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Federal Income Tax:  A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Donaldson and Tobin's Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Samuel A. Donaldson and Donald B. Tobin
ISBN 978-0-31429-137-0


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ABOUT THE BOOK
Federal Income Taxation: A Contemporary Approach uses several modern platforms to introduce students to the federal income taxation of individuals. After a general overview, the book takes two more passes through the system, each in increasing detail. This helps students see the overall structure early in their studies and gives context to new concepts as they are introduced. Helpful self-assessment questions allow students to measure their own comprehension and save valuable class time for more advanced discussions. Almost 100 detailed problems for class discussion require students to apply Code and Regulation provisions to real-life fact patterns. The book also includes links to several instructional videos with practice questions providing students with another opportunity to reinforce their understanding of the material. Like other titles in the Interactive Casebook series, the accompanying electronic version gives students immediate access to the full text of cited cases, statutes, articles, and other materials in the Westlaw database. It also contains hundreds of links to relevant videos, photos, articles, audio clips, and other sources that help make the subject come alive for students. The electronic version also allows for immediate content updates, easing the burden on instructors to prepare supplemental material.

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Corporations:  A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Palmiter and Partnoy's Corporations: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Alan R. Palmiter and Frank Partnoy
ISBN 978-0-31428-404-4


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is an accessible text for a Corporation law course and one readily adaptable to a Business Associations course. The clear, accessible narrative that students love is now everywhere, not just in selected sections. A new and updated online companion site includes Power Points, class outlines, quizzes and other materials. The second edition includes key updates on cases and legal concepts, including Citizens United, Dodd-Frank, and proxy access. The "other entities" materials are flexible so professors can customize, large or small.

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Legal Writing: A Contemporary Approach
Sinsheimer, Brostoff, and Burkoff's Legal Writing: A Contemporary Approach
By Ann Sinsheimer, Teresa Brostoff, and Nancy M. Burkoff
ISBN 978-0-31490-672-4


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This new Legal Writing textbook guides first year law students and those new to legal writing through the thinking and writing process used in the legal profession. It builds skills gradually and introduces students to reading and briefing cases, gathering facts using various methods, drafting memoranda and client communications, and writing for the court. Students will also learn to edit their work and the work of others for style and substance.

The text gives examples for students to use as models and has many interactive exercises through which students can test their newly acquired skills. The online text has links to the cases that students will need, definitions, videos, and exercises to help them hone their writing skills. In addition to learning about written documents and how to communicate in the U.S. common law system, students will also learn about civil law traditions through the comparative exercises included in this text. In addition to this international perspective, the text addresses ways to stay focused and reduce stress during law school and in legal careers through the concept of mindful lawyering. Examples in writing and on video showing how judges and lawyers stay focused and mindful are linked in the text. Students should enjoy working with this material and the online components of the text and will benefit from the unique features this text offers.

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Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 4th
Spencer's Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 4th
By A. Benjamin Spencer
ISBN 978-0-31428-784-7


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ABOUT THE BOOK
Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach 4th provides the most up-to-date casebook on the market that includes all significant developments in federal civil procedure through the beginning of 2014. New and relevant cases were added either as principal cases, FLEX Cases (available via the e-book), or in the discussion notes that appear after principal cases. Highlights include: Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, 131 S. Ct. 2846 (2011) and J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, 131 S. Ct. 2780 (2011) (personal jurisdiction); Gunn v. Minton, 133 S. Ct. 1059 (2013) (federal question jurisdiction); Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, 133 S. Ct. 1345 (2013) (removal under the Class Action Fairness Act); Atl. Marine Constr. Co., Inc. v. U.S. Dist. Court for W. Dist. of Texas, 134 S. Ct. 568 (2013) (change of venue and forum-selection clauses); Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) (damages v. injunctive relief class certification and commonality in class actions); AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011) and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S. Ct. 2304 (2013) (class arbitration waivers); Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013) and Amgen Inc. v. Conn. Ret. Plans & Trust Funds, 133 S. Ct. 1184 (2013) (predominance in class actions); Moore v. Publicis Groupe, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (Peck, M.J.) (predictive coding); Sekisui American Corp. v. Hart, 945 F. Supp. 2d 494 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) (spoliation and sanctions); Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013) (offer of judgment).

Additionally, the Fourth Edition fully incorporates recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and to Title 28 of the U.S. Code, including the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 and the 2013 amendment to Rule 45 (subpoenas). Finally, the Fourth Edition includes references where appropriate to the amendments to the Federal Rules proposed by the Advisory Committee in 2013 pertaining to discovery—the “Duke Rules" package and proposed new Rule 37 addressing preservation and spoliation sanctions—as well as the proposal to abolish the Appendix of Forms.

The casebook features a novel visual display and layout that uses text boxes, diagrams, and color/border segregated feature sections for hypotheticals, references to scholarly debates, useful information for students, and thought-provoking questions. A major distinguishing feature of the book is its inclusion of an accompanying electronic version with extensive hyperlinks to Westlaw versions of legal materials, Black’s Law Dictionary definitions, supplementary online resources, and more.

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Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Weaver, Burkoff, and Hancock's Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Russell L. Weaver, John M. Burkoff and Catherine Hancock
ISBN 978-0-31428-966-7


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This state-of the-art casebook is both easy and fun to use. It is designed to give you the basis for an enjoyable, comprehensive learning experience for your students, providing you with the sort of piquing materials that should prompt interested and insightful classroom discussion. The focus here is on teachability, rather than encyclopedic coverage of the field. Many modern, cutting-edge cases and related features are included, as well as the classic decisions, making it possible for you to show students the most current issues in the law as well as the traditional doctrinal underpinnings of this area. Numerous problem-style hypotheticals are also included throughout, serving to stimulate and encourage thought and discussion but also to help you focus your students on practice-oriented, analytical skills.

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Evidence: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Beckman, Crump, and Galves' Evidence: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Sydney A. Beckman, Susan W. Crump, and Fred A. Galves
ISBN 978-0-31427-874-6


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ABOUT THE BOOK
The 2nd Edition has been reorganized to reflect feedback from users and provides a comprehensive treatment of the former rules while highlighting the new language of the restyling project. The FREs are presented in a clear and concise format that is accessible and engaging to students. The casebook features a novel visual display and layout that uses text boxes, diagrams, and color/border segregated feature sections for hypotheticals, references to scholarly debates, useful information for students, and questions to provoke thought. Additional logic maps have been added providing a visual overview of challenging concepts. The chapter on the confrontation clause has been completely rewritten to reflect recent changes in the law and to provide clear treatment of the concept. A major distinguishing feature of the book is the accompanying electronic version with extensive hyperlinking to Westlaw® versions of legal materials, Black’s Law Dictionary® definitions, supplementary online resources, and more.

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Copyright:  A Contemporary Approach
Brauneis and Schechter's Copyright: A Contemporary Approach
By Robert Brauneis and Roger E. Schechter
ISBN 978-0-31415-374-6


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This Interactive Casebook provides a comprehensive and provocative introduction to copyright doctrine, policy and the contemporary controversies that animate the field. Numerous call-out boxes provide students direct links to a wealth of online resources including audio and video clips of the work at issue in many of the included cases. Short essays interspersed throughout the volume -- called "Copyright in the Real World" -- link the material in the cases and notes to every day scenarios with which students will be familiar. These features, along with the judiciously edited cases chosen for their interesting fact patterns, will promote lively class discussion and will suit the needs of all copyright teachers regardless of emphasis or level of experience.

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Federal Courts: A Contemporary Approach, 5th
Doernberg and Lee's Federal Courts: A Contemporary Approach, 5th
By Donald L. Doernberg and Evan Lee
ISBN 978-0-31428-368-9


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ABOUT THE BOOK
The new interactive casebook format of this edition is designed to promote active reading. By putting brief explanatory or background material and thought-stimulating questions within the opinions themselves, the book engages readers intellectually at just the moment they are most open to it. Asking a question while students are reading the case (instead of exclusively in the notes and questions that follow each case) can prompt students to read the remainder of the opinion differently from the way they otherwise would have, with greater understanding. Hyperlinks to other cases and to secondary sources make it much easier for students to delve further into the topic, increasing the likelihood that they will do so. More active reading will likely lead to better and livelier class discussion.

The text is largely structured as before, but offers new teaching/learning possibilities because of the interactive features. There has been major restructuring of Chapters 1 (Justiciability) and 11 (Habeas Corpus) to make them more teachable. Chapter 3 reflects changes in the Court’s approach to federal-question jurisdiction, with Merrell Dow fading into the background, replaced by Grable and Gunn v. Minton. The text also includes the two significant standing cases decided at the very end of the October 2012 Term: Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States.

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Federal Income Tax:  A Contemporary Approach
Donaldson and Tobin's Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach
By Samuel A. Donaldson and Donald B. Tobin
ISBN 978-0-31419-883-9


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ABOUT THE BOOK
Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach uses several modern platforms to introduce students to the federal income taxation of individuals. After a general overview, the book takes two more passes through the system, each in increasing detail. This helps students see the overall structure early in their studies and gives context to new concepts as they are introduced. Helpful self-assessment questions allow students to measure their own comprehension and save valuable class time for more advanced discussions. Almost 100 detailed problems for class discussion require students to apply Code and Regulation provisions to real-life fact patterns. Like other titles in the Interactive Casebook series, the accompanying electronic version gives students immediate access to the full text of cited cases, statutes, articles, and other materials in the Westlaw database. It also contains hundreds of links to relevant videos, photos, articles, audio clips, and other sources that help make the subject come alive for students. The electronic version also allows for immediate content updates, easing the burden on instructors to prepare supplemental material.

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Torts: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Duncan and Turner's Torts: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Meredith Duncan and Ronald Turner
ISBN 978-0-31428-023-7


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This casebook is organized to facilitate the study of tort law in the first year of law school. The text begins with an overview of the subject, pointing out distinctions between tort law and other types of law. It then covers intentional torts, negligence actions, and strict liability. The materials then build on these foundational principles by exploring more advanced tort subjects such as nuisance law, products liability actions, and defamation law.
This versatile textbook includes classic cases as well as contemporary cases relevant to today’s students. It also contains discussion questions and hypotheticals throughout. The text is available in both hardbound and electronic format. This casebook features Internet links as well as a teacher's manual, complete with slides ready for classroom use. In addition to the thought-provoking discussion questions throughout the text, the teacher's manual has additional discussion suggestions that will be useful for all levels of teaching, ranging from the newest professor to those who have taught torts for years.

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Domestic Relationships: A Contemporary Approach
Estin's Domestic Relationships: A Contemporary Approach
By Ann Laquer Estin
ISBN 978-0-31427-542-4


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ABOUT THE BOOK
In print and online, this new casebook considers the full range of contemporary domestic relationships, including families based on marriage and families formed through nonmarital cohabitation. The book presents the framework of constitutional and federal law that shapes family law at the state level, and materials to help students master the practical dimensions of family law including the mechanics of determining marriage validity, establishing parentage, and working with uniform jurisdictional statutes. Text boxes and links to online resources pose critical thinking questions and direct students to international and comparative dimensions of the subject, important ethical questions, and further reading.

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Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Kamin and Bascuas' Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Sam Kamin and Ricardo J. Bascuas
ISBN 978-0-31428-546-1


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This book provides a comprehensive overview of modern and historical understandings of the pre-trial rights guaranteed by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. Rather than focusing on holdings, it focuses on concepts and rationales. Carefully edited majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions convey the development of criminal constitutional law, exposing recurring themes and ideas across cases and over the decades. The Supreme Court’s classic and recent cases are organized around a politically agnostic conceptual approach, allowing students to grasp competing theories for understanding the key concepts underlying searches and seizures, interrogations, and the exclusionary rules. “Points for Discussion” following each case focus students on the points of contention among the justices, facilitating class preparation. The included online version links to historical materials and legal sources on Westlaw® and the Internet.

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Contracts: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Kunz and Chomsky's Contracts: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Christina L. Kunz and Carol L. Chomsky
ISBN 978-0-31428-307-8


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This casebook helps students learn more effectively by providing questions to induce critical reading and thinking. Well-situated text boxes provide supplemental information to expand understanding. With better advance preparation, students start class at a more sophisticated level and proceed more easily to deeper analysis. The material is presented in a visually engaging manner, and the accompanying electronic version links directly to cited sources. Restatement, UCC, CISG, and UNIDROIT provisions appear in text, eliminating the need for a statutory supplement. In addition to classic cases foundational in the development of many contracts concepts, the book includes newer cases chosen because they address current issues and modern business practices. “Practice Pointers” provide a transactional focus by explaining the function of common contract clauses. The book includes many problems, both essay and multiple-choice.

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Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Maggs and Smith's Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Gregory E. Maggs and Peter J. Smith
ISBN 978-0-31427-355-0


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ABOUT THE BOOK
The second edition of the casebook, which is suitable either for a one- or two-semester course, strives to make constitutional law easily teachable and readily accessible for students. The authors have selected the cases very carefully and provided fuller versions of the opinions so that students get a good sense of the Court's reasoning. Text boxes call the students' attention to important aspects of each opinion, and the book is filled with introductions, points for discussion, hypotheticals, and executive summaries. The authors present a diversity of views on every subject, and, reflecting some of their own disagreements, the authors have written point-counterpoint discussions on many disputed questions.

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Corporations:  A Contemporary Approach
Palmiter and Partnoy's Corporations: A Contemporary Approach
By Alan R. Palmiter and Frank Partnoy
ISBN 978-0-31418-997-4


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This new Interactive Casebook brings corporate law to life for students by focusing on the role of corporations in contemporary society. The book features important and modern policy discussions and includes chapters on corporate social responsibility, externalities, and criminality. At the same time, the authors have made it easy for professors to teach from this book. It covers all of the major relevant cases, includes statutory materials in the text, and synthesizes useful note cases as illustrative examples. The book also covers basic financial concepts, including accounting, options, and executive compensation.

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Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Pearce, Capra, Green, Knake, and Terry's Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Russell G. Pearce, Daniel J. Capra, Bruce A. Green, Renee Newman Knake and Laurel S. Terry
ISBN 978-0-31428-781-6


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ABOUT THE BOOK
In Print and Online, Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach makes legal ethics fun and challenging by offering a comprehensive treatment of the law and ethics of lawyers’ work in a contemporary and accessible format. Faculty will have the option of using the casebook as an innovative paper text or as the foundation for a computer interactive pedagogy that features thought-provoking internet links, as well as multiple choice questions that allow the professor to connect interactively with each student through TWEN, even in a large lecture class.

The casebook includes:
  • New user-friendly features, including What this Chapter Covers and an affiliated blog, contemporaryprofessionalresponsibility.com, that delivers real-time updates and shares teaching materials, including powerpoints, syllabi, and video clips.
  • Multiple choice questions that serve as "problems" to use in classroom instruction and also provide students with an opportunity, at the professor's discretion, to assess whether they have learned the materials by answering the questions on TWEN and discovering whether they understand which answer is correct.
  • New Global Perspectives Boxes that provide the most comprehensive international and comparative coverage of any Professional Responsibility casebook.
  • Improved methods for teaching both professionalism and challenging theoretical questions regarding the role of lawyers and the legal profession, including a series of simulations and role plays.


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Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Popper, McKee, Varona, and Harter's Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By Andrew Popper, Gwendolyn McKee, Anthony Varona and Philip Harter
ISBN 978-0-31425-557-0


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ABOUT THE BOOK
For experienced law faculty and those new to teaching administrative law, this text offers a complete array of the traditional and familiar cases as well as recent decisions in the field, commentary, original case documents, and updates. Cases and supporting materials were edited and organized in a manner compatible with many pedagogical approaches to the teaching of administrative law, and with an eye towards facilitating self-contained, efficient and engaging reading assignments for individual class sessions. The new edition takes full advantage of the interactive casebook format, giving students access to the full text of most principal and note cases, legal scholarship, and select heretofore unavailable underlying agency documentation. There are dozens of new text boxes, new and challenging practice hypotheticals, and a number of important documents reflecting the recent presidential transition. The text includes more materials on adjudication than many administrative law books, including materials on agency intervention and discovery.

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Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 3d
Spencer's Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 3d
By A. Benjamin Spencer
ISBN 978-0-31490-864-3


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This third edition includes several significant recent decisions from the Supreme Court, including those addressing corporate citizenship for purposes of diversity jurisdiction (Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 130 S. Ct. 1181 (2010)), the Erie/Hanna doctrine(Shady Grove Orthopedic Assocs., P.A. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 130 S. Ct. 1431 (2010)), pleading standards under Rule 8 (Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009)), compulsory party joinder (Republic of Philippines v. Pimentel, 553 U.S. 851 (2008), the relation back of amendments (Krupski v. Costa Crociere, S.p.A., 130 S. Ct. 2485 (2010)), and preclusion doctrine (Taylor v. Sturgell, 553 U.S. 880 (2008)). This edition also incorporates the 2009 time computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the 2010 amendments to Rules 8, 26, and 56. Finally, this edition includes recent cases addressing the topic of preservation and spoliation in litigation (Pension Committee v. Banc of America Securities, 685 F. Supp. 2d 456 (S.D.N.Y. 2010), Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. v. Cammarata, 688 F. Supp. 2d 598 (S.D. Tex. 2010)).

The casebook features a novel visual display and layout that uses text boxes, diagrams, and color/border segregated feature sections for hypotheticals, references to scholarly debates, useful information for students, and thought-provoking questions. A major distinguishing feature of the book is its inclusion of an accompanying electronic version with extensive hyperlinks to Westlaw versions of legal materials, Black’s Law Dictionary definitions, supplementary online resources, and more.

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Property: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
Sprankling and Coletta's Property: A Contemporary Approach, 2d
By John G. Sprankling and Raymond R. Coletta
ISBN 978-0-31427-554-7


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This casebook is designed to introduce property law to 21st century law students. It covers the standard property topics with a blend of familiar and modern cases selected to appeal to today's students. It also includes sections on intellectual property and environmental law. As with other books in the Interactive Casebook series, the accompanying electronic version allows students immediate access to the full text of cited cases, statutes, articles, and other materials in the Westlaw database. In addition, the electronic version includes over 180 photographs, maps, diagrams, original documents, and audio clips that help students understand the case materials, together with multiple choice questions and answers so that students can assess their progress.

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Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach
Weaver, Burkoff, and Hancock's Criminal Law: A Contemporary Approach
By Russell L. Weaver, John M. Burkoff and Catherine Hancock
ISBN 978-0-31419-453-4


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ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is designed to be easy to use and to produce rewarding and insightful classroom discussion. The focus is on teachability, rather than encyclopedic coverage of the field. The book includes modern cases that reflect the current state of the law and older cases that help students understand and evaluate the modern approach. The book contains numerous hypotheticals designed to stimulate and encourage thought and discussion. The authors have also included materials to help students develop practice skills.

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Titles Coming in the Future

Bonfield, LaPiana, and Donaldson's Trusts and Estates: A Contemporary Approach
By Lloyd Bonfield, William P. LaPlana and Samuel A. Donaldson

Hansen, Scafidi and Lim’s Intellectual Property: A Contemporary Approach
By Hugh C. Hansen, Susan Scafidi and Daryl Lim

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