Thursday, May 6, 2010
Christina L. Kunz (pictured left) and Carol L. Chomsky (pictured right) have just published their new casebook, Contracts: A Contemporary Approach. Ordinarily, I don't get too excited about new casebooks, but this one is different and worth a look. If you don't have a copy of your own, you can look at substantial chunks of the book on West's website (theirs is the second book listed in the Interactive Casebook series). You really need to look at the sample pages to see for yourself the extent to which this is a departure from standard casebooks. But for those of you pressed for time, here is the marketing blurb.
This casebook allows students to learn more effectively by providing critical reading and thinking questions and well-situated text boxes with supplemental information to explain and expand understanding. With better advance preparation, class can begin at a more sophisticated level and proceed to deeper issues. The material is presented in a visually engaging manner, and the accompanying electronic version provides live links to cited sources and useful websites. Provisions from the Restatement, UCC, CISG, and UNIDROIT appear in text, alleviating the need for a statutory supplement. The book is organized chronologically in the traditional order for contract analysis. It includes classic cases foundational in the historical development of many concepts and newer cases chosen for their teachability and lessons about modern business practices and current issues. “Practice Pointers” provide a transactional focus by explaining the function of common contract clauses. The book includes both essay and multiple choice problems that encourage periodic review.