Initial Assignments

Fall 2017

First Year Courses:

Civil Procedure I, Section 1, Prof. Ion Meyn:  Welcome Message and First Assignment

Civil Procedure I, Section 3, Prof. Megan McDermott:  Welcome to UW Law School and to our Civil Procedure I class.  Please read A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr before our first class meeting on September 7.  This book is a great introduction to the practice of law, and particularly to the ins and outs of civil procedure that we will be studying this semester.  We will be discussing your reactions to A Civil Action during the first few class sessions and will also use it for several short writing assignments throughout the semester.  I look forward to meeting you in September.

Contracts, Section 1, Prof. Kathryn Hendley:  Students should purchase Contracts:  Law in Action, Volume 1, 4th ed. [CLA], edited by Macaulay, Whitford, Hendley and Lipson.  They can buy either the hard-bound copy or the loose leaf edition.  They also need to buy the statutory supplement -- Selected Provisions:  Restatement of Contracts and Uniform Commercial Code.

In advance of the first class, students should read Chapter 1 (pp. 1-29 of CLA) and the Introduction to Chapter 2 (pp. 31-42 of CLA).  These materials won't be discussed in class, but it is important because it serves as the starting place for the overall discussion of contract law, and it may help in other courses.

For the first class, students should read, and be prepared to discuss, pp. 42-47 of CLA.  They should also review the relevant sections of the Uniform Commercial Code from the statutory supplement.

Contracts, Section 2, Prof. Mitra Sharafi:  For the first class, read Macaulay et al., Contracts:  Law in Action (CLA) pp. 42-45 (and as background:  CLA pp. 1-42).  This summary of the relevant Uniform Commerical Code provisions should help you find your way through the UCC; these provisions are also included in our other textbook, Scott and Kraus, Contract Law and Theory:  Restatement of Contracts and Uniform Commercial Code (LexisNexis, 2013), 5th ed. 

Contracts, Sections 3 and 4, Prof. Mark Sidel:  For this course we will use Steven Burton, Principles of Contract Law (4th ed., 2012) ["Casebook"] and Burton and Eisenberg, Contract Law:  Selected Source Materials Annotated (2017)["Supplement"] (2016 edition of the supplement is also fine).  For the first week, please read:  Casebook pp. 1-23 (Hawkins; Lucy; Embry; Oswald). 

Contracts, Section 5, Prof. Jason Yackee:  Students should read the following two items prior to the first day of class:  1)  Barnett & Oman, Contracts:  Cases and Doctrine, pages 3-32; and 2) "Tidal, Kanye West Face Class Action Lawsuit over 'The Life of Pablo,'" available at

Legal Research and Writing, Section 6, Prof. Ursula Weigold:  In our textbook, A Lawyer Writes, please read chapters 2 ("Sources and Systems of Law") and 3 ("Reading for Comprehension") to prepare for the first week of class.

Legal Research and Writing, Sections 1 and 3, Prof. Andrew Turner:  Please read chapter 1 ("How Lawyers Communicate") from A Lawyer Writes for the first week of class.  Though not required, it is strongly recommended that you read ahead (chapters 2 and 3) for the second week of class. 

2L and 3L Courses:

Administrative Law, Section 001, Prof. Miriam Seifter:  Please read and be prepared to discuss pp. 1-9 and pp. 47-59 of the Lawson casebook (7th ed.).

Business Organizations I, Prof. Kenneth Davis:  Syllabus and Supplementary Materials

Constitutional Law I, Prof. David Schwartz:  Assignment for First Class Meeting, and Youngstown case.

Federal Law and Indian Tribes, Prof. Richard Monette:  For the first class on Sept. 7, please read the following cases in the Federal Indian Law:  Cases and Materials text:  Johnson v. M'Intosh, p. 72; Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, p. 128; and Worcester v. Georgia, p. 137.

Introduction to Criminal Procedure, Prof. Michele LaVigne:  The text we will be using is Learning Criminal Procedure by Simmons and Hutchins, as well as the Lexis webcourse (CrimPro2017)(enrollment is open).  For the first class, students should read chapters 1-3 of the Text, and "Introduction to Discretion" in the Webcourse course materials.

Labor Relations I, Prof. Gwyn Leachman: Read pages 3-32 of the textbook (Marion G. Crain, Pauline T. Kim, and Michael L. Selmi, Work Law: Cases and Materials (3d ed. 2015)).

Legal Sources, Sections 1 and 2, Prof. Trina Tinglum:  Read Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis, pp. 3-9, and prepare exercise 1-1 for the first class. 

Legislation/Statutory Interpretation, Prof. Anuj Desai:  First Day Information.

Professional Responsibilities, Section 2, Prof. Tim Pierce:  For the first class on Thursday, Sept. 7, please read the Syllabus, which contains important information about class policies; read Chapter One of the course textbook (Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, Pearce Knake et al (3d edition); Sign up for the class TWEN site -- this is the ONLY place where future assignments will be posted and I will communicate with the class through TWEN; and email me ( one question you have about professional responsibility going into the semester.  This does not have to be long or complicated, but it should be about substantive professional responsibility, not class policies or other administrative matters.  We will discuss some of these questions in class as time permits.

Selected Problems in Constitutional Law:  Politics and Equality, Prof. Linda Greene:  Agenda for first class and course description.

Trial Advocacy, Prof. Robert Habush:  Sylllabus and First Assignment; Course Requirements

Trusts and Estates, Sections 1 and 2, Prof. Howard Erlanger:  Students enrolled in T&E should check their email for material sent by Prof. Erlanger.  If you haven't received it, contact him at

Water Rights Law, Prof. Richard Monette:  For the first class on Sept. 6, please read, in the Legal Control of Water Resources Cases and Materials text, Power v. People on p. 1, and the Intro Discussion, pp. 2-27.






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