Section B First Assignments

Civil Procedure- Professor Teitz

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Please read and be prepared to discuss the following in the first class which will be on Monday, August 27th:

  1. Schlagenhauf v. Holder and Sibbach v. Wilson (electronic copy attached and paper ones in box outside of my office, Room 233)
  2. 28 U.S.C. ' 1652 (in West Federal Rules Book)
  3. Fed. R. Civ. P. 35, 37 (in West Federal Rules Book)

We will spend the first several classes on these cases but you should read both for the first class. They are hard cases so you should not expect to master them even with multiple readings (especially Sibbach) before class. We will be looking at the history of the Federal Rules of Procedure, the use of precedent, as well as the specific use of Rules 35 and 37.

We will NOT meet the first week of classes as I have to attend an international law conference. Our first class will be Monday, August 27.

I have reserved a classroom for the entire semester from 11:30-12:45 on Tuesdays. I will use that time for group office hours/ "open class," where you can stop by on a voluntary basis with questions and concerns, as I will explain when we meet on the 27th.

I will also use this time for make-up classes and for review sessions.  I will do make-up classes on the following dates: Tuesday September 4, Tuesday September 18, and Tuesday September 25.  Please reserve the time on those days.

I look forward to meeting you and spending the semester together.

Contracts- Professor Monestier

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Welcome to Contracts!  First, and most importantly, there will be no readings for the first day of class.  However, please ensure that you have purchased the required books for the course:

Text: Knapp, Crystal & Prince, Problems in Contract Law, Aspen Publishers: 8th Ed. (2016)

Statutory Supplement: Burton & Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials (Important: 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:

  1. All assigned readings will be posted on Westlaw’s TWEN website. Directions on setting up your account and accessing TWEN will be emailed to you from the library during Orientation. Please be sure to activate your Westlaw account.
  2. Please read through the attached handout, Everything You Wanted to Know About Contracts (But Were Afraid to Ask).

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Prof. Monestier

Criminal Law- Professor Sack

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Welcome! Our first class will be Tuesday, August 21, from 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM in Room 285. The required text for the class is Weaver, Burkoff and Hancock, CRIMINAL LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (3rd edition 2018), which is available in the bookstore. Please make sure that you have this most current edition of the book.  For our first class meeting, please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1 – 14 (up to “Points for Discussion”).

The full syllabus will be available on Bridges before the start of classes. Please print out the syllabus and bring it with you to our first class, as I will be reviewing it in detail

Enrichment- Professor Thompson

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RWU Law’s Enrichment Course is a collaborative effort by faculty and academic success professionals to help first-semester students develop the critical skills necessary for success in their first-year courses. All full-time students must attend the 1L Enrichment Course. Part-time students are welcome to attend, but are not required to attend.

The first assignment for the Enrichment Course is due on Friday, August 24th during the first Enrichment class. Please read chapters 1 through 4 of “A Strategic Approach to Learning in Law School” published by Wolters-Kluwer. This customized book  is available only through the RWU Law bookstore, and should be available for purchase in mid-August. In the event that the publisher does not have the book available in the bookstore by August 15th, the first assignment’s reading will be posted in pdf form on the Enrichment Course Bridges site (RWU Law’s version of Blackboard).Feel free to do the exercises in the book, but it is not necessary. Professor Kathryn Thompson will be covering the material with you during the first Enrichment class on Friday, August 24th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. Thompson at

Legal Practice- All Sections

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Dear 1L:  Welcome to Legal Practice (LP) I!  Attached, please find your reading assignment for your Orientation class and the readings we have assigned for that class (but not including Chapter 1 of the LP Handbook).  You may also pick up a hard copy of the readings at the faculty secretaries’ suite on the second floor of the law school.  Please note from the attached portion of the syllabus that you must purchase the following texts for LP I, all of which are or will be available at the RWUSOL Bookstore:

The Roger Williams University School of Law (“RWUSOL”) Legal Practice Handbook  (“Handbook”); The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015), (“Bluebook”);  and Linda J. Barris, Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook (Carolina Academic Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (“Barris”)

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we all look forward to meeting you. 

On behalf of the Legal Practice faculty,

Elizabeth Colt

Professor of Legal Practice

Legal Practice Coordinator

RWU School of Law


Torts- Professor Logan

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The assignment for the first class is pp. 1-4 from the casebook; also be prepared to define the following terms, which provide the procedural context in which we will learn Torts doctrine:

Basic Torts Procedure

  1. Pleading Stage
    1. Complaint
    2. Motion to Dismiss for Failure To State a Claim (“MTD”)
    3. Answer
  2. Pre-Trial Discovery
    1. Depositions
    2. Interrogatories
    3. Motion for Summary Judgment (“SJ”)
  3. Trial
    1. Voir Dire
    2. Opening Statement
    3. Direct/Cross-examination of Witnesses (“fact witnesses” v. “expert witnesses”)
    4. Motion for a Directed Verdict (or “Judgment as a Matter of Law” or “Nonsuit”) (“DV”)
    5. Closing Argument
    6. Jury Instructions, including “Burden of Proof” and “Compensatory Damages”
    7. Verdict (liability/damages)
  4. Post-Trial
    1. “Judgment as a Matter of Law” (“JNOV”)
    2. Motion for a New Trial (“NT”)
    3. Issues appropriate for appeal:
      1. How the trial judge handled “dispositive motions” (MTD/SJ/DV/JNOV)
      2. The trial judge’s evidentiary rulings, including the requirement for “Contemporaneous Objection” and the “Harmless Error Rule”
      3. The trial judge’s jury instructions
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


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