rsz_klein_rc_68033_001In a previous blog post, I discussed an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge by a group of ranchers protesting the federal government’s ownership of vast swaths of public lands, particularly in the West. I used the standoff to make a point about property pedagogy—that certain themes may be under-emphasized in traditional property courses. Among these are the tensions between the individual and the community; between rights and restrictions; and between private and public lands.

I have just published a new property casebook with Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer, that highlights some of these themes. A sample chapter is available here. A table of contents appears below, arranged to move outward from individual property, to shared property, to the public interest and public policies that impact the scope of property rights. The text emphasizes pedagogy, and includes a skills exercise in every chapter.

Part One: Property, Possession, and Transferability

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Property
  • Chapter 2: Gifts, Finders, and Adverse Possession

Part Two: Shared Property—Consecutive and Concurrent Possession

  • Chapter 3: Estates and Future Interests
  • Chapter 4: Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Chapter 5: Concurrent Ownership and Marital Systems
  • Chapter 6: From Private Property to the Commons

Part Three: Transferring Property

  • Chapter 7: Real Estate Transactions
  • Chapter 8: The Recording System

Part Four: The Scope of Property—Rights and Restrictions

  • Chapter 9: Contractual Limits and Beyond: Easements
  • Chapter 10: Contractual Limits and Beyond: Running Covenants
  • Chapter 11: Common Law Limits: Trespass and Nuisance
  • Chapter 12: Statutory Limits: Zoning
  • Chapter 13: Constitutional Limits: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings



Christine Klein

Professor Klein is a nationally known water law scholar, with expertise in both the eastern and western doctrines. She began her career as a water rights litigator in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General. Her legal experience includes positions as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; as a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Office of Staff Attorneys (San Francisco summer position); and as a clerk at Goodwin Proctor (formerly Shea & Gardner) in Washington, D.C..

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