Professor Lawrence Solan, Don Forchelli Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Education, is a highly in-demand speaker around the world for his expertise in interdisciplinary issues related to law, language, and cognition.
In the fall he traveled to several countries to present his work. This included: “Rhetoric in the U.S. Supreme Court: From Formalism to Pragmatism” at the Conference on Trends in Legal Formalism and the Judicial Role: Jurisprudence Meets Empirical Legal Studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel; “From Textualism to Pragmatism in the U.S. Supreme Court?” at the Conference on Inference and Representation in Legal Interpretation at the University of Oslo in Norway; and “Using Corpus Linguistics in Legal Analysis” at the Conference on Nordic Forensic Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
“I have been very fortunate to be able to devote my career to exploring how the organization of the human mind, especially our language faculty, affects legal decision making, and to share this work with colleagues from around the world,” Solan said.
Solan is a renowned author or coauthor of six books and dozens of articles and book chapters. His work has been translated in six languages. At the Law School, Solan serves as director of the Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition.