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Professor Jane Jarman Inaugural Lecture

“Too cunning to be understood?” Text, context, and the poetic imagination in legal practice

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The world of the poet and that of the lawyer seem, at first glance, to be almost diametrically opposed. There are, however, similar literary techniques to be found at work in the contract as much as the poem. The text, its context, and its meaning, lie at the heart of the endeavours of both vocations.

Drawing on the work of poets such as Shakespeare, Donne, and T S Eliot, Professor Jarman will explore the tension between the quest for clarity and the challenge of interpretation presented by the imaginative and, at times, tricky and economical language of the lawyer.

  • From: Friday 17 June 2022, 5.30 pm
  • To: Friday 17 June 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Bowden Room, Newton Building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 16 June 2022, 12.00 am
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Professor Jane Jarman read English at the University of Leicester. She qualified as a solicitor in November 1992 and specialised in defendant professional negligence litigation with a number of national law firms. Her work seeks to support the professional development of practising lawyers, especially solicitors and registered trade mark attorneys, and engage with current questions of professional ethics, liability, and regulation.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Newton Building
Goldsmith Street


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