Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1102457
 
 

Footnotes (61)



 


 



Bill Allen in Class


Eric A. Chiappinelli


Texas Tech University School of Law

1998


Abstract:     
William T. Allen, Delaware's Chancellor since 1985 has had an enormous influence on the classroom. His thoughts have directly shaped the views of literally thousands of law students through the prominent placement of his judicial opinions and articles in the major corporations textbooks used in virtually all American law schools. In moving from a distinguished career on the bench to a professorship at New York University School of Law, Chancellor Allen will both effect and affect law in a way matched by only Joseph Story. This article offers a précis of the pedagogical settings for Chancellor Allen's work. The article first examines how textbook editors utilize Chancellor Allen's judicial opinions and articles to expose students to the fundamental corporate law settings. The article then discusses the range of issues for which Chancellor Allen's opinions are used. One major reason why Chancellor Allen's writings are consistently selected by casebook editors is because his prose is absolutely pellucid while maintaining an unparalleled level of brevity. The conciseness and precision of his opinions affords students the ability to grasp complex transactions with greater ease. Students are then better equipped to understand the result of choosing one rule over another. Chancellor Allen's writings are also highly teachable because they tie in the origin of the rule at issue by providing doctrinal background while also abstracting the legal question to precisely the level at which the casebook is pitched. In that way, Chancellor Allen's writings help students to understand how rules are shaped by placing cases in contexts where students can connect with what has come before and what is to come afterward.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: March 6, 2008  

Suggested Citation

Chiappinelli, Eric A., Bill Allen in Class (1998). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1102457 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1102457

Contact Information

Eric A. Chiappinelli (Contact Author)
Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )
1802 Hartford
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 434
Downloads: 36
Footnotes:  61

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.281 seconds