Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Duff's New Workers' Compensation Textbook

DuffCongratulations to Michael Duff (Wyoming) on the publication of his new Carolina Academic Press textbook:  Workers' Compensation Law: A Context and Practice Casebook. The book's description:

The author wanted this book to serve as the perfect marriage between workers' compensation theory and practice. While the book covers most of the traditional areas of workers' compensation doctrine, it also dwells at strategic points to reflect upon the letter of the law. It dares to question doctrine and — more importantly — encourages even the beginning student of workers' compensation to do more than passively receive rules. The author draws on his real world experience as a former injured worker and workers' compensation attorney; and supplements that experience with his theoretical perspective as a teacher and scholar of administrative and employment law. The student is guided through cases by the use of probing introductory questions, reflection sections at the conclusion of many of the cases, and running commentary and ''interrogation'' by way of text boxes at critical junctures in the cases. The student becomes acquainted with a fictional injured worker — Ann Smith — early in the book and has the opportunity to reflect upon legally significant developments as her case becomes increasingly complex. In the final, problem-solving chapter titled ''In the Law Office,'' students are introduced to materials from actual cases demonstrating even more concretely how the principles they are learning are applied in practice. The resulting product is a natural fit with other titles in the Context and Practice Series. Students are introduced to a body of law through explicit engagement with it, and through exercises and commentary meant to refine their understanding through contextual interaction with black letter rules.

This sounds like a great choice for Workers' Comp classes.  Moreover, as one who recently discovered the amount of work required to merely co-author a first-edition textbook, I'm in awe of doing one solo.



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Thanks for the kind words, Jeff. I hope that folks will take a close look at all the Context and Practice titles. Given the current national conversation on law schools I think the series is an idea whose time has come.

Posted by: Michael Duff | Feb 20, 2013 6:49:07 AM

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