Summer 2016 Class Assignments
Class assignments are listed alphabetically by course name. All will be posted as received. If you do not see the assignments you are looking for, check TWEN, your professor's personal homepage or return to this web page to check again later.
You should have received your password for TWEN at orientation
Below are your reading assignments for the week ahead. Please make sure you come to both classes with the reading done and ready to share your answers to the assigned questions.
Before classes begin I’ll also need you to be oriented to the Canvas site on which our course is housed, so as preparation for that please watch this orientation to online/hybrid learning as soon as you can: https://seattleu.instructure.com/courses/1563070. I will be in touch soon with information on how to access our course and which parts of the online site to read through before our first class.
A few notes re this orientation:
- You can move through it at a fairly quick pace, lingering only on parts that seem on point for you. And some parts you can skip all together:
- No need to watch the tutorials on “peer review” or “group workspaces,” since we won’t be using either of those features.
- Note also that some of the technology requirements mentioned are not requirements for this course: specifically a microphone, webcam, or headphones.
Before May 31st class:
- Read pp. 961-66 (stop after n.1); 968-84; 989-93. Keep track of any questions or concerns that the first pages inspire (961-66; 968-84); I will ask you to share those on an online discussion board once I open up the course site.
- As you read each of our first three cases - Attica, Batchelder, and Armstrong - please be sure to isolate the legal rule(s) established, the rationales used to get there, and any reactions that you have.
- For Armstrong, please also identify the legal question that the Court was asked to resolve. (We will use these early classes to drill case components such as legal questions/rationales/legal rules, so that we can develop a shared vocabulary before we disperse.)
- Before May 31st, I will also ask you to read through a set of introductory pages on our course site; I’ll let you know once I have opened the site up for your review.
- Go through the online/hybrid orientation (see above)
Before June 1st class:
- Please read pp. 993-1004; 1039-54.
- Please come to class ready to discuss your thoughts on the following questions:
- Scrutinize the Supreme Court’s justifications for grand jury secrecy at the bottom of 993, and make sure you understand them all. What sort of objections to this secrecy might there be?
- What is the legal question that the court has to answer in In re Sealed Case?
- What do you think are the strongest arguments that the OIC should lose in In re Sealed Case?
- What are the rule(s) announced by the majority in Costello and Williams?
For those who like to plan ahead:
The next reading (which I recommend starting on Jun 2nd, and which should be done no later than June 6th) will be pp. 1103-17. There will be online assignments relating to this reading, and you will have a due date for assignments at the end of the day on June 6th.
Please be in touch with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 31st, Class 1: Introduction and The Basics (and a little Relevance)
Learning Evidence: Chapters 1-5
FRE's: 101, 103, 105 and 1101
If you have not registered on TWEN for this class, please do so.
The syllabi are posted there.