Monday, August 21, 2006

Laws Profs Debut New "Science & Law Blog"

Law professors David L. Faigman, David H. Kaye, Michael J. Saks, Joseph Sanders, and Edward K. Cheng have launched the Science & Law Blog as part of the Law Professor Blogs Network. From their inaugural post:
This Blog is directed at the intersection of science and law. Its focus concerns the integration of applied scientific research and the substantive law. It thus is not limited by subject area, on either the law or science side of the ledger. Topics of interest, therefore, include everything from mass toxic torts to fingerprint identification. Of course, Daubert and its progeny are very much within the realm of topics of discussion, but this is not a Daubert or Rule 702 Blog. Several excellent resources on Daubert already exist, including a blog (here), and a tracking service (here). Instead, this page is organized around the single question of how do, and how should, courts and policy makers use the more or less certain findings (or lack of findings) from science when making decisions. On the law side, therefore, not only are evidentiary matters of concern, but this question implicates substantive areas of law, including, but not limited to, torts, criminal, administrative, and constitutional. On the science side, subjects of interest will include, but are not limited to, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, toxicology, and epidemiology.


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Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.