Property I – Syllabus (Fall 2013)

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Property I

Josh Blackman
Fall 2013
Email: Prop1Fall2013@JoshBlackman.com (please use this instead of my STCL email)
Course Homepage: http://joshblackman.com/blog/classes/property-i-fall-2013/
Office: Room 623

 

Overview:

Welcome to Property I. We will be using the Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Schill, Property (7th ed.) casebook. In this class, we will cover acquiring property, future interests, estates, and leaseholds. Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:20 pm. – 1:50 p.m.

Exam:

Your final grade will be based entirely on your performance on a three-hour in-class examination. We will hold a review session before the exam.

The exam is completely open-book. You can use anything you wish, so long as that it was printed before the distribution of this exam. Obtaining any new information from anyone or anything after the exam is distributed is prohibited.

You can view my exam from Property I during the Spring 2013 semester here, with an explanation here. The sample exam from last semester is here.

Attendance and Class Participation:

Please consult the South Texas College of Law Student Handbook’s section on Attendance and Class Participation (pp. 70-71). I will not keep track of your attendance. You will be responsible for keeping track of your own class attendance.

 

Office Hours

I will hold office hours on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and at other times by appointment.

 

Interaction:

I expect that all students will be prepared to engage in our discussions during each session. During class, I will leave open a live chat (known as a backchannel) on the course blog, that will allow you to interact with your colleagues, and with me at the podium, in real time. The livechat will be projected on the screen, so everyone, with or without a laptop, will be able to follow along.

Outside of class, there will be several channels available to interact with me and your colleagues.

First, you can reach me via email at Prop1Fall2013@JoshBlackman.com. Please think the question through before emailing me.

I will rely on the course blog to post all announcements and materials for class. You will be responsible for checking the course blog prior to class.

You can receive updates about new posts by following the class on Twitter (twitter.com/joshsclasses), liking it on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/STCLProp1Fall2013), subscribing to it via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/JoshBlackmansBlogPropertyIFall2013),  or signing up for a daily email digest of all new posts. I would recommend that you sign up for the daily emails. You can also view all the class videos by subscribing to the YouTube channel.

Schedule

The course calendar is available here

 

Class 1 – 8/20/13

From Nature to Commons

  • Johnson v. M’Inotsh, 3-10
  • Notes and Questions, 10-18
  • Toward a Theory of Property Rights, 39-46

 

Class 2 – 8/22/24

Efficiency and Fairness

  • Ghen v. Rich, 26-28
  • Notes and Questions, 28-29
  • Keeble v. Hickeringill, 30-31
  • Externalities: 46-50
  • The Coase Theorem (we will talk about it in class, no need to read in advance)
  • Notes and Questions 50-56 (Skim)

 

Class 3 – 8/27/13

Law and Judges

  • Pierson v. Post, 18-22
  • Notes, 22-26
  • The Case of the Speluncean Explorers
    • Note: When you come to class, be prepared to identify which Justice you agree with most, and explain why. Also, keep in mind the rulings of the judges from Pierson v. Post when reading this article.

 

Class 4 – 8/29/13

The Capture Rule: Oil and Gas

  • Capture and Other Resources: 36-39

Acquisition by Creation

  • International News Service v. Associated Press, 56-61
  • Cheney Brothers v. Doris Silk Corp., 61-63
  • Notes and Questions, 63-65

 

Class 5 – 9/3/13

Property in Yourself

  • Property in Persona, 65-66
  • White v. Samsung Electronics America. 66-70
  • Note, 70

Property in your Body

  • Moore v. Regents of the University of California, 70-83
  • Notes, 83-88

 

Class 6 – 9/5/13

The Bundle of Sticks – Right to Exclude

  • Note, 88-89
  • Jacque v. Steenberg Homes, 89-90
  • State v. Shack, 90-92
  • Right to Exclude, 92-96

 

Class 7 – 9/10/13 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 8 – 9/12/13

Acquisition by Find – Finders Keepers?

  • Armory v. Delamirie, 97-98
  • Notes, 98-101
  • Hannah v. Peel, 101-106
  • Notes, 106-107
  • McAvoy v. Medina, 107-108
  • Notes, 108-116 (Skim)

Class 9 – 9/17/13 - CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 10 – 9/19/13 - CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 11 – 9/24/13

Acquisition by Gift

  • Introduction, 164-166
  • Problems, 166-167
  • Newman v. Bost, 167-173
  • Notes, 173-174
  • Gruen v. Gruen, 174-180
  • Notes, 180-181

 

Class 12 – 9/26/13

Estates I: Fee Simple

  • The Nature of Judicial Process, 183-184
  • Possessory Estates, 185-191
  • Seisin, 221-222
  • Video of Seisin: http://youtu.be/sS0i6dMlOKU
  • Fee Simple, 191-194
  • Problems, 194-195

(Read these pages very, very carefully).

Class 13 – 10/1/13

Estates II

Fee Simple, Continued

  • Inheritances, 195-196
  • Notes and Problems, 196-198
  • Fee Tail, 198-201 (skim)

The Life Estate

  • The Life Estate, 202
  • White v. Brown, 202-208
  • Notes, 208-209
  • SKIP – Life Estates and Remainders, 209-210
  • Baker v. Weedon, 210-214
  • Notes, 215-218
  • Woodrick v. Wood, 218-220
  • Notes, 220-221

 

Class 14 – 10/3/13

Estates III: Leasehold and Defeasible Estates

  • Leasehold estates, 222
  • Defeasible Estates, 222-225
  • Mahrenholz v. County Board of School Trustees, 226-231
  • Notes, 231-234
  • The 1898 Deed, 234-236
  • Mountain Brow Lodge No. 82 v.  Toscano, 236-241
  • Notes, 241-242

 

Class 15 – 10/8/13

Future Interests I: Interests in Transferor and Transferrees

  • Introduction, 253-255
  • Future Interests in the Transferor, 255-258
  • Future Interests in the Transferees, 258-261
  • Problems, 261-262
  • Questions, 262-263

(Read these pages very, very carefully).

 

Class 16 – 10/10/13

Future Interests II: Executory Interests

  • Executory Interests, 264-270
  • Problems, 270
  • Review Problems, 271-273
  • The System of Estates Chart, 274

Class 17 – 10/15/13

Future Interests III: Rule Against Perpetuities

  • Rules Furthering Marketability, 280-284
  • Common Law Rule, 285-289
  • Problems, 289-292
  • Symphony Space Inc v. Pergola Properties, 292-303
  • Notes, 303-305
  • Perpetuity Reform Movement, 305-310 (skim)
  • Texas Rule Against Perpetuity (materials will be posted)


Note: Nothing from this lecture, including The Rule Against Perpetuities, will be tested on the final examination. In other words, this is a wrap for RAP. But you will need to know it for the bar exam. Learn it now, and make your life much easier in two years (learning it for the first time out of context is much tougher the month before the bar).

 

Class 18 – 10/17/13

Co-Ownership I: Creation and Severance of Joint Tenancies

  • Common Law Concurrent Interests, 319-322
  • Problems, 322-324
  • Riddle v. Harmon, 324-328
  • Notes, 329

 

Class 19 – 10/22/13

Co-Ownership II: Concurrent Owners

  • Relations among concurrent owners, 337-338
  • Delfino v. Vealencis, 338-343
  • Notes, 343-347
  • Spiller v. Mackereth, 347-350
  • Notes, 350-351
  • Swartzbaugh v. Sampson, 351-355

 

Class 20 – 10/24/13

Marital Property I

  • Marital Interests, 359-360
  • Common Law Marital Property, 360-361
  • Sawada v. Endo, 361-366
  • Notes, 366-369

 

Class 21 – 10/29/13

Marital Property II

  • Divorce, 369-371
  • In re: Marriage of Graham, 371-376
  • Notes, 376-377
  • Elkus v. Elkus, 378-383
  • Notes, 383-384
  • Termination of Marriage by Death, 384-386
  • Problems, 386-387
  • Same-Sex Marriage and Marital Property (to be posted)

 

Class 22 – 10/31/13 (Boo!)

Marital Property III

  • Community Property, 387-389
  • Common-Law Concurrent Interests, 389-390
  • Problem, 390
  • Management of Community Property, 390-391
  • Problem, 391-392
  • Mixing Community with Separate Property, 392
  • Problems, 393
  • Migrating Couples, 393-394
  • Problem, 394-395
  • Texas Marital Property Law (reading to be posted)

 

Class 23 – 11/5/13

Leaseholds I: Leasehold Estates

  • Introduction, 419
  • The Term of Years, 421
  • The Periodic Tenancy, 421-422
  • Problems, 422
  • Tenancy at Will, 422-423
  • Garner v. Gerrish, 423-425
  • Questions, 425-426
  • Tenancy at Sufferance: Holdovers, 427-428
  • The Lease, 428-431
  • Selection of Tenants, 431-438

 

Class 24 – 11/7/13

Leaseholds II: Delivery of Possession & Subleases

  • Hannan v. Dusch, 438-441
  • Notes and Question, 441
  • Problems, 442
  • Enrst v. Conditt, 442-447
  • Notes, 447-449
  • Kendall v. Ernest Pestana, Inc. 450-455
  • Notes, 456-457
  • Problems- 457-459

 

Class 25 – 11/12/13

Landlord-Tenant Relationship I

  • Tenant who defaults, 459
  • Berg v. WIley, 460-465
  • Notes, 465-467
  • Summary Proceedings, 467-469
  • Sommer v. Kridel, 469-475
  • Notes, 476-479

 

Class 26 – 11/14/13 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 27 – 11/19/13

Landlord-Tenant Relationship II

  • Security Devices, 480-482
  • Duties, Rights, and Remedies, 482
  • Reste Realty Corp. v. Cooper, 483-489
  • Notes, 489-491
  • Problems, 491-492
  • Illegal lease, 492
  • Texas Landlord-Tenant Law (to be posted)

 

Class 28 – 11/21/13

Landlord-Tenant Relationship III: Implied Warranty of Habitability

  • Hilder v. St. Peter, 493-499
  • Notes, 499-503
  • Retaliatory Eviction, 503
  • Landlord’s Tort Liability, 504-505
  • Tenant’s Duties, 505-508
  • Chicago Board of Realtors v. City of Chicago, 508-511
  • Notes, 511-515

Final Exam Review Session – Date To Be Determined

(Possible dates: Friday 11/22, Saturday 11/23, Sunday 11/24, Monday 11/25, Friday 11/29, Saturday 11/30, or Sunday 12/1).

Optional Makeup Class – Date To Be Determined

Foundations of American Property Law

Kelo v. City of New London (Thomas, J., dissenting) Part II Only.

Note: This material will not be tested on the exam.

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