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Saks addresses forensic statistics conference

Regents' Professor of Law and Psychology Michael Saks
July 20, 2011

Michael Saks, Regents’ Professor of Law and Psychology at the College of Law, spoke at the 8th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics, July 18-21, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Saks, a faculty fellow in the law school’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, participated in a July 21 session titled, “Traces of Individuals.” The title of his talk is “Possibilities for testing the effects of communicating forensic examination results to legal decision-makers.”

Joining Saks on the panel was professor David Kaye of Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, and professor Jay Koehler of Northwestern University School of Law, former faculty members at the College of Law.

Saks’ research focuses on empirical studies of the legal system, especially decision-making, the behavior of the litigation system, and the law’s use of science. He is the fourth most-cited law-and-social-science scholar in the U.S., and has authored approximately 200 articles and books. Courses he has taught include criminal law, evidence, law and science, property and torts.