February 12, 2008 09:02 Age: 6 yrs

Emory Law Hosts Symposium on Science and the Law

Emory Law will examine the integral role that that science plays in the lawmaking process at the 2008 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, Thursday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Gambrell Hall. This year’s symposium – “Legal Science: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Use and Misuse of Science in the Law” – brings together a distinguished panels of experts to discuss how scientific theories, studies and evidence influence legal proceedings.

Panelists for the symposium include Emory Law Associate Professor Julie Seaman and alumna Chilton Davis Varner, a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta. A detailed agenda with the complete list of panelists is listed below.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Members of the State Bar of Georgia can receive five hours of CLE credit for a $50 registration fee. Participants may register online at www.emorylawjournal.org

Legal Science: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Use and Misuse of Science in the Law


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Why Darwin Matters

  • Michael Shermer, Publisher, Skeptic magazine and Monthly Columnist, Scientific American magazine

10 – 11:15 a.m.
Integrity of Legal Science

  • Jennifer L. Mnookin, Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Faculty and Research, UCLA School of Law
  • Joni Hersch, Professor of Law and Economics, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Thomas O. McGarity, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law, University of Texas School of Law
  • Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist and Director of Scientific Integrity Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Legal and Scientific Approaches to Climate Change Policy

  • Berrien Moore, University Distinguished Professor and Director, University of New Hampshire Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space
  • William H. Schlesinger, President, The Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • David E. Adelman, Associate Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
  • Bobby McCormick, Professor and BB&T Scholar, John Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University

12:45 – 2 p.m.

2 – 2:45 p.m.

  • Lisa Heinzerling, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

3 – 4 p.m.
Science in the Courtroom

  • Chilton Davis Varner, Partner, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta
  • Erin Murphy, Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Julie Seaman, Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

4:15 – 6 p.m.

For more information, email thrower(at)law.emory.edu or visit www.emorylawjournal.org.  

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