Historic real property treatise transformed into desk reference
By Scott Emerson
In 1949, Richard Powell, a Columbia law professor and expert on real property law, published the first volume of his treatise, Powell on Real Property. Sixty years and 17 volumes later, this historic and widely used resource has been condensed into Powell on Real Property: Michael Allan Wolf Desk Edition (LexisNexis 2009).
Wolf, the University of Florida Levin College of Law Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law and general editor of the treatise since 2000, has worked with other real property law experts, including UF law Professor Danaya Wright, to provide law professionals and real estate practitioners with a comprehensive guide to the American law of real property. The treatise is widely cited by courts throughout the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We followed three guiding principles in the process of condensing the main treatise,” Wolf said. “First, we selected those chapters that address the areas that are the heart of the practice and understanding of American real property law. Second, we have maintained the substance of the main treatise and retained the chapter-bychapter and section-by-section structure, and finally, we eliminated footnotes.”
Wolf said it is gratifying to provide practitioners with a practical and easy to use reference tool.
“This desk edition is just one example among many of the strong ties between the academic world and the practice world, and I am proud that my name is now paired with Professor Powell’s on the title of this book.”
For more information on Powell on Real Property:Michael Allan Wolf Desk Edition, visit www.lexisnexis.com/documents/pdf/20090810071109_large.pdf.
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