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Brian G. Slocum

Brian Slocum, Ph.D.

Professor of Law
B.B.A., Pacific Union College
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., Linguistics, University of California, Davis
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Davis


Phone: 916.739.7013
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Monday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., Friday from 12:10 p.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment.


Professor of Law Brian Slocum, Ph.D., is an award-winning scholar and teacher with recognized expertise in administrative law, contracts, immigration law, statutory interpretation, and law and language. Professor Slocum is the author of "Ordinary Meaning: A Theory of the Most Fundamental Principle of Legal Interpretation" (University of Chicago Press), and the editor of a forthcoming book, "Inference, Intention and 'Ordinary Meaning': What jurists can learn about legal interpretation from linguistics and philosophy" (University of Chicago Press). His numerous and frequently cited articles have been published in top journals, including Ratio Juris, Northwestern University Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Statute Law Review (Oxford University Press), and Maryland Law Review.

Following his clerkship for Judge Frank Magill, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Professor Slocum joined the Department of Justice through its Honors Program. While at Justice, Professor Slocum argued more than a dozen appellate cases, wrote and reviewed criminal legislation, authored the Department's guidance on various criminal matters to federal prosecutors throughout the country, lectured to federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents, and wrote a speech for the Attorney General and congressional testimony for the Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Professor Slocum joined the McGeorge School of Law faculty in 2008 where he quickly established himself as a top legal scholar. In 2012, by vote of his peers, Dr. Slocum was presented with the John G. Sprankling Award for Faculty Scholarship. In 2013 and 2014, he won the Julie A. Davies Professor of the Year Award.

In addition to a law degree, Professor Slocum holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Linguistics. His papers can be accessed on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Courses: Contracts, Legislation/Statutory Interpretation, Administrative Law

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