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Saks to be judge at ABA webinar


March 12, 2012

ASU Regents’ Professor of Law and Psychology Michael Saks will be a judge at the American Bar Association’s webinar titled, “Forensic Science in the Courts.” It will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., March 22.

The judges will discuss a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences, titled “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward,” that calls forensic science “badly fragmented.” The report makes the case for extensive, wide-ranging reforms from the crime scene to the courtroom. The judges will answer whether “junk” science can be good evidence.

To register, visit http://apps.americanbar.org/cle/programs/t12fsc1.html. CLE credit will be offered.

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. A Faculty Fellow in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, 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.