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Lawtalk research looks at popular legal expressions, identifies their historical origins

Elizabeth Thornburg never imagined that she would be turning to Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and vaudeville for legal research.

But those sources proved invaluable when she joined forces with another law professor, a law librarian and a legal lexicographer for the book “Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions.” Continue reading

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KERA: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions

Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA-FM’s flagship midday talk show “Think,” interviewed SMU law professor Elizabeth Thornburg about her research into the origins of popular legal expressions.

In the “Think” segment “The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions,” Thornburg discusses some of her favorite expressions in the book, “Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions” (Yale University Press, 2011). Continue reading

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Medical Tourism: Risky business to seek cheaper health care

nathan-cortez-sm.jpgMore and more Americans are choosing to receive medical treatment — even complicated surgeries — in foreign countries to save big money. The practice is called “medical tourism,” but do the risks to consumers outweigh the savings?

That’s an important question, says Nathan Cortez, SMU Dedman School of Law assistant professor, who is focusing his research in health law on this emerging medical market.

“Patients take a calculated risk by seeking medical care overseas in regulatory systems that may not offer the rights or protections they expect,” Cortez says.
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