November 10, 2014 – Jennifer Mnookin, the David G. Price and Dallas P. Price professor of law at UCLA School of Law, was recently appointed to a three-year term as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL). Distinguished committee members are chosen for their knowledge and expertise, and come from a wide range of organizations including federal courts, the legal and scientific communities, industry, academia and government.
Professor Mnookin, a member of the UCLA Law faculty since 2005, is a leading scholar in the field of evidence, particularly focusing on expert and scientific evidence, and the use of forensic science in court. She has written numerous articles on topics relating to law, science and technology, and is a co-author of two major treatises in the area as well. Professor Mnookin is also the faculty director and co-founder of the Program on Understanding Law, Science and Evidence (PULSE). From 2007-2009, and again in 2012-13, she also served as a vice dean.
In 1998, the National Academies established the Science, Technology, and Law Program (now called the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law) to bring together the science and engineering community and the legal community to explore pressing issues, improve communication and help resolve issues between the two communities.
Under the leadership of the committee co-chairs, the group meets several times a year to discuss critical issues at the interface of science, technology, and the law; to promote understanding; and to develop imaginative approaches to solving problems of mutual concern. The committee oversees a variety of workshops, reports and projects in the area of science, technology and law. Recently, for example, under the auspices of the CSTL, the National Academy released a major report on eyewitness identification and the law, and current projects include a Committee on Preparing the Next Generation of Policy Makers for Science Based Decisions (on which Professor Mnookin also sits as a member) and a Forum on Synthetic Biology.