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Tort Law in Focus

  • Geoffrey Rapp
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Tort doctrine is complex and nuanced on its own; a torts casebook that mystifies first year students will not help them develop the core skill of legal analysis. Tort Law in Focuspresents concepts in a way that students can understand and apply. Rather than hide the ball, Geoffrey Rapp explains new terms clearly, and guides students in the specific techniques of applying tort law to practice-based problems. Along with concrete examples, Tort Law in Focus provides clear and thorough introductions to those areas of tort law (such as proximate cause under the dominant and new Restatement approaches; res ipsa; factual cause, including but-for cause and alternatives in special cases like indivisible injuries and alternative causes; the duty of owners and occupiers of land; and comparative negligence) that are especially challenging for first-year law students.

Professors and Students Will Benefit From:

  • Clear introductions and transitional text that frame key rules, concepts, and cases
  • A wide selection of modern, high-interest cases that apply dominant legal rules, and which, where possible, interpret and apply the Restatement (Third)
  • Summaries and discussion of canonical cases that convey the history and context of modern tort law
  • Examples, flow charts and maps that illustrate concepts, rules, and the relationships among parties and interests
  • Consistent use of problems that encourage students to implement “IRAC” (or equivalent) strategies for structuring their analysis
  • Samples of documents commonly used in tort law practice, such as demand letters and complaints
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About the authors
Geoffrey Rapp
University of Toledo

Prof. Geoffrey Rapp is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and& the Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law. &In 2016, Prof. Rapp was one of three faculty members from across the University to receive the Outstanding Faculty Research and Scholarship Award. I Prof. Rapp teaches and writes in the areas of corporate law, torts, and the sports industry. His recent papers include publications in the&emNorth Carolina Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, BYU Law Review,&emand the&emBoston University Law Reviewem. Prof. Rapp earned an A.B.&emPhi Beta Kappaem&in Economics from Harvard College (1998) and a J.D. from the Yale Law School (2001). Prior to teaching law, Prof. Rapp worked in private practice, and clerked for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prof. Rapp is frequently interviewed and quoted by local, national, and international media, including National Public Radio’s&emMorning Edition, CBS Sports, The New York Times, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Times, The New York Post, Business Week, Forbes, The Guardian (UK), The Toronto Star,&emToronto’s&emNational Postem,&emBBC Radio, The Washington Postem, emThe Christian Science Monitorem,em&, The Toledo Blade,&emand&emThe Washington Timesem. &

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