ProfessorCourse NameAssignments and Documents Date Posted
Professor Anderson Lawyering Process You can purchase the required texts for the course in the bookstore: 1) Skills and Values - Lawyering Process: Legal Writing and Advocacy, 1st edition, by David I. C. Thomson; 2) Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, 4th edition, by Anne Enquist and Laurel Currie Oates; and, 3) The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th edition.

For our first class, please read chapters 1 and 2 in the Thomson text; you do not need to complete the associated exercises.
Professor Arkin & Professor Irvine Family Law (Advanced) - The Divorce Before the first class on August 18: please download, read, and bring to class the following Articles, Colorado statutes, Court forms and Rules:

A.R. Arkin, Judges' Corner, The Other Side of the Bench: Reflections on Ten Years in Family Court, VOL. 39, NO. 7, THE COLORADO LAWYER 93 (2010). (TWEN)
C.R.S. § 14-10-104.5 (Preamble to the UMDA)

JDF 1095
Flowchart for amicable dissolution resolution                                          

JDF 1096        
Flowchart to Getting a Divorce or Legal Separation With Children of this Marriage

Professor Austin Lawyering Process Advance Assignments 08/05/2015
Professor Aviel Family Law For our first class (Monday August 17), please pick up the first day handout from the faculty support office in Suite 444 and read Buck v. Bell and DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services. Please also read pp. 49-54 in the course textbook: Family Law Cases and Materials, by Judith Areen, Marc Spindelman, and Philomela Tsoukala (Foundation Press, 6th ed. 2012). 08/10/2015
Professor Aviel Legal Profession For our first class (Monday, August 17), please read pages 43-45 and pages 52-68 in Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law, by Lisa G. Lerman and Philip G. Schrag. 08/11/2015
Professor Best Torts August 18, casebook pages 469-472
August 20, casebook, 91-102
August 21, 102-116
Professor Best Evidence August 18, casebook pages 1-12
August 20, 13-53
Professor Brady Hazardous Waste Law Read chapter one in THE REGULATION OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES AND HAZARDOUS WASTES, 2nd ed. (with Jan G. Laitos, Jeffery M. Gaba, and Noah M. Sachs). New York: Foundation Press, 2011 (2d Edition). ISBN-13: 978-1599412337 ISBN-10: 1599412330 Edition: 2nd.

Please pay particular attention to the precautionary principle: if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action, e.g., distributing the product, agent or engaging in the activity.

The principle is used by policymakers to justify discretionary decisions in situations where there is the possibility of harm from making a certain decision (e.g. taking the particular course of action) when extensive scientific knowledge on the matter is lacking. The principle implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm, when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk. These protections can be relaxed only if further scientific findings emerge that provide sound evidence that no harm will result.

The first endorsement of the principle was in 1982 when adopted by the U.N.   Its first international implementation was in 1987 through in the Montreal Protocol. The principle has since been integrated in international treaties such as the Rio Declaration and the Kyoto protocol.

This assignment will also be posted in Canvas.

Professor Bruce Lawyering Process Please read the Advance Assignment, posted on Prof. Bruces TWEN page, prior to the first class. 08/10/2015
Professor Chao Patent Law The text for the course is Nard, The Law of Patents (3nd ed). Please register for the course on TWEN. The first two assignments are:

8/18 (Tues) Assignment #1: Nard pp. 1-38 and Pizza Box Patent (on TWEN).

8/20 (Thurs) Assignment #2: Nard pp. 39-51, 59-78. Phillips v. AWH Corp. Read the relevant portions of U.S. Patent No. 4,677,798 posted on TWEN. Also please review the Video I posted in Lecture 2.

Professor Cheever Environmental Law Advance Assignments 08/20/2015
Professor Cheever Property Advance Assignments 08/20/2015
Professor Condra International and Comparative Law Research Please log into Canvas and complete the Zotero assignment information in Unit One: Aug. 17th of the Canvas. I would like you to sign up for a Zotero account and download the program on your laptop before class. Remember to bring your laptops to class. Class will meet in Room 230F. 08/12/2015
Professor Crowder Community Economic Development Clinic Professor Crowder distributed the assignment for orientation by email. 08/06/2015
Professor Ehrenreich Criminal Law Advance Assignment 08/13/2015
Professor Felter Administrative Law Prior to the first class meeting, please review all posted documents as well as sign up for this course on TWEN. Helpful Information   The Donkey Parable   Schedule & Assignments   Syllabus   Advance Assignment 08/13/2015
Professor Fordyce Child Advocacy Seminar Chief Justice Directive 04-06 (paying particular attention to section V, Duties of Attorneys Appointed as GALs)
Chief Justice Directive 96-08
§ 19-1-102, C.R.S. (2015).
§ 19-3-203, C.R.S. (2015).

Please see attached links for additional materials. 19-3-203 Guardian ad litem   19-01-102 Legislative declaration   Chief Justice Directive 04-06   Chief Justice Directive 96-08

Professor García Hernández Immigration Law Casebook: Thomas Alexander Aleinikoff, David A. Martin, Hiroshi Motomura, and Maryellen Fullerton, Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (7th ed. 2012).

Assignment 1

Introduction to immigration law

What does citizenship mean?
- Peter J. Spiro, Beyond Citizenship 3-8 (2008) (available on TWEN)

Obtaining CitizenshipJus Soli
- U.S. Const. amend. xiv, § 1
- CB 50-62 (Wong Kim Ark)
- CB 62-63 (Children of Unauthorized Migrants)
- CB 63-75 (recommended: I will briefly refer to this material in class)
- CB 76-79 (Epps, The Citizenship Clause; Notes)
- Paul Finkelman, James Anaya, & Gabriel J. Chin, Parents, Children, and
Citizenship by Birth, Huffington Post (Aug. 19, 2010),
- Emily Atkin, Why Chris Christie Says We Should Reexamine the 14th Amendment, ThinkProgress (Aug. 12, 2015),

Professor García Hernández Criminal Procedure Casebook: Erwin Chemerinsky and Laurie L. Levenson, Criminal Procedure: Investigation (2nd edition, Aspen 2013)

Assignment 1: Participants, Stages, Purpose of Procedural Rules
- U.S. Const. art. III § 2[3]
- CB 1-19
- Eduardo Porter, In the U.S., Punishment Comes Before the Crimes, New York Times (April 30, 2014), at B1 (available at

Assignment 2: Bill of Rights, Incorporation, Retroactivity
- U.S. Const. amend. XIV § 1
- CB 19-30
- Christopher N. Lash, Redress in State Postconviction Proceedings for Ineffective Crimmigration Counsel, 63 DEPAUL LAW REVIEW 959, 975-83 (2014) (parts III.A and III.B)
- Mark Wilson, Ninth Circuit Finds Graham v. Florida Retroactive, Prison Legal News (July 31, 2015) (available at

Professor Gessler Election Law Syllabus including first class assignment 08/11/2015
Professor Hyatt Evidence Please sign up for this course on TWEN to see the reading assignments for the first week of class. 08/03/2015
Professor Juárez Civil Procedure The first-day assignment for Civil Procedure is:

Assignment #1:

CB 1 - 36 (skim)
CB 37 - 50
U.S. Const., Art. III
28 U.S.C. § 1332

CB refers to JOSEPH W. GLANNON, ANDREW M. PERLMAN, & PETER RAVEN-HANSEN, CIVIL PROCEDURE: A COURSEBOOK (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2014). You can find Article III of the U.S. Constitution and Section 1332 in any Federal Rules of Civil Procedure supplement, including the one I have ordered at the bookstore: FEDERAL CIVIL RULES BOOKLET, 2014 EDITION ( 2015).   The first part of the assignment (pages 1 to 36) is background information on our legal system; we will go over all of this in much greater detail over the course of the semester. You should be prepared to discuss the material on pages 37 to 50, including the first case, Gordon v. Steele (p.42).

Professor McDaniel-Miccio Criminal Law Overview of Class: How to Succeed by Really Trying
          a. The Court System
          b. The Decision to Punish
Readings: p. 1-112 (Skim)
Assignment: Consider the following: All 50 states at one time criminalised consensual sodomy and adultery, called criminal conversation. These two crimes have been stricken from the code books and yet taking an object that does not belong to you (aka theft) is still on the books. What are your thoughts on this? When should the state intervene be by prohibiting or encouraging specific conduct.
Professor Moran Lawyering Process Brilliant students,

Welcome to Lawyering Process!

Head over to our TWEN page to find out what lab group and time you have been assigned. Room numbers will be posted there as soon as they are available. I will also post there as soon as the course pack is available for pickup.

While you are on TWEN, please familiarize yourself with the course guidelines and syllabus. LP tends to have a lot of moving parts, and youll want to make sure you understand the various rules and requirements as well as the fun stuff.

Because it isnt law school if you dont suffer even before you begin, here is our advance assignment:

Please read chapters 2 and 4 in our main textbook, A Lawyer Writes, and read over the exercise for Lab One (posted on TWEN). We will work on the exercise in labs, but it will go more smoothly if youve studied the exercise first.

Im looking forward to meeting all of you and having a fantastic year with you. I hope you love the course as much as I love teaching it.

Yours truly,
Suzanna Moran

Professor Pepper Torts TORTS

Fall Semester 2015
Professor Pepper
Assignments - First Week

Tuesday, August 18th:        
First, read pages 1-4 and 133 through the top half of 135 of the casebook (Prosser, Wade & Schwartz's Torts - Cases and Materials, 12th Ed. 2010*) and pages 11-14 of the packet of photocopied Supplementary Readings as an introduction. (The Supplementary Readings will be available in room 444.) Do not be concerned if you find some parts of this introductory material difficult or impossible to understand at this point-you will come to understand it later. After you have read that material, then read and be prepared to discuss Cohen v. Petty and the following notes at pages 10-13 of the casebook. (If you don't know the meaning of a word or phrase, please look it up in a legal dictionary.) We will discuss Cohen v. Petty during class.

Thursday, August 20th:         
Read pages 1-10 and 15-16 of the photocopied
Supplementary Readings.

Friday, August 21st:         
Read and be prepared to discuss Spano v. Perini Corp. and the following notes at pp. 13-16 of the casebook.

(* Not the 13th edition, which is due to be published less than a month before class begins, and is not available as of the date of this posting.)

Professor Roche Basic Tax Class: August 17            
Read (do not study) Chapter 1
Prepare Chapter 2A and B

Class: August 19            
Remainder of Chapter 2 and Chapter 3

Please be prepared to discuss the material in Chapters 2 and 3 on the dates assigned, including all of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulation sections assigned in the text.

Professor Romero Water Law In preparation for our first day of class, please sign up for Water Law in TWEN. Reading assignments for the first day of class are posted there and a syllabus will be available for download by Monday, August 17th. 08/15/2015
Professor Ruan Homeless Advocacy Policy Seminar Please read the policy report found at
Also sign up for our TWEN course.
Professor Ruan Lawyering Process Please read the introduction and chapter 1 of both A Lawyer Writes text and Just Writing text. Please sign up for my LP TWEN course. 08/06/2015
Professor Russell Torts Prof. Russell, Torts, Evening.

1. No later than 5 pm on Wednesday, August 12, join the class listserv by visiting!forum/torts19-russell

You must join the group. Advanced users may be tempted to set the group to digest mode. Do NOT do so.

If, for any reason you have technical difficulties, solve the problem by asking a teenager or a classmate.

2. The second assignment for you to complete is a survey. Please get this done ASAP but in no case later than Friday, August 14 at noon.

The results of this survey, which I will provide to the class, will reveal demographic details such as average age, political party, religion, veteran status, etc. The survey does not include your name, and I do not have access to the individual data, so please do not fret that you are being personally investigated.   

You will find the survey at:

You will receive additional assignments on Wednesday evening.

Prof. Russell

Professor Shea Legal Externship Seminar: Government Please read the attached document before our first meeting on Monday the 24th. The Relevant Lawyer - Professionalism as Survival Strategy 08/17/2015
Professor Siebecker Corporations Week 1 Assignment 08/11/2015
Professor Siebecker Mergers & Acquisitions Welcome back to DU and to Mergers & Acquisitions--I hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer break! Please register for this course on TWEN using an email address you access every day and complete the first assignment under Assignments.

Take care and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Professor Sterling Scientific Evidence John Conley and Jane Moriarty, SCIENTIFIC AND EXPERT EVIDENCE, Second Edition, Wolters Kluwer (Aspen Casebook Series) (2011): Chapter 1: pp. 1-26. 08/06/2015
Professor Taylor Contracts For our first class on Tuesday August 18th please read Knapp & Crystal pages 1-17 31-43. 07/22/2015
Professor Thomas & Professor Hilty Non-Profit Organizations Please add the course on TWEN and consult the posted syllabus for the first reading assignment. 08/04/2015
Professor Thomson Lawyering Process Thomson, Skills & Values: Lawyering Process, Introduction & Chapter 1
Oates & Enquist, Just Writing, pp. 1-9.
Professor Vaidya Lawyering Process A Lawyer Writes; Intro and Chapter 1

Georgetown Handout: 10 Tips for Transitioning into Legal Writing (available through the attached link).

The assignment will also be posted on TWEN. Ten Tips for Transitioning to Legal Writing

Professor Wiersema International Law Welcome to International Law. The casebook for this course is Mary Ellen O'Connell, Richard F. Scott, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Daniel D. Bradlow, The International Legal System: Cases and Materials, 7th Edition, 2015, Foundation Press, ISBN: 9781609303013. For the first class on Tuesday August 18, please read pages 1-14 of the casebook. For the second class on Thursday August 20, please read pages 14-24 of the casebook. Please also sign up for the course on TWEN. The syllabus for the rest of the semester will be given out in the first class on August 18 (and then posted on TWEN). If you are a Korbel student, I will register you for the course on TWEN during the first week of class. 08/03/2015