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Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices

Front Cover - Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices

Seventh Edition 

Joseph William Singer
Harvard Law School

Bethany R. Berger
University of Connecticut School of Law

Nestor M. Davidson
Fordham University School of Law

Eduardo Peñalver
Cornell Law School

2017. 1440 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8179-7.

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About the Book

This hugely successful cases-and-problems book is acclaimed for its textual clarity, evenhanded perspective, and contemporary, up-to-date character. The book is easily distinguished from other property casebooks through its clear descriptions of legal doctrine and its variations; its explanations of the social ramifications of property law; its emphasis on both statutory and regulatory interpretation; its comprehensive treatment of public accommodations and fair housing law, current tribal property issues, and property in human bodies; and its use of the problem method to teach legal reasoning and lawyering skills. New to the Sixth Edition, and enhanced in the Seventh, textboxes providing context, listing factors and elements, and defining terms add to student engagement and comprehension.

New to the Seventh Edition:

This Seventh Edition has been updated to reflect significant changes in the law of property to help professors keep current and be aware of emerging disputes.  These include multiple new Supreme Court cases:

  • Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), upholding disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act;
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, 123 S. Ct. 2584 (2015), finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage;
  • Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015), broadly applying the First Amendment’s free speech clause to sign regulations; and
  • three decided or pending cases with implications for regulatory takings, Horne v. Dep’t of Agriculure, 135 S. Ct. 2419 (2015), Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 1257 (2014), and Murr v. State, 359 Wis. 2d 675 (Wis. Ct. App. 2014), cert. granted sub nom. Murr v. Wisconsin, 136 S.Ct. 890 (2016).  
New materials and problems on several areas:

  • Collisions between the sharing economy and servitude, zoning, and landlord-tenant law;
  • Questions of the inheritance rights of children born through assisted reproductive technology;
  • Continuing litigation over the Rails-to-Trails Act conversion of abandoned railroad tracks into recreational trails;
  • Invalidation of the copyright on the Happy Birthday song;
  • Commonwealth v. Magadini, 52 N.E.3d 1041 (Mass. 2016), upholding a necessity defense to a trespass charge against a homeless man; and
  • The Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, adopted in 2015.

Casebook Features:

  • Respected authorship—Professor Singer is a well-known authority in the field. The three new co-authors are “rising stars” in the field of teaching property law.
  • Clear on the law; well-written notes so students can learn complicated rules easily.
  • Strong coverage of civil rights law, including fair housing and public accommodations law.
  • Strong coverage of statutes, regulations, and statutory interpretation.
  • Problem-oriented approach, applying concepts, rules, and doctrines to new situations likely to be found in practice, with updated problems.
  • Textboxes, pictures, diagrams, and contextual stories to bring the material to life.

Preface / Sample Chapters