Time for some spooky legal research…

While every 1L in the country is busy unraveling the intricacies of Palsgraf, I thought I would take a moment here at the beginning of October, the spookiest of all months, to highlight just one of the many curiosities in our research collection:


That’s right.  Percival E. Jackson, who, appropriately, sounds for all the world like a powerful warlock, has the distinction of having written the essential treatise on cadaver law.  While most of us have likely not given much thought to the laws that regulate what happens once we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Percival Jackson dedicated multiple volumes to the ins and outs of this morbid topic.

Among the topics included in this treatise:

Involuntarily abandoned cemetery? Nope.

Involuntarily abandoned cemetery? Nope.

Wait, what now?

Wait, what now?


In flipping through this book, I was amazed by the breadth and depth of this relatively obscure corner of the legal world.  If your research takes a turn for the macabre this month–or if you simply need a diversion from your casebooks–come to the library and take a look at The Law of Cadavers for yourself.

Happy haunting!

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