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Civil Procedure I (Murphy):

The required casebook for this class is Freer & Perdue, Civil Procedure: Cases, Materials, and Problems (6th ed.), published by LexisNexis.   In addition, we will use the 2015-2016 Edition of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure pamphlet published by LexisNexis.  (You may use the 2014-2015 Lexis/Nexis edition of Federal Rules pamphlet, but make sure that it does not have highlighting, underlining, or notations in it.). 

In advance of our first class, you should have both these books in your possession.   If for some reason you do not have the assigned books, you can find the assigned Federal Rules online; pages from the Freer & Perdue casebook for the first and second classes are posted under “Resources” on the Bridges course site.

For our first class:

1.  Please read carefully the “Course Information Memo” that is posted on the Bridges website. 

2.  If you are considering using a laptop during class (which I do not advise), read carefully the Laptop Usage Policy.

3.  Please read pages 1-12 of the Freer & Perdue casebook and prepare carefully pages 283-289 of the casebook (do not yet read “Legal Sufficiency” on page 289).  In the LexisNexis rules pamphlet, study Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 7(a) & (b)(1)-(2), 8(a), 8(e), 10, and 84 as well as Forms 1, 2, 11, and 17 in the Appendix of Forms to the Federal Rules.

4.  Based on the selected Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that I have assigned and using as a guide Forms 1, 2, 11, and 17, type and submit at the beginning of class one hard copy of a simple complaint for Sarah Jones in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.  Your complaint should be based on the following facts and any additional facts that you deem warranted: 

On August 1, 2013, Mark Jones was physically injured in an automobile accident.  Jerry Smith rear-ended Jones’s car while Jones was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Oak Ave. and Maple St. in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Mark Jones has been married to Sarah Jones since May 1, 2010.  Sarah wishes to sue Smith for “loss of consortium,” which the relevant law defines as arising when an injured spouse, due to a tortious act, can no longer supply the affection and companionship natural to a spousal relationship.  The relevant law thus far has recognized loss of consortium claims only when the spousal relationship is between a man and woman, and the date of marriage must have preceded the date of the tortious act.

In drafting the complaint, do not do any outside research.  Moreover, in your complaint, do not attempt to make a statement of jurisdiction (simply use the words “Statement of Jurisdiction” where appropriate in the complaint).

I will not be grading your complaint.  In addition to submitting your complaint to me at the beginning of class, be sure to keep another copy of your complaint available for yourself to review during class.

I look forward to meeting you.


Contracts I (Heyman):

I.  Required Texts:

Dawson, Harvey, Henderson & Baird, Contracts (10th ed.) (Foundation Press); and
Burton & Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials (2015 ed.) (West). 

II.  Recommended Texts:

Marvin A. Chirelstein, Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts; and
Lawrence A. Cunningham, Contracts in the Real World:  Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter

III.  Reading Assignment from the Dawson Casebook:

Introductory Note and Hawkins v. McGee (Pages 1-6).

IV. Additional Information: 

For additional class information, see the Syllabus posted on the Bridges website.


Criminal Law (Ritchie):

For the first class in Criminal Law, please read the Introduction in Moskovitz, CASES AND PROBLEMS IN CRIMINAL LAW, Sixth Edition, pages 1 through 13, which generally discusses the book and the problem method.  Also for the first class, please read Chapter One, pages 15 through 35.  We will be discussing this material for the first two classes.  You should be prepared to discuss the problem at the beginning of the chapter using the cases and the statutes in the chapter as authority for your arguments.


Legal Practice (All Sections, All Professors):

Welcome to Legal Practice I!  The Legal Practice Binder that will be one of your assigned texts is not yet available in print; accordingly, we have arranged with the publisher to make available to you electronically your assigned reading for LP I, until the Binder is actually available for purchase in the Bookstore .  This attachment includes Chapters 1 through 3 of the Binder, which reading you should complete prior to this Friday's Orientation class.    The publisher will make available later this week the assigned reading for next week's LP I class:  Your LP I professor will provide you with all of the essential information regarding the Binder and other assigned texts, during Friday's class.

We all looking forward to meeting you on Friday!

On behalf of your LP Professor,

Professor Elizabeth Colt

Legal Practice Professor and

Coordinator of Legal Practice


Torts I (Logan):

Read and prepare pp. 1-4 and 17-20 from the 13th edition of Prosser, Wade & Schwartz.