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Lawrence M. Solan

Visiting Professor of the Council of the Humanities and Linguistics. Visiting Fellow, Psychology
Don Forchelli Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School


Lawrence Solan is the Don Forchelli Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where he is Director of the Center for the Study of Law, Language, and Cognition. He holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. in linguistics. 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. He is the author of The Language of Judges and (with Peter Tiersma) Speaking of Crime: The Language of Criminal Justice. His new book, The Langauge of Statutes: Laws and their Interpretation, will be published in 2010 by the University of Chicago Press.

At Princeton, Solan is a visiting professor in the Linguistics Program and a visiting fellow in the Psychology Department.