legal terminology

Finding the Right Words (Judicially)

I recently posted about when various key environmental terms surfaced in the law review literature.  It occurred to me that it would be interested to compare with the courts, so I did a similar search of Westlaw’s database for all state and federal court opinions.  Here is how the results compare: Term Law reviews Courts …


When We Found the Right Words

It’s hard to talk about something if you don’t have the right words to designate it easily.  So it’s interesting to look for the first appearance for some of the key words in the legal literature.  Presumably, this words were in non-legal use a bit earlier, but their first use in law reviews tells us …