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Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices, Sixth Edition

Joseph William Singer, Bethany R. Berger, Nestor M. Davidson, Eduardo Penalver


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    • New sections on cultural property, environmental law, natural resources, and corporations and other entity property
    • New organization with an attractive and engaging student-friendly format, including new diagrams, pictures, and background material
    • Fully updated with recent issues and cases such as Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (2013) and Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management Dist. (2013)
    • New chapter on equal protection and due process as well as more materials on RLUIPA (discrimination in zoning laws against churches and other religious entities)
    • New themes, including the emerging impact of climate change on property law

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    Published 04/03/2014
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    Preface to the Sixth Edition                                                                                              

    A Guide to the Book                                                                                                            

    How to Brief a Case and Prepare for Class Acknowledgments                                                                                                      

    PART ONE         Property in a Free and Democratic Society                           

    Chapter 1.         Trespass: The Right to Exclude and Rights of Access                                  

    Chapter 2.         Competing Justifications for Property Rights                                                


    PART two        What Can Be Owned?                                                                             

    Chapter 3.         Intellectual and Cultural Property                                                                 

    Chapter 4.         Human Beings and Human Bodies                                                              


    PART three    Relations Among Neighbors                                                           

    Chapter 5.         Adverse Possession                                                                                           

    Chapter 6.         Nuisance: Resolving Conflicts Between Free Use and Quiet Enjoyment                                                                                              

    Chapter 7.         Land Use and Natural Resources Regulation                                              

    Chapter 8.         Servitudes: Rules Governing Contractual Restrictions on Land Use                                                                                                       

    PART four      Ownership in Common                                                                          

    Chapter 9.         Concurrent, Family, and Entity Property                                                     

    Chapter 10.       Present Estates and Future Interests                                                              

    Chapter 11.       Leaseholds                                                                    


    PART five        The Legal Framework of the Market for Real Estate                                                                                                 

    Chapter 12.       Real Estate Transactions                                                                                

    Chapter 13.       Fair Housing Law                                                                                            


    PART six          Constitutional Protection for Property                          

    Chapter 14.       Equal Protection and Due Process                                                              

    Chapter 15.       Takings Law                                                                                                   

    Table of Cases     

    Selected Statutes 




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    Joseph William Singer

    Professor Joseph William Singer began teaching at Boston University School of Law in 1984 and has been teaching at Harvard Law School since 1992. He was appointed Bussey Professor of Law in 2006. Singer received a B.A. from Williams College in 1976, an A.M. in political science from Harvard in 1978, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981. He clerked for Justice Morris Pashman on the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 1981 to 1982 and was an associate at the law firm of Palmer & Dodge in Boston, focusing on municipal law, from 1982 to 1984. He teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, and federal Indian law, and has published more than 50 law review articles. He was one of the executive editors of the 2005 edition of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law. He has written a casebook and a treatise on property law, as well as two theoretical books on property called Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property and The Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership.

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    Eduardo Penalver

    Eduardo Penalver received his B.A. from Cornell University and his law degree from Yale Law School. Between college and law school, he studied philosophy and theology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford. Upon completing law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and at the Supreme Court for Justice John Paul Stevens. His scholarship focuses on property and land use, as well as law and religion. His work explores the way in which the law mediates the interests of individuals and communities. His writing on property has appeared in numerous leading law journals. His book, Property Outlaws (co-authored with Sonia Katyal), published by Yale University Press in February 2010, explores the vital role of disobedience within the evolution of property law. His most recent book, An Introduction to Property Theory (co-authored with Gregory Alexander), was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Professor Peñalver joined the Chicago faculty in 2013. Before arriving in Chicago, he taught at Cornell Law School (2006-2012) and Fordham Law School (2003-2006). He has also been a visiting professor at the Harvard and Yale Law Schools.

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    Bethany Berger

    Professor Bethany Berger is the Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she teaches Property, American Indian Law, and Conflict of Laws. Her articles have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and the Duke Law Journal, among other publications, and have been excerpted and discussed in many casebooks and edited collections as well as in briefs to the Supreme Court and testimony before Congress. Before entering academia, Professor Berger was the director of the Native American Youth Law Project at DNA-Peoples Legal Services, which serves the Navajo and Hopi reservations. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and Michigan, and as a judge for the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals.

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    Nestor Davidson

    Professor Nestor Davidson received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States. His teaching and scholarship focus on property, land use, local government law, transactional lawyering in the public-private context, and affordable housing law and policy. He practiced with the firm of Latham & Watkins, focusing on commercial real estate and affordable housing, and has served as both Special Counsel and Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Professor Davidson joined the faculty at Fordham Law School in 2011 and had been on the faculty of Colorado Law School since 2004.

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