Elizabeth Mertz named a 2010-2011 Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University
April 28, 2010, Faculty in the news
ABF Research Faculty, Elizabeth Mertz, has been named a 2010-2011 Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Each year LAPA hosts a select group of fellows from a range of disciplines to join the Princeton University community to research, write, share their expertise about law and public affairs, and teach law-related courses.
Elizabeth Mertz’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of law and language, analyzed from an anthropological perspective. In addition to her position as a senior research faculty at the American Bar Foundation, she is also the John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mertz recently published an ABF sponsored study of first-year law school education, The Language of Law School: Learning to “Think Like a Lawyer” (Oxford University Press, 2007), which was co winner of the Law & Society Association’s Herbert Jacob Book Prize. This study has drawn national attention from scholars interested in reforming the current system of legal education in the U.S.
In addition to law and language, her interests include legal translation, family law, law and social science, the legal profession, and legal education. Her current, ABF sponsored, empirical research focuses on post-tenure law professors in the United States. She also currently serves as editor of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review, following many years as editor of Law & Social Inquiry and has held leadership positions in the Law and Society Association.
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