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Aspen Treatise for Property, Sixth Edition

  • Joseph William Singer
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Property Treatise – Thoroughly Updated and Revised

This overview of property law addresses both classic and contemporary topics covered in the first-year property course in a clear, accessible format. The book offers clear explanations of property law through textual treatment, with numerous examples, analytical discussion of key cases, and issues followed by hypotheticals. The book places emphasis on disagreements among states about the applicable rules of property law, with explanations of the conflicting issues

With extraordinary clarity and insight, Joseph William Singer has written a comprehensive overview of the rules and doctrine of property law. The numerous examples and hypotheticals in Property, Sixth Editioncontribute to a rich pedagogy that illuminates both classic and contemporary topics. For the Sixth Edition, Professor Singer has been joined by Professor Nestor M. Davidson, and the authors have thoroughly updated and revised the treatise to reflect recent developments.

Among the Changes New to the Sixth Edition:

Recent developments in the law of public accommodations and fair housing on protections against discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, as well as updates to federal regulatory guidance on fair housing law.

Important recent Supreme Court cases on regulatory takings, including Murr v. Wisconsin, on determining the relevant parcel; Knick v. Township of Scott, on the ability to file in federal court without exhausting state-court litigation; and Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, on the standard for claims of physical invasion.

The challenge of “heirs property” to the loss of Black farmland and the rapid proliferation of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act.

Cases testing the limits of lease obligations and the boundaries of regulatory takings with the public-health response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Clear explanations of legal doctrine based on research to make sure the rules are up-to-date
  • Attention to both federal and state statutes that regulate property use and transfer
  • Generous use of hypotheticals that illustrate the application of rules and doctrine
  • Analysis of “hard cases” with short summaries of the strongest arguments on both sides of the issue
  • Attention to differences among the states and the reasons why states adopt different rules
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Joseph William Singer
Harvard Law School

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#39;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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