Theater law is in the books August 15, 2004 Regular News Theater law is in the books Something a little different may soon arrive at a law school near you — theater law.While law students traditionally have studied contracts, criminal law, and constitutional law, Nova Southeastern University’s law Professor Robert M. Jarvis felt it was high time they learned about theater law. He co-wrote what us believed to be the first law school textbook on the subject, titled “Theater Law: Cases and Materials,” a 500-page book being published this summer by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina (www.cap-press.com).Among other subjects, the book includes chapters on playwrights, producers, directors, performers, and crew members. It also features sample theater contracts so that students can better understand how the industry works. In addition to Jarvis, 11 other law school professors from California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., helped write the book.“Theater law is a wonderful subject for law students to sink their teeth into,” Jarvis said. “It’s got great stories, lots of passion, colorful characters, and a little bit of everything — from history to economics to law.”Jarvis used the book to teach theater law this summer at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center where he has been a law professor since 1987. The idea for the book came to him in 2001, when he realized that entertainment law textbooks were focusing on movies and television and leaving out the stage.