First Day of Classes

I just wanted to quickly post a picture of my class on Tuesday. I have 34 students. Only 2 are from Wuhan, although most are from other towns in Hubei province (Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province). Other provinces represented are Hebei, Hunan, Henan, Shandong, Jiong Xi, Guangdong, Fujian, Shanxi, Guizhou (I think that's it).

I teach all of my class on the same day, so I started out with a presentation about me and about Louisville and Kentucky. During the next hour, I gave a lecture about the structure of the US legal system, comparing it in part to a civil law system, like the Chinese legal system. I emphasized the role of courts in our system, and particularly the role of the common law. Finally I ended with a quick introduction of the sources of law governing intellectual property. I had a few questions, but I think that the students were both nervous about the first day of class, and worried about their English. We're using an electronic casebook, written by a colleague at Lewis and Clark Law School. This permitted me to be able to acquire copies for all of the students, and easily distribute it to the class. We'll see how it goes: I've never taught using a digital casebook before, so it will be interesting to see how it works.

I have also scheduled office hours for the students. My first one was today, and my office was packed. Many stayed for over three hours. I told them in class that they could stop by and talk about anything, and they sure did. It was a lot of fun.