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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Program on Understanding Law, Sciene & Evidence (PULSE) Symposium @ UCLA School of Law, February 18, 2010, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Inaugural Symposium: Forensic Science

A Blueprint for the Future

Feb 18th, Thursday, 9 - 6 p.m. (public panels) |  UCLA School of Law

For more information and to register please go to the Symposium website:


Symposium Speakers:

Michael Chamberlain
Simon Cole
Itiel Dror
Ingrid Eagly
Barry Fisher
Hon. Nancy Gertner
Dean Gialamas
Sam Gross
Max Houck
Keith Inman
Sheila Jasanoff
Jerry Kang
David Kaye
Jay Koehler
Glenn Langenburg
Ken Melson
Jennifer Mnookin
Joe Peterson
D. Michael Risinger
Norah Rudin
David Stoney
Jay Siegel


Forensic science - from latent fingerprint analysis to firearms identification to DNA - is often among the most significant evidence introduced in criminal cases. Over the last few decades, it has also been the subject of significant controversy, with defense attorneys arguing that long-accepted forensic techniques lack scientific validation, and prosecutors vociferously defending their accuracy and reliability.

Last February, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued a major and long-awaited report assessing the strengths and limitations of forensic science in the United States. The report explicitly criticized the lack of empirical and research basis underpinning some of the claims routinely made by many forensic scientists in court, and called for significant changes and major overhaul to our system of forensic science.  This NAS report, which spurred congressional hearings and was recently cited in the Supreme Court, quickly garnered a great deal of attention from scholars, practitioners, and political stakeholders alike.

One year after this report, what, if anything has changed? This public symposium takes the one-year anniversary of the report as an opportunity to reflect on the aftermath of the National Academy report, its effects on courts, practitioners, scholars, and the forensic science community. But even more important, this symposium look forward to ask what does the future hold for forensic science? Flashing forward one decade or two, what should we expect,  what should we fear, and what should we hope for? In this one-day symposium, key stakeholders will consider and help to create a blueprint for the future of forensic science.

This symposium, organized by UCLA's new Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence (PULSE http://www.law.ucla.edu/pulse
), brings together an extraordinary group of leading participants in the forensic science debates, including forensic practitioners, attorneys, law professors, psychologists, and judges, to engage in robust presentations and debates about the future of forensic science.

Panel topics to include:   (1) The Central Debates Facing the Forensic Sciences; (2) Reflections on the National Academy Report: One Year later; (3) The Future of Forensic Science: Utopian Hopes and Rose-Colored Possibilities; and (4) Back To Reality: What to Expect for the Future of Forensic Science.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  To register, please go to www.law.ucla.edu/pulse/symposium
and click for online registration.

Registration is free for UCLA students, faculty and staff.  Advance registration is $50 for all others (including lunch).  On-site registration, space permitting, will be $75.00

MCLE credit available. UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

PULSE INAUGURAL LECTURE<http://www.law.ucla.edu/home/index.asp?page=3267
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Professor Sheila Jasanoff<http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/sheila-jasanoff
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

12:15 p.m. – lunch available at noon

To attend, RSVP to pulse@law.ucla.edu


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