Thanks to the innovation of Harvard Law Professor Christopher Columbus Langdell (whose stern visage graces this post), student in US law schools learn the law by reading appellate court decisions. The important cases on each subject are gathered together by the most eminent names in legal scholarship and sold at a thumping great price in a "case book." One of the problems with case books is that the decisions are heavily redacted in the interest of brevity. Sometimes the cuts are so extensive that the poor law student has only the sketchiest idea who the parties are and what the real disputes is about.
Foundation Press, one of the major publishers of case books, has started a series of readable volumes to help fill in the "back story" on some of the most important cases in American Jurisprudence. Currently the Zief law library holds the following titles in the "… Stories" Series:
- Business tax stories
- Civil procedure stories
- Constitutional law stories
- Employment discrimination stories
- Environmental law stories
- Evidence Law Stories
- Immigration stories
- Intellectual property stories
- Labor law stories
- Legal ethics stories
- Property stories
- Tax stories
- Torts stories
Click Here for a random page from the book Torts Stories courtesy of Amazon.
Click Here for the first page of the discussion of the Tarasoff case in the book Torts Stories courtesy of Amazon.
For more information on all these titles and their location in the Zief Library click on this link to Ignacio, the online catalog.