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).

Written with James E. Clapp, Marc Galanter and Fred Shapiro, Lawtalk explores the origins and uses of 77 popular law-related expressions.

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Thornburg teaches and writes in the area of civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution. Drawing on her experience with civil rights and commercial litigation, her scholarship focuses on the procedural fairness of the litigation process, especially at the pleadings, discovery, and jury charge stages. She also writes and speaks in the areas of comparative procedure, online dispute resolution, and the intersection of law and culture.

Thornburg has visited at the law schools at William & Mary, University of Edinburgh, and, most recently, West Virginia University where she held the John T. Copenhaver Visiting Chair.

SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools. For more information see www.smu.edu.

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