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First Class Assignments - Spring 2021

Appellate Advocacy - Profs. Cyphert/Manning/Pizzo (3 sections)

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.

  1. Register on TWEN for your section of Appellate Advocacy (all sections will be available for registration by January 14).
  2. Download from the TWEN site and read the Course Policies and Procedures.
  3. Download from the TWEN site the Syllabus.
  4. Complete the reading assignments for the first class that are listed in the Syllabus. The material for these reading assignments are in the required texts, on TWEN under Course Materials or Assignments, or available through the TWEN Web Links.


Introduction to Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing 2 - Profs. Haught, Rogers, Temple (3 sections)

Introduction to Persuasive Writing

Read:  A Lawyer Writes, chapter 19, parts I.A–D (pp. 329–32).
Read: Ten Steps to Effective Advocacy (eCampus)
Read: Course Policies and Procedures (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)


Constitutional Law - Prof. Bastress

The text for the course is Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet, & Karlan, “Constitutional Law” (8th ed. 2018). The assignment for Wednesday, January 20, is to read pages 1-33 of the text and to peruse the Constitution, which is reproduced at pages xxxix-liii of the text.


West Virginia Constitutional Law - Prof Bastress

For Monday, January 20, 2021, read Chapter 1 of Cases and Materials on West Virginia Constitutional Law, which is on sale at the bookstore. In addition, skim the West Virginia Constitution, which is reprinted in your text and can also be found in any copy of the West Virginia Blue Book and in Volume 1 of Michie’s West Virginia Code


Legislation and Regulation - Prof. Blake

Please read the following in the Jellum textbook. We’ll discuss the hypothetical in class.

  • Jellum: pg. 3-5, pg. 10-17


Bioethics and Law - Prof. Blake

I’ll be emailing you the materials to read. All later materials will be posted on eCampus. For the first class, please read:

  • The Nuremberg Code
  • Subpart A of the Common Rule
  • Case Study: IRB Considerations of Lead Paint Study


Contracts II - Prof. Cardi

The required text is "Contract and Related Obligations" by Summers, Hillman and Hofffman (7th Ed). There is no assignment for the first class.


Sales and Secured Transactions - Prof. Cardi

  1. The required materials are "Problems and Materials in Sales and Secured Transactions" (2021) by Cardi, and the Uniform Commercial Code."
    During the examination you may use the UCC and anything handwritten in it by you. For this reason, you must purchase a UCC that has not been written in by anyone else.
  2. For the first class, please read pages 1-14 in the book, the relevant Code sections, and be prepared to answer Problems 1-4 and 6-12 in class.


Health Care Law - Prof. Karwaki

For the first class please:

1) Purchase the text (Barry R. Furrow et al., Health Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems (8th ed. 2018)).
2) Make sure you can access our eCampus page 20101-Law-747-001(you'll find the zoom link there).
3) Watch these two videos:

4) Read these three articles (PDFs):

If you have any questions, please email me at Tanya.Karwaki@mail.wvu.edu.


Child Protection and the Law - Prof. Lyons

  • Santosky v. Kramer, 455 U.S. 745 (1982) Westlaw or other online source
  • Stanley v. Illinois, 405 U.S. 645 (1972) Westlaw or other online source
  • In the Matter of Ronald Lee Willis, 207 S.E.2d 129 (W. Va. 1973)

At no charge, the 2020 Abuse and Neglect Benchbook may be downloaded from the West Virginia Supreme Court website at the Child Abuse and Neglect tab under Public Resources. The link is as follows: http://www.courtswv.gov/public-resources/CAN/ABBenchBook/2020Benchbook11-2-20.pdf

Business Organizations - Prof. Martin

Check TWEN for the syllabus (which includes the first day assignments).


Securities Regulation - Prof. Martin

Check TWEN for the syllabus (which includes the first day assignments).


Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction - Prof. McDiarmid

1/20/2021: Subject matter Jurisdiction–State Courts; Friedenthal, Miller, Sexton and Hershkoff, (hereinafter Friedenthal) 269-274; WV statutes §§51-1-3, 51-2-2, 51-2A-2, and 50-2-1. 

(From time to time throughout the text, reading will be assigned in the Constitution and relevant statutes. Whenever this occurs, class preparation should include that reading and an analysis of the assigned material. Bring the materials to class either digitally or in hard copy.)


Property - Prof. Peck

Please think of one piece of property that is important to you or your family. It may be privately owned or public property, like a park. If accessible, take a video on your phone – up to two minutes long – from that piece of property. (If the property is not owned by you, make sure you’re not trespassing!) 

Narrate why this property is important to you or your family. If you have any questions about rights, obligations, or disputes about the property, you can ask those questions in the video (no need to have answers). If you’re not near the property to take a video, find a photo or two (or more) of the property. Create a short PowerPoint slide show using the photos. In the slide show, identify the property as well as why it is important to you and any questions you have about rights, obligations or disputes. 

This is not a graded assignment, but we will discuss it in class the first day and refer back to it throughout the semester. You will be invited (but not required) to send your video or slide show to me by the end of the first week of classes (making refinements after our discussion if you like). If you’re technologically inclined and would like to create a more sophisticated video or presentation in another software, feel free – just be sure to keep it under two minutes long! 

Also: Read pages 505-13 in the textbook (French Korngold, 6th edition)


Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction - Prof. Rhee

No new books to purchase.

For 1/20/21 Class: Read US Constitution, Article III, §§ 1-2, [1]; Amendment X to the US Constitution; 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1332(a); Coursebook, Chapter 3, pp. 41-52. 

Make sure you can access the course eCampus page 202101-LAW-706-002.

If you have any questions, please email me at william.rhee@mail.wvu.edu. Thank you.


Dispute Resolution - Prof. Rhee

Required books:

Jay Folberg, Dwight Golann, Thomas J Stipanowich, and Lisa A Kloppenberg, Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law (3d ed. 2016) (ISBN 9781454838746) (“Folberg”). This is our primary coursebook. It is also on course reserve in the library.

Michael L. Moffitt and Andrea Kupfer Schneider, Examples & Explanations: Dispute Resolution(4th ed. 2020) (“E&E”). The Folberg coursebook comes with free one-year digital access to E&E. It is also on course reserve in the library.

For 1/20/21 Class:

  • Please bring a device that can access the internet (a Smartphone, tablet, or laptop). If you don’t have access to one, let Prof. Rhee know. 
  • Make sure you can access the course eCampus page 202101-LAW-750-001. 
  • Complete these two VitalSmarts online assessments: 
  • If you have any questions, please email me at william.rhee@mail.wvu.edu. Thank you.


    Property - Prof. Richardson

    French and Korngold Textbook- pp. 3-22.


    Advanced Legal Research - Prof. Stump

    Read Chapter 1 - Where the Law Is: An Introduction to Advanced Legal Research.


    Remedies - Prof. Titolo

    Modern American Remedies, (Lacock, Concise 4th ed.). 1-27


    Law of Money & E-Commerce - Prof. Titolo

    Katharina Pistor, The Code of Capital, Chapters 1 & 4 (e-book available through WVU libraries)


    Evidence - Prof. Trychta

    For the first class, please (1) purchase the assigned textbook ( http://merrittevidence.com/), (2) read the introductory study guide section and Chapters 1-5 in the textbook, and (3) review our eCampus page. A full syllabus is available on eCampus.


    MBE Workshop - Prof. Trychta

    For the first week, please (1) purchase the Themis materials, (2) review the introductory materials on Themis, and (3) familiarize yourself with our robust eCampus page. This is an entirely asynchronous, self-paced, online course. Professor Trychta will host an optional “Launch Party” via Zoom on Thursday , January 21 at 12:15 p.m. to demo the course and answer student questions. Additional Launch Party details and the Zoom link are available on eCampus.


    Environmental Protection Law: Natural Resources & Conservation - Prof. Van Nostrand

    Please register for the class on TWEN. The syllabus will be posted to TWEN no later than Sunday, January 17.


    The casebook we will be using is ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY: NATURE, LAW AND SOCIETY, Plater, Abrams, Graham, Heinzerling, Wirth and Hall (Wolters Kluwer, 5th Edition, 2016). For the first class, please read pages 3-11 of the casebook. In addition, as noted in the syllabus, I prepare a few Discussion Questions for each class that we use to draw out some of the key themes in the reading assignments and to stimulate classroom discussion. The Discussion Questions for Tuesday’s class will be posted to TWEN no later than Sunday, January 17.


    Legislation and Regulation - Prof. Van Nostrand

    The syllabus is posted to the TWEN site for the class.

    The casebook we will be using is THE REGULATORY STATE, Bressman, Rubin and Stack (Aspen Publishers, 3rd Edition, 2020). For the first class, please read pages 1-24 of the casebook. In addition, as noted in the syllabus, I prepare a few Discussion Questions for each class that we use to draw out some of the key themes in the reading assignments and to stimulate classroom discussion. The Discussion Questions for Tuesday’s class will be posted to TWEN no later than Sunday, January 17.


    Federal Courts - Prof. Weishart

    Chemerinsky, Federal Jurisdiction (8th ed. 2021), pp. 1-11


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

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

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