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Fall 2020

Administrative Law (Levy)

For the first day of class, please:

  • Access the course blackboard site and review its structure and content.
  • Read the Course Information memorandum posted in the General Information section carefully.
  • Be prepared to discuss NBC v. United States (pp. 9-17 in the textbook).

Advanced Litigation (Schnug)

For Wednesday, please review the syllabus (posted to Blackboard and emailed) and this brief article: https://www.persuasivelitigator.com/2012/06/talk-to-the-eyes.html Also, please complete the self-assessment form (posted to Blackboard and emailed) and return it to me by email or in class on Wednesday. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mschnug@ku.edu. I’m excited to get started!

Antitrust (Landsberg)

Read Einer Elhauge, US antitrust law and economics 2018 3d edition, 1-11, 53-57 and read the syllabus.

Business Organizations (Harper Ho)

Required materials for the course include:

Casebook: D. Gordon Smith & Cynthia A. Williams, Business Organizations: Cases, Problems, and Case Studies (Aspen: 4th ed., 2019) (“S&W”)

Statutory Supplement: Eisenberg's Corporations and Other Business Organizations: Statutes, Rules, Materials & Forms (2020 ed.) (“Stat.”)

You are also strongly encouraged to buy the print coursepack, which includes all supplemental readings (with the exception of handouts). It is also available in zip file on Blackboard, but many students find the coursepack more convenient. All enrolled students will receive access to the course Blackboard site by 8/20 if not before.

Before the first day of class, you should complete the short assignments and view the video in the "Getting Started" folder.

Our first day's assignment is: S&W pp. 1-7, Yost v. Wabash (does not incl. Prob. 1-1). Watch the recorded lecture in advance of class.

Stat. Supp. (Eisenberg): Rstmt (3d) of Agency §§ 1.01-1.03, 1.04(5)

Chinese Law (Harper Ho)

Mode of instruction: in-person.

First day assignment (W 8/26): All materials other than those assigned from our main text (Chen, 3d ed.) are available via Blackboard.

  • Ian Johnson, Opinion: Kicked Out of China, and Other Real-Life Costs of a Geopolitical Meltdown, NY Times, July 16, 2020.  
  • Timeline: The Unraveling of U.S.-China Relations, July 22, 2020, https://www.npr.org/2020/07/22/893767828/timeline-the-unraveling-of-u-s-china-relations (transcript & 4 min. newscast) 
  • Chen (2011) “Introduction”, pp. 1-8 (from Albert Chen, An Introduction to the Legal System of the People's Republic of China (Hong Kong: LexisNexis/Butterworths, 4th ed. 2011), which is available in the bookstore or from the library via long-term loan (see instructor for details).
  • “Methods of Comparative Law,” John H. Merryman, David S. Clark & John O. Haley, Comparative Law: Historical Development of the Civil Law Tradition in Europe, Latin America, & East Asia (LexisNexis, 2010), ISBN 978-1-4224-7478-5, pp. 72-79. 
  • Carl Minzner, End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining its Rise (2018), pp. 1-12 (remainder to be assigned later) 
  • OPTIONAL: SKIM: Pew Research Survey, “Americans’ Negative View of China Reaches Record High Amid Coronavirus Outbreak,” Aug. 8, 2020, https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/04/21/u-s-views-of-china-increasingly-negative-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/ 

*Please note that discussion question notes are due each day even though not noted here. 

Civil Procedure (Mulligan)

Register for the course on TWEN, when you get that access.

Aug 26        skim 293–300, read 300-10

Aug 27        cont. previous reading; 332–55

Aug 28 (first class session)        cont. previous reading

Aug 28 (second class session)        1– middle of p. 6, 205-18, US Const. Art. III, 28 USC § 1331

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (Ware)

Before the first Secured Transactions class, students should read the following pages of the casebook: xxxi-xxxvii, 3-4.

Contracts (Drahozal)

For the first day of class, read and prepare to discuss pages 1-8 in the casebook. In addition, find, read, and have with you in class a contract of your choice.

Contracts (Platt)

Before our first class, my students should read the syllabus, which will be posted on BlackBoard soon, as well as pages 1-12 of the Casebook (Epstein, Markell & Ponoroff, Cases and Materials on Contracts: Making and Doing Deals (5th Ed.)).

Contracts (Ware)

Before the first Contracts class, students should read the following pages of the casebook: xix-xxi, 1-8.

Contract Drafting (Sears)

Reading Assignments

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 the reading assignment and Exercise 5-2 during the first class.

Environmental Law (Outka)

For the first day of class (Wed. 8/26), please read the environmental law news stories below. Collectively, these selections will give you an early snapshot of the wide-ranging issues, themes, and challenges for environmental law and policy, historically and looking to the future as the field continues to evolve.

Please prepare for class by (1) carefully reading each selection (print and mark-up if you have printer access) and (2) sketch and be ready to discuss your responses to the questions below for each of the readings:

What is the environmental problem and what is causing it?

Who has an interest in this problem and why?

What do the situations described suggest about the possibilities or limits of law as a source of environmental protection?

(1) “A Century of Controversy: Accidents in West Virginia’s Chemical Valley in Lead-Up to Spill” – National Geographic (Jan. 16, 2014) (there is no cost to access this piece, but the site may ask you to enter an email address in order to read full article)

(2) “America is still segregated, and so is pollution"  - E&E News (July 20, 2020) (we have access to E&E through the Wheat Law Library, you can click through if you are on campus)

(3) “EPA unveils ‘major action’ on CO2 from airplanes” – E&E News (July 22, 2020)  (same instructions as above)

(4) “Climate cases keep landing in state court. Why it matters” – E&E News (June 3, 2020) (same instructions as above)

(5) “Biggest Enviro Law Cases to Watch in the Rest of 2020” – Law360 (July 8, 2020)

Access Law360 via LexisNexis in “Legal News” - search by title

If you have any difficulty obtaining these sources, let me know right away so I can assist you.

Evidence (Velte)

  • Watch Prof. Velte’s “Welcome to Evidence” recording (on the “Evidence Home” area of Blackboard on the Video Introductions Discussion Board)
  • Read the syllabus
  • Register for TopHat (instructions via email)
  • Read Casebook: Foreword, Study Guide, Chapters 1, 2
  • Complete Introduction Assignment (posted on Blackboard); email it to Prof. Velte before class.
  • Record and post on Blackboard a video introduction of yourself to the class.

Federal Income Tax (Mazza)

Purchase from the bookstore the following required materials:

  • Burke & Friel, Taxation of Individual Income (12th ed. 2018)
  • CCH, Federal Income Tax Code and Regulations -- Selected Sections (2020-21)

Before the first class, access the course description and syllabus, which is posted to the course’s BlackBoard site.  Review the course description and learning outcomes. 

During the first class, we will discuss some administrative matters relating to the course and complete Unit 1 (relating to the sources of U.S. tax law) and Unit 2 (relating to tax policy). It is likely that we won’t complete all of Unit 2 but go ahead and complete the reading assignments and prepare answers to the problems.

Health Law and Policy (Collier)

Session 1 – August 26

Introduction to Health Law and Policy: Overview




Furrow, Greaney Ch. 1, skim pp 1-25

Furrow, Greaney Ch. 19, pp 1021-36

Intellectual Property (Holman)

First Day Reading Assignment: Please read pages 4-32 of the assigned textbook, A Survey of Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials (Ver. 1.0, August 3, 2020), by Christopher M. Holman, which will be made available on the course Blackboard site to enrolled students.

International Trade Law (Bhala)

(1) Review the Syllabus and watch for emails for Zoom invitations for class

(2) Begin reading: International Trade Law Textbook, Volume 1: Chapters 1-3, 4-12. Please note this assignment is the same for the first four classes (31 August, 1 September, and 7-8 September).

International Law and Literature (Bhala)

(1) Review the Syllabus and watch for emails for Zoom invitations for class.

(2) Begin reading:

(a) Posner, Law & Literature, Preface, pages xi-xvi; and Critical Introduction; pages 1-17

(b) 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Articles 31-32 (4 pages)

(c) Clark, Katharine & Matthew Connolly, A Guide to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying Statutes, The Writing Center, Georgetown University Law Center (April 2006) (21 pages)

(d) GATT Article XX(a) (1 page)

Please note this assignment is the same for the first two classes (31 August and 1 September). The syllabus explains the websites from which to download freely items (3), (4), and (5). 

Introduction to Elder Law (Reaves)

Introduction and Overview


Dayton 731 – 889………... I. Elder Law - I. Overview and

A. Demographics

(Stop before “B. Aging and Social Policy”)

Dayton 1119 – 1323……………..  C. Acknowledging and Confronting Ageism

  − Excerpts from Butler and Canadian Network

Dayton 1324 – 1387…..…  II. What is Elder Law?

• Justia Article

• National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Article

(Stop before "Excerpt from U.S. Admin. on Aging)

Reaves pp. 1 – 5…………………. • Organization of Federal Laws

(linked in Week 1

Learning Module

on Blackboard)


Posted in Week 1

Learning Module

on Blackboard ……………. III. Aging Quiz                      



Jurisdiction (Mulligan)

Register for the course on TWEN.  All materials are posted there.

Aug 27                 Pennoyer v. Neff; International Shoe v. Washington

Aug 28                 Perkins v. Benguet Cons. Mining; Helicopteros Nacionales De Columbia v. Hall

Jurisdiction (Six)

Please review the course syllabus on Blackboard; read Pennoyer v. Neff, which you will find on the Assigned Readings tab in Blackboard; and, as you read the case, complete the Case Reading Assignment on the Assignments tab in Blackboard.

Juvenile Law (Sheldon)

Required Texts: Children in the Legal System (6th Edition) (2020) by Davis, Scott, Weithorn, and Wadlington, Revised Kansas Code for Care of Children Kansas Statutes Annotated 38-2201 et seq.1, Revised Kansas Juvenile Justice Code Kansas Statutes Annotated 38-2301 et seq.2, Juvenile Justice Authority Kansas Statutes Annotated 75-7001 et seq.3

Recommended Reading

“The State of America’s Children” which can be found at https://www.childrensdefense.org/the-state-of-americas-children-2020/.

Tentative Class Schedule

August 31 Introduction to the Legal and Philosophical Basis to the Juvenile Justice System

Read: Casebook: Chapter 1 (pp.1-2)

Chapter 7 (pp. 829-835)

Kansas Code for Care of Children

Section 38-2201

Section 38-2209

Section 38-2210

Section 38-2211

Section 38-2212

Section 38-2213

Section 38-2247

Kansas Juvenile Justice Code

Section 38-2301

Section 38-2309

Section 38-2310

Section 38-2311

Section 38-2312

Section 38-2325

Section 38-2326

Section 38-2353

Labor Law (Delaney)

Assignment is posted on Blackboard 

The video welcome announcement is at:



The assignment is:


Class Week



Reading Assignment:


(Aug. 27, 2020)

Week 1, Lecture One


History of Labor Law in the Private Sector

Chap. 1


Casebook xxxi-xxxv; CB 1-48

NLRA §§ 1, 7, Sherman Act §§ 1, 2

Clayton Act §§ 6, 20


Aug. 27, 2020

1:35-2:30 PM


Mike Delaney

Week 1 Zoom Meeting


Passcode: 572406

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Levy)

For the first day of class, please

  • Access the course blackboard site and review its structure and content.
  • Read the Course Information memorandum posted in the General Information section carefully.
  • Be prepared to discuss Bostock v. Clayton County, posted in the Part 1 content area on the Blackboard site.

Media and the First Amendment (Johnson)

Read-Stone, et al., The First Amendment, pages 383-409.

Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations (Hopkins)

Reading Assignment:

  • Textbook, Chapters 1-3
  • Sample articles of incorporation (to be emailed)
  • Internal Revenue Code sections 501(a), (b), (c); 170

Privacy Law (Special Topics) (Peters)

Please read and prepare to discuss the following for our first class:

Professional Responsibility (Hoeflich)

Do Module 1 as per the syllabus.

Public International Law (Head)

Public International Law:  Please refer to the e-mail message you should have received from Mr. Head on August 19, asking that you (i) listen to the introductory lecture (available on Blackboard, under BBB), and (ii) do the reading assignment shown on the Syllabus (also appearing on Blackboard, under AAA), and (iii) find an “international law in the news” item for possible discussion in the first class session.  If you didn’t receive that message, please e-mail Professor Head at jhead@ku.edu.    

Special Topics: Cybercrimes (Wolesky)

Read and be prepared to discuss Riley v. California, 134 S.Ct. 2473 (2014).

Special Topics: Introduction to Employee Benefits (Smith/Lacey)

Please do the following in the following order of priority: (1) Because we are only meeting 13 times this semester, it would be helpful to your instructors if we know something about you before the class begins. So, with that in mind, please complete the questions posted on SurveyMonkey no later than 8:00 a.m. CDT Monday morning, August 31. Please do not “overthink” these questions. Your answers to questions about where you hope to practice, what areas of the law you are interested in, and what you hope to learn from this course will not be legally binding and will not be held against you in a court of law! But it is helpful to us if we know what your background is and what your interests are. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BXSPLZL (2) Read the attached “Supplemental Materials – Week 1.” (3) Read the following in the assigned text, Understanding Employee Benefits Law (2nd Edition, 2020): (a) Chapter 1 – Introduction (pages 3 thru 24). (b) Section 2.02 – (pages 25 thru 36). (c) Sections 2.04 through 2.06 – Qualified Plans (pages 39 through 46). (d) Sections 4.01 through 4.03 – Plan Operation (pages 129 through 138). (e) Chapter 10 – Tax Rules Governing Pension Plans (pages 423 thru 468) [note that many of the more detailed provisions will probably not be covered until Week #2 and that we are not planning to “quiz” you on these provisions during our first session!]. (4) Read the “Basics of ERISA” (attached) [note that this is optional].

Special Topics: Law Practice Management (Hoeflich)

Do Module 1 as per the syllabus.

Special Topics: Social Justice Lawyering (Brett)


Please read the syllabus on the Blackboard site, and read and be prepared to discuss the following:


(1)  William Quigley, Letter to a law student interested in social justice, 1 DePaul J. Soc. Just. 7 (2007) https://law.duke.edu/curriculum/pdf/interested_social_justice.pdf

(2)  Interview with Purvi Shah and Chuck Elsesser, http://archive.organizingupgrade.com/index.php/modules-menu/community-or...

(3)  Dan Farbman, Resistance Lawyering, 107 Cal. L. Rev. 1877 (2019), http://www.californialawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/4-Farbman.....

Read only the following excerpts from Prof. Farbman’s article:

Intro (pg. 1878-1884)

Part I pgs. 1884-1888

Part IIB pgs. 1905-1926 SKIM ONLY to see examples of creative lawyering

Part III pgs. 1932-1953


Optional additional reading (all posted on the Blackboard site, or available online)

Charles Elsesser, Community lawyering – the role of lawyers in the social justice movement, 14 Loyola J. Pub. Int. L. 45 (2013).

Eduardo R.C. Capulong, Client Activism in Progressive Lawyering Theory, 16 Clinical L. Rev. 109 (2009).

Scott L. Cummings & Ingrid V. Eagly, A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing, 48 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 443 (2001).

Water Law (Titus)

The syllabus, PDF reading assignments, and Zoom access information for students that are participating online are all posted on Blackboard.


Read – Introduction to Water Law, pages 1-15. Hydrology, pages 82-84; 355-358; 371-378; 408-410; 417-18. (Cases and Materials on Water Law, Ninth Edition, by Gregory S. Weber, Jennifer L. Harder, and Bennet L. Bearden)

Available on Blackboard in PDF: 

25% of World’s Population Under “Extremely High Water Stress” 

Activity – bring a hard copy of an article discussing a water law issue in your home state and write a short paragraph or two summarizing the issue to discuss and hand in during class. For students participating online, please submit an electronic copy of the article and your written summary prior to class via email to kennytitus@hotmail.com.

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