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This involves more than noting that American law and the law of other places once within the British Empire have foundations in the common law of England, or making references to old, familiar English cases. It means that it is necessary for Americans to undertake research of modern law and literature from common law jurisdictions out- side the United States and utilize the results of this research in writing, teaching and practice. It strikes us as strange that practitioners and academics will spare no effort to find some precedent in the lower courts of distant American states but ignore the possi- bility that there are relevant decisions by such eminent courts as the (English) Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada and High Court of Australia.

We wish to express our appreciation to all of the many persons who assisted and en- couraged us in the production of the present edition and previous editions of this book. For the present edition we particularly acknowledge the efforts of the Faculty Support Staff of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the librarians and personnel of the law library of the University of Oklahoma and other libraries at which research for the book was conducted, Lisa Bowles, student research assistants (now graduates of the College of Law), and Keith Sipe, Linda Lacy, Tim Colton and staff of Carolina Acade- mic Press.

We thank the Richard-Wagner-Museum, Photofest, Professor William M. Roberts of Memphis State University, the Special Collections/Archives of the University Library, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Professor Darin Fox, Director of the University of Oklahoma Law Library, for providing photographs used as illustrations in the book. Specific credits appear with each photograph. Excerpts from the Restatement of Torts are Copyright 1934, 1938, 1939 by The American Law Institute. Excerpts from the Re- statement (Second) of Torts are Copyright 1965, 1977, 1979 by The American Law In- stitute. Excerpts from the Restatement of Unfair Competition are Copyright 1995 by The American Law Institute. Excerpts from the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers are Copyright 2000 by The American Law Institute. Reprinted with the permis- sion of The American Law Institute. All rights reserved. Basic Concepts: Persons, Prop- erty, Relations, by Leon Green, is Copyright 1938 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission from ABA Journal, The Lawyer’s Magazine.

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