Faculty Profiles

Susan French

Susan Fletcher French

Professor of Law Emerita
A.B. Stanford, 1964
J.D. University of Washington, 1967
UCLA Faculty Since 1989


Cases and Text on Property (with Gerald Korngold). 6th ed. Aspen Casebook Series (2015).
A California Companion for the Course in Wills, Trusts & Estates. Aspen Publishers, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).
Community Association Law: Cases and Materials on Common Interest Communities (with Wayne S. Hyatt). 2nd ed. Carolina Academic Press (2008). First edition: 1998.
Restatement of the Law Of Property, Third, Servitudes (Susan F. French, Reporter). The American Law Institute (2000).
California Will Manual (edited by Susan F. French). Will Manual Service (1982).

Articles and Chapters

Making Easements is Easy; Remaking Them is Hard: Should the Law Help Out?, Probate and Property (September/October 2013).
Gruen v. Gruen, A Tale of Two Stories, in Property Stories 2nd ed. (edited by Andrew Morriss & Gerald Korngold, Foundation Press, 2009).
Basic Easement Law: California and the Restatement (Third) of Property: Servitudes, in Easements and Boundaries: Law and Litigation (CEB, 2008). Updated Annually.
Perpetual Trusts, Conservation Servitudes, and the Problem of the Future, 27 Cardozo Law Review 2523 (2006).
The American Restatement of Servitudes Law: Reforming Doctrine by Shifting From Ex-Ante to Ex-Post Controls on the Risks Posed by Servitudes, in Towards a Unified System of Land Burdens (edited by S. Van Erp and B. Akkermans, Commune Europaeum Series, Intersentia, 2006).
Making Common Interest Communities Work: The Next Step, 37 Urban Lawyer 359-69 (2005).
Perpetual Trusts, Conservation Servitudes, and the Problem of the Future, UCLA School of Law Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper Series (December, 2005). Full Text
What’s a Poor Land Trust To Do? Alternatives for Dealing With an Opportunistic World, 44 Natural Resources Law Journal 563 (2004).
Can Covenants Not to Sue, Covenants Against Competition and Spite Covenants Run with Land? Comparing Results Under the Touch or Concern Doctrine and the Restatement Third, Property (Servitudes), 38 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 267-93 (2003).
Relocating Easements: Restatement (Third), Servitudes § 4.8(3), 38 Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal 1-15 (2003).
Highlights of the New Restatement (Third) of Property: Servitudes, 35 Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal 225-42 (2000).
Common Interest Communities: The Dilemma of Shared Resources in Residential Housing, CPR Digest (Winter/Spring, 2000). Newsletter of the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP).
The Touch and Concern Doctrine and the Restatement (Third) of Servitudes: A Tribute to Laurence E. Berger, 77 Nebraska Law Review 653-66 (1999).
Servitudes Reform and the New Restatement of Property: Creation Doctrines and Structural Simplification, 73 Cornell Law Review 928-55 (1998).
Creating Subdivision Covenants (CC&R’s) in California: A Note on Citizens for Covenant Compliance v. Anderson, 14 California Real Property Journal 25-30 (1996).
Tradition and Innovation in the New Restatement of Servitudes: A Report from Midpoint (Restatement Third of Property), 27 Connecticut Law Review 119-29 (1994).
The Constitution of a Private Residential Government Should Include a Bill of Rights, 27 Wake Forest Law Review 345-52 (1992).
Perpetuities: Three Essays in Honor of My Father, 65 Washington Law Review 323-56 (1990).
Design Proposal for the New Restatement of the Law of Property–Servitudes, 21 UC Davis Law Review 1213-31 (1988).
Imposing a General Survival Requirement on Beneficiaries of Future Interests: Solving the Problems Caused by the Death of a Beneficiary Before the Time Set for Distribution, 27 Arizona Law Review 801-36 (1985).
Antilapse Statutes Are Blunt Instruments: A Blueprint for Reform, 37 Hastings Law Journal 335-75 (1985).
Toward a Modern Law of Servitudes: Reweaving the Ancient Strands, 55 Southern California Law Review 1261-319 (1982).
Exercise of Powers of Appointment: Should Intent to Exercise Be Inferred from a General Disposition of Property?, 1979 Duke Law Journal 747-806 (1979).
Application of Antilapse Statutes to Appointments Made by Will, 53 Washington Law Review 405-40 (1978).
A Comparison of the Uniform Probate Code and California Law with Respect to the Law of Wills (with Robert L. Fletcher), in Comparative Probate Law Studies 327-558 (edited by Lawrence Newman and Richard V. Wellman, American Law Institute, 1977).


Emerging from a Doctrinal Snarl into the World of Modern Servitudes Law, 75 Connecticut Bar Journal 104-07 (2001).
Report on Proposed California Law Revision Commission Study of Laws Affecting Common Interest Development, (November, 2000).