Property I – Syllabus (Spring 2014)

Property I

Josh Blackman
Spring 2014
Email: [email protected] (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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 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. I will post the exam from Fall 2013 soon. A sample exam 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 Monday and Wednesdays 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 [email protected]. 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.

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Schedule

The course calendar is available here 

Class 1 – 1/15/14

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 – 1/22/14

Efficiency and Fairness

  • Ghen v. Rich, 26-28
  • Notes and Questions, 28-29
  • Keeble v. Hickeringill, 30-31
  • Externalities: 46-50
  • The Coase Theorem
  • Notes and Questions 50-56 (Skim)

 

Class 3 – 1/27/14

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 – 1/29/14

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 – 2/5/14

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 (SKIM)

 

2/5/14 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 6 – 2/10/14

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 8 – 2/12/14

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 – 2/17/14

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 10 – 2/19/14

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 few pages very, very carefully).

Class 11 – 2/24/14

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 Valuation of Life Estates and Remainders, 209-210
  • Baker v. Weedon, 210-214
  • Notes, 215-217 (skip note 4). 

Class 12 – 2/26/14

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 13 – 3/3/14

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 (1-4)

(Read these pages very, very carefully).

Class 14 – 3/5/14

Future Interests II: Executory Interests

  • Notes and Questions, bottom of 261-263
  • Executory Interests, 264-270
  • Problems, 270
  • Review Problems, 271-273
  • The System of Estates Chart, 274

Class 15 – 3/10/14

Future Interests III: Rule Against Perpetuities

  • Rules Furthering Marketability, 280-284
  • Common Law Rule, 285-288 (Skip Class gifts 288-289)
  • Problems, 289-292
  • 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 16 – 3/24/14

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 17 – 3/26/14

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

 

Spring Break – No Classes on 3/17/14 and 3/19/14

 

Class 18 – 3/31/14

Marital Property I

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

 

Class 19 – 4/2/14

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

 

Class 20 – 4/7/14

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)
  • Rights of Domestic Partners, 395-396

 

Class 21 – 4/9/14

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  4/14/14 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 22 – 4/16/14

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 

 

 Class 23 – 4/21/13

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 25 – 4/23/14

Landlord-Tenant Relationship II

  • Security Devices, 480-482 (Skip Anticipatory breach)
  • 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 26 – 4/28/14

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
  • Chicago Board of Realtors v. City of Chicago, 508-511
  • Notes, 511-515

Class 27 – 4/30/14

Final Exam Review Session

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