Property I – Syllabus (Spring 2013)

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Property I

Josh Blackman
Spring 2013
Email: Prop1Spring2013@JoshBlackman.com (please use this instead of my STCL email)
Course Homepage: http://joshblackman.com/blog/classes/property-i-spring-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 2:10 pm. – 3:40 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 on the last day of class.

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 exams from Property II during the Fall 2012 semester here. The sample exam from last semester is here and the class where we went over it 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 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and at other times by request. Prior to coming to office hours, please send me an email (Prop1Spring2013@JoshBlackman.com ) in advance, including the time you wish to come, and a short summary of your question (no more than 100 words) so I will ready and prepared for your visit.

 

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 Prop1Spring2013@JoshBlackman.com. My responsiveness to your emails is directly related to how much effort you put into your question before contacting me. General musings will be met with a similar reply. Thoughtful questions will be met with thoughtful answers. Do your due diligence before asking 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 add comments directly to the posts to engage in discussions with your classmates, and with me. On the class blog, to avoid adding to your Google footprint, please sign comments with just your first name and last initial.

You can receive updates about new posts by following the class on Twitter (twitter.com/joshsclasses), liking it on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Property-I-Spring-2013/454139947985671), subscribing to it via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/JoshBlackmansBlogPropertyISpring2013),  or signing up for a daily email digest of all new posts. I would recommend that you sign up for the daily emails.

Schedule

The course calendar is available at http://joshblackman.com/blog/classes/property-i-spring-2013/property-i-spring-2013-calendar/

 

Class 1 – 1/15/13

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 – 1/17/13

Efficiency and Fairness

  • Ghen v. Rich, 26-28
  • Notes and Questions, 28-29
  • Keeble v. Hickeringill, 30-31
  • Notes and Questions, 31-33
  • 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 – 1/22/13

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 – 1/24/13

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 – 1/29/13

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
  • Organ Markets (I will post something before class)

 

Class 6 – 1/31/13

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
  • The Bundle of Sticks – Additional reading to be posted

 

Class 7 – 2/5/12

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

 

Class 8 – 2/7/13

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 9 – 2/12/13

Estates I: Fee Simple and Fee Tail

  • The Nature of Judicial Process, 183-184
  • Possessory Estates, 185-191
  • Fee Simple, 191-194
  • Problems, 194-195
  • Inheritances, 195-196
  • Notes and Problems, 196-198
  • Fee Tail, 198-201

 

Class 10 – 2/14/13 <3

Estates II: Life Estate

  • The Life Estate, 202
  • White v. Brown, 202-208
  • Notes, 208-209
  • Life Estates and Remainders, 209-210
  • Baker v. Weedon, 210-214
  • Notes, 215-218
  • Woodrick v. Wood, 218-220
  • Notes, 220-221
  • Seisin, 221-222
  • Video of Seisin: http://youtu.be/sS0i6dMlOKU

 

Class 11 – 2/19/13

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 12 – 2/21/13

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

 

Class 13 – 2/26/13

Future Interests II: Executory Interests

  • Executory Interests, 264-270
  • Problems, 270
  • Review Problems, 271-273
  • Rules Furthering Marketability, 280-284

 

Class 14 – 2/28/13

Future Interests III: Rule Against Perpetuities

  • 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: The Rule Against Perpetuities will not be tested on the final examination. In other words, this is a wrap for RAP.

 

Class 15 – 3/5/13

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
  • Harms v. Sprague, 330-333
  • Notes, 333-335

 

Class 16 – 3/7/13

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
  • Notes, 355-359

 

Class 17 – 3/19/13

Marital Property I

  • Marital Interests, 359-360
  • Common Law Marital Property, 360-361
  • Sawada v. Endo, 361-366
  • Notes, 366-369
  • Texas Marital Property Law (reading to be posted)

 

Class 18 – 3/21/13

Marital Property II

  • Divorce, 369-371
  • In re: Marriage of Graham, 371-376
  • Notes, 376-377
  • Elkus v. Elkus, 378-383
  • Notes, 383-384

 

Class 19 – 3/26/13

Marital Property III

  • Termination of Marriage by Death, 384-386
  • Problems, 386-387
  • 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

 

Class 20 – 3/28/13

Marital Property and Same-Sex Marriage

  • Rights of Domestic Partners, 395-396
  • Varnum v. Brien, 396-415
  • Notes, 416-418
  • Additional Readings to be posted.

Note: The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Windsor on 3/27/13 to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. I will post something before class discussing the case.

 

Class 21 – 4/2/13

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 22 – 4/4/12

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 23 – 4/9/13

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 24 – 4/11/13

Landlord-Tenant Relationship II

  • Security Devices, 479-482
  • 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 25 – 4/16/13

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

 

Class 26 – 4/18/13

Foundations of American Property Law

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

 

Class 27 – 4/23/13

Final Exam Review session

 

Class 28 – 4/25/13

Class cancelled

 

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