Restatements (2d, and 3d) and Principles of the Law, with Appendices is part of the current Restatements of the Law and Principles of the Law series from the American Law Institute. In each restatement, the authors, who are noted scholars in their fields, state what they believe to be the consensus of American courts on particular points of law. Restatement topics are supplemented by annotations gathered in appendix volumes within the set. While restatements state the law as it is, principles examine and analyze legal areas thought to need reform, expressing the law as it should be. Restatements and principles provide authoritative sources of authority supporting a client's position.