August 10, 2007
A Resource for Introducing the American Legal System
I would like to recommend highly a book that introduces students to the American legal system by following a case through all of its stages. Aspen has recently published John Humbach's book entitled Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System. Professor John Humbach is a faculty member at Pace University.
The DeWeerth v. Baldinger case regarding a Monet painting is used as the common thread throughout the book. This case illustrates the strategy and analysis required by lawyers as well as the procedural steps in a civil law suit. The book is very readable and includes commentary about the legal system, analysis of the case, and study questions in each chapter. Examples of correspondence and court documents are included as well in some chapters.
This book could be used in a number of ways. It would be a great summer reading requirement for entering law students; it could be used as a supplemental text in a course; or it could be a valuable addition to an academic success program library. (Amy Jarmon)
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