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    02.06.15 Professors Twerski and Cohen Co-Author New Choice of Law Text
    Brooklyn Law School Choice of Law Twerski Cohen

    Aaron D. Twerski, the Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law, and Neil B. Cohen, the Jeffrey D. Forchelli Professor of Law, have co-authored a new casebook, Choice of Law: Cases and Materials for a Concise Course on Conflict of Laws. The book is designed for a two-credit course that will provide students with an appreciation of the many methods that courts use to decide choice of law cases.

    In their preface, Professors Cohen and Twerski explain they had two goals in mind when they set out to write Choice of Law. The first is they were disappointed by the large number of students who leave law school without having been exposed to choice of law concepts, largely because of a hesitance of law schools to devote three or four credits to a comprehensive course in conflict of laws. They also noticed that many of the existing casebooks consisted mostly of cases were decades old, and that addressed conflict of laws issues in the context of antiquated laws that held little relevance to current issues.

    With Choice of Law, the professors have developed materials tailored to a two-credit course, allowing more students to opportunity to explore conflict of law concepts, and have done so using modern cases and statutes both to illustrate the contexts in which conflict of laws issues arise today, as well as to present the most current methods of resolving them.

    The authors have co-taught Conflict of Laws at Brooklyn Law School. They would spend hours in Professor Twerski’s office discussing cases, which led to the “Office Talk” sections sprinkled throughout the book, providing the material with a conversational slant.

    About the Authors

    Professor Twerski is a preeminent authority in the areas of products liability and tort law. The American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section has honored him with the Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award, which recognizes law professors who are committed to the advancement of justice, scholarship, and the legal profession in the fields of tort and insurance law. He was co-reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law (Third) Torts: Products Liability, and for his distinguished performance, the ALI named him the R. Ammi Cutter Reporter.

    Professor Twerski is a prolific scholar, having published dozens of law review articles on torts and products liability law. He also has authored with Henderson the 1990 article about warnings "Doctrinal Collapse" that appeared in the NYU Law Review, which cited the article in 2000 as one of the 25 most influential articles published by the NYU Law Review over the previous 75 years. Twerski is also the co-author of the leading textbook Products Liability: Problems and Process as well as Cases and Materials on Torts.

    His expertise has been widely called upon by state and federal legislative bodies considering product liability and mass tort legislation, and he is a frequent lecturer to the practicing bar. He serves as special counsel to the law firm of Herzfeld and Rubin, and he was appointed as a special master in the federal 9/11 cases dealing with the injuries claimed by those involved in the cleanup of the World Trade Center site.

    Neil B. Cohen teaches courses in domestic and international commercial law, contracts, and conflict of laws. For over two decades, Professor Cohen has been a key participant in major domestic and international law reform projects with respect to commercial transactions. In recognition of his accomplishments, Professor Cohen received the American Law Institute’s John Minor Wisdom Award and the Homer Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He was the Reporter for Revised Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code and for the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law of Suretyship and Guaranty; in honor of his accomplishments as Reporter for the Restatement, he was named as the Institute’s R. Ammi Cutter Reporter. Professor Cohen currently serves as the Director of Research of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. In addition, he has been a member of several drafting committees for revising various articles of the UCC, including the last two revisions of Article 9 (Secured Transactions).
    Professor Cohen has been active since 1995 in the modernization, harmonization, and internationalization of international commercial law. He has served as a member of United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law for its work on harmonizing and modernizing the law of secured credit, as a member of the Working Group at the Hague Conference on Private International Law that prepared the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts, and as an observer and working group member for the work of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit) in its development of principles for international contracts. Since 2009, he has been a member of the United States Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

    In addition to his latest scholarship, Professor Cohen has published numerous law review articles in the field of commercial law, and has written in areas as diverse as bankruptcy, medical malpractice, probability and statistics, and baseball and the law.

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