Fall 2014

Property ( Section 4 )




Daily class assignments are found in the syllabus. Over the course of the semester you will have the opportunity to submit written answers to a set of problems about disability provisions in adverse possession statutes and/or a sample exam question. You should be ready to take a crack at one of the issues in the sample exam question when we reach the end of the section on adverse possession. I have now posted the entire sample exam. It raises some issues that we will not cover until November, but there’s plenty to think (and write) about now.

The assignment about disability provisions should be relatively easy for people who are taking a course in Legislation and Regulation. It has ten questions, which involve comparing two statutes about disabilities in conjunction with adverse possession. It requires a paragraph for each question (perhaps two on the first one). The ‘answers’ to the questions, in terms of the bottom line, are given in the question. The trick is to justify the answer (or to come up with another one).

The exam question is more complicated. You’re not ready to do all of it right now, but what you are ready to do right now are the parts that deal with Andrew Stark’s will and adverse possession. The question is does Ebenezer have any argument that he is the owner Stark Farm now that Clarissa is dead, that her intestate heir is not Ebenezer but David, but that Ebenezer has been living there for some time, and still is living there. If it turns out that there is more than one way to make this argument (and there is), the question then becomes what is the best argument that we, Ebenezer’s lawyers, can make.

I’m a great believer in starting to write early. Students have a tendency not to do so until the end of the semester. I would urge you to take a crack at one or the other of the problems now. Send me your draft (rspang@law.harvard.edu). I’ll take a look at it, try to make some comments, and post the result anonymously on the website.

Listed below are the assignments for discussions that are found in the blog (under the course description) on the iCommons (MyHLS) site for the course. The general discussion is the only one that is active right now. How many I set up depends on popular demand

Sample Essay Question (Practice Exam) (Word doc)

Sample Objective Questions and Answers (Word doc)

Problems on Disability Provisions Sample Exam Question

Student Answers to the Preliminary Sample Exam Question with CD Comments

Answer 2014_1 Answer 2014_2 Answer 2014_3 Answer 2014_4



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