PROPERTY: CASES, PROBLEMS, AND SKILLS (Aspen Publishers 3d ed. 2024)

108 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2024

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Christine A. Klein

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Shannon Roesler

University of Iowa - College of Law

Date Written: June 02, 2024


Property: Cases, Problems, and Skills (Aspen Publishers 3d ed. 2024) welcomes new co-author Shannon Roesler of the University of Iowa College of Law. 


The text emphasizes the rich tapestry of human relationships embedded in the ownership of real and personal property. Five recurrent themes highlight tensions inherent in prop­erty law and encourage students to think more broadly about property as a unified discipline: (1) possession and dispossession (highlighting how possession by some can lead to the dis­possession of others); (2) property law and race (considering how property law affects the distribution of wealth and power within a society); (3) the importance of place (highlighting the tension between property as a market commodity and as a place capable of fostering personhood and community interactions); (4) “just passing through” (raising the issue of “dead hand control”); and (5) “a changing world” (addressing the tension between traditional, stable property principles and changing social and physical landscapes).


The book is divided into four parts. Part One considers the rights of individual owners. Part Two looks at the overlapping rights and duties of multiple owners of shared property. Part Three examines the process of transferring property from one owner to another. Finally, Part Four studies how private rights can be limited by the interests of others or by the broader public interest through contractual, common law, statutory, and constitutional law provisions.


This visually rich casebook offers numerous pedagogical features to make the study of property law fresh and engaging. Features include (a) introductory doctrinal summaries, followed by problems that test the students’ understanding; (b) reading guides placing each case excerpt into a broader context; (c) sample property documents (including a lease, real estate contract, general warranty deed, and easement agreement); (d) chapter review problems for student’s self-directed learning; (e) statutory excerpts (including the federal Fair Housing Act); and (f) a summary skills exercise in each chapter.

Keywords: property law, casebook

Suggested Citation

Klein, Christine A. and Roesler, Shannon, PROPERTY: CASES, PROBLEMS, AND SKILLS (Aspen Publishers 3d ed. 2024) (June 02, 2024). Available at SSRN: or

Christine A. Klein (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

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Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Shannon Roesler

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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