The Don Forchelli Professor of Law Lawrence Solan’s scholarship and research has been cited by three courts. His scholarly works are largely 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.
On April 14, 2011, his book, The Language of Judges, a widely recognized seminal work on linguistic theory and legal argumentation, was cited by the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix Division, in Flagstar Bank, FSB v Hart, about the role that judges play in statutory interpretation.
On June 10, 2011, Professor Lawrence Solan’s new book, The Language of Statutes, was cited by the Supreme Court of Kansas about the state’s responsibility to regulate and the definition of legitimate regulation in Miami County Bd. Of Comm’rs v. Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Inc.
On June 28, 2011 the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, in Ex parte Robbins, cited an article discussing the relationship between science and the law, co-authored by Professor Solan and Professor Margaret Berger, who passed away last November.
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