The field of scientific interpretation of evidence and its portrayal in the media has created an environment in which expert testimony at trial is not only commonly accepted by judge and jury, but also expected. The book focuses on the Daubert-Joiner-Kumho Tire trilogy and other high court decisions that have established a standard for admissibility of scientific testimony in U.S. courts of law and helped foster that situation.
Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and the Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No. 9 is a valuable resource for lawyers and other interested readers that provides quick access to the governing expert evidence rules in federal and state courts across the United States. The circuit-by-circuit chapters are written by experienced attorneys with knowledge of the application of the rules regarding expert evidence in their specific jurisdictions. Included is guidance on factors to consider when selecting an expert and an examination of the impact on court decisions of the National Research Council’s 2009 report about the scientific foundation underlying forensic testimony.
About the Editors
Cindy H. Cwik is a partner with the San Diego office of Jones Day. She has extensive experience in complex litigation and class actions, including mass tort and product liability cases, consumer class actions, and environmental and securities cases. She has represented clients in multidistrict litigation proceedings, arbitrations, mediations and trials. She has been selected seven times as a California “Top Female Litigator” by The Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal.
Jules Epstein is Associate Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law (Delaware), where he teaches evidence and criminal law courses. He has published extensively regarding the death penalty, eyewitness identification and evidence, and is on the faculty of the National Judicial College, teaching evidence and capital case courses. In the area of forensics, Epstein has worked on two DNA work groups and in capital case trainings for the National Institute of Justice and now serves on a working group on latent print issues for the National Institute for Standards and Technology. He is co-chair of the Future of Evidence Committee of the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology Law.
Carol Henderson is the founding director of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law (NCSTL) and a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Professor Henderson planned and managed NCSTL’s development since 2002. NCSTL provides the only comprehensive, searchable database of science, technology and law in the world (www.ncstl.org) with hits from 170 countries and more than 138,000 data entries. NCSTL received the 2010 August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award for Innovation in Forensic Technology from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Title: Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and the Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No. 9
Publisher: Section of Science & Technology Law
Product Code: 5450066
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