Information on course assignments and textbooks for the first week of courses will be posted here as soon as the information is made available by the professors. Please check back regularly prior to the beginning of your class for updates. Thereafter, you should rely on the syllabus or instruction provided by your professor in class for future assignments.
First Assignments for Spring 2013
ABOTA Trial Practice Lecture Series (Sampson, et al.)
- James W. McElhaney, McElhaney’s Trial Notebook
- R. Lawrence Dessem, Pretrial Litigation in a Nutshell
Readings for first two classes:
Overview, History of the Seventh Amendment (David Matthews – Series #1 – January 14)
Dessem: Chapter 1, An Overview of Pretrial Litigation
McElhaney: Chapter 1, The Qualities of Winners
Evaluation of a Case (Cathleen Compton — Series #2 – January 28)
Dessem: Chapter 3: Pretrial Planning and Investigation, Chapter 14.1.A Evaluating a Case for Settlement
In WESTLAWNext, Lexis or other source, develop a working knowledge of these materials:
- Eighth Circuit Civil Jury Instructions
- Arkansas Model Civil Jury Instructions
Advanced Trademark/Copyright Law (Ewelukwa)
First Week Assignment
- 1. Coursepack: Available at the University Bookstore
- 2. The Lanham Act of 1941: http://www.bitlaw.com/source/15usc/
- 3. The 1976 Copyright Act: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
- 4. Internet Materials (from time to time)
- 5. Photocopied Materials (from time to time)
First Week Assignment
Tuesday (1/15): Trademark Law – Introduction; Overview
- What is a Trademark? Pp. 43-73; 78-86
- Lanham Act, Sections 1-5; Section 45 ( Definition of “Trademark”; “Service Mark” “Certification Mark;” and “Collective Mark”)
- Copyright Act, Section 101 and 102
- What is a trademark? What is a copyright? What are the differences between a trademark and a copyright? Are there areas of overlaps?
- What types of marks pose the most problem to a business owner? Why choose a problematic mark?
Thursday (1/17): Acquiring Rights in a Trademark
- Lanham Act: Sections 2; 6-15
- What is a Trademark? Pp. 91-104
- Acquiring Rights in a Trademark
Baseball and the Law (Brill)
Course materials are entirely online; there is nothing to purchase.
For the first class, read Flood v. Kuhn, 407 U.S. 258 (1972).
Basic Evidence (Judges)
First week Assignments:
Wednesday, January 16:
Introduction, overview, and objections: Chapters 1 through 5; Rules 101 (Scope), 1101 (Applicability), 103 (Objections and Motions to Strike), 105 (Limiting Instructions).
Friday, January 18:
Relevance and its general counterweight: Chapters 6 through 8; Rules 402 (Evidence Must Be Relevant), 401 (Definition of “Relevant Evidence”), 403 (Prejudice, Confusion, or Waste of Time).
ULW-Business Drafting (Goforth)
There is ONE professor’s assistance package for this class, which is required. You MUST buy this year’s materials.
There is NO reading assignment for the first class, but we will be doing an in-class editing exercise, so BRING A PEN TO CLASS.
Business Organizations (Matthews)
- Ragazzo & Fendler, Closely Held Business Organizations (2012)
- Ragazzo & Fendler, Statutory Supplement.
ASSIGNMENT for Monday, January 14, 2013:
Ch. 1 and Ch. 2: p. 1-13
Children and the Law Seminar (Brummer)
Text: Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy, and Practice (4th Edition, 2010) Abrams and Ransey.
Assignment for Wednesday, January 16, 2013:
Read materials and prepare to discuss:
- The Status, Rights and Obligation of Children
- Childhood in America (1-15)
- The Law’s Evolving Conception of Children’s Status, Rights and Obligations (15-114)
- Perspectives on Children’s Rights (114-127)
Civil Procedure B (Brill)
Monday: Amendments, Rule 15; pages 623-635. Worksheet #23
Tuesday: Joinder; Rules 13, 18 and 20; Worksheets #24 and #25 and #26. The worksheets, particularly the first two, will go quickly.
Read pages 652-674.
Civil Procedure B (Buehler)
Wednesday, January 16:
- Introduction to Joinder, Reader 299
- FRCP 18(a) and 42(b), Supp. 26, 61
- ARCP 18(a)-(b) and 42(b), Reader 299
- FRCP 13(a)-(b), Supp. 19
- ARCP 13(a)-(b), Reader 299-300
- United States v. Heyward-Robinson Co., Reader 300-304
- Note on the Consequences of Not Pleading a Compulsory Counterclaim, Reader 304
- FRCP 13(g), Supp. 19
- ARCP 13(f), Reader 305
- Rainbow Management Grp. v. Atlantis Submarines Hawaii, L.P., Reader 305-308
Friday, January 18:
- FRCP 17(a), Supp. 24-25
- ARCP 17(a), Reader 308-309
- Green v. Daimler Benz, AG, Reader 309-313
- FRCP 20(a) and 21, Supp. 27
- ARCP 20(a) and 21, Reader 313
- M.K. v. Tenet, Reader 313-317
- FRCP 14(a)-(b), Supp. 19-20
- ARCP 14, Reader 317
- Too, Inc. v. Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., Reader 317-320
Debtor Creditor (Foster)
Read pages 1-19 in the textbook.
Effective Corporate Compliance Programs
The bookstore was unable to order the textbooks for this course, Compliance 101: How to Build and Maintain an Effective Compliance and Ethics Program (2008) by Debbie Trokus, Greg Warner and Emma Wollschlager Schwartz. This book provides the introduction and foundational information for you on compliance programs and the topics we will be discussing throughout the course. Because the book will not be available in the bookstore, please order the book online.You can purchase the book through:
Please order your books as soon as possible. The material in the book is critical for the first day of class.
The remaining materials for the course are outlined in the syllabus and can be printed from Westlaw or the internet. The links or citations are listed in the syllabus.
Because of the delay in the ability for you to get your textbooks, we are moving the first day of class to Tuesday, January 22 from 5-6:50. We will meet in the same room listed in the syllabus. If you have conflict that you cannot move because of this switch (such as a participation in a clinic or other class), please let myself or Jennifer Sommer know. We will make sure you have the material you need. After the first class, we will follow our original schedule. This means our second class will be the following week, January 29, as scheduled.
We will utilize a TWEN site for this class. The course syllabus, including the first day assignment are posted now on the TWEN site.
Immigration Law and Policy (Ewelukwa)
The following are required for this course:
- 1. Stephen Legomsky and Christina Rodriguez, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (5th edition; 2009; Foundation Press; ISBN: 978-1-59941-613-7)[hereinafter "Text"]
- 2. Aleinkoff, Martin, Motomura and Fullerton, Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms (2010; West; ISBN: 978-0-314-26184-7)
First Week Assignments
Overview of Immigration Law; Moral Dimensions.
- 1. Text: Preface; pages 12-50
- 2. Assignment: Think about your immigration history. Write a 1-2 page history of your (or your parents’/ grandparents’/ great grandparents’) immigration history. Class discussions.
Overview of Immigration Law; Moral Dimensions (contd.)
Text, pp. 71-107
Business Immigration: Introduction
- Text 1-10
- Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 274A
- 8 CFR 274a.1(h)
- Cases (attached)
- Matter of Dukpa
- Matter of Tong
- Matter of Pozzoli
- Matter of Hall
- Matter if Tessel, Inc.
- Matter of Lett
- Issues and Questions:
- What are the consequences, for an employer, of unauthorized employment of an alien?
- What are the consequences, for the alien, of unauthorized employment in the United States?
- What constitutes unauthorized employment?
International Agricultural/Food Trade Law (Ewelukwa)
Text: Daniel C.K. Chow, Thomas J Schoenbaum, International Trade Law: Problems, Cases, and Materials (Aspen Publishers; Second Edition; 2013)
Treaties and Statutes: Statutory Supplement or Download Option:
- Daniel C.K. Chow, Thomas J Schoenbaum, International Trade Law: Documents Supplement 2010 (Aspen Publishers; 2010). Or,
- Download: All WTO Agreements are available for download at: http://www.wto.org/english/docs_e/legal_e/legal_e.htm. Note that it is mandatory for students who choose the download option to come to class with hard copies of relevant agreements.
First Week Assignment
Introduction. Overview of Agricultural Trade Law
Text, pp. 1-25. Prepare all “Problems” in the reading material
International Bodies. Visit the website and skim.
Codex Alimentarius, About, http://www.codexalimentarius.org/about-codex/en/
Convention on Biological Diversity, Role: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, http://www.cbd.int/secretariat/role.shtml
Convention on Biological Diversity, Conference of the Parties, http://www.cbd.int/cop/
What is International Trade Law? What is the difference between the Law of Business Transactions and the Law of International Trade?
What are the different ways a country can engage in agricultural trade?
Is agriculture/food trade important? How?
Can a country be harmed by trade in agriculture and food?
What are the different ways that a country can restrict trade in agricultural products/food?
Why do you think countries impose barriers to Ag./food trade?
Which global and regional institutions are involved in the regulation of international agricultural trade?
Assignment: Come to class with at least one news item relating to agricultural/food trade.
Thursday (1/17/13) and Tuesday (1/22)
NOTE: The next three classes we will focus on the basics of international sales transaction. Although the assignments are not about agricultural products, the same principles apply. For this portion of the course, we will use excerpts from Folsom, Gordon & Spanogle, International Business Transactions: a Problem-Oriented Coursebook.
Introduction and Problem 4.2
Thursday (1/24) and Tuesday (1/29)
Please read the course syllabus, which you should have received by email and which is also available via MyLaw, the Law School’s new communications system. Note that our main activity for the first day of class will be the negotiation exercise described in the syllabus.
Also, before our second class session, read Chapters 1, 2, and 17 in Effective Legal Negotiation and Settlement, by Charles B. Craver (7th ed. 2009).
The Course Materials on MyLaw for this course also include, or soon will include, many supplemental materials that can help you prepare for negotiations exercises throughout this course, including the negotiations on the first day of class. For example, you might want to review “Circo’s top 10 list of negotiating principles” before our first class.
You may access MyLaw at www.myualaw.com.
Prisoners’ Rights (Sacharoff)
We will have our first class Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Room 336 at 1:20 p.m. Please note the room change. The required text for this course is:
Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing, Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (4th ed.)
In addition, most of the substantive class reading will appear on TWEN, so please sign up. The assignment for the first class appears in Course Materials in the subfolder, “Week 1.” Within that folder, you will find a document summarizing the week’s reading called “Overview.” Please read the “Overview” before you read the rest of the entries. We will follow the same pattern each week.
The first week’s reading looks longer than it is. All the cases except Holt v. Sarver are short excerpts that you will tackle quite readily.
Professional Responsibility (Brill)
The texts are:
- Morgan & Rotunda (11th edition 2011, Foundation)
- Brill, Arkansas Professional and Judicial Ethics (8th edition 2011, Arkansas Press).
For Monday, January 14:
- What are the requirements for admission to the practice of law?
- What should the standards be, particularly in Arkansas?
Scan Morgan, pages 1-16.
Read Morgan, Problem #1, pages 32-46.
Read Brill, pages 415-424; Scan pages 425-455.
Read Rule 8.1; Brill, page 302.
Casebook: Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s Torts, Cases and Materials (12th Edition Foundation Press) Schwartz, Kelly and Partlett.
Assignment for Monday, January 14, 2013:
Read and brief cases in casebook pp. 1-13. Be prepared to answer the questions contained in the notes following the cases.
Trial Advocacy (Bailey)
Trial Advocacy Syllabus – Spring 2013 available for pick-up in Room 183B – See Ms. Briggs
Case File – Jamie Taylor v. Pinnacle Packaging Products, Inc. will be available in the Bookstore by Wednesday, January 9, 2013
First Class Assignment due Monday, January 14, 2013 (pick-up Syllabus to complete – see Ms. Briggs)
Second Class Assignment due Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (pick-up Syllabus to complete – see Ms. Briggs)