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Initial Reading Assignments

Summer 2001 Term


Bankruptcy (Prof. Riebman): For May 21, read the following in the text: pp. 3-13, 16-24, 29-40, Problem 2.1, pp. 60-74, and Handout pp. 1-9. For May 23, read the following in the text: pp. 82-88, 91-95, Problem 5.2, pp. 105-109, 122-127, and Handout pp. 10-21, 142.

Conflict of Laws (Prof. Green): For the first class, read pp. 2-25 in the text.

Criminal Procedure: The Investigative Process (Prof. Greenberg): The textbook is Tomkovicz & White, Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Constraints upon Investigation and Proof (3d ed. & 2000 Supplement).
For Tuesday, May 22: Read textbook pp. xix-xxv, A-1 to A-2 (Amendments IV, V, VI & XIV), Chapter 1, and Supplement pp. 1-4. Prepare to discuss problems 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9 in Chapter 1. In reading the assigned materials and preparing to discuss the assigned problems, think about the following questions:
1. In interpreting the Fourth Amendment, what role does/should the text of the amendment play? -- historical practices and values at the time the amendment was adopted? -- evolving technological developments, government practices, and societal norms?
2. When the Court discusses reasonable expectations of privacy, is it determining whether a "search" has occurred or whether the "search" is constitutionally permissible (or both)?
3. In considering the subjective ("actual expectations") prong of Katz and its progeny, should we focus on the specific defendant or persons in that defendant's position?
For Thursday, May 24: Read textbook Chapter 2. Prepare to discuss problems 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in Chapter 2.In reading the assigned materials and preparing to discuss the assigned problems, think about the following questions:
1. What are the two prongs of the Aguilar-Spinelli test? (The answer may become clearer after you've read Gates as well.) Why does consideration of each of the prongs allegedly help promote Fourth Amendment values?
2. Why did the Gates Court reject the Aguilar-Spinelli approach?
3. In Gates, Justice White concurred in the judgment. How would he have preferred to decide the case? What was his alternative way of deciding the case without rejecting Aguilar-Spinelli?
4. How much evidence is enough to establish probable cause?
5. What do we mean by "staleness" in the probable cause context?

Evidence (Prof. Kling): For the first class, read pp. 1-38 in the casebook.

Negotiations (Prof. Schoenfield): For the first class, read Chapters 1 and 12 of Legal Negotiations: Getting Maximum Results.

Personal Income Tax (Prof. Chapman): The syllabus and supplementary materials are in the bookstore. For the first class, prepare the materials assigned on the syllabus for Chapters 1-3.

Professional Responsibility (Prof. Kling): For the first class, read pp. 1-29, 41-98, and Problems 1, 2, and 3 in the casebook.

Tax Procedure (Prof. Decatorsmith): For the first session, please read Chapter 1 of the required text (Lederman & Mazza, Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure), as well as the statutes and regulations cited at the beginning of the chapter (which can be found in the Statutory Supplement) and the problems at the end of the chapter.

Trial Advocacy 1 (Prof. Erickson): For the first class, read Assignment 3.1 in the Mauet & Wolfson textbook.

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