Seventh Annual Law and Corpus Linguistics Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 3rd

9:00-12:00 Judge’s Workshop
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-5:00 Linguist workshop

Friday, February 4th

8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:10 Welcome
9:10-9:55 Panel 1 Corpus Linguists as Expert Witnesses
  Moderated by Jesse Egbert
  Panelists: Judge Amul Thapar, Stephen Mouritsen, Tammy Gales, and Ed Finegan
10:00-12:00 Session 1

Environmental Issues in the United States Congress: A corpus analysis of trends over time by Kyra Nelson

Judging Readability: A Study of Judicial Opinions from the Apex Courts of the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom by Mike Madden

The Ordinary Lawyer Corpus: The Federalist Papers Approach by Samantha Thorne

Situational and Linguistic Variation in State Statutory Law by Margaret Wood

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Keynote

Keynote by Judge Amul Thapar of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

1:30-2:15 Panel 2 Best Practices for Corpus Linguistics in Amicus Briefs

Moderated by James Heilpern

2:25-4:25 Session 2

A Corpus Linguistics Quest for the Original Meaning of Public Use in the Fifth Amendment by Brittany C. Langley and Haoshan (Sally) Ren

The Art of Persuasion: A Linguistic Analysis of “Persuade” and its Applicability Under 18 U.S.C. §2422(b) by Ray-Kelle Preston

A Corpus Analysis of “Under Color” As Used in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Its Implications for the Use of Corpus Linguistics by Phil Haunschild

What does it mean to “search a cell phone”? by Clark D. Cunningham, Jesse Egbert, Megan Wells, Amanda Black & Maria Kostromitina

4:30-5:15 Panel 3 The Domain of Law and Corpus Linguistics: Factors Affecting the Utility of Corpus Tools in Legal Interpretation

Discussion led by Justice Thomas Lee

5:15-5:30 Closing
5:30 Dinner


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