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Editor: Paul L. Caron, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Foundation Press Publishes Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation

Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation Cover Paul McDaniel (Florida), Jim Repetti (Boston College), and I are delighted to announce that the new 6th edition of our casebook, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation, is now available from Foundation Press (and will soon be available at fine bookstores everywhere).  Here is the publisher's description:

The Sixth Edition continues the comprehensive, yet flexible, presentation of prior editions. It explores both the technical and policy issues associated with wealth transfer taxation. It is adaptable for use in a single course covering basic wealth transfer taxation or a sequence of courses dealing with wealth transfer taxation at either the J.D. level or LL.M. level, while presenting selected in-depth coverage of advanced issues. Within each section, the book moves from the straightforward to the more complex rules associated with the topic so that each professor can decide the level of complexity he or she wishes to reach in the course. The Sixth Edition thoroughly integrates all relevant amendments to the Code enacted through January 1, 2009. This casebook is unrivaled in scope and depth of analysis and in its flexibility for use in different courses using any teaching technique.

The new Study Problems book and Teacher's Manual (with answers to all of the problems) will be available over the summer, well in time for Fall 2009 classes.  (Faculty can request a complimentary copy here.)  The book makes an excellent Graduation, Mother's Day, and Father's Day present!

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This semester I took a course taught by Professor Caron, and we used the previous edition of this text. Like most students, I am usually a harsh critic of casebook editing, but I found this casebook better than most other casebooks for several reasons. First, the companion Study Problems book is a valuable aid for students. It presents questions in a way that highlights the subtleties of the material presented in the casebook. The problems are presented in small sections that correspond to sections in the casebook. This lets students identify which ideas they are struggling with and which ideas they have mastered. As to the casebook itself, it’s clear that the chapters have been very thoughtfully laid out. Each chapter starts with a clear overview, makes explicit references to the Tax Code section being studied, uses informative headers to guide readers, and contains a concise summary of related cases at the end of the primary materials. All of these things make the law much easier to understand. This is a very student-friendly text.

(To dispel any notion that I wrote this post to garner favoritism from Professor Caron, I want to tell you that I audited the course and will thus not receive a grade.)

Posted by: Rhett | May 1, 2009 12:56:41 PM