Grand Harbor Ballroom
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Corpus linguistics has recently emerged as a method for addressing problems in the legal/textualist interpretation. Corpus linguistics draws on evidence of language use from large, coded, electronic collections of natural language, that can be designed to sample the linguistic conventions of a wide variety of speech communities, industries, or linguistic contexts. And corpora (plural of corpus) have begun to see increasing use by judges, scholars, and advocates, including in the U.S. Supreme Court. The panel will first provide an overview for those unfamiliar with corpus linguistics, and then address advantages and limitations of using language evidence from linguistic corpora in legal interpretation, such as when interpreting contracts, statutes, or constitutions, as well as highlight the use of corpus linguistics in recent cases.
- Hon. Thomas Lee, Associate Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court
- Prof. Lawrence M. Solan, Don Forchelli Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Education, Brooklyn Law School
- Prof. Kevin Tobia, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
- Moderator: Hon. Wendy Berger, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
This virtual conversation will be broadcasted for those in attendance. Lunch will begin at 12:30 pm and the conversation will start at 1:00 pm. The speakers will not appear in person.
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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.