The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary, Volume 1

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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012 - Law - 3236 pages
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Derived from the famous 1853 law dictionary used by Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary Desk Edition has been brought completely up-to-date by a distinguished and widely-published legal scholar and teacher. Steve Sheppard, with law degrees from Oxford and Columbia Universities, brings his scholarship, international practice, and litigation experience to bear in making the famous text as relevant today as it was when it first broke ground in American law. Definitions derived from contemporary as well as classic sources give the reference book its depth and authority. Building on Bouvier's structure and entries, Professor Sheppard has added thousands of new terms and rewritten many original definitions. 8,500 robust, paragraph-length entries explain more than 11,200 words and phrases, far more than the original two-volume set of 6,600. Every entry comes with the complete derivation of the term and quotations and– numbering in the tens of thousands and– illustrating its use, making The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary Desk Edition as comprehensive and thought-provoking as the great Abridgments of the Common Law. Each entry is written to be understood by the modern student, argued by the modern lawyer, and cited by the modern judge. An intuitive structure and thorough cross-referencing makes the first complete revision of this essential dictionary in more than a hundred years accessible and easy to use.

Features of The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary Desk Edition:

and• The classic becomes contemporary.

o Definitions derived from ancient and contemporary sources, with current statutes, regulations, cases, and treatises building on ancient and medieval sources

o Designed for modern use and contemporary issues

and• Every single entry complete with full derivations of the term and quotations that illustrate the use of the word or phrase in legal writing

o Demonstrates the great number of sources consulted in writing the definition

o Tens of thousands of quotations make this reference as comprehensive and thought-provoking as the great Abridgments of the Common Law

and• Authority in General Editor Stephen Sheppard:

o Widely published by Cambridge, Oxford and other leading presses

o Holds law degrees from Oxford and Columbia Universities, including a doctorate in the science of law

o Draws on international legal practice, litigation, and teaching experience for the selection of terms

and• Encyclopedic in scope:

o 8,500 entries, explaining more than 11,200 words and phrases, far more than Bouvier's original two-volume set with 6,600 entries

o Robust entries, written in paragraphs rather than sentence fragments

o Clear statement of meanings, context and usage of key terms

and• Intuitive structure, for ease of use:

o Major terms organize concepts and related terms: e.g. exceptions to Hearsay under hearsay, the forms of estate under Estate

o Thorough cross-referencing, making terms easy to find

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