Author Biographies

JurisdictionUnited States,Federal,Georgia
Publication year2020
CitationVol. 36 No. 5

Author Biographies

Georgia State University Law Review


Noor Abbady

Noor Abbady is a professor in the Language Studio at the Savannah College of Arts and Design - Atlanta and an Arabic instructor at the World Languages and Cultures Department at Georgia State University. She earned her M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University. She has worked on research projects providing linguistic analysis for legal texts at the Georgia State College of Law and presented in conferences and workshops advocating for meaningful collaboration between legal and linguistic scholars. She is the cofounder of the Interfaith Speakers Network of Atlanta and was named the Speaker of the Year for 2013.

Diana Coetzee

Diana Coetzee is Professor of English in the ON Language Program at Brenau University and also teaches Legal English in the LL.M. for foreign lawyers program at the Georgia State University College of Law where she is responsible for designing and implementing a corpus-based curriculum that prepares foreign trained lawyers to sit for the Georgia bar examination. Previously, she taught English as a Second Language in Thailand, Turkey, and Slovakia; she also taught Social Problems and spearheaded the implementation of a campus-wide, interdisciplinary service-learning program at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon. She received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University.

Clark D. Cunningham

Clark D. Cunningham is a Professor of Law and the W. Lee Burge Chair in Law & Ethics at the Georgia State University College of Law. He received the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual scholarly paper award for his application of linguistic theory to interpreting the meaning of "search" in the Fourth Amendment. His 1994 Yale Law Journal article Plain Meaning and Hard Cases, coauthored with three academic linguists, applied linguistics to analyze the meaning of statutory provisions that were the subject of three United States Supreme Court decisions that year. The article and its analysis were cited in the majority opinion in one of these cases and in a concurring opinion in another. In a law review essay published the following year, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg singled out the Yale article as an example of legal scholarship that was "accessible and useful to judges." His other collaborations with academic linguists include Using Common Sense: A Linguistic Perspective on Judicial Interpretations of 'Use a Firearm,' 73 Wash. U. L.Q. 1159 (1995) (with Charles J. Fillmore) and two coauthored articles in this issue. His amicus brief on the...

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