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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UNLV Boyd School of Law, or “Casebook & Textbook Central”

The intellectual reach of the Boyd faculty extends far beyond the borders of the State of Nevada. The faculty’s activities in advocacy and scholarship and its active participation in national and international organizations promote Boyd’s name nationally and internationally. The faculty’s authorship of casebooks and textbooks highlights its expertise in specific areas of law and exports the faculty’s reputation to law schools where professors teach and students learn from these casebooks and textbooks.

In October 2015 the Boyd faculty celebrated a new addition to the collection of casebooks and textbooks authored by Boyd professors: the first edition of Professor Mary LaFrance’s latest casebook LaFrance et al., Entertainment Law on a Global Stage, West, 2015. The publication of this new casebook is another opportunity to celebrate the expertise of the Boyd faculty in its publications.

Forty percent of the Boyd faculty have authored or co-authored casebooks and textbooks on a wide variety of legal subjects. Students encounter some of the casebooks in their first-year law subjects, such as property (Hamilton et al., Property: Cases and Materials, Foundation Press, 10th ed., forthcoming) and civil procedure (Stempel et al., Learning Civil Procedure, West, 2d ed., 2015).

Many Boyd faculty-authored casebooks and textbooks are or will be used in upper-level courses that are popular with large numbers of students – books such as Main et al., Remedies, Foundation Press, 6th ed., forthcoming; Rapoport et al., Ethical Lawyering in Real Life: Materials and Problems, Aspen, forthcoming; and Shoben et al., Remedies: Cases and Problems, Foundation Press, 6th ed., forthcoming.

Some casebooks and textbooks are designed for highly specialized courses, for example Birdsong et al., Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases, Aspen, 2d ed., 2009; Rothstein & McGinley, Disability Law: Cases, Materials, Problems, LexisNexis, 5th ed., 2010; Stempel et al., Principles of Insurance Law, LexisNexis, 4th ed., 2012; and White et al., Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Litigating Social Change, Carolina Academic Press, 2008. The strength of the faculty’s health law specialization is highlighted by casebooks and textbooks in this dynamic area of law, such as Griffin & Krause, Practicing Bioethics Law, Foundation Press, forthcoming; and Tovino, HIPAA Privacy Law: Theory, Policy, and Practice, forthcoming.

A number of casebooks and textbooks are designed for courses that focus on enhancing students’ lawyering skills; these books are authored by the faculty of the nationally recognized lawyering process and alternative dispute resolution programs at Boyd, for example Edwards, Legal Writing and Analysis, Aspen, 4th ed., forthcoming; Pollman et al., Examples and Explanations: Legal Writing, Aspen, 2011; and Sternlight et al., Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model, Aspen, 2d ed., 2010.

The global perspective of the Boyd faculty is evident in the comparative perspective and the coverage of international developments in faculty-authored casebooks and textbooks such as Blakesley et al., Global Issues in Criminal Procedure, West, 2011; LaFrance et al., Entertainment Law on a Global Stage, West, 2015; Rowley et al., Global Issues In Contract Law, West, 2007; and Goldstein & Trimble, International Intellectual Property Law, Cases and Materials, Foundation Press, 4th ed., 2016.

The more than 50 casebooks and textbooks authored by the Boyd faculty are used not only by professors at Boyd, but also by professors at other law schools throughout the United States; Boyd students study from some of the same materials as do students at law schools such as Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Michigan.