Symposium in Honor of Professor Larry Solan

About the Symposium

This symposium is a celebration of the life and scholarship of Larry Solan, the 1901 Distinguished Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. After earning both a law degree and a Ph.D. in linguistics, Professor Solan practiced as a law firm partner while publishing numerous scholarly works in the fields of law and linguistics. His acclaimed book, The Language of Judges (The University of Chicago Press), published a year after joining Brooklyn Law School’s faculty in 1996, is widely recognized as a seminal work on linguistic theory and legal argumentation. Professor Solan’s many scholarly works have been devoted to exploring interdisciplinary issues related to law, language and psychology, especially in the areas of statutory and contractual interpretation, the attribution of liability and blame, and linguistic evidence.

Professor Solan served as Director of the Law School's Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition, and has been an invaluable mentor and colleague to countless scholars, practitioners, and students. The symposium will consider Professor Solan’s pathbreaking interdisciplinary scholarship.

Professor Solan will be joined by the following panel participants:

Jill C. Anderson, University of Connecticut School of Law

Anya Bernstein, University of Connecticut School of Law

William Eskridge Jr., Yale Law School

Edward Finegan, University of Southern California School of Law

Tammy A. Gales, Hofstra University

Abbe R. Gluck, Yale Law School

Anita Krishnakumar, Georgetown Law

James A. Macleod, Brooklyn Law School

Stephen C. Mouritsen, Kirkland & Ellis

Brian G. Slocum, Florida State University College of Law

Lawrence B. Solum, University of Virginia School of Law

Kevin Tobia, Georgetown Law


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Sponsored by Brooklyn Law School’s Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition and the Journal of Law and Policy


Please register to attend this event either in person at Brooklyn Law School or virtually, on Zoom. Virtual attendees will receive the Zoom link shortly before the event.

RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 31.


More Information

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