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Civil Procedure (Kuckes)
Our first class meeting will be on Wednesday, August 21, from 10: 30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Room 286.
In anticipation of the first class, you should have purchased three books: (1) the casebook, Civil Procedure by Stephen Yeazell (8th edition) (ISBN 978-1-4548-0710-0), (2) the 2014 rules supplement by Stephen Yeazell, titled Rules of Civil Procedure (2014) (ISBN 978-1454841777), and (3) a book with practice exercises titled Patt v. Donner, A Simulated Casefile for Learning Civil Procedure (ISBN 978-1609304317). In addition to the books, you will need an NXT Turning Technologies “clicker” (audience response device) that we will be using as a teaching tool in most or all of the classes in Civil Procedure. The same clicker will be used in other first-year classes from time to time (for example, in Legal Methods). While it is listed as being assigned in more than one class, you will only need one clicker.
For our first class, please read pages 1-12 of the Yeazell Civil Procedure casebook. Where the text refers to a rule (for example, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1)) or a statute (for example, 28 U.S.C. Section 1332), you will also need to find and read the relevant part of the rule or statute. These can be found in the Rules Supplement. Give it a try to locate these sources – we will talk about this more in our first classes. In addition, please give thought to how you would answer the following problem:
You are stranded on a desert island with your shipmates (a group of thirty or so people). Think of the show, Survivor, to picture this. No disputes have yet arisen, but they are inevitable. What system or process would you design right now to have in place to resolve any disputes that may arise? You goals are to have a process that is accepted, and perceived as fair, but doesn't take too much time or energy, and is appropriate to the setting. Come to our first class prepared to explain the system you have come up with! There are no other rules to the exercise, and you can be as creative as you wish. I look forward to hearing your solutions in our first class!
Welcome to Contracts! First, and most importantly, there will be no readings for the first day of class (Tuesday August 19). However, please ensure that you have purchased the required books for the course:
Text: Knapp, Crystal & Prince, Problems in Contract Law, Aspen Publishers: 7th Ed. (2012)
Statutory Supplement: Burton & Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials 2014 (you are free to use an older version of this, or any other, statutory supplement – so long as it includes the Restatement and Article 2).
In addition, please be sure that you have a Westlaw password and that you have activated your account. All assigned readings will be posted on Westlaw’s TWEN website. Directions on setting up your account and accessing TWEN are included from the library in your Orientation packet.
Looking forward to meeting you all soon!
Criminal Law (Sack)
Our first class will be Monday, August 18, from 9 am – 10:15 am in Room 286. The required text for the class is Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker & Barkow, Criminal Law and its Processes (9th edition, 2012), which is available in the bookstore. It is important that you have this edition (the most recent edition) of the book, because there are substantial changes from earlier versions. For our first class meeting, please read and be prepared to discuss:
*Background readings are still required reading for which you are responsible, but we will not be discussing them in detail in class.
The full syllabus will be available on Bridges by early in the week of August 11. Please print out the syllabus and bring it with you to our first class, as I will be reviewing it then.
Legal Practice (All Sections)
Dear Class of 2017,
On behalf of your Legal Practice I (“LP I”) professor, I welcome you to the RWU School of Law! I am attaching for your reference the LP I Syllabus, which sets out the books and materials you will need for LP I and the reading and assignments for which you will be responsible this fall. Please note that your assignment for the Orientation class, scheduled for Friday, August 15th, is to read chapter 1 of the text book, The Legal Writing Handbook (available at the RWU Bookstore), and the LP Course Policies and Code of Student Responsibility, which is included in your Legal Practice Binder (also available at the Bookstore). For your convenience, I have attached a copy of the LP Course Policies and Code of Student Responsibility.
We look forward to meeting you next week,