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First Class Assignments - Fall 2022

Assignments are being posted as they come in, so check back often.

Appellate Advocacy - Profs. Davis, Manning, Pizzo

  1. The two required texts for this course are (1) Beazley, A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy (5th ed. 2019), and (2) Scalia and Garner, Making Your Case, The Art of Persuading Judges
  2. The reading assignments for the first class are listed in the Class 1 Folder in the Schedule of Classes on the eCampus course website. Reading assignments that are not in the required texts are linked in the Class Folders to the reading material. 
  3. The eCampus course website will be available by Monday, August 15. 
  4. Any questions concerning the eCampus course website or the first-day of class can be sent to Professor Krech at david.krech@mail.wvu.edu.


Introduction to Legal Research - Profs. Miller, Osborne, Stump

Chapters 1 & 2 in Sources and Strategies of Legal Research. The reading will be posted in eCampus and available on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Please note that there is no textbook to purchase for ILR. Assigned readings will be available in eCampus.


Legal Analysis, Research and Writing - Profs. Haught, Krech, Rogers, Temple

To do before class:

  • Review the syllabus. Read A Lawyer Writes, Ch. 1: How Attorneys Communicate. 
  • Read Becoming a Legal Writer, Ch. 1: Assessing a Client’s Case and complete all exercises. 
  • Complete the Core Grammar for Lawyers Pre-Test. 
  • Join the Writing Center’s eCampus page. 
  • Sign and submit the “Student Acknowledgement of Course and Institutional Polices.”

Students will find instructions and materials for these assignments on eCampus, and the eCampus course will become available to students on Wednesday, August 10.


Constitutional Law II - Prof. Bastress

The text for the course is Robert M. Bastress, Jr., “The Freedoms of Expression and Conscience,” which is available in the law school bookstore. The assignment for Wednesday, August 17th, is to read Chapter 1 of the text.


Employment Discrimination - Prof. Bastress

The texts for the course are SULLIVAN, BORNSTEIN & ZIMMER, CASES AND MATERIALS ON EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION (Wolters Kluwer 10th ed. 2022), and its accompanying 2020 Statutory and Selected Cases Supplement. The assignment for Wednesday, August 17th, is to read the “Note to Students,” pages xxv-xxix, and pages 1-20 of the text.


Torts I - Prof. Blake

The casebook is Best, Barnes, Kahn-Fogel, Basic Tort Law, 6th ed.
- For Thursday Aug 18, please read pg. 1-4, 17-21.
- For Friday, Aug 19, please read pg. 21-32.


Contracts II - Prof. Cardi

Although class will meet, there are no preparation assignments for the first classes.


Creditor-Debtor State Laws - Prof. Cardi

Although class will meet, there are no preparation assignments for the first two classes.


Federal Bankruptcy - Prof. Cardi

Although class will meet, there are no preparation assignments for the first two classes.


Criminal Law - Prof. Corliss

Dressler & Garvey, Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (9th edition), pp. 1-9 (background), 9-19.


Professional Responsibility - Prof. Cyphert

Welcome to Professional Responsibility! I am excited for this semester. In advance of our first class on Thursday, August 18, please log on to the course eCampus page and review the syllabus. Please also read pages 1-17 (the introduction) of the Lerman-Schrag book (the required text) and the preamble and scope of the model rules (pages 5-8 in the 2021-2022 edition of the suggested supplement, if you purchased it).


Labor Law - Prof. Lofaso

Harris, Slater, Lofaso, Garden & Griffin, Modern Labor Law in the Private & Public Sectors: Cases and Materials (3d edition) pp. 1-35


Jurisprudence - Prof. Lofaso

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


Clinic Sections 001-005 - Prof. McConlogue

Litigation and Advocacy, Veterans Advocacy, WV Innocence Project, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Low-Income Taxpayer.

  • Clinic Orientation syllabus will be separately distributed.
  • Enroll in eCampus course for your section.
  • Assignment: Create a video introduction of yourself. Tell us your first and last names, pronouns, any preferred nickname, and your 2-3 favorite TV shows. Also share three facts about yourself such as favorite song, hidden talent, where you went to college, etc. The more unique the better! Upload this to eCampus by 5 PM on Friday, August 12.
  • Complete the following training modules at clioacademy.learnupon.com/store. Forward confirmations to cliniclaw@mail.wvu.edu by 5 PM on Friday, August 12 and come to orientation prepared with your questions. The Clio training session will only be a refresher.
    • CM01 Account Management and Setup (25 min)
    • CM03 Contacts (25 min)
    • CM05 Activities (25 min)
    • CM07 Calendars (15 min)
    • CM08 Communications (25 min)
    • CM09 Tasks (20 min)
    • CM11 Searching (10 min) CM12 Reports (15 min)
    • Optional: CM14 Mobile App (15 min)


Evidence - Prof. McDiarmid

The book for this semester will be Learning Evidence: from Federal Rules to the Courtroom.

First assignment: Rules 101, 102, 103, 1101, 1102

MS 1-47- 50-52 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

Greetings and welcome to Copyright Law. The eCampus page is up and now accessible. You will find the syllabus and course schedule under “course documents”. For our first class on Wednesday, please prepare the materials for that date on the course schedule. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.


Immigration Law Clinic - Prof. Peck

We will begin with Chapter 1, “Historical Background and Introduction to the U.S. Immigration System,” pp. 2-38 in Gansallo & Bernstein-Baker, Understanding Immigration Law and Practice, 2nd edition.


Wealth Transfers - Prof. Rogers

Welcome to Wealth Transfers. To prepare for class on Aug. 17: On or after Wednesday Aug. 10, please log on to the course site on eCampus. Go to “Start Here.” Here, watch the welcome video, answer the introductory survey, and take the pretest quiz to see how much you already know. Then go to “Individual Classes.” In the first section there, click on the Class 1 module. That module will show you videos about the nature of wealth, walk you through the casebook reading assignment, and point you to discussion questions. See you in class!


Civil Procedure - Prof. Rhee

Read Stern (the entire book). It is an easy, entertaining read. From the perspective of both the Buffalo Creek Citizens Committee and the Pittston Coal Company, consider: (1) what information do you need to evaluate your case (and how can you get it)?; (2) what is your overall legal strategy to obtain the best possible outcome for your client?; and (3) what might you have done differently than the lawyers in the actual case? 

Please feel free to email or text/call my cell phone with any questions. I look forward to meeting you.


Firearms Law and Practice - 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, 3d ed. 2021), ISBN 9781543826814 (“Casebook”).

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 (except to submit your final paper).

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.

If you are registered for this class but plan to drop, please email me. There are other students waiting to enroll in the class and the end of the add/drop period is our first day of class.


Schools, Race, Money, & More – Prof. Weishart

Labaree, Public Goods, Private Goods: The American Struggle over Educational Goals , pp. 39-74


Torts I - Prof. Weishart

Basic Tort Law (6th ed. 2022), pp. 1-15


Tax - Prof. Wilson

Welcome to Tax!
eCampus should be available on August 10 and if it isn’t to contact me.

For Thursday, August 18, the first assignment is as follows:

  1. Read the syllabus (posted on eCampus) 
  2. Tax Policy Reading (posted on eCampus) 
  3. Donaldson & Tobin, pp. 1-16 and 159-160 
  4. Internal Revenue Code Section 1(a), 1(f), and peek at 1(h), (i), and (j) – don’t worry if they are gobblydegook (technical tax term…) at this point.

If you have problems reading QR codes on your phone, please drop me a line ASAP.


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