Casebooks and Geographic Bias

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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2 Responses

  1. Jordy Singer says:

    I actually chose my Civ Pro casebook (Subrin/Minow/Brodin/Main) in part because I perceived a slight Massachusetts bias, and thought it to be useful on balance to my students — many of whom are likely to stay and practice in New England after graduation. It is by no means a “regional” casebook, but many of the examples and case studies feature Massachusetts state courts or Massachusetts statutes. I view the incidental exposure to the terminology and structure of regional courts and statutes to be helpful, while not distracting from the larger “national” points of procedure.

  2. Arizonan says:

    Dukeminier is pretty eastern. For example, easements by necessity, which do not exist in many western states, are presented as the norm. The western analogue, private takings for access, is presented in a short note.