PULSE - Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence

MAY 31 – JUNE 1, 2012


On May 31-June 2, 2012, PULSE hosted a private Workshop on Science, Law and Evidence. We invited 17 scholars to participate in an intensive, small-scale workshop centered around scholarship at the intersection of science and evidence, broadly conceived.    

Over the two days, participants collectively discussed 11 papers, ranging from complete drafts to very early stage works-in-progress.  Everyone had read the papers in advance, and commentators opened the discussion of papers rather than authors presenting their own papers.  

Participants ranged from junior scholars to senior faculty from a wide variety of schools. Most were law professors, but other disciplines, such as psychology and anthropology, were also represented.  Most were Americans, but we also had academics from Australia.   

Several participants commented that it was one of the best and most helpful workshops/conferences they'd ever attended. 


Day 1, Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Gary Edmond & Mehera San Roque, The Cool Crucible (Comments by Bill Thompson)
  • Wendy Wagner, Authorship and Attribution in Regulatory Science (Comments by Jennifer Mnookin)
  • ​Matt Baretto, Rachel Godsil & Benjamin Gonzalez, The Efficacy of Empathy (Comments by Song Richardson)
  • Michael Pardo, The Nature and Purpose of Evidence Theory (Comments by Michael Risinger)
  • Jason Tangen/Gary Edmond/Matt Thompson , A Proposed Court Guide to Interpreting Forensic Testimony (Comments by Simon Cole) 

Day 2, Friday, June 1, 2012​

  • Amanda Pustilnik, Neuoroimaging Chronic Pain  (comments by Michael Pardo)
  • Song Richardson & Phillip Goff, Suspicion Cascades (Comments by Jerry Kang)
  • Michael Risinger & Lesley Risinger, The Emerging Role of Innocence Lawyer
  • Jennifer Mnookin, Science Exceptionalism and the Law of Evidence
  • Deborah Tuerkheimer, excerpts from Shaken Baby Syndrome (comments by Chris Kelty)
  • Bill Thompson, The Continuing Controversy Over Forensic DNA Statistics (Comments by Jason Tangen)