Elizabeth Mertz, John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, was announced as a 2010-2011 fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University this Spring. Mertz's work focuses on the intersection of law and language. She is a leading legal anthropologist who studies legal language in the United States, with a special focus on legal education. She is also a member of the senior research faculty at the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association. Her book, The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think Like a Lawyer" (Oxford University Press) was 2008 co-winner of the Law & Society Association's Herbert Jacob Book Prize, and the study has drawn national attention from scholars interested in reforming the current system of legal education in the United States.
Mertz was one of six individuals who were accepted into the Program out of 159 applicants. Her accomplishments demonstrate the high level of qualification, and commitment to scholarship, that LAPA looks for in its fellows. As a Princeton Fellow, Mertz will be sharing her experience and expertise through research, writing and teaching at Princeton University for the upcoming academic year.
The LAPA official announcement can be found here.
Submitted by Erin Syth on May 13, 2010
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