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First Class Assignments - Fall 2020

Class assignments are being added as they come in. Check back often.

Constitutional Law - Prof. Bastress

The text for the course is Robert M. Bastress, “The Freedoms of Expression and Conscience,” which is available in the law school bookstore. The assignment for Wednesday, August 19th, is to read Chapter 1 of the text.


Employment Discrimination - Prof. Bastress

The text for the course is SULLIVAN & ZIMMER, CASES AND MATERIALS ON EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION (Wolters Kluwer 9th ed. 2017). The assignment for Wednesday, August 19th, is to read the “Note to Students,” pages xxv-xxxiii, and pages 1-14 of the text.


Torts - Profs. Blake and Weishart

For the first class, please read pg. 1-14 of Best, Barnes & Kahn-Fogel, Basic Tort Law, 5th Ed. Wolters Kluwer


Health Care Civil Rights Seminar - Prof. Blake

For the first class, please read:

1. David Barton Smith, Healthcare’s Hidden Civil Rights Legacy, 48 ST. LOUIS. U. L. J. 37 (2003). (available on eCampus)

2. Andrea S. Christopher & Dominic Caruso, Promoting Health as a Human Right in the Post-ACA United States, AMA J. Ethics (Oct. 2015) (available on eCampus)


Criminal Law - Profs. Cyphert and Trychta

The required textbook is “Criminal Law: Problems, Statutes, and Cases” (2018) by Professor Kevin McMunigal. ISBN 978-1-5310-0401-9. The book is available in both print and digital versions; either version is acceptable. Students should also review the associated “Law 705” eCampus webpage which should be available on August 13. 

For the Orientation mini-class on August 17, students should read Chapter 1 (pages 1-21). Students do not need to memorize all this information, but should become familiar with the material, generally. We will not overtly discuss this information in class during the first week, but the topics will come up periodically throughout the semester.

For the first regular class on August 19, students should read and brief pages 73-86. To prepare the case brief, students should rely upon the case briefing strategy that they learned in the Zero-L Orientation course or any other similar case briefing format. Students should submit their Khaliq #1 & #2 and Keeler case briefs via the Criminal Law 705 eCampus page any time either before the start of the first class or immediately following the first class.  More details are available in eCampus #705.


Jurisprudence - Prof. Lofaso

Textbook: Gottlieb, Bix, Lytton & West, Jurisprudence Cases and Materials: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law and Its Implications (3rd edition) (GBLW)

TWEN: Sign up for the Jurisprudence Fall 2020 TWEN page before the first day of class.

First Class: The Origins of Jurisprudence
A. Mesopotamia Law Collections
(1) Ur-Namma, (2) Lipit-Ishtar, (3) Hammurabi

Read: GBLW 1-17

Read: United States Constitution, available at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript
The class discussion will focus on comparing and analyzing the ancient laws of Mesopotamia and the United States Constitution. Think critically about the differences in structure and substance among these laws with a mind toward answering the question, what is law?

Recommended videos: History Channel Documentary on Ancient Mesopotamia (50 minutes), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxUAtvLy7_w or Crash Course World History—Mesopotamia (12 minutes), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohXPx_XZ6Y


Intro to Consumer Law - Prof. Marshall

Please refer to the course TWEN page beginning Monday (August 17) morning.


Evidence - Prof. McDiarmid

The book for this semester will be Learning Evidence: from Federal Rules to the Courtroom (Merritt, Simmons).

First assignment: Rules 101, 102, 103, 1101, 1102.
MS 5-30, 39-47, 50-55. Our text lacks the federal Advisory Committee notes for the rules. Understanding the rules is helped by reading those notes which are available at the Legal Information Institute at Cornell https://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre, I strongly advise you to look at the notes for every rule. At least one question on the final will rest on those notes.


Copyright Law - Prof. Osborne

Required text:
Robert A. Gorman, Jane C. Ginsburg & R. Anthony Reese, Copyright Cases and Materials (9th ed. 2017).

First Assignment:
Our first class is Wednesday, August 19th. In preparation for the first class, please read pp. 1-15; 15-30 (skim); 30 -40; U.S. Const. art. 1 § 8, cl. 1.8. Please focus on Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony and Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing Co.

Other:
The course syllabus, schedule, and other course documents are available on eCampus. The eCampus course is available as of August 12th. The course number for eCampus is 202008-Law-636-001. Please review Suggested Ground Rules for Class Discussion and Participation and come with your thoughts.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me at Caroline.Osborne@mail.wvu.edu.


Civil Procedure: Rules - Prof. Rhee

Required materials: 

Joseph W. Glannon, Andrew M. Perlman, & Peter Raven-Hansen, "Civil Procedure: A Coursebook" (3d ed. 2017 & Supp. 2020) (“Coursebook”) and the brand new PracticePerfect: Civil Procedure interactive web software (2020).

**The bundle (ISBN 9781543823523) is usually cheaper than buying everything separate. The bundle includes a new hardcover casebook (ISBN 9781454881421) and PracticePerfect (ISBN 9781454881421). Only a NEW book is going to come with the access code for CasebookConnect, which has the eBook and recommended study aids included.

  • LegalPub.com, 2020 Federal Civil Rules Booklet (2019) (ISBN 9781934852392). 
  • David Benjamin Oppenheimer, Molly Leiwant, and Sam Wheeler, Patt v. Donner: A Simulated Casefile for Learning Civil Procedure (2d ed. 2019) (ISBN 9781683288886).
  • American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, Skills and Ethics in the Practice of Law (2d ed. 2000) (ISBN 2819770161419).

First Class Assignment:

  • Make sure you can access the class eCampus page (202008-LAW-722-002). The eCampus page will be available starting Monday, 8/17 (Orientation Day).
  • I shall post PDFs of the first week’s readings under Module 1 for those of you who are waiting for your books to arrive. 
  • Read the syllabus (emailed to you and posted on eCampus on Monday, 8/17) carefully. Email me any questions. 
  • Read Coursebook, Chapter 1: An Introduction to American Courts, and Chapter 2: A Description of the Litigation Process and Sources of Procedural Law (pp. 3-38). 
  • Bring a device (e.g., laptop, smart phone) on which you can access a webpage using the College of Law’s wireless internet.


Firearms Law and Practice Seminar - Prof. Rhee

Required book:

"Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy" (Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary & Michael P. O’Shea, eds. Aspen Publishers, 2018 & Supp. 2020), ISBN 9781454892663 (“Casebook”). I shall post the supplement on the course TWEN page.

First Class Assignment:

  • Be prepared to tell the class your working paper topic. For starters, think of how weapons/firearms might intersect with any area of law in which you are interested. Law can be defined quite broadly. Although you can write a traditional law reform paper concerning legal doctrine, feel free to examine more interdisciplinary legal topics beyond the formal “law in the books.” For example, a paper about how Hollywood depictions of armed vigilantes have influenced firearms regulation (a topic I just made up without any previous research) would be an acceptable paper topic provided your final paper satisfied the class requirements. A paper about the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement or police reform would also be acceptable.
  • Enroll in the class TWEN page (Firearms Law and Policy (Rhee)). Because there is no grading anonymity (you all shall write separate papers), we don’t have to use eCampus.
  • Try to obtain the Casebook by the first class. I shall post a PDF of the first week’s readings on the TWEN page to give you until the second week to obtain the Casebook.


Energy Law Survey - Prof. Van Nostrand

The casebook we will be using is ENERGY LAW AND POLICY, Davies, Klass, Osofsky, Tomain and Wilson (West Academic, 2nd Edition, 2018).

First Class Assignment:

  • Make sure you can access the class eCampus page (202008-LAW-630-001). The eCampus page is available as of Wednesday, August 12.
  • Read the syllabus (posted on eCampus on Wednesday, August 12) carefully. Please email me with any questions about the syllabus.
  • Read pages 1-15 of the casebook (Introduction).
  • Please review and be prepared to discuss the Discussion Questions posted to eCampus.


Sports Law - Prof. Wages

"Sports Law: Cases and Materials,"" 9th ed., LexisNexis/Carolina Academic Press, (Yasser, McCurdy, Goplerud & Weston).

The first assignment is chapter 1, pages 3-14.


Professional Responsibility - Prof. Weishart

"Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law" (5th ed. 2020), pp. 1–15 and the Preamble & Scope of Model Rules

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