Judicial Symposium on Scientific Evidence in the Courts, April 2012


Event Details


The “Scientific Evidence in the Courts” program began with foundational lectures on scientific methodology, featuring James S. Trefil, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. Professor Trefil is renowned for his ability to convey scientific thinking to legal thinkers. Panel discussions followed, covering differing perspectives on Daubert; a discussion of low-dose exposure and causation; examination of scientific evidence in emerging mass torts; science and politics of risk; as well as science-based regulation.

Agenda

Perspectives on Daubert

 

Richard O. Faulk, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Houston, Texas

Carla Burke, Baron and Budd, Dallas, Texas

Moderator: David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Virginia


Low-Dose Exposure and Causation: Benzene and Asbestos

 

R. Dean Hartley, Hartley & O’Brien, Wheeling, West Virginia

Mark Fitzsimmons, Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, DC

Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Washington, DC

Bryan O. Blevins, Provost Umphrey, Beaumont, Texas

Moderator: David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Virginia


Medical Monitoring and Neighboring Environmental Exposure Cases

 

Robert J. Nelson, Leiff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco, California

Jessica Davidson Miller, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, Washington, DC

Dennis C. Reich, Reich & Binstock, Houston, Texas

Katherine L. Rhyne, King & Spalding, Washington, DC

Moderator:  David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Virginia


Post-Mortem on Scientific Evidence in the Vioxx Cases

 

W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston, Texas

Commentary: Joe G. Hollingsworth, Hollingsworth LLP, Washington, DC

Moderator:  D. Bruce Johnsen, Director, Mason Judicial Education Program


Case Study: Scientific Evidence in Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation

 

Marc Jay Bern, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolink LLP, New York, New York

Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC

Moderator: Richard O. Faulk, Gardere Wynne Swewll LLP, Houston, Texas


 Case Study: Bisphenol A (BPA)

 

Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Cetrulo & Capone, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

James L. Stengel, Orrick, New York, New York

Moderator: Richard O. Faulk, Gardere Wynne Swewll LLP, Houston, Texas