Fall 2021 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

First Assignments

Administrative Law (ADMIN-300-A)
Professor Kirkwood

As background for the opening lecture, please read pages 1-15 of the casebook.

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Social Impact Advocacy (ADVC-300-A)
Professor Mahmud

Please read closely pp. 5 – 34 of the textbook Valdes, Bender & Hill, Critical Justice: Systemic Advocacy in Law & Society (2021).

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Antitrust Law (ANTI-300-A)
Professor Kirkwood

Please read pages 3-12 and 25-37 before the first class and Appendix B before the second class, both of which will largely be lectures.

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Securities Regulation (BUSN-325-A)
Professor Koa

Please watch this PBS documentary, The Crash of 1929, before the first class.

Read the first 20 pages of the textbook.

Securities Regulation Syllabus - Fall 2021 (DOCX)

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White Collar Crime (BUSN-354-A)
Professor Howard

Please read the following documents:

  1. The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal (PDF)
  2. vw_plea_agmt.pdf
  3. winterkorn_indictment_0.pdf

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Civil Procedure (CIVL-100-A)
Professor Chon

Please complete the first assignment, and make sure to review the document containing information on how to purchase a textbook.

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Contracts (CONT-100-A)
Professor Kalantry

Please review syllabus and Canvas page before the first class week. Additionally, please be prepared to discuss the readings below as indicated in the syllabus:

Syllabus (DOCX)

Class 1: Monday, August 23, 2021: Introduction

  • v to xxx (Kuney & Lloyd)

Class 2: Wednesday, August 25, 2021: Objective Theory of Contracts

  • pp.1 to 28 (Kuney & Lloyd)

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Constitutional Law I (CNLW-200-A)
Professor Siegel

Casebook: Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law (6th edition) (please note that Dean Chemerinsky also has a treatise by the same name; make sure to buy the casebook)

Assignments:

Class #1: An Introduction to the Constitution and Constitutional Argument

  1. Please read the text of the Constitution in the casebook starting on p. xxxix.
  2. Please read the excerpt from Professor Bobbit that has been sent to you as a PDF and is available on TWEN.
  3. Please read casebook materials on the Second Amendment and Constitutional Interpretation (pp. 11-32).

Class #2: Judicial Review (and Judicial Supremacy)

  • Casebook pp.1-11 (Marbury and related materials)
  • (additional materials previously included in syllabus now will be covered in lecture)

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Constitutional Law I (CNLW-200-O)
Professor Siegel

Casebook: Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law (6th edition) (please note that Dean Chemerinsky also has a treatise by the same name; make sure to buy the casebook)

Assignments:

Class #1: An Introduction to the Constitution and Constitutional Argument

  1. Please read the text of the Constitution in the casebook starting on p. xxxix.
  2. Please read the excerpt from Professor Bobbit that has been sent to you as a PDF and is available on TWEN.
  3. Please read casebook materials on the Second Amendment and Constitutional Interpretation (pp. 11-32).

Class #2: Judicial Review (and Judicial Supremacy)

  • Casebook pp.1-11 (Marbury and related materials)
  • (additional materials previously included in syllabus now will be covered in lecture)

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Contracts (CONT-100-D)
Professor Chang

Assignments – first three weeks
Page references are to casebook, Ertman, Sjostrom & Threedy, Contract Law: An Integrated Approach
ClassDateAssignment
1 8/24 Skim Introduction, pp. lxv – lxxviii. Read pp. 1-17; be prepared to discuss Lohman v. Wagner – in addition to the questions posed in the book, be prepared to discuss my baseline briefing questions, which appear in the syllabus on Canvas
2 8/26 17-25
3 8/31 29-46
4 9/2 47-64
5 9/7 64-86
6 9/9 TBA

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Criminal Law (CRIM-100-1)
Professor Russo

Read the following:

  1. Criminal Law, Chapter 1; pg. 3-23
  2. How to Prepare for Criminal Law Class” (posted here and on Canvas)

Prepare the following questions for discussion:

  1. Identify the elements in the following statutes:

    RCW 9A.48.030: Arson in the second degree.

    A person is guilty of arson in the second degree if he or she knowingly and maliciously causes a fire or explosion which damages a building, or any structure or erection appurtenant to or joining any building….

    Model Penal Code (MPC) Section 212.1: Kidnapping.

    A person is guilty of kidnapping if he unlawfully removes another from his place of residence or business, or a substantial distance from the vicinity where he is found, or if he unlawfully confines another for a substantial period in a place of isolation, with any of the following purposes:(a) to hold for ransom or reward, or as a shield or hostage; or(b) to facilitate commission of any felony or flight thereafter; or(c) to inflict bodily injury on or to terrorize the victim or another; or(d) to interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.

  2. “Problem Case”, pg. 19: Did the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial engage in jury nullification? Were they invited to do so by the defense? For those who have never heard of O.J. Simpson or his infamous murder trial, here's a link to a quick summary from Prof. Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law [WARNING: The language used by one of the LAPD detectives in this trial included vile racist references]. Pay particular attention to the excerpt of the closing argument of Simpson’s lead attorney, Johnny Cochran: https://famous-trials.com/simpson/1862-home

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Criminal Law (CRIM-100-2)
Professor Evans

Please review the linked documents, which contain the assignments for the first two classes, the in-class exercise for the first day, and the course policies.

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Criminal Procedure: Investigative (CRIM-305-A)
Professors Mazzone and High

Please read the syllabus, Brown v Mississippi, Powell v Alabama, and Rochin v California.

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

Please review the syllabus for the course, which contains the first reading assignment.

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Trusts and Estates (ESTA-300-E)
Professor Eason

First Assignments are posted the course Canvas page under the Course Information & Syllabi Module.

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Nonprofit Organizations, Trust Law, and Philanthropy (ESTA-320-A)
Professor Eason

First Assignments are posted the course Canvas page under the Course Information & Syllabi Module.

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Patent Law (INTP-305-A)
Professors Das and Al-Salam

Please read pages 1-9, 18-19, 22-23, and 37-39 in the textbook, as well as U.S. Patent No. 5,443,036.

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Policing, Imprisonment and Justice (JURS-354-O)
Professor Spade

Reading assignment for Aug 23rd:

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Contract Drafting (LPRC-430-E)
Professor Dickinson

Read Chapters 1, 2, & 3 in Drafting Contracts

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Professional Responsibility (PROF-200-O)
Professor Spade

Dear Students,

Please find the syllabus for Professional Responsibility on our Canvas page, which includes your reading assignment for the first day of class.

Best,
Dean Spade

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Property (PROP-100-D)
Professor Slye

Please review course syllabus and review the course Canvas page.

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Remedies (REMD-300-E)
Professor Randy Gordon

Please read the syllabus and the Zoom guidelines. The first assignment can be found in the syllabus.

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Individual Income Taxation (TAXL-300-A)
Professor Kahng

Assignment for first class, Monday, August 23

Required books

  1. Graetz, Schenk, & Alstott, Federal Income Taxation, Principles and Policies (8thth ed. 2018), ISBN 9781640206809. If you buy a used book, make sure to buy the 8th edition.
  2. Selected Federal Taxation Statutes & Regulations, 2021 ed., Lathrope editor, West, ISBN 978-1647081904. If purchasing a used copy of this book, it is fine to buy an edition from 2020.

Course Syllabus

The syllabus will be posted 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.

Reading Assignment

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

  • Read pages 1-12 and 28-41 of the casebook, and be prepared to discuss in class.
  • Skim pages 13-28, 50-81. 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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Corporate Tax (TAXL-306-A)
Professor Kahng

Please sign up for the TWEN page for the course, where you will find a syllabus and other materials.

Assignment for first class, Tuesday, August 24

Required Books

  1. Schwarz, Lathrope & Hellwig, Fundamentals of Business Enterprise Taxation, 7th ed., Foundation Press (West), ISBN 978-1642428797. If you buy a used copy of this book, please make sure to purchase the 7th edition.
  2. Stark & Bank, Selected Sections of Corporate and Partnership Income Tax Code and Regulations, 2020-2021 ed., Foundation Press (West), ISBN 978-1684679751. If you buy a used copy of this book, it’s fine to buy an edition that is a year or two earlier. However, earlier editions may omit a few recent changes to the law.

Reading Assignment

Read pages 3-31, 41-44 of the casebook along with statutory provisions and regulations specified therein.* Be prepared to discuss the problems on page 26.

*Throughout the semester, as you read pages of the casebook, please also read the code sections and regulations specified therein. For example, page 23 of the casebook directs you to read §§ 761(a) and 7701(a)(3).

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Torts (TORT-100-A)
Professor Feldman

Please add this course through TWEN and read the syllabus and first assignment (reproduced below) prior to the first day of class.

We will be using Keeton, Sargentich, & Keating, Tort and Accident Law (4th ed. 2004). I will post the pages corresponding to the first week of reading on TWEN for anyone who needs additional time to obtain the textbook. Additional materials, designated with an asterisk in the syllabus and first assignment below, have also been posted on TWEN.

To facilitate preparation, I will generally call on students alphabetically (by last name). This should give you a sense of when you may be called upon and when you should be optimally prepared, including on the first day of class.

Please read the following documents.

First assignment:

Intentional and negligent harming

1-4, 7-13

Torts and writs
Garratt v. Dailey
Blyth v. Birmingham Waterworks
*Zokhrabov v. Park (squib)

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Torts (TORT-100-B)
Professor Feldman

Please add this course through TWEN and read the syllabus and first assignment (reproduced below) prior to the first day of class.

We will be using Keeton, Sargentich, & Keating, Tort and Accident Law (4th ed. 2004). I will post the pages corresponding to the first week of reading on TWEN for anyone who needs additional time to obtain the textbook. Additional materials, designated with an asterisk in the syllabus and first assignment below, have also been posted on TWEN.

To facilitate preparation, I will generally call on students alphabetically (by last name). This should give you a sense of when you may be called upon and when you should be optimally prepared, including on the first day of class.

Please read the following documents.

First assignment:

Intentional and negligent harming

1-4, 7-13

Torts and writs
Garratt v. Dailey
Blyth v. Birmingham Waterworks
*Zokhrabov v. Park (squib)

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Torts §C (TORT-100-C)
Professor Ainsworth

Read pp. 1-9 as background reading on the structure of the legal process; this will not be explicitly discussed in class. For class discussion, read pp. 10-19 in the casebook, on the elements of the tort of battery. You will also benefit by reading the Notes and Comments for Class 1; this contains many of the questions that I will ask in class as well as some side notes on legal topics that will assist in your understanding of the class reading. I will be writing and posting Notes and Comments for all classes on the TWEN page as class materials.

Text: Henderson, Kyser, and Pearson, The Torts Process (9th ed.) Be sure you are getting the 9th edition if you are buying a used copy.

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Legal Writing, Skills, & Values (WRIT-100 AB2)
Professor Boling

  • Find the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct and read “FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT,” and Rules 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 (including the comments to the rules). Recommended but not required: Read the “Preamble and Scope”
  • Watch TED video “What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it?” (ted.com)
  • Read Excerpts from Foundations for Practice, “The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient” in the course Supplemental Readings Packet (SRP)
  • Read “Professionalism” Chapter of Essential Lawyering Skills in SRP (focusing on sections 2.1, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.14, and 2.3)
  • Read the course Policies and Procedures on Canvas

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Legal Writing, Skills, & Values (WRIT-100 CD2)
Professor Boling

  • Find the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct and read “FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT,” and Rules 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 (including the comments to the rules). Recommended but not required: Read the “Preamble and Scope”
  • Watch TED video “What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it?” (ted.com)
  • Read Excerpts from Foundations for Practice, “The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient” in the course Supplemental Readings Packet (SRP)
  • Read “Professionalism” Chapter of Essential Lawyering Skills in SRP (focusing on sections 2.1, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.14, and 2.3)
  • Read the course Policies and Procedures on Canvas

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