Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment
Don Mayer, University of Denver
Daniel Warner, Western Washington University
George J. Siedel, University of Michigan
Jethro K. Lieberman, New York Law School
Alyssa Rose Martina, Metro Parent Publishing Group
Copyright Year: 2012
Publisher: Saylor Foundation
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For a book that assumes at least a base level knowledge of law, it does well to cover the basic questions for any law student such as What is Law?. It also breaks down a lot of key terms and the context in which the law functions in each area. I... read more
For a book that assumes at least a base level knowledge of law, it does well to cover the basic questions for any law student such as What is Law?. It also breaks down a lot of key terms and the context in which the law functions in each area. I think it could have done with a glossary at the end of each chapter which would help for revision purposes. The chapters are organised in a logical manner which makes it easy to follow and the learning points at the beginning of each chapter make it easier to focus on particular areas when reading.
Even though the law constantly changes I would say it was accurate for the time it was written though some cases may be outdated (not the fault of the authors). To review it now it could do with updating some those cases. I did not come across any errors or points which I felt the authors were biased.
The concepts presented are up to date although some of the cases may need updating to illustrate the points being made. Those updates would be fairly simple to update.
The book is rich with legal terminology but each one is written in bold and gives a basic explanation on what the term means. Again a glossary of terms could be useful at the end of each chapter making it easier for students to revise. Once again the learning points at the beginning of each chapter informs the reader what they should get from each chapter and the case studies also work well when illustrating a point.
The book has the same headings throughout so you know what to expect in each chapter. For example, the 'Key Takeaways' are key points to learn. Sub-issues and headings are also clearly labelled throughout so there is no confusion when you are moving on to a new topic. The frameworks, particularly relating to legal concepts are also consistent.
This is one of the main things I like the about this book. It is broken down logically and follows an order that can allow a student or other readers to work their way through it. The colourful sub areas also break up the text visually rather than pages of heavy text.
The structure was logical and did not feel like a bunch of topics in no particular order. You could read a chapter and possibly carry something you learned into the next one so this was carefully thought out.
There were no navigation issues. I did not find myself having to flick back to something I previously read because it was sign-posted that way. I think it would be good to include hyperlinks to allow readers to reach a particular part of the book with ease,particularly if a case summary resides somewhere else within the book.
I did not come across any grammatical errors in this text.
This book does not appear to have any material that is not culturally insensitive or offensive.
This book presents a thorough summary of the expected topics relevant to an undergraduate Business Law course. I would recommend, however, that an index and glossary be provided for students to utilize while reading such dense text. The chapters... read more
This book presents a thorough summary of the expected topics relevant to an undergraduate Business Law course. I would recommend, however, that an index and glossary be provided for students to utilize while reading such dense text. The chapters are reasonably ordered in a logical manner that should be easy to follow, and the supplemental case studies pertaining to almost every chapter are helpful to develop and establish student learning with real life scenarios.
The content presented appears to be accurate and no information is misrepresented or biased.
Law is a continuously advancing topic, so as this book was published in 2012 the core concepts seem correct and relevant but case studies and legislation changes will need to be updated. I believe updates would require editing of the text.
Clear, concepts well explained, and the writing is very user friendly. This is one of the biggest advantages of this text. There are thorough explanations in easy to understand language.
The text is formatted consistently throughout the book, with clear road-maps of the expectations and topics discussed in each segment. I do believe an index and glossary would benefit the reader.
The text is divided into chapters, and then further divided into more concise modules that make it easy to cover topics individually or in the order presented. There seems to be enough subheadings to help the reader locate different topics.
Organization is clear and logically laid out. Easy to follow the thought process from start to finish, and topics seemed to naturally build on each other.
The lack of index for the text in both provided versions, and the lack of table of contents for the PDF could create some difficulties for students attempting to navigate the text.
No grammatical errors stood out within the text.
Nothing appeared insensitive or offensive within the text, it is appropriate and unbiased for this course.
I would recommend providing a test bank for instructors. The self-quiz questions in the textbook are pretty basic, but good for the students to review after each module before moving on to the next to make sure they are understanding the concepts.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Law and Legal Systems
- Chapter 2: Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
- Chapter 3: Courts and the Legal Process
- Chapter 4: Constitutional Law and US Commerce
- Chapter 5: Administrative Law
- Chapter 6: Criminal Law
- Chapter 7: Introduction to Tort Law
- Chapter 8: Introduction to Sales and Leases
- Chapter 9: Title and Risk of Loss
- Chapter 10: Performance and Remedies
- Chapter 11: Products Liability
- Chapter 12: Bailments and the Storage, Shipment, and Leasing of Goods
- Chapter 13: Nature and Form of Commercial Paper
- Chapter 14: Negotiation of Commercial Paper
- Chapter 15: Holder in Due Course and Defenses
- Chapter 16: Liability and Discharge
- Chapter 17: Legal Aspects of Banking
- Chapter 18: Consumer Credit Transactions
- Chapter 19: Secured Transactions and Suretyship
- Chapter 20: Mortgages and Nonconsensual Liens
- Chapter 21: Bankruptcy
- Chapter 22: Introduction to Property: Personal Property and Fixtures
- Chapter 23: Intellectual Property
- Chapter 24: The Nature and Regulation of Real Estate and the Environment
- Chapter 25: The Transfer of Real Estate by Sale
- Chapter 26: Landlord and Tenant Law
- Chapter 27: Estate Planning: Wills, Estates, and Trusts
- Chapter 28: Insurance
About the Book
Mayer, Warner, Siedel and Lieberman's Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment is an up-to-date textbook with coverage of legal and regulatory issues that are more technical than the topics in the authors' Foundations of Business Law and the Legal Environment.
Appropriate for students who have already taken an introductory Legal Environment or Business Law course, the text is organized to permit instructors to tailor the materials to their particular approach.
The authors take special care to engage students by relating law to everyday events with which they are already familiar with their clear, concise and readable style.
Advanced Business Law and the Legal Environment provides students with context and essential legal concepts relating to the Uniform Commercial Code and various aspects of property law. The text provides the vocabulary and legal savvy necessary for business people to talk in an educated way to their customers, employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders — and to their own lawyers.
About the Contributors
Don Mayer teaches law, ethics, public policy, and sustainability at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, where he is Professor in Residence. His research focuses on the role of business in creating a more just, sustainable, peaceful and productive world. With James O'Toole, Professor Mayer has co-edited and contributed content to Good Business: Exercising Effective & Ethical Leadership (Routledge: Taylor and Francis, 2010). He is also co-author of International Business Law: Cases and Materials, in its 5th edition with Pearson Publishing Co. He recently served as the first Arsht Visiting Ethics Scholar at the University of Miami. After attending Kenyon College (philosophy) and Duke University Law School, Professor Mayer served as a "JAG officer" with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, and went to private practice in North Carolina. He went to Washington D.C. in 1984 to attend Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his LL.M. in International and Comparative law in 1985. He began an academic career in 1985 at Western Carolina University, and was a full professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan for many years before coming to the University of Denver. He has taught as a visitor at California State Polytechnic University, the University of Michigan, the Manchester Business School Worldwide, and Antwerp Management School. Professor Mayer has won numerous awards from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, including the Hoeber Award for best article in the American Business Law Journal, twice won the Maurer Award for best article on business ethics, and three times won the Ralph Bunch Award for best article on international business law. His work has been published in many journals and law reviews, but most often in American Business Law Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Business Ethics Quarterly.
Daniel Warner is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Washington, where-- following military service--he also attended law school. After some years of civil practice, he joined the faculty at the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University in 1978 where he is now a professor of business legal studies in the Accounting Department. He has published extensively exploring the intersection of popular culture and the law, for which publications he has five times received the College of Business Dean's Research Award for "distinguished contributions in published research." He served eight years on the Whatcom County Council, two years as its Chair. He has served on the Faculty Senate, on various university and college committees including chairman of the University Master Plan Committee; he has been active in state Bar Association committee work and in local politics, where he has served on numerous boards and commissions over 30 years.
George J. Siedel's research addresses legal issues that relate to international business law, negotiation, and dispute resolution. Recent publications focus on proactive law and the use of law to gain competitive advantage. His work in progress includes research on the impact of litigation on large corporations and the use of electronic communication as evidence in litigation. Professor Siedel has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. Following graduation from law school, he worked as an attorney in a professional corporation. He has also served on several boards of directors and as Associate Dean of the University of Michigan Business School. The author of numerous books and articles, Professor Siedel has received several research awards, including the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Michigan and the following awards from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business: the Hoeber Award, the Ralph Bunche Award and the Maurer Award. The Center for International Business Education and Research selected a case written by Professor Siedel for its annual International Case Writing Award. His research has been cited by appellate courts in the United States and abroad, including the High Court of Australia. Professor Siedel has served as Visiting Professor of Business Law at Stanford University, Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, and Parsons Fellow at the University of Sydney. He has been elected a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Wolfson College and a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. As a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Siedel held a Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Jethro K. Lieberman is professor of law and VP for Academic Publishing at New York Law School, where he has taught for more than a quarter century. He took his B.A. in politics and economics from Yale University, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He began his teaching career at Fordham University Law School and before that was VP at what is now the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. For nearly ten years he was Legal Affairs Editor of Business Week Magazine. He practiced antitrust and trade regulation law at a large Washington law firm and was on active duty as a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam era. He is the author of The Litigious Society (Basic Books), winner of the American Bar Association’s top literary prize, the Silver Gavel, and also of A Practical Companion to the Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning (University of California Press), among many other books. He is a long-time letterpress printer and proprietor of The Press at James Pond, a private press, and owner of the historic Kelmscott- Goudy Press, an Albion hand press that was used to print the Kelmscott Press edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the 1890s.
Alyssa Rose Martina is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, professional writer, and educator. She started her first company, Metro Parent Magazine, in 1986, after serving for five years as legal counsel for Wayne County Circuit Court, one of the nation s largest state judicial circuits. As a dedicated entrepreneur, she saw an opportunity to fill a void for parents and established a family magazine. Today, more than 263,000 readers rely on Metro Parent as their parenting bible. Alyssa s company, Metro Parent Publishing Group, also produces several ancillary publications: Metro Baby, a biannual pregnancy resource guide; Going Places, a biannual guide to family fun in Southeast Michigan; Party Book, an event planning resource guide; and Special Edition, a resource for parents regarding children with special needs. To offer support and resources to African American families, Alyssa saw an opportunity to establish a second publishing company catered to the African American market. In 1999, the company was launched and today, BLAC Magazine, which covers Black Life, Arts and Culture, reaches over sixty thousand readers in the Detroit region. This monthly lifestyle publication explores and celebrates the rich cultural fabric of African American life in southeast Michigan, under the guidance of African American community leaders and educators and a distinguished panel of advisors who form an advisory council.