room 276. Before our first class, please read the Constitution, which you can find here:

Also before class, please consider North Carolina's H.B. 2, which became law earlier this year. (Do not do any outside reading.) This state statute does two things, primarily. First, it provides that government-operated bathrooms are designated for use only by people based on their biological sex. It defines a person's biological sex as the sex designated on a birth certificate.

Second, the law provides that state civil rights law prohibits discrimination by public accommodations, such as retail businesses, only on the following grounds: race, religion, national origin, and biological sex. (It exempts single-sex bathrooms from the prohibition on sex discrimination.) H.B. 2 explicitly preempts and invalidates any local law that attempts to protect transgender citizens against bias.

Ask yourself whether H.B. 2 violates any provisions of the federal Constitution, and if so which ones. In particular, think about 1) whether the Constitution prohibits discrimination by nongovernmental actors, such as businesses open to the public, 2) whether the Constitution applies against state laws, in addition to federal ones, 3) whether anything in the Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, and whether anything protects separation of men and women; 4) whether the North Carolina law inhibits any constitutional liberties or freedoms.

Contracts (DE)-Hillman

For the first class on Wednesday, August 24, please read pages 3-12 of Summers, Hillman & Hoffman, Contract and Related Obligation (7th Ed. 2016).

Contracts (A)-Hillman

For the first class on Wednesday, August 24, please read pages 3-12 of Summers, Hillman & Hoffman, Contract and Related Obligation (7th Ed. 2016).

Contracts (BC)-Taylor

Welcome to Cornell Law School!  For the first class on Wednesday, August 24, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 3-16 of Summers, Hillman and Hoffman, Contract and Related Obligation (7th Ed. 2016). For Thursday, August 25, please read and be prepared to discuss from the above text pages 17-40, up to Remedies.

Contracts (F)-Kalantry/Rachlinski

First Week's Assignments: August 24: Contract and Related Obligations, Casebook: pp. 3-12, White v. Benkowski. August 25: Contract and Related Obligations, Casebook: pp. 12-31, White v. Benkowski (continued).  The casebook is Robert S. Summers, Robert A. Hillman, and David A. Hoffman, Contract and Related Obligation: Theory, Doctrine, and Practice (Seventh Edition).

Criminal Law (ABF)-Garvey

Welcome to Criminal Law.  Download a copy of the syllabus from Blackboard.  I'll spend much of the first day of class giving you an overview of the course.  With any remaining time we'll discuss the material listed for the first assignment.  You'll need an iClicker for the course, though we won't be using it on the first day of class.

Lawyering (F)-Atlas

Welcome to Lawyering!  There is no assignment for the first class.  Please sit in one of the first three rows of the classroom.

Lawyering (A)-Bigoness

Welcome to Lawyering! I look forward to meeting all of you. In advance of the first class, please read the syllabus, course rules and short article posted on Blackboard in the folder titled "Reading for First Class."

Lawyering (D)-Freed

Welcome!  For class on Thursday, August 25, please read Chapters 4 and 5 of Neumann and Tiscione, Legal Reasoning and Legal Writing (7th ed. 2013).

Lawyering (C)-McKee

Welcome to Lawyering!  Please check Blackboard for the syllabus and the first assignment.

Lawyering (B)-Finn

Welcome to Lawyering!  For the first class, please read chapters 1 and 2 of Neumann and Tiscione.

Lawyering (E)-Whelan

Please check the Blackboard course site for the assignment for Friday, August 26.

Property (AF)-Alexander

The first meeting of the class is on Wednesday, August 24, at 9:05 a.m., in Room 186.  The assignment for that class is pages 13 through 22 in the casebook, Dukeminier, et al., Property, CONCISE EDITION (Aspen, 2014).  Make sure that you get the Concise Edition, not the 8th Edition of the longer version of the book. I look forward to seeing you on August 24.

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Upperclass Courses
Administrative Law-Farina

Read the opening case study and introductory materials, pp. 1-16, and Note p. 30. The first class will be substantive. You should be prepared to provide examples, from the case study, of the relationships of control and accountability between agencies and each of the three constitutional Branches, as well as to discuss how the states and private parties are involved in federal regulatory programs. Pp. 18-29 are optional reading for those wanting a basic orientation to the course.

Advanced Torts-Dorfman

Please read the materials posted on Blackboard for Class 1 (in the content folder).

Antitrust Law-Hay

Text: Trade Regulation by Pitofsky, Goldschmid and Wood, 6th Edition (Foundation Press). The Supplement is not necessary. (Supplementary material will be posted on Blackboard.) A syllabus for the term will be distributed at the first class and will be available on Blackboard.

In the first class, Wednesday, August 24, there will be an introductory lecture. If you have purchased the text by then, look at the relevant statutes on pp. 5-6, and 971-972, and read through the introductory material on 54-82. But the lecture will be self-contained so this reading is not essential for the first class and can be done any time in the first week or so. The assignment for Monday, August 29 is: Mitchel v. Reynolds (p. 23), Trans-Missouri (p. 35), and Addyston (p. 40). Starting with class on Monday, August 29, ALL students who attend the class, whether officially registered or not, will be expected to have read the assigned material. Students who have not yet purchased the textbook can get the necessary material for Monday's class from Blackboard or may pick up a copy of the assignments in Room 213.

Arbitration Law and Practice-Ranieri/Yusem

Date: Aug 29. Topic: CH 16: Arbitration - The Big Picture. Reading: 537-547. Exercises: Problem 1 (544-546), Question 1 (546), Question 3 (547), Simulation: Al and Sandy.

Contracts for LLMs-Taylor

Welcome to Cornell Law School!  For our first class on Wednesday, August 24, please read and be prepared to discuss pages 3-16 of Summers, Hillman and Hoffman, Contract and Related Obligation (7th Ed. 2016). For Thursday, August 25, please read and be prepared to discuss from the above text pages 17-40, up to Remedies.

Criminal Procedure-Investigations-Margulies

Please read Utah v. Strieff, No. 14-1373, 579 U. S. ____ (June 20, 2016), in its entirety, including the dissents.

Employment Law-Schwab

The casebook is Willborn, Schwab, Burton & Lester, Employment Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2012) and Employment Law: Selected Federal and State Statutes (2012 ed.)  Additional readings will be available on Blackboard. First Assignment (Wednesday, August 24): Themes of Employment Law, casebook pp. 3-11.

Federal Criminal Practice-Feldman

Please read the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and bring paper and a writing instrument to the first class.

Federal Income Taxation-Hirschfeld

Welcome back from your summer.  The book assigned for this course is Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation (18th Ed.) by Freeland, Lathrope, Lind and Stephens.  The syllabus with all assigned readings and some supplemental material will be posted on Blackboard.

The assignment for the first class is Chapter 1- pp. 19-38 including Mayo Foundation v. U.S. (2011) and Chapter 27-pp. 993-1002 (includes tax rate schedules; read though Indirect Rate Increases).

The Internal Revenue Service webpage gives you any tax form you ever need.  Take a look at the most used tax form in the world, Form 1040, Individual Income Tax Return, which many of you may have encountered in your personal life. Form 1040 will introduce us to income tax terminology that we will discuss in general such as Gross Income-Code §61, Adjusted Gross Income-Code §62, Deductions-Many parts of the Code, and Taxable Income-Code §63.

While this class focuses on the federal income tax, we will also briefly discuss other federal taxes that you will likely encounter in your personal or business life including the gift tax, estate tax, excise tax, etc. I look forward to seeing you in class.

Financial Institutions-Omarova

For the first class, the mandatory reading assignment is Chapter 1.1, pp. 3-29, of the textbook (MICHAEL S. BARR, HOWELL E. JACKSON, MARGARET E. TAHYAR, FINANCIAL REGULATION: LAW AND POLICY).

Please also note that Chapter 1.2 (historical overview), pp. 31-70, provides very helpful thematic background for the course. While it is not a mandatory reading assignment for the first class, I strongly recommend reading it either before the course starts or during the first week of classes.

Insurance Law-Heise

Prior to our first class-scheduled for Monday, August 29, 2016, at 8:35 AM in Room 285-please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1-30 from our principal text from the course, Tom Baker & Kyle Logue, Insurance Law and Policy (Wolters Kluwer -- Aspen Casebook Series, 3rd. 2013).

I will distribute copies of the course syllabus at our first class as well as online via Blackboard.  After that, additional copies will be available from Ms. Jackson in Room 315.

International Commercial Arbitration-Barcelo

Books: T. Varady, J. Barceló, S. Kröll & A. von Mehren INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION-A Transnational Perspective (6th ed. 2015) and 6th ed. DOCUMENTS SUPPLEMENT (2015).

Assignment First Class, Wednesday, August 24, 2016:Note I.1.a., Coursebook pp. 1-3; read very carefully Documents Supplm. pp. 1-3 (N.Y. Convention Articles I, II, IV, & V) (Also skim coursebook table of contents and documents supplement table of contents). Subsequent Assignments: see course website on Blackboard.

International Taxation-Green

For the first class, please read paragraphs 1140-1165 (pages 36-41) in Charles H. Gustafson, Robert J. Peroni & Richard Crawford Pugh, Taxation of International Transactions (West, 4th ed. 2011).

Introduction to Depositions-Whelan (Section 1, MW)

Please check Blackboard for the assignments.  If you are on the waitlist and cannot access the Blackboard site for this course, you should check with my assistant, Allen Czelusniak, at, for the assignment information.

Introduction to Depositions-Whelan (Section 2, TR)

Please check Blackboard for the assignments.  If you are on the waitlist and cannot access the Blackboard site for this course, you should check with my assistant, Allen Czelusniak, at, for the assignment information.

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 athletes (available on Blackboard under Assignments); and "An L.A. Story:  Unions Show Signs of Life" (also on Blackboard).

Law and Mental Health-Beresford

For first class on Thursday, August 25, please read lesson 1 (S1) of the course Syllabus (available on Blackboard).

Negotiated and Collaborative Decisionmaking-Farina/Newhart

Please read the following:

Charles B. Craver, Effective Legal Negotiation & Settlement (8th ed.), pp. 1-7.

Carrie Menkel-Meadow, The Lawyer as Problem Solver and Third Party Neutral: Creativity and Nonpartisanship in Lawyering, 72 Temple L. Rev. 785 (1999). (Available on Blackboard)

Sam Kaner et al., Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making (3d ed.) Foreword & Introductions.

Paul Brest & Linda Hamilton Krieger, Lawyers as Problem Solvers, 72 Temple L. Rev. 811 (1999). (Available on Blackboard).

Then respond to the question on the discussion board (on Blackboard) and reply to one of your classmates posts.

Oral Presentation Skills-Atlas

Welcome to Oral-Presentation Skills!  Our first class will be on Tuesday, September 20, from 6:05 p.m. to 8:05 p.m., in room 389.  There is no assignment for the first class, but be ready to discuss your public-speaking experience.  Note that students must attend the first class to remain in the course or to enter the course from the wait list and that, absent exceptional circumstances, students may not miss any of the six classes.

Principles of American Legal Writing-C. Weyble

Welcome to Principles of American Legal Writing!  Before the first class, please read pages 51-75 in Nedzel's, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students.  I look forward to meeting you.

Principles of American Legal Writing-Goldbach

Welcome to the law school! Our first class will consist of an overview of the goals of the course and an introduction to legal writing in common law jurisdictions. For the first class, please read Nadia E. Nedzel, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students (3rd ed. 2012), pages 27-48.

Private Equity Playbook-Blassberg

Reminder:  The first session will be on Thursday, September 8 and the other sessions will be held during the weeks of October 17 and October 24. Assignment information for the first class will be posted through Blackboard at least a week before the class. I will also post the readings for many of the subsequent classes  well in advance of the class sessions in order to give you a chance to get a head start on some of the readings. I look forward to meeting you in early September.

Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders-Green

There is no assignment for the first class.

Trust & Estates-Alexander

There are two required texts for the course: (1) Gallanis, Family Property Law: Wills, Trusts, and Estates, 6th Ed. (Foundation 2014); (2) Gallanis, ed., Uniform Trust and Estate Statutes 2016-2017 Edition (Foundation).  You must have a copy of both texts. The first meeting of the course is on Wednesday, August 24, at 2:30 p.m., in Room 285 MTH. The assignment for that class is pages 11-13 and 17-24.  We will discuss this material. I look forward to seeing you on August 24.

WTO and International Trade Law-Barcelo

Books: 1) Jackson, Davey, & Sykes, INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS (6th ed. 2013),2)  2013 DOCUMENTS SUPPLEMENT.

Assignment First Class (8/24/16):  Jackson pp. 227-230; 233-235; skim 248-254; read WTO Agreement Art. II [Document Supplement Item 1]; GATT 1994 (1)(a) [DS Item 3]; skim: GATT 1947 [DS item 2] Arts: I(1); II(1)(a)&(b); III(1), (2), (4), (8); VI(1), (2), (3), (6); XI(1); XVI(1); XIX (1)(a); XX (b)&(g); XXIII; XXIV(4), (5), (6), (8). [Look for the following in GATT '47 articles: (i) Tariffs are legal; quantitative restrictions are illegal. (ii) There are two non-discrimination principles. (Are they interrelated?).  (iii) There is one general exception and there are several specific exceptions to these rules. (iv) One article deals with dispute settlement.]  Note that the WTO documents in the DS are also available on line at  (under top menu "Documents and resources"; then "Official Documents"; then "Legal Texts"). See syllabus posted on Blackboard for further assignments.


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Colloquia, Seminars, and Problem Courses

Advanced Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy-Bryan

Read: Davis Article "The Argument Of An Appeal" (available on Blackboard and in Room 213; review and bring copies of posted materials to class). Read: The Winning Brief, Tips 1-15 (draft an outline based on the tips. Keep it for later review). Read: Excerpt from Allesio v. Carey Brief and Opinion (available on Blackboard and in Room 213).

Citizenship in American Constitutional Thought-Rana

Welcome back! The syllabus as well as all the readings for the seminar are available on Blackboard under Course Documents. The assignment for our first class on Thursday August 25 can be found in the folder titled, "Introduction and American Exceptionalism."

Contemporary American Jury-Hans

Welcome to the seminar! In our first class, we'll discuss the legal, political, and empirical questions that interest you most about the jury. Please read the following pieces that take up arguments for and against trial by jury in civil cases:; and Which arguments are most persuasive to you?

Copyright Litigation Lawyering-Berger

Welcome. Our first class will meet on Tuesday August 30 in room 387 at 12:20 pm. The assignment for that day is to read the excerpt from Rogers v. Koons, 960 F.2d 301 (2d Cir. 1992), which you can find on Blackboard.

Deals Seminar: Real Estate Transactions-Bernardo/Wertheimer

Please check the course Blackboard site for our first reading assignment, which is a Purchase and Sale Agreement for real property (alternatively, you may pick up a copy of the assignment from Jack Glezen, our assistant, in Myron Taylor Hall, Room 315). You will not need to purchase a textbook for this course.

Please read the Purchase and Sale Agreement prior to our first class. Please read it slowly and mark anything you don't understand so that we can discuss. Think about why each provision is in the document, and whether the language favors the buyer or the seller (and what you might want to change if you were representing one or the other). Please do not read any supplemental materials or speak with any attorneys, as the point of our class is for you to approach these materials without pre-informed opinions (though note that it's always okay, and encouraged, to speak with each other and with us regarding the course). Throughout the course, we will post new reading materials, and the exercise will be the same (read in advance and evaluate as described above). The Blackboard site will also contain a Syllabus/Course Objectives and Policies statement that is important to read in advance of our first class.

Because this class meets for only nine sessions, it is important that everyone attend (even during the add-drop period) and participate in each class.

Ethical Issues in Criminal Investigations, Prosecutions & Policy-Bachrach

I look forward to teaching Ethical Issues in Criminal Investigations, Prosecutions and Policy, Law 7232, this semester.

For the first class, students should read the excerpted article on Blackboard: Why Should Prosecutors Seek Justice?, by Professor Bruce Green in 26 Fordham Urb. L.J. 607. Students should also start to familiarize themselves with The Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which are required reading by the second class of the semester. These should be available for purchase in a booklet at the bookstore. They can also be referenced online, and by way of a "rulebook app" that can be downloaded for certain computers.

Also on Blackboard are some background reading materials, which students who have not taken Criminal Procedure may find helpful.

Faculty At Home Seminar: Psychology, Law, and Culture-Clopton

This class will meet from 6:00-8:30pm on select Tuesdays throughout the semester (dates TBD). The first class meeting will be on Aug 30 from 6:00-7:00pm in Room 276. Be sure to come to the first class meeting, even if you are on the waitlist. We'll use the first meeting to discuss course logistics.

Feminist Jurisprudence-Bowman

The first assignment for the seminar is to read pages pp. 1-45 in the assigned text, Bowman et al., Feminist Jurisprudence, 4th edition.

Guilty Acts, Guilty Minds-Garvey

Welcome to the seminar. Download a copy of the syllabus from Blackboard. No reading for the first meeting. I'll use the first meeting to give you an overview of the seminar and describe its format. I'll also tell you what kinds of issues, problem and topics you'll be able to pursue for your final paper.

Immigration and Refugee Law-Yale-Loehr

Required reading (see generally Blackboard site for this course at The course number is 7311-100):

1. Skim Benson, Curcio, Jeffers & Yale-Loehr (BCJY) § 1.01 (pp. 1-33) (welcome to immigration law); § 9.01 and problems 9-1 through 9-3 (pp. 975-82) (naturalization)

2. Read Immigration Priorities Exercise (Blackboard course documents: introductory class documents folder) and be prepared to discuss in class

3. Semiconductor Industry Association, "Debunking the Myth that Immigration Harms America," March 17, 2015,

4. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "Immigration Myths and Facts," Oct. 24, 2013,

5. Julia Preston, "New Test Asks: What Does 'American' Mean?," N.Y. Times, Sept. 28, 2007, at

6. Room for Debate, "Should Birthright Citizenship be Abolished?," N.Y. Times, Aug. 24, 2015,

Please think about and be prepared to discuss the following questions for the first class:

1. What is our national interest in having an immigration policy?

2. Should our immigration policy benefit U.S. natives? Immigrants? Those who remain in source countries? Some mixture of the three?

3. How many and what kinds of people should we admit to the United States each year?

4. How should we define membership in American society? What does it mean to be a member?

5. What turns, or should turn, on membership?

6. What are the normative arguments for limiting membership?

7. Should we deny automatic U.S. citizenship to children born in the U.S. of undocumented alien parents? Would an amendment to the 14th Amendment along those lines be constitutional?

International Financial Regulation-Emmenegger/Zulauf

Welcome students to world of international financial regulation! Class starts on September 2. No reading is required. You may want to take a look at Howard Davies, Can Financial Markets be Controlled? to get a better idea about some of the topics that will be discussed.

Litigation Drafting-Freed

Welcome to Litigation Drafting!  All students who wish to enroll in this course must attend the first class.  There is no assignment for the first class.

Statutory and Constitutional Interpretation-Marmor

Please read Smith v. U.S. 508 U.S. 223 (1993). (Copy of the case is available on numerous websites and easy to find by Google).

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Clinical Courses

Farmworker Legal Assistance I-Lyon

Your assignments and readings will be available on Blackboard. For class on Wednesday 8/24, please do the assignments for both Farmworker Clinic Overview and U.S. Farmworkers.


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From Chenay Weyble
Lecturer of Law and Director of Academic Support

Welcome to Cornell Law School.  The Academic Support Program will provide several workshops for 1Ls that will teach you the skills necessary to prepare for and benefit from your coursework.  The first is "Introduction to Law School" on Friday, August 19, and it will give you a brief glimpse into what you can expect in law school.  You'll learn how to read cases, why you need to do more than just read for class, and what the Socratic Method is like (don't worry, I'll let you know in advance if I will call on you).  Before this workshop, please read the case and problem located on Blackboard.  We'll discuss the case and discuss how the rules from the case would apply to the problem.

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From Paul Weber
Director of Information Technologies

BlackBoard is a University supported web site that facilitates course communication and the distribution of course-related electronic documents. BlackBoard has an easy to use interface with many features including email, discussion groups, and electronic dropboxes.

The IT department has developed a BlackBoard site for each Law School course and the titles are in the form of the course title followed by the semester and year and the professor's last name, [example:Epicurean Law (Professor Maypops) Fall 2016]. You can also search for all Law courses under the BlackBoard catalog.

BlackBoard accounts have been set up for all law school students. Students can log into BlackBoard using their NetID login and password. After logging in, students will see a tab called "My Blackboard", and after clicking on that tab, on the right side there will be a section called "My Courses." Under "My Courses" a list of courses for each student who has been admitted will be displayed.

During Add-Drop, we will be populating BlackBoard once a day. This will add students to courses. Unfortunately, due to BlackBoard system limitations, we will not be able to remove students from courses that they have dropped, until after Add-Drop has ended. That means two things:

1. if an instructor sends an email to students in a course, students who have dropped that course will still receive the email;and

2. students who have dropped courses will still see them under the "My Courses" heading and will still have access to them. After Add-Drop has completed, we will remove non-enrolled students from BlackBoard course sites.

Please note: not all faculty members use the BlackBoard System. Please consult with your instructor for each course to see if they are using BlackBoard. If you would like to view the tutorial that was presented as part of the Information Technologies Orientation presentation, go to the Registrar's website and then click on the link for My Information/BlackBoard.

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Positions Available

Professor Blume seeks to hire one or more students to assist in several research and litigation projects related to capital punishment and life without parole for juvenile offenders.  Interested students should send a resume to Professor Blume at

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