Oregon Law Review : Vol. 88 No. 3, p.905-930 : Being in the Language of Poetry, Being in the Language of Law
Being in the Language of Poetry, Being in the Language of Law was originally presented as the 2008–2009 Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon Memorial Lecture at the University of Oregon School of Law, on April 16, 2009. The O’Fallon Memorial Lecture, which is sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center, alternates each year between lectures on law and art in American culture. Professor Lawrence Joseph is the first lecturer in this series to combine both law and art as the subjects of his presentation. Professor Joseph brings a unique perspective to his topics. An eminent legal scholar, and former practicing lawyer and judicial law clerk, he is also the awardwinning author of five widely acclaimed books of poetry; of Lawyerland, a book of creative prose; and of literary essays and other works of creative prose. Being in the Language of Poetry, Being in the Language of Law is a personal essay adapted from Professor Joseph’s lecture. In it, he takes his reader through his various experiences with the languages of both his vocations and details how these languages overlap and affect him. The style and composition of the Essay create the sense of both living in and being intensely involved in languages both legal and literary. The ultimate effect is,through the portrayal of the languages of law and poetry, a portrait of language itself.