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Section A

Civil Procedure (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 2014-2015 Edition of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure pamphlet published by LexisNexis.  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, it is your responsibility to borrow the books from another student so that you are prepared for class.

For our first class:

1.  Please read carefully the course information memo that is posted on the Bridges website. 

2.  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.

3.  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.


Criminal Law (Ritchie)


For the first class in Criminal Law, Section A, Prof. Ritchie, please read the Introduction in Moskovitz, CASES AND PROBLEMS IN CRIMINAL LAW, Third 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 statutes in the chapter as authority for your arguments.