Property law scholars in the United States have discussed the doctrine of adverse possession for more than a century. Indeed, ever since American property law scholars began to write property law treatises, formalize property law courses in modern law schools, publish property specific articles in law reviews, and publish property law case books, adverse possession has served as a staple of property law discourse. This Article examines how property law scholars think about and discuss adverse possession. It explores how adverse possession talk has changed—and not changed—over time. In other words, this Article examines both the substance and rhetoric of property law scholars’ attempts to explain, appraise and, at times, reform the doctrine of adverse possession.
Disseisin, Doubt, and Debate: Adverse Possession Scholarship in the United States (1881-1986),
Tex. A&M L. Rev.
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