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Professor Anderson co-authors law textbook

May 30, 2014
Professor Jerry Anderson

Professor Jerry Anderson recently co-authored a law text book with Daniel Bogart. The book is titled Property Law: Practice, Problems and Perspectives and is being published by Aspen Law School Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

Professionalism is one of the main points of emphasis for the book. The book aims to encourage students to develop strong professional judgment by asking them to apply legal principles in common situations lawyers encounter. Unlike most casebooks, the book focuses on material students will likely use in practice and helps to familiarize them with source documents such as deeds, purchase contracts, easements, covenants, zoning ordinances, etc.

The book was selected to be in Aspen’s new “Casebook Connect” series, which will give students an electronic, interactive copy of the book, with lots of connected features. One of the most exciting innovations are the video problems – a film producer in Hollywood helped to develop a series of video simulations that help put students into situations they would encounter in a property practice – for example, one simulation involves a zoning board hearing for a variance, another involves a real estate closing that blows up. It is believed to be the first Property book to utilize video simulations.

Numerous Drake Law School students were involved with the process: Erin Toomey, Jonathon Schroeder, Emily Ertel, Jeffrey Kappelman, and Matthew Hohenstein. Several Drake Law School faculty members also assisted Anderson: Martin Beglieter, Maura Strassberg, Shontavia Johnson, Cathy Mansfield, and Jonathan Rosenbloom all helped by commenting on chapters. Kristi Longtin played a key role by helping to format and proofread the book.  Even Anderson’s wife, Susan, was involved by editing the book.

Anderson was also awarded a Drake University Research grant to study England’s recent adoption of a title registration system and analyze whether it could be used in the United States. After some initial research in the summer of 2014, he will go to London for a week in the fall to meet with agency officials and property lawyers and examine agency files.

Jerry L. Anderson is the Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law at Drake University Law School. His areas of expertise include Property, Administrative Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resources. Anderson is widely published, has maintained a public service law firm, is engaged in environmental practice, and coaches a very competitive Environmental Moot Court Team at Drake. He has an earlier textbook, Environmental Law Practice: Problems and Exercises for Skills Development, (3d ed. 2010 Carolina Academic Press), was the recipient of an Honorable Mention from CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution for "Problem Solving in the Classroom," and is twice the recipient of the Forrest Award for Outstanding Teaching at Drake Law School.

Professor Daniel Bogart, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Donley and Marjorie Bollinger Chair in Real Estate Law at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, teaches Property I & II, Commercial Leasing and Real Estate Transactions. He is past chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of both the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. Professor Bogart began his teaching career in 1990, when he was named to the faculty of the Drake University Law School. Professor Bogart joined the Chapman University Fowler Law School faculty in 1998.