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Bankruptcy (2016)

Bruce A. Markell

Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Practice
Northwestern University School of Law


Lawrence Ponoroff

Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law


Being a College Student (2014)

Paula A. Franzese

Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law


Being a Law Student (2014)

Paula A. Franzese

Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law


Being a Lawyer (2012)

Paul D. Bennett

Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Child and Family Law Clinic
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law


Kenney F. Hegland

James E. Rogers Professor Emeritus of Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law


Business Organizations (2016)

David G. Epstein

George E. Allen Professor of Law
University of Richmond School of Law


Civil Procedure (2014)

Richard D. Freer

Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law
Emory University School of Law


Constitutional Law (2013)

Mark C. Alexander

Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law


Contracts (2012)

David G. Epstein

George E. Allen Professor of Law
University of Richmond School of Law


Bruce A. Markell

Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Practice
Northwestern University School of Law


Lawrence Ponoroff

Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law


Copyright (2017)

Michael D. Murray

Professor of Law
University of Massachusetts School of Law


Criminal Law (2016)

Joseph E. Kennedy

Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law


Criminal Procedure, 3d (2018)

Leslie W. Abramson

Frost Brown Todd Professor of Law
University of Louisville School of Law


Effective Client Interviewing and Counseling (2016)

O.J. Salinas

Clinical Associate Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law


Elder Law (2013)

Robert B. Fleming

Attorney
Tucson, AZ


Kenney F. Hegland

James E. Rogers Professor Emeritus of Law
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law


Federal Income Taxation (2017)

Joel S. Newman

Professor of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law


Financial Well-Being (2014)

Sherri Burr

Regents Professor
The University of New Mexico School of Law


Mediation (2014)

Will Pryor

Attorney
Dallas, TX


Networking (2017)

Desiree Jaeger-Fine, Esq.

Jaeger-Fine Consulting, LLC


Property, 2d (2012)

Paula A. Franzese

Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law


the First Amendment (2016)

Mark C. Alexander

Professor of Law
Seton Hall University School of Law


Robert C. Power

Distinguished Professor of Law
Widener University Commonwealth Law School


the Law of Sales (2017)
the MPRE (2016)

Leah M. Christensen

Associate Professor of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law


Torts (2012)

Roger E. Schechter

Professor of Law
The George Washington University Law School


The Short & Happy Guide Titles


A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BANKRUPTCY (2016)
Subject Area: Bankruptcy
Written by: Bruce A. Markell and Lawrence Ponoroff

Bankruptcy is a complicated subject that covers a lot of ground. Bankruptcy lawyers can be found on Main Street and Wall Street. This efficient and effective guide to Bankruptcy will help you see the big picture. The authors focus on explaining the key concepts or building blocks that apply in any type of bankruptcy case, and then help you see those concepts in action in cases under the different chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, in proceedings ranging from individual consumer debtors in Chapter 7 or 13 to Fortune 500 Corporations in Chapter 11. To make the learning process more bearable, the authors have also infused the book with humor. Each of the authors is nationally-renowned law teacher who has practiced and taught Bankruptcy for many years. One of them is even a former bankruptcy judge. Based on that experience, in this book they have set forth understandable techniques for mastering the law governing bankruptcy law, procedure, and real-world practice (in an exceedingly attractive manner).

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT (2014)
Subject Area: Academic and Career Success
Written by: Paula A. Franzese

A Short & Happy Guide to Being a College Student is a must-read whenever worry or doubt creep in, reminding you that you are precisely where you are meant to be. In this volume you will find essential wisdom for your studies and life. Learn from the unprecedented ten-time recipient of the Professor of the Year award how to be your best in and out of class, how to prepare for exams, how to put your best foot forward on a job interview, how to find teachers to inspire you, what to do in classes that leave you uninspired, how to cope with stress and how to create value in everything that you do.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A LAW STUDENT (2014)
Subject Area: Academic and Career Success
Written by: Paula A. Franzese

A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Law Student is a must-read whenever worry or doubt creep in. In this volume you will find essential wisdom for the study of law and life. Learn from the unprecedented ten-time recipient of the Professor of the Year award how to be your best in and out of class, how to prepare for exams, how to succeed on exams, how to put your best foot forward in a job interview, how to find teachers to inspire you, what to do in classes that leave you uninspired, how to cope with stress and how to create value in everything you do.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BEING A LAWYER (2012)
Subject Area: Academic and Career Success
Written by: Kenney F. Hegland and Paul D. Bennett

This is a friendly and helpful companion for clinical students and new lawyers as they venture forth. Among its topics are solving problems, telling stories, coping with lies and mistakes, interviewing and counseling clients, investigating and negotiating cases, writing legal memos, making oral arguments and trying lawsuits. Kenney Hegland introduced many to legal education with The Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell. Paul Bennett is a well known clinician. There are many fine books focusing on specific lawyering skills; this one is unique: it covers, in 115 pages, a lot of them. It's a wonderful review of the trees and a needed overview of the forest. It's quite readable: short and happy, quick and funny. Dollars to donuts, this book will be your students' favorite, the one they will take with them. You will be even more popular.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS (2016)
Subject Area: Business
Written by: David G. Epstein

“Short and Happy”? This book is indeed “short” - much shorter than any other student guide. The reason is that other student guides are written to help your students understand their business associations/organizations course, to get them through 42 or 56 class hours. This student guide is different. It is written to help your students understand final exam questions – to get them through a 3 or 4 hour exam. Rather than teaching students how cases and concepts are applied in the real world, this book teaches them how cases and concepts need to be applied in the “unreal” world of law school exams. This is the book to read after students have spent the semester working on law review (Or was it clinic? Or client counseling competitions? Or Kundalini yoga? Or shape note singing?) instead of Business Associations.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO CIVIL PROCEDURE (2014)
Subject Area: Civil Procedure
Written by: Richard D. Freer

Of all the first-year subjects, Civil Procedure is the most foreign to students' experience. This book will demystify Civil Procedure. It will explain the doctrine and make it easy to remember. It includes numerous tips for civil procedure exams (as well as regarding law school exams generally). Before you know it, you'll be part of the hip crowd – the Civ Pro crowd.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2013)
Subject Area: Constitutional Law
Written by: Mark C. Alexander

This efficient book takes the complex subject matter of Constitutional Law and makes it easier to understand and digest. World-renowned Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Alexander carefully explains the key concepts involved in Con Law and also brings it home with straightforward explanations of why you are reading and discussing the cases you are assigned every day. The subject matter runs the gamut from Marbury v. Madison and the structural side of the course to Due Process and Equal Protection. In addition, he provides exam-taking tips, and general words of guidance on how to make it through law school, and beyond, to a rewarding legal career.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO CONTRACTS (2012)
Subject Area: Contracts
Written by: David G. Epstein, Bruce A. Markell, and Lawrence Ponoroff

This efficient and exceedingly effective guide to Contracts will help you see the big picture. The authors focus on making the key concepts of contract law, and the relationship among those concepts, easier to understand and retain. The authors have also infused the book with humor, believing there is nothing inconsistent between a rigorous academic experience and having a little fun. Each of the authors is nationally-renowned law teacher who has taught Contracts for decades. Based on that experience, in this book they have set forth understandable techniques for mastering the law governing each critical aspect of the contract relationship, including, contract formation (offer and acceptance), enforcement (consideration and defenses), interpretation, performance, breach, and remedies.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT (2017) New Title!
Subject Area: Intellectual Property-Copyright
Written by: Michael D. Murray

The Short and Happy Guide to Copyright is a succinct, enjoyable, and time-friendly text that is designed for you:
  • To get up to speed on the biggest issues of copyright law, and the black letter law addressing those issues;
  • To educate yourself as to your future clients' rights, potential liabilities, and options and opportunities regarding legal problems in copyright. Whether you plan to specialize in copyright or intellectual property, or simply want to be available to your firm or law office as an attorney who can take on a novel problem in an exciting and potentially high-profile and high-dollar-value area of your firm's or office's practice, this book will be useful to you;
  • To provide a vocabulary of legal terms to use when consulting with lawyers, clients, accountants, financial planners, and insurers regarding copyright problems in the creative, entertainment, and scientific fields;
  • To identify existing or potential legal problems in your clients' and your organization's practices. This guide will discuss a variety of areas in which exposure to legal liability or sanctions may present itself as a current or future problem based on your clients' practices and procedures.
Don't let the small size fool you! This guide is full of useful information about copyright, but it also is designed to be fun.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO CRIMINAL LAW (2016)
Subject Area: Criminal Law
Written by: Joseph E. Kennedy

This book leaves newcomers to criminal law with what they need most: key concepts they can remember! Too many criminal law guides bury the novice in detailed rules when nine times out of ten mastery of the fundamental concepts is the key to success on the exam or in practice. Remembering these concepts is made easier by a “forest before the trees” organization and the use of quirky, often funny examples that stick the concepts to the reader’s memory. Bonus chapters offer valuable tips for students on how to succeed in the study of the law. You’ll laugh and learn.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 3D (2018) New Edition!
Subject Area: Criminal Procedure
Written by: Leslie W. Abramson

This Short and Happy Guide makes the law about police practices and criminal trial proceedings accessible and easy to remember. Learn the key points of search and seizure law, police interrogation, the right to counsel, the exclusionary rule, pretrial release, grand jury investigations, joinder, criminal discovery, plea bargaining, jury trials, pretrial publicity, double jeopardy, appeals, and post-conviction standards. Dominate your classes in Criminal Procedure and your skills courses in Trial Advocacy!

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE CLIENT INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING (2016)
Subject Area: Interviewing And Counseling
Written by: O.J. Salinas

In this Short and Happy Guide, Professor Salinas combines his litigation experience and background in counseling to provide an engaging introduction to effective client interviewing and counseling. Read hypothetical exchanges between attorneys and clients that demonstrate the counseling skills and techniques that will have you embracing your job as an attorney AND counselor. Whether you are doing simulated client interviews in a law school class, or whether you are getting ready to work with a client in your law office conference room, you can use this book to help strengthen your ability to become an effective attorney AND counselor!

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO ELDER LAW (2013)
Subject Area: Elder Law
Written by: Kenney F. Hegland and Robert B. Fleming

Students taking elder law, working in elder clinics, or simply dealing with aging relatives, should be assigned this book. Quick and easy it offers a legal checkup and describes how it is to grow older. It covers the legal issues, but also the critical not-on-the-syllabus issues: talking to one's family, recognizing elder abuse, dealing with disability and death. Kenney Hegland is known for clear writing and questionable jokes; Robert Fleming, in the trenches for 35 years, is known, along with Professor Rebecca Morgan, as the “rock star” of NAELA (National Association of Elder Law Attorneys).

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION (2017) New Title!
Subject Area: Tax-Income
Written by: Joel S. Newman

A pleasant stroll through the thickets of the basic law school income tax course. Newman addresses all of the usual suspects, including income, deductions, capital gains, and timing. There are photos of narrow Amsterdam canal houses, an English building with bricked up windows, and a short-tailed dog, to show how tax laws can change just about everything. Also, there are photos of some outrageous ABBA costumes, presumably tax-deductible because they couldn’t possibly wear them at home. Finally, there is a series of applications of basic tax principles to some of your favorite fairy tales.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO FINANCIAL WELL-BEING (2014)
Subject Area: Academic and Career Success
Written by: Sherri Burr

This book uses colorful characters like Lively Law Student, Learned Lawyer, Published Poet, Reliable Realtor, Scattered Secretary and Seattle Businessman to explain money management in a simplified, yet humorous manner. The tips provided can also generate discussion for classes, civic groups, and the dinner table.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO MEDIATION (2014)
Subject Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Written by: Will Pryor

A Short & Happy Guide to Mediation is for lawyers who want better results from mediation, clients curious about an upcoming mediation, mediators who want to become more effective, and students who want to explore dispute resolution as a career. What disputes should be mediated? Who gets to be the mediator and how do you choose the right one? How can preparation for a mediation lead to a more successful result? What are some things about the practice of mediation these days that we can improve? A Short & Happy Guide to Mediation addresses these and many other intriguing questions.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO NETWORKING (2017) New Title!
Subject Area: Academic Success, Career Success
Written by: Desiree Jaeger-Fine

What if someone told you that you don’t have to go to networking receptions? What if someone told you that you don’t need an elevator pitch? What if someone told you to stop obsessing over your personal brand?

What if someone told you to forget everything you have ever heard about networking?

This book will share the only thing that truly matters….

The need to network has been preached to exhaustion while simultaneously made incomprehensible. This Short & Happy Guide eliminates the hoopla the popular press and others have created around a behavior that is as old as our society. The term networking is an invention—building relationships is deeply human. This book cuts through the clutter and outlines how everyone can build relationships in a way that is not only comfortable but enjoyable. No ploys or stunts, no templates or arbitrary rules. And if you don’t want to go to networking receptions, you really don’t have to. You can still—and will—be an exceptional networker.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO PROPERTY, 2D (2012)
Subject Area: Property Law
Written by: Paula A. Franzese

This efficient and effective Second Edition takes difficult subject matter and makes it accessible and easy to remember. Professor Paula Franzese, a nationally renowned teacher and scholar, sets forth understandable techniques for mastering estates in land and future interests (including the dreaded rule against perpetuities), concurrent estates, landlord-tenant law, servitudes, land transactions, recording system, zoning, and eminent domain and includes, in this expanded Second Edition, the top ten themes of Property law, the rule of capture, and the law of finders. Learn from this nine-time recipient of the Professor of the Year Award and become a property connoisseur!

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2016)
Subject Area: First Amendment
Written by: Robert C. Power and Mark C. Alexander

This concise guide breaks down a complicated topic—the First Amendment—and makes it understandable and fun. The book walks briskly through cases, rules, and theories to draw a reader-friendly road map of the First Amendment. Two law school deans and First Amendment enthusiasts, Bob Power and Mark Alexander, synthesize principles with memorable examples and a sharp wit. Their analysis reveals the common sense behind much First Amendment law, and at the same time identifies some of its flaws and inconsistencies. The book addresses the deep historic roots as well as current problems such as campaign finance, hate speech, and electronic communications. It is equally useful as a general guide as it is for preparing for class and for exams (including the bar!).

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO THE LAW OF SALES (2017) New Title!
Subject Area: Comml Law-Sales And Leases
Written by: Paula A. Franzese

Learn the UCC from a master teacher. Professor Paula A. Franzese, featured in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press), is the ten-time recipient of the Professor of the Year Award and the creator and editor of the Short and Happy Guide series. This efficient and concise volume sets forth clear rules and techniques for mastering the elements of contract formation, content, performance, breach and remedies. Complex topics such as the battle of the forms, the statute of frauds, the parol evidence rule, excuse doctrine, warranties, buyer's remedies and seller's remedies are presented in straightforward, easy to understand terms. The examples are fun and engaging, and the checklists and summaries contained at the beginning and end of each chapter are priceless study tools. Read this book and become a Code connoisseur and legal ninja!

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO THE MPRE (2016)
Subject Area: Professional Resp/Ethics
Written by: Leah M. Christensen

This Short and Happy Guide is meant to provide students with the essential concepts and overarching themes that are most frequently tested on the MPRE. The Guide covers the rules of professional responsibility giving students the best introduction they can have as they begin their exam preparation.

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A SHORT & HAPPY GUIDE TO TORTS (2012)
Subject Area: Torts
Written by: Roger E. Schechter

In this concise book Professor Schechter, an award-winning teacher and prominent national bar lecturer has balanced brevity and humor with a clear, crisp and thorough review of basic Torts doctrine. His comprehensive survey includes not only thorough coverage of core topics such as negligence and strict products liability, but provides an overview of the economic and dignitary torts, damages issues, and vicarious liability as well. As the series title promises, the author has kept it short, and the book will make students happy.

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