Friday, March 2, 2012
Today Wolters Kluwer releases the 10th edition of the Epstein casebook, with Cathy Sharkey (NYU) as a co-editor. To see Epstein & Sharkey's Cases and Materials on Torts, click here:
The Tenth Edition represents the launch of a new partnership between Richard Epstein, who has edited this casebook since 1977, and Catherine Sharkey, who joins as co-editor for this and future editions. Our goal is nothing short of producing a Torts casebook for the next generation of torts professors and students. With that in mind, we have held fast to all of the intellectual rigor, historical depth, and careful case selection and comprehensive notes of the previous nine editions. But we have embraced change as well, adding diverse perspectives (such as race and gender-based critiques of damages calculations), incorporating contemporary empirical scholarship (especially on medical malpractice, damages and jury decisionmaking), and addressing the influence of technology (such as privacy and defamation in the Internet age). It is fitting that, with the Tenth Edition, we introduce the Smart Book electronic edition of the casebook, which will create opportunities for professors and students to incorporate additional materials, including photographs, podcasts, and videos.
We received requests for modest additions, including references to the Second or Third Restatement or other governing law. Many edits reflect this valuable feedback from professors who have used previous editions of the casebook. On several professors' request, we have also added "Problems," which are hypotheticals based on real cases. They are designed to test student understanding of major concepts, and answers are discussed in this Manual.
We welcome dialogue with all users of our casebook. We have benefited greatly from comments and criticisms received over the years. And we imagine that the new Smart Book will only open the door further to such collaboration. It is our hope that, together, we can build the most effective casebook for a new generation. We are eager to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.