Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Course Materials and First Week Assignments

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Download and read the Syllabus (or at right) for complete details about the course, assignments, pedagogical approach, course rules, and grading methods. You should bring the Syllabus with you to every class. Review the Course Evaluation Information (or at right) for details on your graded written and oral projects.

Changes to Class Schedule: No class on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Day 

Technology and Class Conduct: 
 
• Use of laptops is prohibited.
  • You may bring a bookreader, iPad, phone, or similar device solely for reading assigned cases, statutes, rules, and texts, rather than printing out all the cases. You may not take notes on the device. 
   • You must be in class on time, unless I have previously given you permission to come late. You may not enter the room once class has begun, unless I have given you permission to come late. Once class has begun, you must remain in your seat, unless I have given you permission to leave during class. In all cases, permission will be freely given when appropriate.

Panels: Details in the syllabus and the prior post. Panel I will be up when we begin discussing Elements of a Claim in the last third of the first class.

Required Course Materials: 
Text:
 1) Howard M. Wasserman, Understanding Civil Rights Litigation (LexisNexis 2013)
     Appendix A: Constitution of the United States
     Appendix B: United States Code and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (selected provisions)
Materials:
   1) Individual cases, unedited. You are responsible for downloading these; you can find them on Westlaw, Lexis, Oyez Project, Justia, or any other online source.
   2) Edited articles and other materials posted to the Blog, to be downloaded and brought to class

Assignments for the first day of class, Monday, January 9:

Introduction/Historical Context            
   Provisions:
      U.S. Const. amend. XIII, XIV
   Commentary:
      Understanding Ch. 1

Elements of Civil Rights Claims
Introduction
   Commentary: Understanding § 2.01

 “Under Color of Law” and State Action (first part)
   Provisions:
      42 U.S.C. § 1983
      18 U.S.C. § 242
   Cases:
      Monroe v. Pape, 365 U.S. 167 (1961) (do not read Part III of Majority)
   Commentary: Understanding §§ 2.02, 2.03[1], 2.03 [2]