Brooklyn Law School Authorship Attribution Workshop - Workshop Announcement

Thursday, October 11, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, October 12, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Subotnick Center, 10th Floor, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Language and Cognition, the National Science Foundation, and the Journal of Law and Policy.

Please RSVP online by October 8 at:

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: It is not unusual for a legal case to depend on who wrote a particular document. The question has arisen in many high-profile cases, such as identifying the author of the Unabomber Manifesto, and the ransom notes in the JonBenét Ramsey murder case and the Lindburgh baby kidnapping and murder case. It arises in many less-celebrated criminal and civil cases on a regular basis.

Research on the attribution of authorship of documents has developed impressively. Yet while testimony on the source of documents in high-profile legal cases has attracted significant media attention, the field has remained mostly under the radar screen of American judges and evidence scholars. Computer models are being created and tested in which the method is employed in a uniform manner. Error rates are reported, with a healthy competition among various practitioners to develop the best algorithms and to use statistical analysis that will get the most out of the analyses produced. At the same time, scholars in linguistics whose methods are less quantitative, offer new and important insights. Read More at:

- Shlomo Argamon, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
- Ronald R. Butters, Professor Emeritus, English and Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
- Bob Carpenter, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
- Carole E. Chaski, President and CEO, ALIAS Technology LLC, Executive Director, Institute for Linguistic Evidence
- Edward Cheng, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
- Malcolm Coulthard, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Postgraduate Programme in English, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Federal University of Santa Catarina Florianopolis Brazil; Emeritus Professor of Forensic Linguistics, Aston University
- Stephen E. Fienberg, Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, Carnegie Mellon University
- Edward Finegan, Professor of Linguistics and Law, Gould School of Law, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California
- Tim Grant, Director, Centre for Forensic Linguistics, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
- Patrick Juola, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Duquesne University
- Jonathan Koehler, Beatrice Kuhn Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
- Moshe Koppel, Professor of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University
- Jennifer Mnookin, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
- D. Michael Risinger, John J. Gibbons Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
- Michael J. Saks, Regents Professor, Law and Psychology, Arizona State University
- Lawrence Solan, Don Forchelli Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Efstathios Stamatatos, Assistant Professor, Department of Information and Communications Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean
- Maria Teresa Turell, Professor of English Linguistics, ForensicLab, Institut Universitari de Linguistica Aplicada (IULA), Universitat Pompeu Fabra
- Carl Vogel, Director of Research, Centre for Computing and Language Studies, Trinity College, Dublin

Posted 9/3/12