Symposium of possible interest: UC Davis Law School on Scientific Evidence

The UC Davis Law School is having a symposium on scientific evidence. Information can be found here: UC Davis School of Law – News & Events – Events.

I have copied text from the announcement below:

Law Review Symposium “The Daubert Hearing – From All the Critical Perspectives”

Friday, March 2

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

March 2, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Free – MCLE CREDIT provided (approx. 6 hours)

Come and learn from the experts about the tactical use of scientific evidence in litigation. On March 2, 2012, the UC Davis Law Review will host a symposium in two parts. In the first half, a federal judge and two experienced attorneys will conduct a Daubert hearing on a controversial type of expert testimony. During the second segment, our expert academic panel will comment on scientific evidence and discuss the law and tactics of Daubert hearings.

This symposium is designed to help scientists and litigators better produce and evaluate scientific evidence.

The Supreme Court’s celebrated 1993 decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. adopted a new empirical validation test for the admissibility of scientific evidence.

In criminal cases, defense counsel started challenging the prosecution’s forensic evidence identifying the accused as the perpetrator. In civil tort cases, defense counsel filed motions attacking the plaintiff’s evidence on general causation. When counsel won these motions, the opposition lacked sufficient evidence to go to trial. The hearing on the pretrial Daubert motion became the centerpiece of the litigation.

The participants are:

Hon. James Rosenbaum, a distinguished former federal District Court judge in Minnesota who has lectured widely on the subject of expert testimony;

Mr. Bert Black from Minnesota, a leading plaintiff’s attorney who coauthored one of the leading articles on Daubert in Texas Law Review;

Mr. Robert Smith, a veteran defense attorney from Maryland who specializes in major cases involving expert testimony;

Dr. William Toscano, Professor and Division Head of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota;

Dr. Sander Greenland, Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Statistics at UCLA.

After the demonstration, all of the participants will deliver remarks, giving their perspective on the law, strategy, and tactics of Daubert hearings. In addition, there will be expert academic commentary by Professor David Faigman of U.C. Hastings School of Law, the lead author of the popular treatise, Modern Scientific Evidence. The moderator will be Professor Edward Imwinkelried of U.C. Davis, the coauthor of Scientific Evidence (with Giannelli).

There will be a complimentary breakfast spread, lunch, and post-event hors d’oeuvres and wine/coffee.

EVENT: The Daubert Hearing Symposium – UC Davis Law Review

TIME: March 2, 2012. 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: UC DAVIS School of Law, 400 Mrak Circle Drive, Davis, CA. King Hall Room 1001 (Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom)

COST: FREE MCLE CREDIT (approx. 6 hours)