Professor Sherri Burr is co-author of Wills and Trusts in a Nutshell, third edition, which was released in October. Her co-author is Robert Mennell. The book, designed for law professors, law students and lawyers, provides a comprehensive review of the law affecting intestate succession, wills and trusts. It introduces wills terminology to the lay audience and updates the law of trusts with references to the Uniform Trust Code and the Restatement of Trusts. To illustrate legal issues, it uses problems arising from celebrity peccadilloes and deaths, such as those of Anna Nichole Smith and James Brown.
The Nutshell Series from ThomsonWest offers compact study guides that explain the most important issues of law, highlighting key cases and statutes. The guides are written by recognized experts who present the essential rules of law in a uniquely condensed format.
Burr dedicated the book to Janet Cox, her law-school assistant of 17 years who died in 2006 at 81, longtime law school receptionist Ethel Ortenburger, who retired in 2006 at 80 and Dan Noyes, the law school's media specialist for more than 25 years. He directed her television show, "Arts Talk" before retiring this fall. "People like Janet, Ethel and Dan bring humanity to a workplace, making it a pleasure to step into a law school building semester after semester," she wrote.