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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Book Review: Farnsworth's Restitution

This summer, South Texas Law Review published my review of Ward Farnsworth's "Restitution: Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment."  Earlier this month, I posted that review on SSRN.  I really enjoy teaching restitution in my class and this book is a must-have for practitioners looking to improve or develop understanding in this often overlooked area. 

For those interested, the link to the review is here.

Craig Estlinbaum

December 20, 2016 in Book Reviews, Books | Permalink | Comments (1)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New Edition of Randall & Randall The Discipline Book

The Randalls just updated their treatise entitled  The Discipline Book.  The 2015 edition is available in both a softcover and an e-book format.

The URL is

Both versions are now 458 pages to accommodate the softcover book format. The authors substituted summaries for the "full text" of the decisions set out in the earlier editions and added new case material. There are "links" to full text of in the e-book version and "text" URLs in the softcover version.

This book remains "the" treatise on public sector employee discipline in New York State and I could not imagine any employer or union side practice without it. The book outlines the Civil Service Law, Section 75 cases, Education Law 3020-a cases as well as a whole host of other cases. It is basically an A-Z book on discipline.

This years edition is quite easy to utilize in that the table of contents is updated. Additionally information, including instructions about purchasing it, can be found in the link above.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

June 27, 2015 in Book Reviews, Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ward Farnsworth at Volokh Conspiracy

Ward Farnsworth will be guest-blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy in the coming days regarding is new book, "Restitution: Civil Liability for Unjust Enrichment"  He posted his first substantive contribution, "Restitution law: Interesting and useful to the few who understand it" earlier today.  I have been teaching Damages at South Texas since 2004 and the chapter on Resitution is one of my favorites.  I am looking forward to his contributions at TVC and to reading the book.

Craig Estlinbaum

October 27, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Remedies | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Restoring Trust at Yeshiva

Lawrence Cunningham (George Washington) wrote a thoughtful post yesterday at Concurring Opinions about ongoing financial problems at Manhattan's Yeshiva University, home institution to Cardoza Law School.  When the Madoff scandal hit the papers I remember reading that Yeshiva's endowment sustained a significant loss and it seems now that loss foreshadowed the broader troubles the university leadership now faces.  In his blog post, Prof. Cunningham summarizes and critiques Yeshiva's ongoing efforts to change direction and restrore trust in the aftermath.

Cunningham has a new book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values, releasing in October from Columbia University Press.  His recent posts at Concurring Opinions on the book's themes, including yesterday's post and an earlier post, "The Babe Ruth of Good Business," have piqued my interest.

Craig Estlinbaum

July 8, 2014 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Colleges | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Reviewing Radin's Boilerplate

ContractsProf Blog (A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network) has been hosting a series of short reviews of Margaret Radin's new book Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights and Rule of Law.  Contributions so far have been by Ethan Leib (Fordham), David Horton (UC Davis), Andrew Gold (DePaul), Theresa Amato (Citizen Works), and Peter Alces (William & Mary).  It looks like there may be more to come. 

Hat Tip:  Kim Krawiec at The Faculty Lounge

Craig Estlinbaum

May 17, 2013 in Blogs, Faculty, Books, Contract Issues | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Developing Labor Law 2010 Cumulative Supplement Is Out

Management and Union labor lawyers as well as scholars all have one thing in common. Everyone uses the Developing Labor Law. It is one of the few treatises which I purchase. The 2010 Cumulative Supplement is out. It is available here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 

November 9, 2010 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Book Review: Korean Odyssey by Tai Kyun Shin

It should be obvious to regular readers that the Korean Odyssey by Tai Kyun Shin is a special book. This is because I do not usually cover non-legal or non-academic matters and I have never before reviewed a non-legal book. This book, which spans 291 pages-and which I read in two days- is easily one of the best books I have ever read.

The book is an autobiography of my neighbor and friend Tai Kyun Shin whose family was separated and partially re-united 40 years later because of the Korean War. The book starts out tracing Tai's life growing up in a town just south of what was to become the 38th parallel which still divides North and South Korea. Before the war broke out in 1950, Korea was one nation and Tai regularly traveled from his grandparents house which was to become part of South Korea and the home he lived in with his parents which became part of North Korea.

The book details Tai's flight to the South, at age 18 with no money or skills, to avoid conscription into the North Korean military and the amazing story of how he wound up in the United States earning three masters degrees and becoming re-united with a portion of his large family some 40 years later. Tai  was one of a very few Korean immigrants to enter this country before the influx of Korean immigration in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. The book recounts how he met and married a white woman in 1963 and had three bi-racial children at the time of the Civil Rights revolution in this country.

I was completely unaware that the North Korean government did not allow any phone, letter or internet correspondence and how many Koreans were permanently separated from their families for decades after the war ended.  When Tai got to finally become re-united with his mother and two brothers by traveling to North Korea in 1989 and again in 1990, he could not travel alone. He had to be escorted by a North Korean government official who also required him and his American wife to go to events praising Kim II Sung, the premier of North Korea. Upon being first met by this woman, they were told that "America is an imperialist country."

What is most fascinating about this book is the story of Tai's father who also came to the United States. His father, who also was unable to have any contact with his wife and his two sons (Tai's mother and brothers), remarried. When Tai had the opportunity to re-unite with his mother and brothers, his father (who is still alive today and living in the U.S.) did not want to re-unite because of the effect that would have on his second wife and on his second family. I cannot imagine the strain and family pressure that he and his son Tai must have felt.

It is apparent that Tai's motivation in writing this book had nothing to do with money. It was written because of the love he and his wife Joy have for their many grandchildren. It is my sincere hope that someone discovers this treasure and makes it into a full length feature motion picture. Until then, you can purchase this book for $25.00 by directly emailing Tai at I have no doubt that you will be glad that you purchased this book.

If any readers who purchase this book would like to leave a comment, I would be happy to post those comments so that others can see them.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 3, 2010 in Book Reviews, Books | Permalink | Comments (0)