It’s been a wee while since my last blog post, and yet so much has happened, including a relocation from Cambridge to Cornwall, the commencement of my legal career, countless readjustments, and our annual Christmas preparations, and yet one of the more pressing questions was whether, with all of the work ahead of me now and moving forwards, I would be able to find sufficient time to complete my latest and most ambitious book titled ‘United States Law: A Case Study Collection’.
Having worked out how best to finish this labour of both love and a passion for law, I’m now happy to say that I’ve sketched out a plan that will hopefully bring things to a close sooner rather than later, and so I suppose the real purpose of this post is simply to say that I am now firmly back on track, and feel very confident that the book will be published in the first quarter of 2020.
With little more to add besides my palpable sense of relief at picking up the proverbial thread, I will duly sign off and get cracking, as there’s almost two years of arduous legal research and writing just waiting to be shared with the world.
Oh, and should I forget to say it at any point – “A Happy New Year to all!”
I am pleased to write that I have just completed 36 United States civil procedure case studies, and we’re now almost into February 2018.
From an author perspective, I’m very happy with how things have so far progressed, and while there is still at least another year of work left before the book is anywhere near completion, it’s a healthy start, and one I can be very proud of.
When I set out to write this second compendium, I was vaguely aware of the scope behind its undertaking, however, I never accounted for the level of background study required to fully interpret and apply, federal and State jurisdictional citations, a la the notorious ‘Bluebook’, which has oddly enough proven itself the physical manifestation of the perhaps chaotic and somewhat disjointed affair that is United States law, in fact I feel like re-writing the Bluebook just to make sense of it all!
Nonetheless, it’s a process that compliments my methodical and organised approach to writing, thus my simplification of the cases has been relatively fluid; and I genuinely hope that the readers will embrace and appreciate the finished product when it’s eventually published.
I will stress that when constructing these kinds of books, it’s important to factor in time for the compilation of the cases, the numerous statutes, the glossary, the countless citations and accuracy of footnotes, the organisation of chapters and section breaks, all of which form the overall aesthetic of the compendium, and I suspect it’s not immediately obvious to users how much hard work and concentration goes into their preparation, so as to end up with a definitive and robust finished product; an area that I never truly understood nor appreciated, until I first began writing ‘The Case Law Compendium: English & European Law’.
In comparison to fiction, this type of educational resource requires a delicate blend of academic discipline and creative simplicity, and so I’m relieved to say that this volume is shaping up to be a very interesting read. I say this because there is a greater sense of getting to the point with US case transcripts, an urgency not typical to English law, yet which compliments my preferred writing style, and one I hope will serve the reader equally well when its finished.
On a side note, I have also been helping organise the textual layout of my wife’s upgraded online vintage store www.barefoot-vintage.co.uk, which has since run on for nearly three weeks, plus I recently contracted the H3N2 ‘Aussie Flu’ virus, to which five days of my life were unceremoniously snatched away, never to be returned, while I reflected upon my life as a whole and resigned myself to prolonged sleep deprivation and dramatic weight loss.
Fortunately, both of these temporary distractions are coming to an end, and so it will soon be back to business again, as I work through the remaining three-hundred and forty or so cases still left to analyse and simplify.
In closing, while it’s been nice to have somewhat of a break, I most definitely missed the world of case law, and I am once again, eager to get back in the saddle again, if only for reasons of sanity.
Today marks the commencement of my writing ‘United States law: A Collection of Case Studies’, the second instalment of ‘The Black Letter’ series of books, and my excitement is quietly simmering away as I begin preparing for the months ahead.
This book covers the principle law modules offered within leading American universities and Law Schools at Juris Doctor level, and will therefore include civil procedure, constitutional law, contract law, criminal law, property law and tort law. While I appreciate there has been a shift towards comparative and international law, particularly within educational institutions such as Harvard University, when similarly examining both Stanford and Yale, there appears an inclination to adhere to the core fields as shown above, hence I have decided to remain true to that ethos for simplicity’s sake.
While consciously adopting a linear approach, I aim to include around 375 case studies – well over twice the number found in ‘The Case Law Compendium: English & European Law’, and although there is perhaps obvious reason for this, particularly given the size and legal structure of American jurisdiction, I feel the end result will provide law students with more than sufficient insight into the mechanics of notable United States case law.
On a personal note, I am very much looking forward to this journey, and estimate that the book should be finished and available for purchase around summer of 2019, adding that I will consciously try to publish new case studies to this website where time permits.
In closing, I would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to those of you who purchased my first book (or plan to soon) and I sincerely hope that my efforts have been of valued assistance when working towards your chosen vocations.