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Workshop on Law & Linguistics
College of Law & Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language

Georgia State University
All events at the College of Law, 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta 30303
Workshop Papers to be published in the Georgia State Law Review (January 2020)
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Interested participants can register for individual paper sessions if they cannot attend the entire workshop.
Participants are encouraged to read the paper in advance for any session they attend.
Breakfast and Lunch limited to registered participants and subject to capacity
Remote observation and participation will be enabled via webex
Registration requested to attend in person or for webex joining instructions:

Friday, October 18

9:55 am – 10:05 am  Welcome.  Classroom 345

10:05 am – 10:50 am
1.  Best practices for using corpus linguistics to interpret legal texts (
no paper) & Case Study: original meaning of “emolument” in the US Constitution
Professor Clark D. Cunningham, Georgia State University College of Law Professor
Jesse Egbert, Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University
Comment: Professor Eric Friginal, Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University

10:50 am – 11:05 am Coffee Break 

11:05 am – 11:50 am 
2.  Revisiting a classic problem in statutory interpretation: Is a minister a laborer?
Professor Tammy Gales, Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics, Hofstra University
Professor Lawrence Solan, Director - Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition, Brooklyn Law School
Comment: Professor Timothy Lytton, Georgia State University College of Law

11:50 am – 12:35 pm
3.  “Questions Involving National Peace and Harmony” or “Injured Plaintiff Litigation”? The Original Meaning of “Cases” in Article III of the Constitution” **
Professor Noor Abbady, English as a Second Language, Savannah College of Art & Design
Heather Kuhn, Data Privacy and Security Consultant, Cox Communications*
Haoshan Ren, Applied Linguistics (PhD student), Georgia State University
Professor Ute Römer, Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University
Margaret Wood, Applied Linguistics (PhD student), Northern Arizona University
Comment: Professor Eric J. Segall, Georgia State University College of Law

12:40 pm – 1:20 pm Lunch Break 

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
4.  Effective But Limited: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of the Original Public Meaning of Executive Power**
Eleanor Miller, Attorney, United States Department of the Treasury*
Heather Obelgoner, Law Clerk, Justice Robert Benham (Supreme Court of Georgia)*
Comment: Edward Finegan, Professor of Linguistics and Law, Emeritus, University of Southern California
Comment: Professor Julian Davis Mortenson, University of Michigan Law School

2:15 pm – 3:00pm
5.  “We the Citizens?”: A Corpus Linguistic Inquiry into the Use of “People” and “Citizens” in the Founding Era
Professor Diana Coetzee, Professor of English, ON Language at Brenau University
Professor Ute Römer, Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University
Abigail Stout, Law Clerk, Justice Sarah H. Warren (Supreme Court of Georgia)*
Comment: Professor William A. Edmundson, Georgia State University College of Law
3:00 pm – 3:10 pm  Concluding Remarks

Employment affiliation for information only   Authors listed in alphabetical order
** These papers originated in research conducted while one or more of the authors were graduate students at Georgia State University.

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