Find significant cases more quickly using Google Scholar

As you may know, Google Scholar allows you to search for US legal opinions (as well as patents and international journal articles).

Recently, the presentation of search results has been changed to show the extent of discussion of cited cases.

Whilst translators can use this to collect relevant reference documents, lawyers may use it to evaluate the weight of the adverse party’s arguments.

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New web-radio programme by the French Ministry of Justice

Earlier this month, the French Ministry of Justice launched a new series called Femmes de droit through their website. The first woman to be interviewed was Sylvie Monjean-Decaudin, a legal translator of Spanish to French and university professor teaching international commercial law and trade in Spain and Latin America to linguists, as well as legal translation, at Cergy-Pontoise near Paris.

You can listen to the interview (in French) here, and also download a transcript if you prefer to read it.

Monjean-Decaudin was also a speaker at a conference on legal translation held in Lyon in 2010, the video proceedings of which (in French) can be accessed here.

The Ministry website also offers a wide selection of profiles of individuals in the French legal system, from judges to clerks, that you can access here.

What exactly is a lawyer-linguist?

This post is the second in a series I have called “What exactly is…”, the first of which examined the burgeoning subject of forensic linguistics.

The topic of lawyer-linguists has been interesting me for quite some time now, and popped up again recently on Twitter with a flurry of job offers from the European Central Bank for several languages.

Although this job title seems to be relatively new, you can see a very early lawyer-linguist on the right – Cicero…

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Conference – Legal Linguistics, Poznań, Poland

Seventh Conference on Legal Translation, Court Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics (Legal Linguistics)

 The Institute of Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University will hold an international conference devoted to language and the law. The aim is to provide a forum for discussion in those scientific fields where linguistic and legal interests converge, and to facilitate integration between linguists, computer scientists and lawyers from all around the world.

The conference will be held over 3 days, from 29th June to 1st July 2012 in Poznan, Poland.

For more information see the conference website.

Monday smiles – Nutkin the squirrel

Today’s post was brought to my attention by It is an appeal involving the keeping of a squirrel as a family pet, in Pennsylvania, USA.

You can find the whole opinion here, but I’ve selected a few highlights below. This is authentic, by the way, as you will see from the opinion published in the official record. Judge Hudock clearly has a great sense of humo(u)r…

“This appeal revolves around the life and times of Nutkin the squirrel.

Nutkin’s early life was spent in the state of ferrae naturae, in the state of South Carolina, and, as far as we can tell, in a state of contentment. She apparently had plenty of nuts to eat and trees to climb, and her male friends, while not particularly handsome, did have nice personalities. Life was good.

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English legal terminology webinars

eCPD Webinars are presenting a series of five 1-hour webinars in June and July, on legal terminology in England and Wales.

The speaker is David Hutchins of Lexacom, who teaches law and terminology at face-to-face workshops and seminars, both to translators, and to lawyers from civil code systems who are less familiar with common law.

Webinar 1, 26 June: Contracts and Contract Formation for Legal Translators
Webinars 2 & 3, 28 June: The English Legal System for Legal Interpreters and Translators
Webinars 4 & 5, 3 July: Criminal Law and Procedure for Legal Interpreters and Translators

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