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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review Highlight Stone and Bales Arbitration Law

Katherine Stone (UCLA Law School) and Richard Bales (Northern Kentucky Law School) just published Arbitration Law, 2d ed. (Foundation Press 2010). The book spans 795 wages and all I can say is wow!. Though it is designed as law school case book, lawyer may find it to be a helpful reference. What I found most interesting is that the book separates commercial arbitration chapters from labor arbitration chapters. After the discussion of Pyett, the authors then raise the question whether this is still necessary. The book covers all leading cases and is full of helpful recent decisions as well. The book is also well organized and well written.

I would have liked to have seen more references to law review articles in the notes and was kind of surprised that there very few-particularly since both Stone and Bales have written large numbers of important articles. No doubt this was because the authors were trying to keep the book a manageable length-which they certainly accomplish.

The publisher describes the book as follows:

This casebook presents a comprehensive treatment of the legal issues involved in arbitration. The first four chapters address issues that arise in private arbitration, that is, arbitration that is the product of an agreement between two contracting parties. The last chapter addresses issues that arise in court-ordered arbitration. Together they will give the student a thorough and up-to-date understanding of arbitration law and provide a foundation for legal practice, whether in alternative dispute resolution or in the civil justice system. Extensive notes following each case provide supplementary materials and introduce topics for discussion.

Congrats to both authors. This book will be in my law office and I expect you might want to put it in yours as well.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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