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Administrative Law - Anderson

Book: Asimow & Levin, State and Federal Administrative Law (West 4th ed.)

8/26: Introduction to Agencies, pp. 1-14. Also please browse around the index of federal agencies located on – click on an agency that interests you and go through to its individual website to get an idea of how it operates (hearings, regulations, etc.). Now do this for a couple of more agencies, noting any differences you see.

8/27: Constitutional Right to a Hearing, pp. 15-37

8/28: Constitutional Right to a Hearing, pp. 37-54

Business Associations - M. Doré

The Casebook for the course is Epstein et al., Business Structures (4th ed. West Group 2015) (hereafter “Text”). The Statutory Supplement is Klein et al., Business Associations 2015 Statutes and Rules (hereafter “Statutory Supplement”). Both should be in the University Bookstore. If you want to use an older edition of the Statutory Supplement from the last couple of years, those editions should work just as well as the 2015 edition.

The reading assignments for the first week are as follows:
Assignment 1: Introduction to the For-Profit Entity Text Reading: pp. 1-12 (up to B.); 25-26 (up to D). Other Reading: ALI Principles of Corp. Gov. § 2.01, cmts. a-b, e-f

Assignment 2: Agency Law 1 Text Reading: pp. 31-38 (up to 4); 46-48 (up to 2). Other Reading: TWEN Supp. Part I; R2A §§ 140, 320, 321, 322, 326

Assignment 3: Agency Law 2 Text Reading: pp. 38-44; 48-62. Other Reading: R2A § 267

Please note: The highlighted items listed in the Reading Assignments are hotlinks to documents available on Westlaw.

Please note also: The reference to “TWEN Supp.” in Assignment 2 is to a Supplement that will be made available no later than Friday, Aug. 21 through the course TWEN page. Please look for the TWEN Supplement under the “Course Materials” heading of the TWEN page.

Civil Procedure - L. Doré

Required Texts:

(2) Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2015) [“RULES BOOK”]

Assignment for Monday, Aug. 24: A Survey of the Semester:

      Read CASEBOOK: 1-12, 56-64; RULES BOOK: xiii-xv.
      Skim [in RULES BOOK]: U.S. Const. Art. III; 28 U.S.C. §§ 41, 133, 1331, 1332, 1333, 1337, 1391;
      FEDERAL RULES 3 & 4.

Syllabus: The syllabus for this semester will be soon posted on my TWEN page under Course Materials. I have also posted an article concerning “How to Prepare for Class” that may be of interest.

Constitutional Law II - Schor

For the first week, read and be prepared to discuss pages 603-606, 609-619, and 623-630.

Contracts - Strassberg

1. Do not buy the digital copy of the casebook unless you are prepared to print out the case each day and bring it to class. There are many questions I will ask which will require you to consult the actual case language during class. We may also refer back to a prior case, occasionally. I have a no-laptop use policy during class, so you will need a hard copy of any case we are discussing in class.

2. On the TWEN page for this course, under Syllabus, read "Course Information and Syllabus" for the week of Aug. 26 for important class information and the remainder of the week’s assignments.

3. I will be calling on Ogechikamma Adiele and Navidad Bedell on Wednesday to provide the facts of Ray v. Eurice. (Don’t panic, just read the briefing handout and do the best you can.)

Aug. 26
1. Casebook (CB) pp. xi –xv, 1-10 - Just background, don’t take notes.
2. This Court TWEN page, under Handouts - read Briefing Handout.
3. Casebook, Ray v. Eurice - read pp. 31 – 42, stop at note 5.
4. Brief Ray v. Eurice as described in the TWEN Briefing Handout.

Contracts - Vestal

Our text is Knapp, Crystal & Prince, PROBLEMS IN CONTRACT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (7th edition) (ISBN: 9780735598225) (“KC&P”). The initial reading assignments for Wednesday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 28 are as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 26: KC&P, pages 1-10, 31-43.
Thursday, Augu. 27: KC&P, pages 43-47, Restatement (Second) Contracts §24 and §26.
Friday, Aug. 28: KC&P, pages 48-53 (through note 2), Class Preparation and Case Briefing memo (on TWEN)

For those of you who for any reason (including the availability of student loan proceeds checks) have been unable to purchase the Knapp, Crystal & Prince text, the pages for the first week’s assignments have been scanned and are available electronically on the Orientation TWEN page and the TWEN page for the class. The syllabus (including Restatement (Second) Contracts §24 and §26 which are reproduced in a footnote) and the Class Preparation and Case Briefing memo for Wednesday are also on the class TWEN page.

Criminal Law - Jurs

-Day 1 (Aug. 27): Pages 1-18 of text
-Day 2 (Aug. 28): Pages 29-51 of text

Criminal Law - McCord

Day 1:
Answer multiple choice questions on TWEN.

A. The characteristics and functions of the criminal justice system in pre-modern and modern societies.

IGCL pp. 13-19

CP (hand-numbered) pp. 1-56

Written Assignment: A one-page paper (double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point font with normal 1-inch margins—all written assignments other than briefs should be in this format) on this topic: What connections do you see between the excerpts from the Diamond and Leovy books?

B. The English/American adversarial system compared with the Continental/inquisitorial system.

CP (computer-numbered) p. 6

Questions for thought: How do trials look different as between adversarial and inquisitorial systems? How would the privilege against self-incrimination look different in the two systems, do you think?

C. The function of the prosecutor compared with the function of defense counsel.

HCLW pp. 28-34

CP (computer-numbered) pp. 7-8

Questions for thought: How do the functions of the prosecutor and defense counsel differ? Also: imagine you are a criminal defense attorney—how will you respond to a person who asks disdainfully, “How can you sleep at night after you represent those criminals?”  

Day 2:
Answer multiple choice questions on TWEN.

D. Substantive criminal law compared with important related bodies of law: procedural, evidentiary, and sentencing.

HCLW pp. 3-10

E. The role of the legislative branch compared with the role of the judicial branch.

HCLW pp. 10-17, 20-23

CP (computer-numbered) pp. 9-15

F. The “easy” aspects of criminal law compared with the “hard” aspects.

HCLW pp. xix-xxvi II.

Punishment, with an Introduction to Constitutional Argumentation and Case Briefing

Criminal Procedure I - Jurs

For the first class session on Aug. 24, please read the following pages:
The Traditional Role of Police; The Move to Community Policing; Police as Community Caretakers Miller & Wright text, pp. 29-39, 1-10.

Election Law - Mansfield and Smithson

For the first class on Aug. 27, students should do the reading for the first part of Unit I on the syllabus, i.e., Casebook, pp. 40-63, 86-100.

Environmental Law - Anderson

Date Assignment Topic
8/26 pp. 1-16; 22-39 Introduction - policies behind environmental law
8/27 pp. 40-58
  • Class discussion problem: The Des Moines Water Works says it spends a lot of money to remove nitrates from drinking water caused by upstream polluters. Can they sue for damages?
Given the incredible growth of government regulation of the environment, is there still a role for common law? If so, when?
8/28 pp. 161-82
  • A good example of cooperative federalism at work is the recent Iowa DNR – EPA agreement regarding deficiencies in the state’s regulation of confined animal feeding operations under the Clean Water Act:
Cooperative federalism. Why does the federal government play such a big role in environmental law? Should it?

Ethics - Strassberg

August 26              

Ethics, Morality & the Law

TWEN: Handout: Course Information and rest of the assignments for the week
CB: 1-51, 154-55, 79-97
ABA RULES: 8.4(b)&(c)
Bring Rules to class every day

Evidence - L. Doré

Casebook: The text for this course is Roger C. Park & Richard D. Friedman, EVIDENCE (12th ed. 2013).

Federal Rules of Evidence: You must have a copy of the current Federal Rules of Evidence. Appendix A to the 12th edition of your Casebook contains a copy of the restyled Federal Rules of Evidence. Appendix B to your Casebook contains the legislative history and advisory committee notes (the “Committee Notes”) to the Federal Rules. Your reading assignments include the relevant Rule(s) of Evidence, along with the applicable Committee Notes. You may find it more convenient to purchase a separate Rules book that contains both the restyled Federal Rules of Evidence and the Committee Notes together in one place.

First Reading Assignment: Although we will not discuss it in class, Chapter 1, “Making the Record; Trial Objections,” contains essential background information. You should read Chapter 1, pp. 1-77, by the end of the second week of the semester. The assignment for the first day of class, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 is “Relevance,” pp. 79-88, together with Fed. R. Evid., pp. 401, 402, and 403.

The syllabus for the remainder of the semester is posted on the TWEN page for this course. The syllabus contains basic information about the course, reading assignments for the semester, and a list of Evidence Resources that includes recommended study aids and CALI exercises.

International Ag Development and Law: Cuba - Hamilton

Class #1 Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Introduction to the Class - Read intro clippings, pp. 1-16
(pdf to be sent to class)

Intro to Agricultural Law - Hamilton

Class #1, Monday, Aug. 24 – Introduction: How Legal Issues Shape Agriculture - read pp. 1-18
Class # 2 Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Updating Current Legal Developments in Agriculture - read
pp. 16-30

No class on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Intro to Health Care Law and Ethics - Hill

For the first class on Wednesday, Aug. 26, students should read the following:

Chapter 1: Ethics, Professional Ethics, and Health Care Ethics
Read the entire chapter

Chapter 2: Principles of Autonomy and Informed Consent
General Formulation (ONLY this brief section of the chapter)

Chapter 3: Principles of Beneficence and Nonmaleficence
Introduction (ONLY this brief section of the chapter)

Chapter 4: The Ethics of Distribution
Introduction (ONLY this brief section of the chapter)

Chapter 5: Principles of Confidentiality and Truthfulness
Introduction (ONLY this brief section of the chapter)

Students should come to class prepared to share one example of something that is legal but not ethical and one example of something that is ethical but not legal.

The course TWEN site will be up by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Students should review the TWEN site and the posted syllabus after 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 as additional information will be added.

Law, Innovation, and Technology - Johnson

Welcome to Law, Innovation and Technology - I am excited about both the substantive aspects of this course and about offering an online class for the first time in years at Drake Law School.

This course is conducted primarily online, which means you do not have to be on campus to complete any portion of the lecture-based classes, with the exception of the first class (Aug. 27), and the student presentations at the end of the semester. We will participate in the course using Drake University’s Adobe Connect system, a web-based videoconferencing system centrally supported by Drake’s Technology Services Department, located at:, and Westlaw’s TWEN system, located at:

You must be able to access our Virtual Classroom at PLEASE ALWAYS LOGIN USING A “GUEST” ACCOUNT USING THE FOLLOWING FORMAT: Firstname.Lastname. Please check it out before Thursday’s class and let me know if you have any issues.

Please also register for the TWEN course page by Aug. 26, because I will post the syllabus and all other materials there.

You must come to the first class in Room 207 on Aug. 27. I’ll have a tech support person there to ensure that everyone can log in without issue.

Regarding the required texts, we will be using a combination of documents I’ve compiled and the following textbook: Internet Law: Cases and Problems by James Grimmelmann, available at

Finally, here is the first assignment for Aug. 27:
Grimmelmann: Page 2, 52-58

Legal Research - Edwards

Week 1 –– Aug. 24-28, 2015
1) For Monday: Read chapters 1, 2, and 5 I-III in Iowa Legal Research and the Week 1 introduction on TWEN. Complete the CALI Anatomy of the Case using the TWEN link by Thursday, Aug. 27.
2) For Friday: Lexis & Westlaw basics – no reading assignment

Week 2 –– Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2015
1) For Monday: Read the Week 2 materials on TWEN, and:
       300 - Read chapter 3 II F-I in Iowa Legal Research
       301 - Read chapter 5 III F in Iowa Legal Research
Complete CALI exercise for Encyclopedias using the TWEN link by Thursday, Sept. 3.

2) For Friday: Read the week 3 materials on TWEN, and:
       300 - Read chapter 5 III F in Iowa Legal Research
       301 - Read chapter 3 II F-I in Iowa Legal Research

Legal Writing - Pizzimenti

Week 1: The American Legal System, Evaluating Rules of Law, Ethical and Professional Communication
Tuesday, Aug. 25          Readiness Assessment Quiz #1
Reading due:
, Chapters 2 (omit exercises) and 6
     Weresh, Chapter 1
     Supp. pp. 2-15; 48-53 (posted on TWEN)

Thursday, Aug. 27
Reading due:
     Bing Memo, Supp. pp. 16-17 
Assignment due:
     Skills #1: Review Memo Supp. pp. 16-17; complete Bing
     Worksheet- #1, Supp. p. 18

Legal Writing - Shelton

For the first day of class, please read Slocum, Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Other Lawyering Skills (3d Ed.), Chs. 1, 2, 3, 6. Also read “Comparing Two Judicial Opinions,” which can be found in your Supplemental Packet on pages 2 - 15. (To access your Legal Writing Supplemental Packet, sign up for my TWEN page (Legal Writing I & II, Shelton) and click on the link on the left-hand side that says “Supplemental Packet.”)

Legal Writing - Weresh

Aug. 25
Reading due:
     Slocum, Chs. 1, 2, 6
     Weresh, Ch. 1
Course Syllabus (in Weresh Supplemental Packet – available by Aug. 21 on my TWEN site)
Course Policies (in Weresh Supplemental Packet – available by Aug. 21 on my TWEN site)

NOTE: There will be a quiz on the readings on the first day of class (Aug. 25)

Aug. 27
Reading due:
     Supplement: Bing Memo
Assignment due:
     Skills #1: Bing Rule Outline (Supplement)

Legislation - Hamilton

Class #1 Monday, Aug. 24 - Introduction to Legislation - read pp. 1-8
Class #2 Tuesday, Aug. 25 - Sources of Law: The Legislative Function - read pp. 9-21

Mergers and Acquisitions - Walker

Required text: T. Maynard, Mergers and Acquisitions (3rd edition Aspen Publishing 2013)

For the first class on Monday, Aug. 24, read pages 1-32.

Patent Law - Sease

Tuesday, Aug. 25th - please read pages 1-68 from the text (Principles of Patent Law)

Psychiatry and the Law - Yee

Required Text:
LAW AND THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM - CIVIL AND CRIMINAL ASPECTS, Christopher Slobogin, Thomas L. Hafemeister, Douglas Mossman, and Ralph Reisner: West Publishing: 6th Edition ISBN 9780314267290

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 8:30-10:20:
Read pages 1-65 and browse Appendix A on page 1497. Be prepared to discuss Note 7 on page 18.

Real Estate Transactions - Rosenbloom

Welcome to Real Estate Transactions!

Assignment for the first class:
• From our Casebook, ROBIN MALLOY, JAMES SMITH, REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: PROBLEMS, CASES, AND MATERIALS (4th ed. Aspen Pub. 2013) (NOTE: this is the 4th edition), read pages 1-6, 27-29, 56-59 (through Real Estate Transactions Timeline)
• Throughout the course we will rely on materials that are posted on TWEN. Log on to the TWEN site to download and review the syllabus.
• Also from TWEN, read:
    o Seller Agency Agreement (Basic)
    o Real Estate Brokerage Agreement to Represent Seller (Agreement)
    o Samann v. Victory, 784 N.W.2d 201 (Iowa App. 2010)
    o Not required reading, but with the increase of online property listings you may also be interested in viewing Agreement to Share Commission With Un-Represented Buyer on TWEN
• Research any article, legal or otherwise, describing any part of the current real estate market. Be prepared to summarize the article to the class.

Secured Transactions - M. Doré  

The Casebook for this course is Rusch & Sepinuck, Problems and Materials on Secured Transactions (3d ed. West 2014) (hereafter "Text"). The Statutory Supplement is Selected Commercial Statutes for Secured Transactions Courses (West 2014 ed.) (hereafter, "Statutory Supplement").

Note for Statutory Supplement: Earlier editions of the same supplement should work just fine. Also, if you took a class last year for which you purchased a recent commercial law supplement (e.g., Sales, Debtor-Creditor), you may be able to use that supplement instead of the one listed above. See me with any questions.

The first two reading assignments are listed below:

For Monday, Aug. 24: Read pp. 1-23 in the Casebook. This is the first of a two-part introduction to the general topic of “debt collection.” There is a lot of information in this introduction, but do not be alarmed. We are not reading this material with the goal of learning all of the details provided, but instead to get a general background that will be helpful to understand the dynamics of a secured lending transaction.

The Illustration on p. 9 references the federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), which is included in the Statutory Supplement under the Consumer Credit Protection Act heading.

For Tuesday, Aug. 25: Read pp. 23-43 in the Casebook. For Problem 1-1 (pp. 26-27 of Casebook) consider the Michigan statute only and omit Part C.

State & Local Government Law - Rosenbloom

Below please find the assignment for the first day of class. In addition, please find the syllabus, which has been posted on TWEN. There are two required texts for this course: (1) RICHARD BRIFFAULT, LAURIE REYNOLDS, CASES AND MATERIALS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW (7th ed. West 2009), and (2) a supplement with required reading assignments. The supplement is posted on the TWEN page.

The assignment for the first day of class: Read pages 7-25 of our Casebook; Berent v. City of Iowa City (posted on TWEN); and answer the question in the syllabus.

You should also review the syllabus before the first day of class and come with any questions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Torts - Albert (both sections)

For the first day of class, read: Prosser Casebook (12th Ed) pages 17-43.

Torts - Miller

For Monday, Aug. 24, read pages 1-15 in the Prosser casebook (13th edition).

Also, refer to TWEN for information about the course and the syllabus. We will talk about all these matters on Monday.

Trial Advocacy - All Sections - Yee

Required Text:
Steven Lubet, Modern Trial Advocacy, Law School 3rd Edition

Monday, Aug. 24, 5:30-6:20
Read pages 1-36 (Trial Basics & Case Analysis)

NOTE: All sections (Foritano and Noble) will meet for this class in Room 206.

Wills and Trusts - Begleiter

For Wednesday, Aug. 26, read the prefaces to the first and seventh edition and pages 1-26 of Scoles, Halbach, Roberts and Begleiter, Problems and Materials on Decedents’ Estates and Trusts (7th ed.)

Will Drafting - Begleiter

For Tuesday, Jan. 20, please read pages 1-8 in Lucy A. Marsh, DRAFTING WILLS AND TRUSTS (2009).

Worker's Compensation - Miller

For the first class, read pages 1-24, and 47-59. For Tuesday’s class, read pages 61-83.

Last Modified: 8/25/2015 2:42:00 PM by Kristi Longtin