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March 29, 2004

Press contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330,
Event contact: KU Professor Sid Shapiro, (785) 864-9222,

McGarity to Deliver National Order of the Coif Lecture

Lecture at the University of Kansas will focus on how special interests avoid
accountability in the sciences

What: Lecture by Tom McGarity "Bending Science: What Special Interests Do to Avoid Accountability When the Truth Hurts"
When: Friday, April 2, 2004, 3:30 p.m.
Where: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Green Hall

AUSTIN, Texas — Today The University of Texas School of Law announced that Professor Tom McGarity will deliver the national Order of the Coif speech at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence Kansas.

The speech is entitled "Bending Science: What Special Interests Do to Avoid Accountability When the Truth Hurts." It will focus on how scientific studies are manipulated by stakeholders in order to persuade decision-makers, including judges, regulators, politicians, and the American public.

Schools have competed since 1994 to host the speech which this year was renamed the National Visitor Program. Past speakers include Ronald Dworkin, Michael Sandel, Bruce Ackerman, and Saul Levmore.

Thomas McGarity holds the W. James Kronzer Chair in Trial & Appellate Advocacy at UT Law, and is a leading scholar in the fields of both administrative law and environmental law. He has written three influential books: Workers at Risk (Praeger, 1993) (co-author), The Law of Environmental Protection (West, 2nd ed., 1991) (co-author), and Reinventing Rationality: The Role of Regulatory Analysis in the Federal Bureaucracy (Cambridge, 1991). His recent articles include "On the Prospect of Daubertizing Judicial Review of Risk Assessment" (Law & Contemporary Problems 2003). He currently serves as President of the Center for Progressive Regulation and in 2003 was inducted to inaugural class of the newly-created Public Interest Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.

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Professor McGarity's web site biography:
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