August 21, 2006
First Day of Class
Well, my first property class is done. I have to say that I absolutely love teaching first year students -- it's great to have them before the great attitude decline sets in. The class also worked very well -- I start with a pretty lengthy discussion of Pierson v. Post, before having some abstract discussion of possession. I then give them the facts of Popov v. Hayashi (the Barry Bonds baseball case) and break them into small groups to discuss how that case should come out in light of our Pierson v. Post discussion. Both of the cases have fun facts, and it is a great introduction to legal reasoning -- taking the rules and policies from one case and thinking about how they should or should not apply in another context. 'Course, I can't teach about foxes and baseballs every day, so it's all downhill from here . . .
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