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Saks speaks at forensic-science conference

May 20, 2009

Regents' Professor Michael Saks, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, participated in a conference, "Expert Forensic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Avoiding Wrongful Convictions," on Saturday, May 9, at the University of Toronto's Centre for Forensic Science & Medicine.

Saks delivered the talk, "Building an Evidence-Based Report Accounting for Confirmation Bias," at the conference, a gathering of top experts in the field. They included Peter Neufeld, co-director of The Innocence Project, Professor Gary Edmond of the University of New South Wales, and The Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

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. Saks, who was named a Regents' Professor in 2009, 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.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law