Property II – Syllabus (Fall 2013)

Property II

Josh Blackman
Fall 2013
Email: [email protected] (please use this instead of my STCL email)
Course Homepage: http://joshblackman.com/blog/classes/property-ii-fall-2013/
Office: Room 623

 

Overview:

Welcome to Property II. We will be using the Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Schill, Property (7th ed.) casebook. In this class, we will cover Adverse Possession, Land Transactions, Title Assurance, the Law of Nuisance, the Law of Servitudes, Zoning, and Takings and Eminent Domain.  Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45-7:15 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, and from the Fall 2012 semester here. The sample exam  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., immediately after class, 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.

You can receive updates about new posts by following the class on Twitter (twitter.com/joshsclasses), liking it on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Property-II-Fall-2013/), subscribing to it via RSS (http://feeds.feedburner.com/JoshBlackmansBlogPropertyIiFall2013),  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

Adverse Possession: The Theory and Elements
  • Introductory Notes, 116-122
  • Van Valkenburgh v. Lutz, 122-134
  • Color of Title, 134-136
  • Manillo v. Gorski, 136-141

 

Class 2 – 8/22/24

Mechanics of Adverse Possession: Tacking and Adverse Possession of Chattels
  • Howard v. Kunto, 142-149
  • Adverse Possession against the Government, 150
  • O’Keeffe v. Snyder, 151-159

 

Class 3 – 8/27/13

 Introduction to the Sales Contract

Brokers
  • Introduction, 529-530
  • Licari v. Blackwelder, 530-536 (through note 2).

 

Class 4 – 8/29/13

Marketable Title
  • The Statute of Frauds: Hickey v. Green, 541-548
  • Marketable Title: Lohmeyer v. Bower, 547-553
The Contract of Sale II
  • Duty to Disclose Defects:
    • Stambovsky v. Ackley, 553-557 (Boo!)
    • Johnson v. Davis, 557-563
  • Merger, 563-564

 

Class 5 – 9/3/13

The Contract of Sale III
  • Implied Warranty of Quality: Lempke v. Dagenais, 564-573
  • Remedies for Breach of the Sales Contract:
    • Jones v. Lee, 573-577
    • Kutzin v. Pimi, 577-585

 

Class 6 – 9/5/13

Deeds & Warranties of Title I
  • Introduction, 585-586
  • General Warranty Deed, 586-590
  • Texas General Warranty Deed
  • Brown v. Lober, 591-594
  • Frimberger v. Anzellotti, 594-599
Delivery of Deeds
  • Introduction, 605-606
  • Sweeney v. Sweeney (Sweeney^2?), 606-610
  • Rosengrant v. Rosengrant (Rosengrant^2?), 610-614

 

Class 7 – 9/10/13 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 8 – 9/12/13

Mortgages

 

Class 9 – 9/17/13 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 10 – 9/19/13 – CLASS CANCELLED

 

Class 11 – 9/24/13

The Recording Systems
  • Introduction, 645-647
  • Indexes, 647-651
    • Luthi v. Evans, 651-658
    • Orr v. Byers, 661-665
  • Types of Recording Acts, 667-669
    • Messersmith v. Smith, 670-675
  • Texas Recording Act

 

Class 12 – 9/26/13

Chain of Title
  • Guillette v. Dale Dry Wall, 680-682
Persons Protected
  • Daniels v. Anderson, 686-688
  • Lewis v. Superior Court, 689-693
Being on Notice to Inquire
  • Harper v. Paradise, 693-697
Title Insurance

 

Class 13 – 10/1/13

Nuisance and Remedies
  • Morgan v. High Penn Oil Co., 731-739
  • Estancias Dallas Corp v. Schultz, 739-743
  • Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Co., 743-750
  • Spur Industries v. Del E. Webb, 750-755
  • Nuisance Law and Environmental Controls, 759-760 (skim)

 

Class 14 – 10/3/13

Easements I
  • Background, 763-768
  • Creation of Easements: Willard v. First Church of Christ, 768-773
  • Licenses: Holbrook v. Taylor, 773-779

 

Class 15 – 10/8/13

Easements II
  • Implied Easements: Othen v. Rosier, 785-792
  • Easements by Necessity & Prescription: 792-793
  • Easements by Prescription: 794-795 (note 1, 1st paragraph only), 797-798
  • Raleigh Avenue Beach Assn. v. Atlantis Beach Club, 800-812

 

Class 16 – 10/10/13

Easements III
  • Assignability of Easements: Miller v. Lutheran Conference & Camp Association, 812-820
  • Scope of Right Acquired: Brown v. Voss, 820-826
  • Termination of Easements: Presault v. United States, 831-842
  • Negative Easements: 842-845 (skim)

Class 17 – 10/15/13

Covenants I
  • Introduction, 847-853
  • Equitable Servitudes: Tulk v. Moxhay, 854-859
  • Creation of the Covenants: Sanborn v. McLean, 859-862
  • Validity of the Covenant: Neponsit Property Owners Assoc. v. Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, 864-876

 

Class 18 – 10/17/13

Covenants II
  • Discriminatory Covenants: Shelley v. Kraemer, 876-881
  • Termination of Covenants:
    • Western Land v. Truskolaski, 882-887
    • Rick v. West, 887-891
    • Pocono Springs Civic Association v. MacKenzie, 892-896

 

 

Class 19 – 10/22/13

Zoning I
  • Introduction, 929
  • Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co., 930-940
  • Enabling Authority: 941-942
  • The “comprehensive plan”: 942-944
  • The economics of zoning: 944-945

 

Class 20 – 10/24/13

Zoning II
  • Nonconforming uses: Pennsylvania NW Distributors v. Zoning Hearing Board, 945-955
  • Variances and Special Exceptions: Commons v. Westwood Zoning Board of Adjustments, 955-959
  • Special Exceptions: Cope v. Inhabitants of the Town of Brunswick, 959-962
  • Zoning Amendments: State v. City of Rochester, 962-966

 

Class 21 – 10/29/13

Zoning III
  • Aesthetic Regulations:
    • State ex rel Stoyanoff v. Berkeley, 968-978
    • Anderson v. Issaquah, 978-989
    • City of Ladue v. Gilleo, 989-1000

 

Class 22 – 10/31/13 (Boo!)

Zoning IV
  • Protection of religious uses: Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Yuba County v. County of Sutter 1001-111
  • Controls on Household Composition: Village of Belle Terre v. Boraas, 1019-1029

 

 

Class 23 – 11/5/13

Zoning V
  • City of Edmonds v. Oxford House, 1029-1034
  • Exclusionary Zoning: Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Township of Mt. Laurel, 1037-1060

 

Class 24 – 11/7/13

Categorical Regulatory Takings
  • Loretto v. Teleprompter Manhattan CATV Corp., 1082-1096
  • Hadacheck v. Sebastian, 1096-11003

 

Class 25 – 11/11/13 at 7:30 p.m. – DATE CHANGE

Regulatory Takings: Balancing I
  • Pennsylvania Coal v. Mahon, 1103-1110
  • Penn Central Transportation Company v. City of New York, 1113-1131

 

Class 26 – 11/12/13  at 5:45 – DATE CHANGE

Regulatory Takings: Balancing II

Special Guest Lecturer Justice Brett Busby, 14th Court of Appeals

  • Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 1131-1152
  • Tahoe-Sierra v. Tahoe Regional Planning Authority, 1158-1166
  • Severance v. Patterson (Texas Supreme Court, 2012)

 

Class 27 – 11/19/13


Regulatory Takings: Balancing III

  • Nollan v. California Coastal Commission,1170-1178
  • Dolan v. City of Tigard, 1178-1187
  • Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District (Supreme Court, 2013) – to be posted

 

Class 28 – 11/21/13

Eminent Domain

 

Final Exam Review Session – Date To Be Determined

(Possible dates: Friday 11/22, Saturday 11/23, Sunday 11/24, Monday 11/25, Saturday 12/7, Sunday 12/8, Monday 12/9, Monday 12/10, Tuesday 12/10).

Optional Makeup Class – Date To Be Determined

(Lack of) Zoning in Houston & Public Choice

This material will not be tested on the exam.

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