Advance Assignments for Spring 2016

ProfessorCourse NameAssignments and Documents Date Posted
Professor Austin Advanced Legal Research Please see attachment. Attachment 12/23/2015
Professor Beall Copyright Law Please have read pages 3-35 of the casebook for this class: Cohen, et al., Copyright in a Global Information Economy. (Please feel free also to read the rest of the first chapter, pages 35-46, but this material is optional.)

Please also come to class with a copy/printout of a completed copyright registration application that you have submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office for a work of your own authorship. Instructions for submitting a copyright application, as well as the portal for an online submission of your application, are at If you have questions in connection with your copyright registration application, please fee free to contact the professor for this class, Chris Beall, at Syllabus

Professor Best Evidence Our casebook is Arthur Best, Evidence: Practice, Problems, and Rules. For the first class, please read pages 1-12. 01/08/2016
Professor Brown Bankruptcy Register for Bankruptcy through TWEN. The attached assignments can also be found through TWEN. Spring Syllabus   Assignment List 01/04/2016
Professor Burt Corporate Compliance: Money Managers and Investment Advisers Please read for the first class pages 1-27 of Regulation of Investment Advisers by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Robert E. Plaze (December 2015)(Plaze Outline), available at, pp. 1-27.

Please see the following attachment for the course syllabus. Syllabus

Professor Chao Introduction to Intellectual Property The text for the course is Merges, Menell & Lemley, Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age (6th ed. Revised) (MML). You will also need to register for the course on TWEN. The reading for the first two classes follow:

Jan 11: Theory, justifications, and basic principles of intellectual property law
Assignment #1: MML 1-31, U.S. Const., Art. I, sec. 8, cl. 8

Jan 13: Introduction, establishment of rights
Assignment #2: Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) § 1; MML 33-65

Professor Cheever Federal Wildlife Law Advance Assignment 01/08/2016
Professor Corrada Contracts Please read and prepare to recite the following for class the week of January 11: George & Korobkin, Textbook, pp. 43-51. 01/05/2016
Professor Ehrenreich Jurisprudence Advance Assignment 01/04/2016
Professor Hobbs Colorado Legal History Register for Colorado Legal History through TWEN. 12/04/2015
Professor Hyatt Evidence Practicum (Both Sections) Register for this course on TWEN to find the Advance Assignment. Please read the Course Requirements document and prepare the first exercise according to the instructions. 01/05/2016
Professor Jessica Jay Land Conservation Make sure you have access to the Land Trust Alliances Learning Center website: go to, click Get Started and enter your email address. If you have any trouble logging in, contact Katie Chang at


To access the online classroom, please use this link:

You will see a login on the far left side of the page.

Username: All characters prior to the (example: asmith16)
Password: ChangeMe

Once you access the LMS, you should change your temporary password to something a bit easier for you to remember.

Once logged in, you should see the appropriate course (Land Conservation Law) under My Courses in the middle of the page.

Please note that Firefox is the suggested browser when using the Moodle platform. Syllabus

Professor Johns Legal Analysis Strategies Hi all!

Welcome to Legal Analysis Strategies!

I'm excited that you have chosen this class, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you this semester (P.S. If you're still on the wait list, please keep in contact with the registrar's office).

As a preview, Legal Analysis Strategies is designed for 3L/4L graduating students in the last semester of law school as a class devoted to understanding and applying fundamental analytical skills for solving legal problems both on the bar exam and as a practitioner. Our goal is to work together to develop, promote, and strengthen (1) your confidence and (2) your competence as expert legal problem-solvers in preparation for demonstrating those abilities this summer to your chosen supreme court of practice. In preparation for our first class together, I have some great news:


As a foundation for our analytical work, we will be using substantive materials contained in outline materials that I will provide free to all enrolled students.

Thus, there are only two required texts (both readily available at the bookstore or via on-line sources).

1. First, we will be utilizing an excellent multiple-choice white and red workbook, by Steve Emanuel, called Strategies and Tactics for the MBE (5th Edition; Aspen Oct 2012). So, please obtain a copy of this excellent book. It has chapters on how to analyze problems in such subjects as torts, contracts, constitutional law, criminal law/procedure, evidence, and property are like gold. You can bank on them! For details about this text, please see:

2. Second, we will also periodically have short reading assignments from a wonderful book by the head public defender of San Francisco Jeff Adachi called The Bar Exam Survial Kit (2013 Edition) (which explores the logistics, strategies, and protocols for excelling on bar exam essay questions, performance tests, and multiple-choice questions). Please free free to share this book with others. For details about this text, please see


Next, in preparation for our first class, here's the assignment:

1. First, please take the free learning preferences survey, available at: , with the goal of better understanding your preferred learning styles. In particular, please come prepared to discuss how you learn (and how people you work and study with also learn because lawyers are often teachers teaching judges, supervisors, colleagues, juries, the public, and clients about legal problem-solving). Taking this survey and learning a bit more about how you prefer to learn (take in information, process information, and then output that analysis) is critically important, not just in preparing yourself for representing yourself as an attorney this summer on your bar exam before the supreme court, but also in your future practice of law. THE SURVEY WILL ALSO HELP YOU WITH THE GROWTH MINDSET! I have attached two VARK handouts that you can use after the survey to help you brainstorm successful learning strategies based on your preferred learning preference(s).

2. Second, please search out the components and the format for the bar exam that you plan on taking. If you are taking the Colorado Bar exam, here is a link: If you are taking another state, you can find the link in this very handy guide available at this link: For those taking the California Bar Exam, here's the link:

3. Third, please take some time to look through the NCBE bar examiners' official website at In particular, please look at what is meant by the terms MEE, MBE, and MPT and what is tested by each of these three types of exams.

HERE'S OUR FIRST CLASS QUESTION: What's significant, if at all, about a growth mindset and success your bar exam this summer?

Finally, please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you next week.


Prof. Scott Johns

P.S. Here's the bookstore link for the text book information (Laws 4032): VARK Strategies   VARK Categories

Professor Kamin Criminal Procedure For our first class, please do the following:

1. Register for the course's TWEN page.
2. Read the first assignment (available from the syllabus tab on the left hand side of the TWEN page.
3. Write a post in the discussion section introducing yourself. Please tell us what you were doing before law school, why you chose to take Criminal Procedure, and what you hope to do after graduation.

Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you all next week.

Professor Kamin Representing the Marijuana Client Before our first meeting on January 12, please do the following.

1) Read the first assignment in the syllabus (found in the link on the left side of the TWEN page).

2) Introduce yourself in the discussion page (found in the Forums tab on the left side of the TWEN page). Please let us know who you are, what you were doing before law school, what you'd like to do when you're done here, and what drew you to this course.

Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you all next week
Professor Keel Medical Malpractice Instructions: Skim the attached document, without anxiety or fixation on the page count. Dont try to memorize it and dont take copious notes on this. Im not going to quiz you on the numbers. I just want you to (1) get a general sense of the points being made here and (2) be prepared to offer your own thoughts and opinions on the following general questions we will discuss:

Does the threat of malpractice litigation influence physician behavior?

Is the court system clogged with malpractice lawsuits?

What are the incentives for plaintiff lawyers in malpractice litigation?

What are the incentives for defense lawyers in malpractice litigation?

Should we allow juries to decide medical malpractice lawsuits?

Are damage caps an infringement on the jurys discretion?

Do medical malpractice payouts increase malpractice premiums?

Does tort reform lessen health care costs?

How easy or difficult is it for a plaintiff to get punitive damages? Med Mal Briefing Book   Syllabus

Professor McDaniel-Miccio Criminal Procedure The first assignment for Criminal Procedure on Monday, January 11th is:

Overview of the Criminal System
    Pps. 1-19

Professor Romero Property Welcome to Property Law. In preparation for our first two days of class, please prepare the following:

Sign up for the class on TWEN.

For our January 11, 2016 class, please read:

- Syllabus (found on TWEN).
- The following recent news articles (links are live on TWEN).

For our January 13, 2016 class, please read and prepare the following:

1. Callies, et al, Concise Introduction to Property Law (hereafter "Casebook"): Pages 3-5 (case only), 342-345 (case only), and 349-351 (case only).
2. TWEN: Johnson's & Graham's Lessee v. M'Intosh, 21 U.S. (8 Wheat.) 543 (1823)(edited).

Optional Writing assignment due on 1/13/16: Please answer the following question in no more than two, single spaced pages, in 12 pt. times new roman font, with 1 margins: What do these cases tell us about how something becomes property?

Professor Ruan Poverty Law Please sign up for my TWEN course; read Iceland, Intro & Chapter 1; Austin Sarat, "The Law is All Over: Power, Resistance, and the Legal Consciousness of the Welfare Poor, 2 Yale J. of Law & Hum. 343 (1990), pp. 343-349 (available on TWEN); Joel Handler & Yeheskel Hasenfield, The Moral Construction of Poverty: Welfare Reform in America (Sage, 1991), pp. 1-14 (available on TWEN). Class begins on Wed, Jan 13. 01/05/2016
Professor Ruan Lawyering Process Please read the Brown v. Board of Education brief on TWEN; the Intro and Chapter 2 of the Advocate Persuades text; Winning Brief Tip #1 on TWEN. Class begins on Wed, Jan 13. 01/05/2016
Professor Russell Contracts Students must sign up for the class listserv. See:!forum/contracts18-russell 01/11/2016
Professor Smith Family Law The required text is Weisberg and Appleton, Modern Family Law (6th ed. 2016).   This is a brand new textbook that is hot off the presses and it incorporates the significant changes in family law that have taken place the last couple of years.

We will start with Chapter V on Alternative Families:   pp. 371-405. This should cover the reading for Monday, January 11 and Wednesday,January 13.   If you would like to read ahead, the second assignment is pp. 405-441.

Professor Sousa Commercial Law Survey Here are the assignments for the first week of class:

Unsecured Creditors and their Remedies
Read Casebook (CB) pgs. 811-829; 866-885

Scope of Article 9
Cases (use Westlaw  not in CB)
Gibraltar Financial Corp. v. Prestige Equipment Corp., 949 N.E.2d 314 (Ind. 2011)
Excel Bank v. National Bank of Kansas City, 290 S.W.3d 801 (2009)         
UCC Sections: 9-102(a)(28); 9-102(a)(72); 9-102(a)(73); 1-201(b)(35); 9-102(a)(12); 9-109(a)(1), (a)(3), (a)(4), (a)(5); 9-109(c)(2); 9-109(d)(1), (2), (5), (11); 1-203; 9-102(a)(20); 9-319; 9-103(d); 9-318

Professor Sterling Legal Profession Advance Assignments: Lerman and Schrag, Introduction, pp. 1-20; Chapter 1: pp. 24-45. 01/05/2016
Professor Thomson Lawyering Process, Section 1D Chapter 11; Thomson, Skills & Values: Lawyering Process 01/06/2016
Professor Wiersema International Environmental Law Welcome to International Environmental Law. You will need one book for this class: Hunter, Salzman, and Zaelke, International Environmental Law and Policy, 5th Edition, 2015, Foundation Press, ISBN: 9781609303211. There is no class on Tuesday January 12. For our first class on Thursday January 14, please register for the course on TWEN and read pages 3-24 of the casebook. The syllabus will be distributed in the first class (on 1/14). 01/05/2016
Professor Wiersema Property Welcome to Property. You will need two books for this class: (1) Singer, Berger, Davidson, and Peñalver, Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices, 6th Edition, 2014, Aspen, ISBN: 9781454837619; and (2) Linda H. Edwards, Estates in Land and Future Interests: A Step by Step Guide, 4th Edition, 2013, Aspen, ISBN: 9781454825104. There is no class on Tuesday January 12. For the first class on Thursday January 14, please register for the course on TWEN and read pages xxxi-xlvi and 3-9 of the casebook. For Friday January 15, please read pages 9-30 of the casebook. The syllabus will be distributed in the first class (on 1/14). 01/05/2016
Professor Yoost Private Equity Seminar Students:

For our first class on January 12, please read the following:

1. Lerner Casebook: Private Equity Today and Tomorrow (pp. 1-12)
2. David Snow, Private Equity: A Brief Overview
3. ACC Newsstand, DLA Piper LLP, What is Micro-Venture Capital?
4. CB Insights, Micro VC Rising: Analyzing Trends and the Top Investors in the Micro VC Ecosystem

The attachments are as follows: PEI Media's Private Equity - A Brief Overview   CB Insights - Micro VC Rising - June 19, 2014   ACC-DLA Piper - What is Micro-Venture Capital - Sept 5, 2014   Private Equity - Syllabus (January 2016)

Professor Zansberg Media Law Read pp. 62-83 in the casebook (Media and the Law, by David Kohler, et al.). 01/08/2016