Lawyers: Teacher In Out of the Cold

Security Interests in Personal Property is a 1,500-page, two-volume work that took seven years to prepare. It sounds like one of those books that, once you put it down, is hard to pick up. Even its author calls it "forbiddingly technical, a practitioner's manual." But lawyers regard it as far more. "We haven't had any treatises like this for some years," says University of Chicago Law School Dean Phil Neal. "The closest analogies would be the great treatises of Wigmore on evidence and Williston on sales and contracts." Soon after publication...

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