Sessions Information

  • January 4, 2017
    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    Session Type: AALS Programs
    Session Capacity: 324
    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Imperial A
    Floor: Ballroom Level

    During the course of their careers, most lawyers will be required to consider issues in which scientific and technical knowledge play a critical role. Yet few law schools provide an adequate understanding of the fundamental principles of scientific methodology and causal inference necessary to assess particular scientific claims. Recognizing that law students and students of other professional schools would benefit from early exposure to materials that elucidate the role that scientific information and processes play in decision-making across diverse venues, the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law established an ad hoc committee to develop a series of science educational modules that can be easily incorporated into the existing curricula of professional schools.

    Join Paul Brest of Stanford Law School and Saul Perlmutter of the University of California, Berkeley / E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, co-chairs of the ad hoc committee that oversaw the development of the modules, to learn about this unique educational resource through a discussion with the authors of three of the nine modules. Wendy Wagner of the University of Texas Austin School of Law will present her module on how scientific models are used by federal agencies and the legal and policy issues they raise. David H. Kaye of Penn State Law will present his module on using probability and statistics to interpret DNA evidence. Simon A. Cole of the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine will present his module on the challenging epistemological, legal, and policy issues raised by fingerprint evidence.

Session Speakers
Stanford Law School

University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology

Penn State Law

University of California, Berkeley Department of Physics

The University of Texas School of Law

Session Fees
  • [4265] AALS and National Academies of Sciences, Committee on Science and Technology and Law Joint Program: $0.00