I. Origins of Rights to Land (2 classes)

II. Controlling Land Use (6 classes)

A. Introduction

  • Hohfeld, “Some Fundamental Legal Conceptions as Applied in Judicial Reasoning,” 23 Yale L.J. 16 (1913)
  • Layers of Law (recorded lecture — 20 minutes)

B. Nuisance

  • Middlesex Co. v. McCue, 149 Mass. 103 (1889)
  • Arkansas Release Guidance Foundation v. Needler, 252 Ark. 194 (1972)
  • Boomer v. Atlantic Cement Co., 26 N.Y.2d 9 (1970)
  • Spur Industries v. Del. E. Webb Development Co., 494 P.2d 700 (Ariz. 1972)

C. Light and Air

  • Prah v. Maretti, 108 Wis. 223 (1982)
  • Adrienne Rich, “Dreams Before Waking,” in Your Native Land, Your Life (1983)

D. Trespass

  • Campbell v. Race, 7 Cush. 408 (Mass. 1852)
  • Morris Cohen, “Property and Sovereignty,” 13 Cornell L.Q. 8, 12-14 (1927)
  • State v. Shack, 58 N.J. 297 (1971)
  • Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

E. Zoning

III. Subdividing Rights (6 classes)

A. The Estate System

  • Freehold Estates and Future Interests (recorded lecture — 1 hour)
  • Johnson v. Whiton, 159 Mass. 424 (1893)
  • White v. Brown, 559 S.W.2d 938 (Tenn. 1977)
  • Melms v. Pabst Brewing Co., 104 Wis. 7 (1899)
  • Problem Set #1 (handout)

B. Landlords and Tenants

C. Concurrent Estates

  • The Common-Law Estates and Community Property (Recorded Lecture 60 minutes)
  • Problem Set #3 [handout]
  • Note on divorce in common-law jurisdictions
  • In re Marriage of Graham, 574 P.2d 75 (Colo. 1978)

IV. Transferring Rights (6 classes)

A. Sales

B. Gifts

  • Gruen v. Gruen, 68 N.Y.2d 48 (1986)

C. Death

D. Adverse Possession

  • Perspectives on Adverse Possession:
    • Powell on Real Property [DK 70-71]
    • Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature bk. III, pt. 2, sec. 3 (1739-40)
    • Mill, Principles of Political Economy bk. II, chap. 2 (7th ed. 1871)
    • Holmes, “The Path of the Law” (1897)
    • Holmes, Letter to William James, April 1, 1907
    • Salmond’s Jurisprudence 414-16 (2d ed. 1907)
  • Van Valkenburgh v. Lutz, 304 N.Y. 95 (1952)
  • South Norwalk Lodge, No. 709, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks v. Palco Hats, 100 A.2d 735 (Ct. 1953)
  • O’Keeffe v. Snyder, 83 N.J. 478 (1980)

V. Rights to Water (2 classes)

VI. Rights to Animals (2 classes)

VII. Rights to People (2 classes)

VIII. Rights to Innovations (4 classes)

A. Fictional Characters

B. Software

IX. Rights to Information (4 classes)

A. Health Data

B. Traditional Knowledge