Spring 2018 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, CANVAS, your professor's personal homepage or return to this web page to check again later.

Courses

American Indian Tribal Law 325 A (INDL-325-A)

Professor Silverman

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Bar Exam Skills 300 A (BSKL-300-A)

Professor Freitas Peres

  • Read the syllabus prior to our first class
  • Read the foreword, preface, and Chapters 1-4 and 9-10 in PASS THE BAR!
  • Review application information for the WA State Bar Examination (available on Canvas)

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Bar Exam Skills 300 B (BSKL-300-B)

Professor Freitas Peres

  • Read the syllabus prior to our first class
  • Read the foreword, preface, and Chapters 1-4 and 9-10 in PASS THE BAR!
  • Review application information for the WA State Bar Examination (available on Canvas)

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Business Entities 300 E (BUSN-300-E)

Professor Chinen

1. Economic and Legal Aspects of the Firm

Monday, January 8 – Introduction, Basic Concepts

Reading

  • O’KELLY & THOMPSON refers to the casebook, CHARLES R.T. O’KELLEY & ROBERT THOMPSON, CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS: CASES AND MATERIALS (8th ed. 2017). Often a section of the casebook will begin with references to statutes, model codes or restatements of law (see e.g. O’KELLY & THOMPSON at 20). Those references should be considered part of the reading assignment.
  • O’KELLY & THOMPSON 1-19
  • Lyn Millner, Review: Corporations as Psychopaths. USA Today, Mar. 28, 2004 https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/books/reviews/2004-03-28-corp_x.htm

Questions

  • Some Basic Concepts and Terminology
  • According to Frank Knight, what are the two tasks of an entrepreneur?
  • How does R.H. Coase distinguish a firm from the market?
  • According to Berle & Means, in what sense does the modern corporation challenge American understandings of governance?
  • What contribution did Jensen & Meckling make to the theory of the corporation?
  • What are agency costs? What strategies are used to reduce them?
  • What impact did the Enron scandal and the Great Recession have on corporate governance?
  • Organizing the Firm: Selecting a Value-Maximizing Governance Structure
  • In what sense can a business entity be understood as a solution to the problem of choosing between investment options?
  • What role do transaction costs, state-provided governance structures, and non-judicial mechanisms play in deciding how to organize?

The Critique of Corporations

  • How does Bakan’s critique of corporations (as described by Lyn Millner) jibe with or conflict with the material discussed in O’Kelley and Thompson?

Wednesday, January 10 – Agency

Reading

  • O’KELLY & THOMPSON 20-28

Questions

  • According to Restatement (Third) of Agency § 1.01, what is an agency relationship, how do we know if it exists?
  • Be prepared to discuss the Community Counselling Service, Inc. and Hamburger cases. What is your response to Question 3 on page 28?
  • Do you agree that fiduciary duty is largely a contractual device supplied by the state to principals and agents? Is this the best way to conceive of fiduciary duties?

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Constitutional Law II 300 A (CNLW-300-A)

Professor Siegel

For the first class, please read

  • (1) The text of the Constitution beginning on page xli in both the 4th and 5th editions with a special focus on the individual rights provisions
  • (2) The material on incorporation that appears on pages 537-567 of the 5th edition (roughly pp. 517-548 of the 4th)

For the second class, please read

  • The material on the state action doctrine that appears on pages 567-582 and 591-611 of the 5th edition (roughly parallel assignment from 4th edition began on pp.548).

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Contracts 105 A (CONT-105-A)

Professor DeLong

  • Unit 29: Capacity to Contract: Rules and Standards
    Read: Halbman v Lemke and Ortelere v Teachers Retirement Board; RESTATEMENT (SECOND) OF CONTRACTS §§ 12, 14, 15, and 85.
  • USE WestLaw’s TWEN ONLINE course for Spring 2018. Purchase AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACTS: THE LAW OF TRANSACTIONS, PART I, Spring 2018 Workbook from the Bookstore as soon as they are in the bookstore upon your return from break. The Course Handbook will be posted on TWEN in due course, but not the Workbook.

The first assignment for Unit 29 will be posted under Course Materials on TWEN.

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Contracts 105 B (CONT-105-B)

Professor Chinen

  • Unit 29: Capacity to Contract: Rules and Standards
    Read: Halbman v Lemke and Ortelere v Teachers Retirement Board; RESTATEMENT (SECOND) OF CONTRACTS §§ 12, 14, 15, and 85.
  • USE WestLaw’s TWEN ONLINE course for Spring 2018. Purchase AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTRACTS: THE LAW OF TRANSACTIONS, PART I, Spring 2018 Workbook from the Bookstore as soon as they are in the bookstore upon your return from break. The Course Handbook will be posted on TWEN in due course, but not the Workbook.

The first assignment for Unit 29 will be posted under Course Materials on TWEN.

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Corporate Tax 306 E (TAXL-306-E)

Professor Kahng

Assignment for first class, Monday, January 8

Required texts

  • Schwarz & Lathrope, Fundamentals of Business Enterprise Taxation, 5th ed., Foundation Press (West), ISBN 978-1609300654
    • Do not buy the newer, 6th edition. If you buy a used copy of this book, please make sure to purchase the 5th edition.
  • Stark & Bank, Selected Sections of Corporate and Partnership Income Tax Code and Regulations, 2017-2018 ed., Foundation Press (West), ISBN-13: 978-1683286233
    • If you buy a used copy of this book, it is fine to buy an earlier version (e.g., the 2015-2016 or the 2016-2017 version).

Reading Assignment

  • Read pages 2-38 of the casebook along with statutory provisions and regulations specified therein.* Be prepared to discuss the problems on pages 33-34.
    • *Throughout the semester, as you read pages of the casebook, please also read the code sections and regulations specified therein. For example, page 10 of the casebook directs you to read §§ 761(a) and 7701(a)(3).

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Environmental Law Fundamentals 300 A (ENVL-300-A)

Professor Gonzalez

Required Texts:

  • Percival, Schroeder, Miller and Leape, Environmental Regulation: Law, Science and Policy 7th ed. 2013)
  • Percival and Schroeder, Environmental Law Statutory and Case Supplement 2017-2018 (2017)

First assignment:

Please see Endangered Planet Handout for questions to ponder as you watch the film and do the readings.

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Evidence 200 A (EVID-200-A)

Professor Ahrens

Please read Sklansky text pp. 12-40 and FRE 102, 103, 104, 105, 401, 402, and 403

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Family Law 300 A (FAML-300-A)

Professor Shapiro

For Tuesday, January 9:

  • Read pages 3-32

For Thursday, January 11:

  • Skim 33-47
  • Read 57-75
    • Pay special attention to MaGuire, page 57, and the materials that discuss that case

I will provide questions to focus you in your reading after January 1. There’s no need for you to do the reading before then.

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Individual Income Tax 300 A (TAXL-300-A)

Professor Kahng

Assignment for first class, Monday, January 8

Required books

  • (1) Graetz & Schenk, Federal Income Taxation, Principles and Policies (7thth ed. 2013), ISBN 978-1-60930-183-5
    If you buy a used copy of this book, please make sure to purchase the 7th edition.
  • (2) Selected Federal Taxation Statutes & Regulations, 2018 ed., Lathrope editor, West, ISBN-13: 978-1683288077
    If purchasing a used copy of this book, it is fine to buy an earlier version (e.g., 2016 or 2017) or the newest version (2018).

Course Syllabus

  • The syllabus will be on TWEN under “Syllabus and Weekly Assignments”. The syllabus consists of separate units that contain problems, along with reading assignments from the casebook and specific provisions of the statute and regulations.
  • The specific assignment for each week will be posted as soon as practicable. Thus far, I have posted assignment for the first two weeks of class.

Reading Assignment
We’ll discuss Unit 1 during the first class. The specific reading assignment is as follows:

  • Read pages 1-12 and 27-39 of the casebook, and be prepared to discuss in class.
  • Skim pages 13-27, 49-81. This material provides an overview tax terminology and the tax system. We won’t specifically discuss it during our first class. I suggest you skim it now and re-read it more closely at the end of the semester.

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International Environmental Law 340 A (ENVL-340-A)

Professor Gonzalez

Required Texts

  • Pierre-Marie Dupuy & Jorge E. Viñuales, International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015). ISBN: 9781107673342 (paperback) (hereinafter, Dupuy & Viñuales)
  • Shawkat Alam, Sumudu Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Jona Razzaque, eds. International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015). ISBN: 9781316621042 (paperback) (hereinafter, Alam et al)

First Reading Assignment – for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Alam et al: 1-14 (Sumudu Atapattu and Carmen G. Gonzalez, The North-South Divide in International Environmental Law: Framing the Issues);
  • Antony Anghie, The Evolution of International Law: Colonial and Postcolonial Realities, 27 Third World Quarterly 739 (2006) (available on TWEN);

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Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory 315 A (JURS-315-A)

Professor Shapiro

Assignment for Thursday, January 11, 2018:

  • There is a required text for this course. It is a paperback entitled Feminist Legal Theory: Readings in Law and Gender. The editors are Katherine Bartlett and Rosanne Kennedy. It is published by Westview Press and is rather old—copyright is 1991. (We will be supplementing this with other readings I will assign as we go.)
  • For the first class review the table of contents and read pages 1-22. These pages include the introduction (which is important and will be discussed) and a portion of the first essay, authored by Wendy Williams.

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Law and Economics Seminar 335 A (JURS-335-A)

Professor Kirkwood

Read Chapter 1 of Cooter & Ulen, Law & Economics (6th ed. 2012).

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Property 100 A (PROP-100-A)

Professor Weaver

  • Register for this course on WestLaw’s TWEN site when you receive your WestLaw Password at orientation.
  • Read pages 144-178 and the following materials on the TWEN site
    • Peters
    • Food for Thought
    • Adverse Possession in Colorado
    • Adverse Possession Problems

It is possible that we will begin looking at Nuisance on Thursday so read pages 779-786 as assigned in that syllabus (which appears in the course materials.

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Property 100 B (PROP-100-B)

Professor Eason

REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:

  • Barros & Hemingway, PROPERTY LAW (1st ed., 2015)

ASSIGNMENTS FOR FIRST WEEK:

  • Tuesday - Introduction; Rule of Capture
    • pp. 1-10
    • pp. 44-55 (Skim Popov pp. 45-55)
  • Thursday - Acquisition by Creation: Introduction to Intellectual Property
    • pp. 988-1004
  • Friday - Bailments; Finders; Gifts
    • pp. 14-22 (Skip First Am. Bank)
    • pp. 22-43 (Skip Corliss)
    • pp. 55-58; 65-72

*Important Note: Assignments refer to chapters in the casebook. Read the assignments in the casebook, and think through the problems in the casebook and be prepared to discuss them in class. Assignment references to cases that are to be “skimmed” mean that you should review the case quickly to form a general impression of what the case is about, perhaps without a highlighter in hand and not at a level where you might be expected to recite the facts/issues/holding nuances in detail. You should, however, read the text and notes accompanying any “skimmed” or “skipped” cases to the extent such text and notes fall within the stated pages associated with the assigned readings.

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Property 100 C (PROP-100-C)

Professor Slye

READ THE SYLLABUS – There is important information in the syllabus about class attendance, my calling policy, and other important information.

READING ASSIGNMENT

  • 3-19; 859-865
  • 19-52

NOTE: We will not have class on Monday January 15 (MLK Day Holiday), nor on Monday, January 22.

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Remedies 300 A (REMD-300-A)

Professor DeLong

  • REQUIRED TEXTS: We will use DOUGLAS LAYCOCK, MODERN AMERICAN REMEDIES: Concise Edition (4th Ed. 2010). In addition are the Workbook and Supplement. The Workbook must be purchased from the Bookstore, but the Supplement will be posted on the TWEN site, containing edited cases, court rules, statutes, and some essays.
  • STUDY AIDS: The popular EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS study guide for Remedies, published by Aspen, is based on Laycock’s casebook, though it does not follow his organization. Another very readable study aid is WEAVER, SHOBEN, AND KELLY, PRINCIPLES OF REMEDIES LAW in the West Concise Hornbook Series.
  • REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE ON TWEN. The assignments are contained in this Workbook, and consist of assigned reading, questions, and problems to prepare for each scheduled class discussion. Do one Class per day.

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Taxation of LLCs and Partnerships 307 A (TAXL-307-A)

Professor Dick

1/8-1/10 - Introduction; Business Entity Classification

Textbook:
Read pages 2-38

Code:
Read §§761(a),(b), 7701(a)(2),(3); skim 7704, 469(k)

Regs:
§§1.761-1(a),(b),-2(a), 301.7701-1,-2,-3

Problems
Complete Problem 1 on Page 22

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Trusts and Estates 300 A (ESTA-300-A)

Professor Minneti

The required text is:
Danaya C. Wright, The Law of Succession, Wills, Trusts, and Estates

The first week's reading assignments and assessments are:

  • Monday January 8: Chapter 1; complete Practice Exercise Set 1 prior to class
  • Wednesday January 10: Chapter 2 pages 45-70; complete Practice Exercise 2 prior to class

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UCC Secured Transactions 355 A (TAXL-307-A)

Professor Dick

1/8 - Introduction; Remedies of Unsecured Creditors under State Law

  • Textbook:
    Read pages 3-19.
  • Statutes:
    Read UCC §§1-101 through 1-103 (and Official Comments).
  • Problems:
    1.1 through 1.5
  • Recommended:
    Anthony Clark, Brides left scrambling after wedding businesses close doors, GAINESVILLE SUN (available online and on TWEN) (this is a short article, which I highly recommend that you read).

1/10 - Security and Foreclosure

  • Textbook:
    Read pages 22-36.
  • Statutes:
    Familiarize yourself with the structure of UCC §1-201 through §1-206, UCC §9-101 and UCC §9-102 (and skim Official Comments). Please do not worry about mastering substance; read only to gain a sense of the layout of the UCC and where to find relevant definitions and rules of interpretation. Skim the Official Comments to gain a sense of the tone and depth of this explanatory material.
  • Problems:
    2.1 through 2.6.
  • Recommended:
    Rebecca Burns, The infamous practice of contract selling is back, CHICAGO READER (available online and on TWEN) (this is a long article; I recommend that you read until you understand the main point, and then skim the rest).

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