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How Would You Rule?

Legal Puzzles, Brainteasers, and Dilemmas from the Law's Strangest Cases

Daniel W. Park (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 9780520290587
November 2016
$29.95, £25.00
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How Would You Rule is a lighthearted introduction to fundamental concepts of law through strange but true legal cases. Each chapter tells the story of a different case and presents the main arguments of the opposing parties. The twist? Before the ruling of the court is revealed, readers are challenged to put themselves in the shoes—or the robes—of the judges and decide for themselves how they would rule in these cases. After coming up with their own solutions, readers can learn how the actual judges resolved the disputes. The goal is to get readers to think for themselves about what’s right and what's wrong, sharpening their own instincts for the reasons and analyses that win arguments.
1. A Duty to Die
2. Bringing a Gun to a Fistfight
3. Don’t Lie to Me
4. Show Me Yours
5. Dead Dogs Don’t Bark
6. When Is Fruit a Vegetable?
7. Private Parts
8. Is a Burrito a Sandwich?
9. Haunted Contracts
10. That Jet Won’t Fly
11. What Have You Done for Me Lately?
12. The Dancer Who Didn’t Dance
13. A Peerless Peer
14. And the Band Played On
15. Don’t Do Me Like That
16. The Five-Year-Old Defendant
17. Don’t Forget to Duck
18. The Worth of a Chance
19. Pray at Your Own Risk
20. Coin-Flip Wrongdoers
21. Growing Your Own
22. Your Body, My Body
23. Imagine No (Copyright) Possessions
24. My Barbie World
25. A Time for Dying
26. The Voice of God
27. Judging Jenna
28. Three Generations
29. A Good Walk Spoiled
30. That’s My Mother You’re Talking About!
31. Funeral Crashers
32. Bench Memo

Daniel W. Park is Chief Campus Counsel at the University of California, San Diego. A graduate of Yale Law School, he is the author of The Legal Mind: How the Law Thinks and teaches law at University of California, San Diego, Extension.
“This book is engaging from beginning to end. The problems are challenging, the explanations are thoughtful, and the stories are exceptionally well told.”—Steven Lubet, author of Lawyers’ Poker: 52 Lessons That Lawyers Can Learn from Card Players and Modern Trial Advocacy

"Think through these extraordinary legal cases: agree with the rulings or exclaim surprised disagreement. Feel surprise, get angry, sharpen your intuitions, think for yourself. Like no one else, Daniel W. Park can translate the complex issues of the legal system into an irresistible learning experience."—Dr. David Eagleman, neuroscientist, host of PBS's The Brain

“This book provides an invaluable set of learning tools for students to challenge their understanding of legal concepts through application of key principles and precedents to real-world situations. The opportunity to assess decisions of actual judges—and to even feel free to disagree with those rulings—can only help to facilitate the acquisition of important skills germane to success in law school and in the legal profession.”—Hemant Sharma, coauthor of An Introduction to the American Legal System

“This book is the perfect ancillary for the flipped classroom. Students will read the related course concepts and then the application of those concepts can be discussed as they relate to these cases. Using the book in this way is an engaging pedagogy to excite the students to learn the law and be a ‘judge for a day.'"—Becky Kohler da Cruz, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Law, Armstrong State University

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