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Spring 2018

Advanced International Trade Law (Bhala)


  1. Review Dumping Reading: International Trade Law Textbook, Volume II: Chapters 51-57, 70
  2. New Dumping Reading: International Trade Law Textbook, Volume II: Chapter 58
  3. Review Advanced ITL Syllabus, which you can pick up on the tables near the student mailboxes by late December or early January.


  1. Modern GATT Law Treatise, Volume II, Chapters 65-69
  2. Modern GATT Law Treatise, Volume II, Chapters 70-73
  3. Begin thinking about a paper topic on which you would like to write.

The course counts for the Scholarly Writing Requirement. There is no final exam.

Advanced Litigation (Schnug)

For our first class (1/17) please review this brief piece:  http://www.persuasivelitigator.com/2012/06/talk-to-the-eyes.html. There is no text assigned for the course, but you will need to bring a copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence to every class period. The syllabus and additional resources will be posted to Blackboard. You do not need to wear courtroom attire for our first class, but you will for every court session (Wednesdays) after that. I look forward to working with you!

Business Planning Seminar (Hoy)

The class will not meet on 1/17. The first meeting will be on 1/24. 
Reading assignment-Chapters I and II & Problem I of Business Planning by Gevurtz.

​Consumer Law (Muller)

  • Part 1. Formation of Consumer Contracts
    • Chapter 1. Deception – The Response of the Common Law
    • Pages 1-20, (notes 2, 4, and 6); pages 27-39, 45-47 (notes 5-6); Rest. 2d of Torts §§ 525-526, 551; UCC § 2-313; Rest. 2d of Contracts §§ 164(1)
    • Chapter 2. Deception  - Legislative Solutions at the Federal Level
    • Pages 51-65 (note 3 pg. 62), 86-87, 102-03 (notes 5-6) FTC Act §§ 1, 4, 5, 19

Contracts II (Mulligan)

  1. Jan. 18: Text of UCC Art. 1 / begin next assignment
  2. Jan. 19: Assignment #1 in the Keating SALES book – problems 1.1-1.6

Register for the course page for Contracts II on TWEN.

Copyright Law and Digital Works (Smith)

Welcome to this class! As I will try to convince you throughout the semester, copyright law is the most interesting area of legal study there is, because we will be dealing everyday with the products of human imagination and culture in all their variety, humor and pathos.

Your first step in this class is to register for the course page on TWEN. The page is labeled “Copyright Law in a Digital Age” and is open for registration now. I will discuss the difference in the course name with you during class.

The syllabus is available on the course site, as are all course readings. There is no casebook or other materials to buy for this course! Everything you need is openly accessible and is loaded to the TWEN course page. The casebook is Intellectual Property: Law and Society by James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins, both of the Duke University School of Law. There is a full PDF of this work on the site, as well as a Supplement to the casebook, the complete text of Title 17 of the United States Code, and all the other articles and cases assigned on the syllabus.

Please note that there is a short assignment to be prepared for the first class (Jan. 16): a chart comparing forms of IP law from the Boyle and Jenkins casebook, a short newspaper column by author and advocate Cory Doctorow, and an equally short case involving the television show Seinfeld.

I also want to call your attention to the fact that the reading for our second class, on Jan. 17, is quite a bit heavier, so I urge you to get started on that reading as soon as possible.

I am looking forward to exploring with all of you how copyright law works, and where it fails, in a digital age.

Contract Drafting (Sears)

Text: "Translating the Business Deal into Contract Concepts." These chapters provide the framework for the course. You will learn the analytic skills that deal lawyers use when drafting and the basic contract concepts from a deal lawyer’s perspective.

Reading assignment:

  • Chapter 1 – A Few Words
  • Chapter 2 – The Building Blocks of Contracts.
  • Chapter 3 – Translating the Business Deal – Part 1.
  • Chapter 4 – Translating the Business Deal – Part 2. (Including the Appendices to Chapter 4.)
  • Chapter 5 – A Contract’s Parts.

Class discussion: We will discuss Exercise 5-2 during class. Please review it.

Commercial Arbitration (Drahozal)

For the first day of class, read pages 1-19 and prepare to discuss Problems 1.1 and 1.2 in the Drahozal casebook.

Complex Litigation (Hines)

For Wednesday, January 17, please read pages 1-14 in "Mass Tort Litigation" by Professor Linda Mullenix.

Corporate Finance (Harper Ho)

Reading assignments for the first several weeks including required supplemental readings will be posted to the "Course Materials" section of Blackboard, which will be available to you the week before classes begin. The syllabus for the course will also be posted to Blackboard, and I will distribute hard copies in class. While you’re waiting on the coursepack, I’d encourage you to read the Optional SEC Guide to Financial Statements online.

Our casebook is Carney, William J., CORPORATE FINANCE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE (Foundation Press, 3d. ed. 2014). 

The assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 16 is:

  • Casebook: Carney pp. 1-10 (skip Quick Check 2.1 on p. 10).
  • Blackboard E-Supplement: Robert J. Rhee, “Introduction,” in Essential Concepts of Business for Lawyers (Wolters-Kluwer 2012), pp. 1-2; Excerpts from Brealey, Myers & Allen ("BMA"), pp. 2-5, 8-10, 721 (located in the folder for Tue. on Bb); OPTIONAL: SEC’s Guide to Financial Statements (https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsbegfinstmtguidehtm.html). 

Powerpoint slides will generally be posted in advance of class, and I encourage you to view or print them in advance so you'll know where we're headed.

NOTE: All supplemental course materials will be posted both on the course Blackboard site and will also be available in the optional (but recommended) coursepack.  The coursepack should be available by the week before classes start at the KU Main Union - I'll confirm once I have more information. The cost of the coursepack includes not only copying costs, but also royalties to the copyright holders and so will be more expensive than printing the materials yourself.  However, because the exam for the course will be in closed mode (wordprocessing only), I encourage you to save time and buy the coursepack rather than attempt to print out all supplemental readings.  In either case, you will want to check Blackboard regularly in advance of class for additional materials, including weblinks, tools, and powerpoint slides.

Digital Privacy Rights in an Open Society (Kautsch)

Initial reading assignments are available on the TWEN website for the course. If you have any difficulty gaining access to the site, please notify Professor Kautsch by email at mkautsch@ku.edu.

Energy Law and Policy (Outka)

For the first day of class, please read the following:

  1. The Biggest Energy Rulings of 2017," Law360 (Dec. 13, 2017).
  2. The Biggest Energy Law Cases to Watch in 2018," Law360 (Jan. 8, 2017).

As you read, please consider the following questions as starting points for our discussion:

  • What range of actors are involved or affected by these rulings?
  • What private and public policy concerns are driving these controversies?
  • In addition to specific legal issues in each case, some of which we will study more closely in the coming weeks, what broader legal issues and policy themes for energy law can you discern here at the outset of the course?

If you have trouble retrieving either of these documents, let me know via email: uoutka@ku.edu

Recommended, but optional reading: Introduction, pp. 1-16 in Davies et al. "Energy Law and Policy"

Estate Planning Practice (Ramsdell)

In the first class, I plan to cover the Introduction, Practice Matters, and a substantial portion of The Planning Process (assignments 1.1 through 3.5). Realistically, we may reach, but not complete, Problem 3.5 – The Ralston Family.

Federal Courts and the Federal System (Sward)

Please read the History of Federal Courts that is posted on Blackboard, as well as pages 241-254 in the casebook.

Higher Education and the Law (Landsberg)

Areen and Lake, "Higher Education and the Law," 2nd ed., pages 6-8, 78-81, 1067-73, 1023-28, 1055-66, 1145-52.

Introduction to Constitutional Law (Levy)

Access the Blackboard site for the course and review its content. Read the "Course Information" and "Syllabus" documents posted to the site, and read pp. 1-13 in the Experiencing Constitutional Law draft, which has been posted to the “Materials and Assignments” are of the site.

Jurisdiction (Sward)

Please read pages 75-89 in the casebook.

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Leben)

Read pp. 1-38, 69-75. Pages 1-38 are to give you background on the legislative process related to our first few cases (interpreting the Civil Rights Act of 1964); you won't be expected to keep track of all the legislative-history details.

Native American Natural Resources (Kronk Warner)

Judith V. Royster, Michael C. Blumm and Elizabeth Ann Kronk, "Native American Natural Resources Law" (3rd ed., Carolina Academic Press 2013), pp. 3-10.

Oil and Gas (Schremmer)

In Lowe, Anderson, Smith, Pierce & Kulander, Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (West, 6th ed. 2013), please read:

  • Historical background, 1–4
  • Introduction to land descriptions, 49–53
  • Ownership & rule of capture, 53–61
  • Common law limitations on rule of capture, 97–115
  • Rule of capture & waste/intro to regulation, 609–14
  • Introduction to regulation, 614–17
  • Common patterns of oil & gas ownership, 115–19
  • Loss of mineral ownership, 153–75

Pretrial Advocacy (Valdez)

Required materials:

  • “Pretrial” by Thomas A. Mauet, published by Aspen Publishers (8th ed.)
  • “Pretrial Advocacy Case File” (I will distribute via Blackboard)

Please read Chapter 1 and 2 of “Pretrial.”  

Product Liability (Kaiser, Carpenter)

Read pages 1 through 17.

Professional Responsibility (Valdez)

Required materials:

  • “Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law” by Zitrin, Langford and Cole, 4th Ed.
  • Model Rules of Professional Conduct Book, or can be found on the American Bar Association website.

Please read the following: Introduction and Chapter 1 (“Initial Reflections on Ethics, Morality, and Justice in the Adversary System”) of the casebook.   

Preamble and Scope to Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Property (Outka)

  1. Please read thoughtfully and prepare to discuss pages 1-8 of Chapter 1, "The Concept of Property,"" in our core textbook Sprankling & Colletta,  "Property: A Contemporary Approach" (3d ed. 2015).
  2. Please print, read thoughtfully and bring to class “The Moral Complexity of Private Ownership,” at pages 6-11 in Freyfogle & Karkkainen,  "The Institution of Private Ownership: Introductory Essays" (2013).

I recommend as optional reading “The Labor Theory and Its Curious Path,” at pages 2-5.

Remedies (Hines)

For Wednesday, January 17, please read pages 1-15 in the Remedies casebook by Douglas Laycock.

Representing Nonprofit Organizations (Hopkins)

  • Read Textbook, Chapters 1-3
  • Review of law of tax-exempt organizations – discussion (see attached “crash course” outline)

Special ​ Topics: First Amendment (Johnson)

Stone text, pages 3-8; Alien & Sedition Acts (Course Documents on Blackboard); syllabus is on Blackboard site.

Taxation of Business Enterprises (Mazza)

 Required Material:

  • Schwarz, Lathrope & Hellwig, Fundamentals of Business Enterprise Taxation: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2017)
  • Current Code and Reg volume (2017-2018 ed.). Students who took Federal Income Tax in the fall will use the Code volume purchased for that course.
  • Assignments and additional readings, which include the syllabus, will be distributed via email directly to the students. 

First-Day Assignment:

  • Purchase the required materials from the bookstore.
  • Keep an eye out for an email, which will contain the materials and assignments for the first part of the course.

The Law of War (Hoeflich)

​Read pages  3-78, Introduction

Trusts and Estates (Drahozal)

For the first day of class, read and prepare to discuss pages 1-10, 22-27 in the Gallanis casebook.






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