Scientific Expertise in the Courtroom
Testimony by scientific experts plays a key role in criminal and civil cases throughout the United States. Yet it is an area that is continually evolving as cutting-edge scientific procedures are developed and new ethical questions are raised.
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the Science History Institute bring together top scholars and experienced practitioners in evidence, psychology, economics, and ethics to tackle some of the field’s most pressing issues in a symposium entitled “Scientific Expertise in the Courtroom.” Topics of discussion include the crisis in forensic science; the standards for admissibility of expert testimony, including statistical estimation evidence; the problem of bias in expertise; the ethical dilemmas of attorneys drafting expert reports; and the ethical challenges when consulting experts become testifying experts.
This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for two (2) substantive and one (1) ethics CLE credits.
Schedule of Events
8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Registration and Coffee
9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
9:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: Issues of Forensic Science in the Criminal Context
- Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs, Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Jennifer Gentile Long, CEO, AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence against Women
- Kevin Todorow, JD Candidate, Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Moderated by David S. Caudill, Professor of Law and Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
10:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m.: Break
10:40 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Statistical Estimation Evidence in Toxic Tort Cases, and the Impact of Human Psychology in Criminal Cases
- Jonah Gelbach, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Adam Benforado, Professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
- Moderated by Jody A. Roberts, Director, Institute for Research, Science History Institute
11:30 a.m.–11:40 a.m.: Break
11:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Examining the Practical and Ethical Issues of Expert Testimony
- Stephen G. Harvey, Steve Harvey Law LLC
- David S. Caudill, Professor of Law and Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
- Moderated by Shea M. Rhodes, Director, Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute), Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
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