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Writing & Research in the Regulatory Context - LAWS 6223
Spring 2020

Professor Susan Nevelow Mart and Professor Gabrielle Stafford

Syllabus

Week 1 - Class 1 - Tuesday, January 14

Introductions.

Course learning outcomes and syllabus.

Research Writing Asylum Deportation Problem (discuss research part of problem for class on January 16, 2020).

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Week 1 - Class 2 - Thursday, January 16

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Email Like a Lawyer (password protected).

Email Communication (password protected).

Using Treatises and Practice Guides PowerPoint (pdf version)

Discussion of completed research and standards for writing emails for the Asylum Deportation Problem

Research Writing Asylum Deportation Problem: Your written work must be emailed to Professors Stafford and Mart by January 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Use TWEN. Leave two copies of your email in Professor Stafford's box, outside Office 444.

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Week 2 - Class 3 - Tuesday, January 21

Online Searching - In Class Assignment


Discussion of Email Drafting: Immigration Problem

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Week 2 - Class 4 - Thursday, January 23

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Ellen Callinan, The Research Assignment: JUST ASKing for a Teachable Moment, Prof. Dev. Q., Feb. 2007.

Richard Buckingham, Thinking Like a Librarian, 12 T. L. Cooley J. Pract. & Clinical L. 1 (2009).
Research Plan Handout (Reporter's Questions)
Research Plan Sample (Short Version)
Elements of a Research Plan and Log
JUST ASK

Please choose one of these forms as your preferred model.

Formulating a Research Plan (Power Point - password protected)

Power Users: Using the Internet Like a Lawyer (PowerPoint - password protected)

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Week 3 - Class 5 - Tuesday, January 28

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Taryn Rucinski,The Elephant in the Room: Towards a Definition of Grey Literature 107 L. Libr. J. 543 (2015).

Presenting Technical Information to a Non-technical Audience, Engineers Journal, May 17, 2016.

Grey Literature 2020 (PowerPoint - pdf version)

Grey Literature translation email due: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Email both Professors Stafford and Mart. Attach your original scientific information to the email.

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Week 3 - Class 6 - Thursday, January 30

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

The structure of policy writing / CRS Reports

CRS Reports: CRS Food Safety, Genetically Modified Food, Restaurant Labelling, and Restaurant Labelling Update

In class exercises.


Hand out Research & Writing Assignment 1

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Week 4 - Class 7 - Tuesday, February 4

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Sample research plans: Sample Research Plan and Log 1 | Sample Research Plan and Log 2

Susan Nevelow Mart, Results May Vary, A.B.A.J., Mar. 2018 at 48.

Results May Vary 2020 (PowerPoint - pdf version)

In class exercises.

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Week 4 - Class 8 - Thursday, February 6

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legal Drafting Chapter 3 (password protected)

Legal Drafting Chapter 1 (password protected).

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Week 5 - Class 9 - Tuesday, February 11

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Citators 2020 (PowerPoint - password protected)

Terms and Connectors (PowerPoint - password protected)

Search Form

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Week 5 - Class 10 - Thursday, February 13

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legal Drafting Chapter 12 (password protected).


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Week 6 - Class 11 - Tuesday, February 18

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Mary Whisner, Some Guidance About Federal Agencies and Guidance, 105 Law Libr. J.385-394 (2013).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Rescinds 24 Guidance Documents

Executive Order Promoting Rule of Law: Improved Agency Guidance

The Regulatory Map

For use in class: The Federal Regulatory Directory

Federal Regulations (Power Point)

Writing and Research Assignment I is due today by 5 p.m. Your written work must be emailed to Professors Stafford and Mart by February 18 at 5 p.m. Use TWEN. Leave two copies of your assignment in Professor Stafford's box, outside Office 444.

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Week 6 - Class 12 - Thursday, February 20

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legal Drafting Chapter 13

In Class Exercises

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Week 7 - Class 13 - Tuesday, February 25

Week 7 - Class 14 - Thursday, February 27

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Tips for Submitting Effective Comments

Selections from Elizabeth D. Mullen, The Art of Commenting: How to Influence Environmental Decisionmaking with Effective Comments, 2nd Edition, 2013 (password protected).

In class review of published comments and hand out comments assignment

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Week 8 - Class 15 - Tuesday, March 3

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Richard K. Neumam, Why Congress Drafts Gibberish --With Illustrations Concerning Threats to Fire a Special Counsel, Presidential Tax Audits, and Obstruction of Justice Statutes, SSRN.

James V. Grimaldi and Paul Overburg, Millions of People Post Comments on Federal Regulations. Many Are Fake (password protected). WSJ.com, Dec. 12, 2017.

A Guide to Writing Public Interest Comments

50 State Surveys (PowerPoint)

Review Comments emails.

Review Writing and Research Assignment I.

Hand out Writing & Research Assignment II.

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Week 8 - Class 16 - Thursday, March 5

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legal Drafting Ch. 11 (password protected)

Bill Tracking

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Week 9 - Class 17 - Tuesday, March 10

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Edward Tufte, Beautiful Evidence, The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint (password protected).

PowerPoint Examples: Cars | Wireless Data | Smoke | Body Language

 

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Week 9 - Class 18 - Thursday, March 12

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

John Cannon, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedures Shapes Legislative History, 105 Law Libr. J. 131 (2013).

Federal Statutes & Legislative History (PowerPoint)

 

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Week 10 - Class 19 - Tuesday, March 17

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legislative Drafting Ch 14 - Rulemaking (password protected)

Federal Legislative History Research from the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C,

In class assignments.

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Week 10 - Class 20 - Thursday, March 19

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Review PowerPoint Group Assignment

Class visit, Ian Barringer.

Writing and Research Assignment II is due tonight. Your written work must be emailed to Professors Stafford and Mart by March 19th at 11:59 p.m. Use TWEN. Leave two copies of your assignment in Professor Stafford's box, outside Office 444 by 3:00 p.m. on March 20, 2020.

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Week 11 - Class 21 - Tuesday, March 31

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

In class work on positions for group PowerPoint presentations.

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Week 11 - Class 22 - Thursday, April 2

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

In class work on negotiations and group PowerPoint presentations.

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Week 12 - Class 23 - Tuesday, April 7

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

In class work on PowerPoint Presentations

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Week 12 - Class 24 - Thursday, April 9

Class Preparation: Reading:

PowerPoint Presentations

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Week 13 - Class 25 - Tuesday, April 14

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legislative History projects - in class presentations

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Week 13 - Class 26 - Thursday, April 16

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Legislative History projects - in class presentations

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Final Writing & Research Assignment handed out.

Week 14 - Class 27 - Thursday, April 21

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.

Review - writing and research exercises

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Week 14 - Class 28 - Thursday, April 23

 

Review - writing and research exercises

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Prepared by Susan Nevelow Mart, Professor and Director of the Law Library.

Contact: 303-492-1233   |   Email: susan dot mart at colorado dot edu
Office: 223G in the Law Library

Last updated 4/4/2020