Elizabeth G. Thornburg

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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