Updating the Classics: Law Treatises in the Modern Age

9 May 2017


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Keynote speaker: Professor Caprice Roberts, Savannah Law School

A symposium jointly hosted by the Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law of the University of Sydney Law School, the Australian Academy of Law and Herbert Smith Freehills, Sydney.

Professor Caprice Roberts recently completed writing and editing Dobbs & Roberts on Remedies, a third edition of the leading American remedies law treatise. The previous edition was written by the original author 25 years ago. In this address, Professor Roberts will discuss the challenges of updating a treatise written by such a well-known author and will also identify some of the major developments in the law of remedies in the United States over that 25-year period.

Professor Roberts's address will be followed by a panel discussion on the role and value of law texts or treatises, particularly in the electronic age. When are they used? What do they offer that a search on the internet cannot? What do readers expect of a law treatise in terms of depth and opinion? How should a new author or editor approach the task of updating a classic treatise whose original author was individually or exceptionally authoritative? Is there a significant difference between a 'scholarly text' and a 'practitioner text' in law?

Chair: Professor Barbara McDonald, The University of Sydney Law School

Panel members

Professor Prue Vines, University of New South Wales and a Co-author of Fleming's Law of Torts
Adjunct Professor Donald Robertson, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
The Honorable Justice Mark Leeming, New South Wales Court of Appeal and Coauthor of Jacob's Law of Trusts and Meagher Gummow (and Lehane's) Equity: Principles and Remedies
Emeritus Professor John Carter, Author of Carter on Contract

About the speaker

Professor Roberts teaches Contracts, Remedies, Jurisprudence, and Federal Courts. Her classroom experience also includes teaching at Florida State University College of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law and University of North Carolina School of Law. Roberts is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She has held two federal judicial clerkships and represented clients in complex civil litigation cases in Washington, D.C. She earned a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law and a Bachelor's from Rhodes College. During her 10-year career on the West Virginia faculty, Roberts served as Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development. She has coauthored casebooks in Federal Courts and Remedies and won several awards for her teaching and publications.

In 2015, Roberts was cited by two United States Supreme Court Justices in Kansas v. Nebraska, a dispute about interstate river water, for accurately predicting innovation in the law of contract remedies.

CPD Points: 2

Time: 5-7pm, drinks and light canapes will follow the conclusion of the discussion, until 7.30pm

Location: Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 35, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however seats are limited so registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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