Writing & Research in the Regulatory Context - LAWS 6223
Spring 2019

Professor Susan Nevelow Mart and Professor Gabrielle Stafford

Syllabus

Week 1 - Class 1 - Monday, January 14

Introductions.
Course learning outcomes and syllabus.


Research Writing Asylum Deportation Problem 2019 (work on research part of problem for class on January 16, 2019).

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Week 1 - Class 2 - Wednesday, January 16

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 22, 2019, 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 23

Online Searching - In Class Assignment


Discussion of Email Drafting: Immigration Problem

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Week 3 - Class 4 - Monday, January 28

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 2019 (Power Point - password protected)

Power Users 2019: Using the Internet Like a Lawyer (PowerPoint - password protected)

Internet Searching - Email research findings to Professors Stafford and Mart.

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Week 3 - Class 5 - Wednesday, January 30

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 Legal Literature (PowerPoint - password protected)

Grey Literature translation email due: Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 6 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 4

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

The structure of policy writing / CRS Reports

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

In class exercises.


Hand out Writing and Research Assignment I

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Week 4 - Class 7 - Wednesday, February 6

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


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

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

The Algorithm As a Human Artifact (PowerPoint - password protected)

In class exercises.

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Week 5 - Class 8 - Monday, February 11

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

In class exercises.

Citators (PowerPoint - password protected)

Terms & Connectors Review - In Class Assignment

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Week 5 - Class 9 - Wednesday, February 13

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

In class exercises.

Search Form

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Week 6 - Class 10 - Monday, February 18

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

Legal Drafting Chapter 3 ((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 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 11 - Wednesday, February 20

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

Legal Drafting Chapter 1 (password protected).

Legislative Drafting Ch 14 - Rulemaking (password protected)

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Week 7 - Class 12 - Monday, February 25

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

Legal Drafting Ch. 11

In Class Exercises

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Week 7 - Class 13 - Wednesday, February 27

Week 8 - Class 14 - Monday, March 4

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

Legal Drafting Chapter 12 (password protected).


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.

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Week 8 - Class 15 - Wednesday, March 6

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

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 11

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

Continued Discussion of Federal Regulations and Finding Secondary Sources

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 9 - Class 17 - Wednesday, March 13

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

Continued discussion of comments.

The Regulatory Map

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

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Week 10 - Class 18 - Monday, March 18

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

Comments continued.

In class assignments.

Review PowerPoint Group Assignment (Class presentations on April 10).

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Week 10 - Class 19 - Wednesday, March 20

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

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

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

 

Writing and Research Assignment II is due tomorrow. Your written work must be emailed to Professors Stafford and Mart by March 21st 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 22, 2019.

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Week 11 Class 20 - Monday, April 1

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)

In class assignments.

Review Assignment 2.

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Week 11 - Class 21 - Wednesday, April 3

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 8

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 10

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

PowerPoint Presentations

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Week 13 - Class 24 - Monday, April 15

Class Preparation: Reading:

Final Writing & Research Assignment handed out.

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Week 13 - Class 25 - Wednesday, April 17

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

Class Visit: Barbara Green

In class writing exercises.

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Week 14 - Class 26 - Monday, April 22

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

In Class Exercises.

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Week 14 - Class 27 - Wednesday, April 24

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

Final Review

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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 4/2/2019