Ainsworth installed as John D. Eshelman Professor

Janet Ainsworth was installed as the John D. Eshelman Professor of Law with a compelling lecture, 'English Only' Policies in the Workplace: Linguistic Ideology in Action," Nov. 19.

Professor Ainsworth critiqued the law's response to "English Only" rules by employers, suggesting that the law not only fails to take account of current cognitive research on multilingualism but also fails to appreciate choice of Jan Ainsworthlanguage as a rich resource for encoding meaning and identity.

Ainsworth is a prolific scholar and respected teacher. She has taught a wide variety of courses, including torts, criminal procedure, children and the law, and a seminar in law, society, and social change. Her research interests include criminal law and procedure, juvenile justice, comparative legal theory, imperial Chinese law, language and law, feminist legal theory, and law and semiotics.

Her scholarly works have been published in such law reviews as the Yale Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, The North Carolina Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Washington University Law Quarterly, as well as in peer-reviewed social science journals. She has been invited to present papers at law conferences and linguistics conferences both nationally and abroad, and is the author of more than a dozen invited book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Law and Semiotics and Oxford University Press' series, Law and Language.

She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and a master's degree from Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Seattle University School of Law in 1988, she practiced law at the Seattle Public Defender Association.

From left, John Eshelman, Professor Janet Ainsworth, Associate Provost Jacquelyn Miller, Professor Lawrence Solan, Dean Annette Clark. Photos by Matt Hagen.

Professor Lawrence Solan of Brooklyn Law School provided the introduction, praising Ainsworth's expertise. He is the Don Forchelli Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, is director of the Center for the Study of Law, Language, and Cognition and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. in linguistics, and his scholarly works are largely devoted to exploring interdisciplinary issues related to law, language and psychology. The author of numerous highly regarded books, articles, and book chapters, his most recent work, Under the Law: Statutes and their Interpretation will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010.

About Professor John D. Eshelman

John D. Eshelman is a professor of economics in Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. He returned to the faculty in July 2008, after serving the university in several leadership roles for 30 years. He was provost from 1989-2004 as well as 2006-2008. In addition, he served as executive vice president (chief operating officer), interim vice president for finance and business, acting president, and dean of the Albers School of Business and Economics. He serves as commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been involved in accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Section on Legal Education of the American Bar Association.

Watch the video of Professor Ainsworth's presentation.