Plain Mean in Context: Can law survive its own language? Panelists


The Journal will be hosting a symposium all day next Friday, February 18th, at NYU Law about the role of plain meaning in legal interpretation. A number of distinguished scholars will be in attendance to share their views on one of our three panels.

Our introductory panel will feature a discussion among Professors Scott Soames, Lawrence Solan, and Peter Tiersma and be moderated by NYU's own Professor Burt Neuborne.

Professor Samuel Estreicher will introduce our panel on administrative law with a presentation, "Why Chevron Doesn't Matter," with a discussion between Professors Hanah Volokh and Glen Staszewski moderated by Professor Roderick Hills.

The symposium will also address the role of plain meaning in intellectual property. We will feature a panel discussion among Mr. Stephan Kinsella, Professor Barton Beebe and Professor Kristen Osenga, moderated by Professor Amy Adler.

A keynote address will also be provided by the Journal's advisor, Professor Richard Epstein, entitled "Plain Meaning Mostly, Right Mostly: A Modest Theory of Interpretivism." His address will discuss the attitudes toward interpretation that should be taken with constitutional, statutory and contractual materials and argue that the underlying linguistic problems should drive the analysis, and that efforts to tailor rules of interpretation to institutional settings may be useful dramatic flourishes, but in the end only detract for understanding how and why language works.

It should be an exciting event for anyone interested in legal philosophy. 7.0 CLE credits are available to attorneys who attend the entire event. Registration is available here.