Writing & Research in the Regulatory Context - LAWS 6223
Spring 2018

Professor Susan Nevelow Mart and Professor Gabrielle Stafford

Syllabus

Week 1 - Class 1 - Wednesday, January 17

Introductions.
Course learning outcomes and syllabus.


Research Writing Asylum Deportation Problem 2018 (work on research part of problem for class on January 22, 2018)
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Week 2 - Class 2 - Monday, January 22

Class Preparation: Reading: Read these before coming to class.
Email Like a Lawyer (password protected).
Email Communication (password protected).

Email PowerPoint

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 23, 2018, at noon. Use TWEN. Leave two copies of your email in Professor Stafford's box, outside Office 444.

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Week 2 - Class 3 - Wednesday, January 24

Evaluating Web Sources - In Class Assignment
Discussion of Email Drafting: Immigration Problem

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Week 3 - Class 4 - Monday, January 29

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:Tips for Better Legal Research, 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)

Internet Searching - Email research findings to Professors Stafford and Mart. Due noon, January 30, 2017.

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Week 3 - Class 5 - Wednesday, January 31

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 Techincal Information to a Non-technical Audience, Engineers Journal, May 17, 2016

Grey Legal Literature (PowerPoint)

Critiquing Grey Literature from a Writer's Perspective

Grey Literature translation email due Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 9:00 p.m. Email both Professors Stafford and Mart. Attach your original scientific information to the email.

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Week 4 - Class 6 - Monday, February 5

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

Robert R.M. Verchick, Become a Rulemaking Ninja: Exploring the OIRA Web Portal, 43 ELR 10980, Nov. 2013

In class exercises.

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Week 4 - Class 7 - Wednesday, February 7

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

The structure of policy writing / CRS Reports

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

In class exercises.

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Week 5 - Class 8 - Monday, February 12

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


Post Writing and Research Assignment I

Sample research plans: Research Log and Plan 1 | Draft Research Log and Plan 2 (password required)

In class drafting and research exercises.

Susan Nevelow Mart, Every Algorithm Has a POV, AALL Spectrum, Sept.-Oct.2017 at 40.

The Algorithm as a Human Artifact (PowerPoint)

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Week 5 - Class 9 - Wednesday, February 14

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

Terms & Connectors (PowerPoint)

In class research and writing exercises.

SearchForm


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Week 6 - Class 10 - Monday, February 19

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

State Bills and Statutes (PowerPoint)

Legislative Drafting - Rulemaking (password protected)

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 19th 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 11 - Wednesday, February 21

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

Complete State Statutes Assignment

Legislative Drafting - Public Legislation (password protected)

Chapter 1 |Chapter 3

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Week 7 - Class 12 - Monday, February 26

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

Regulatory Advocacy: Your Role in Advising and Affecting an Outcome for Your Clients (State Sphere) (password protected)

Bente Berkeland, NPR, Why Colorado Lawmakers Propose Bills They Know Won't Pass, Mar. 9, 2017.

In class discussion of amended statutes.

Colorado Regulations (PowerPoint)

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Week 7 - Class 13 - Wednesday, February 28

Week 8 - Class 14 - Monday, March 5

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

Grace Heusner, Alison Slotto & Joshua Ulan Galpern, Defining and Closing the Hydraulic Fracturing Governance Gap, 95 Denver L. Rev. 191 (2017). Read pages 213-217 and 230 - 251.

Joel Minor, Local Government Fracking Regulations: A Colorado Case Study, 33 Stanford Environmental L. Rev. 61 (2014).

Martinez v. COGCC, 2017 WL 1089556, 2017 Colo. App. LEXIS 339.

Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing (Marathon Oil Company).

Fracking (PowerPoint)

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Week 8 - Class 15 - Wednesday, March 7

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).

Taryn L. Rucinski, An Evironmental Practitioner's Guide to the EPA Website,  42 ELR 10416 (2012) (password protected).

The Regulatory Map

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Ends the Department's Practice of Regulation by Guidance; AG Sessions Muzzles DOJ from Explainig How Federal Law Applies

For use in class: The Federal Regulatory Directory

Federal Regulations: Power Point

Hand out Writing & Research Assignment II.

 

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Week 9 - Class 16 - Monday, March 12

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

Class Visit: Erin Overturf

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Week 9 - Class 17 - Wednesday, March 14

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

Class Visit: Barbara Green

 


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Week 10 - Class 18 - Monday, March 19

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

Continued Discussion of Federal Regulations

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).

A Guide to Writing Public Interest Comments at: https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/Ellig-How-PIC-web.pdf

In class review of published comments and hand out comments assignment

 

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Week 10 - Class 19 - Wednesday, March 21

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

Writing and Research Assignment II is due tomorrow. Your written work must be emailed to Professors Stafford and Mart by March 22nd at 11:59 p.m. Use TWEN. Leave two copies of your assignment in Professor Stafford's box, outside Office 444 by noon on March 23, 2018.

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

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Week 11 Class 20 - Monday, April 2

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

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

Review Writing and Research Assignment II.

Review PowerPoint Group Assignment (Class presentations on April 16 and 18).

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Week 11 - Class 21 - Wednesday, April 4

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

In class work on group PowerPoint presentations.

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Week 12 - Class 22 - Monday, April 9

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

In class work on group PowerPoint presentations.

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Week 12 - Class 23 - Wednesday, April 11

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

PowerPoint Presentations

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Week 13 - Class 24 - Monday, April 16

Class Preparation: Reading:

Power Point Presentations

Final Writing & Research Assignment handed out.

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Week 13 - Class 25 - Wednesday, April 18

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

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

Federal Statutes | Legisaltive History (PowerPoint)

In class assignments

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Week 14 - Class 26 - Monday, April 23

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

In class writing exercises.

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Week 14 - Class 27 - Wednesday, April 25

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

Final Review

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Prepared by Susan Nevelow Mart, Associate 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 3/30/2018