In this video summary, project Reporter Henry E. Smith is joined by Associate Reporters John C.P. Goldberg, Thomas W. Merrill, and Christopher M. Newman to provide an overview of this year’s Tentative Draft No. 1. The video discusses the overall goals of the project and provides a brief history of the Restatements of Property before addressing topics of possession, trespass to land, and bailment law.

This project was on the 2020 Annual Meeting agenda. Although this year’s Annual Meeting has been cancelled, project drafts are being produced and posted online. Each will be a Tentative Draft, but no motions may be made and no voting will occur. The drafts may be revised or supplemented before submission at the Annual Meeting in May 2021. 

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Henry E. Smith

Reporter, The Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property

Henry Smith is the Fessenden Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Project on the Foundations of Private Law. Professor Smith has written primarily on the law and economics of property and intellectual property, with a focus on how property-related institutions lower information costs and constrain strategic behavior.

Thomas W. Merrill

Associate Reporter, The Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property

Thomas Merrill is the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He writes widely in the fields of property and administrative law. Professor Merrill served as the deputy solicitor general for the Department of Justice in the late 1980s. He previously worked for the firm Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in Chicago.

John C. P. Goldberg

Associate Reporter, The Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property

John Goldberg, an expert in tort law, tort theory, and political philosophy, joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 2008. From 1995 until then, he was a faculty member of Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as Associate Dean for Research (2006-08). He is co-author of a leading casebook, Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress (4th ed. 2016), as well as The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts (2010).

Christopher M. Newman

Associate Reporter, The Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property

Christopher Newman is an associate professor Scalia Law. Prior to joining the law school, Professor Newman served an Olin/Searle Fellowship in Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he focused on his research and writing in the areas of property theory and intellectual property. Before that, he was a litigation associate with Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in disputes involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, corporate and securities litigation, and appellate matters.

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