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May 2, 2005

Press Contact:
Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.
Event Contact: Mary McDonald, UT Law,, (512) 232-1301.

Constitutional Law and Evidence Expert David Faigman to Speak at UT Law, May 3

Photo of David Faigman

What: Constitutional Studies Luncheon
Where: UT School of Law, Townes Hall, Sheffield Room, 2.111 (Maps:
When: Tues., May 3, at 11:45 a.m.
Who: Law, Government, History and Government Faculty and law school students. Please RSVP to or (512) 232-1301.

AUSTIN, Texas — Professor David Faigman, a constitutional law and evidence expert, will speak on “Fact-Finding in Constitutional Cases” on Tues., May 3, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sheffield Room at The University of Texas School of Law.

Faigman teaches at the University of California-Hastings and lectures regularly to state and federal judges on issues concerning science and the law. He was a member of the National Academies of Science panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs. He has served as a reviewer for an assortment of scientific journals and organizations, including Science, the National Science Foundation, Law and Human Behavior, American Psychologist, Jurimetrics, and Psychology, Public Policy and the Law.

His most recent book is Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law, published by Times Books (Henry Holt & Co.) in 2004. He is also the author of Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law, (W.H. Freeman & Co., 1999.) In addition, Professor Faigman is a co-author of a four-volume treatise, Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Kaye, Saks & Sanders), published by West Publishing Company. The second edition of Modern Scientific Evidence was published in January, 2002, and is updated annually. The treatise has been cited widely by courts, including several times by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Faigman received both his M.A. (Psychology) and J.D. from the University of Virginia. After law school, Professor Faigman clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Austin, Texas. He writes extensively on the subject of the law’s use of science.