Judicial Symposium on Scientific Methodology and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony


Event Details

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  • Venue: The Henderson Resort
  • Division: The Judicial Education Program

Judicial Symposium on Scientific Methodology and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony

The Judicial Symposium on Scientific Methodology and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony will help judges better understand the tools and techniques used by scientific and other expert witnesses. With a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and case studies, the program will give insight into how experts apply the scientific method and will offer practical lessons to help you evaluate scientific reports and expert testimony

The Symposium will delve into the subjects of statistics, toxicology, and epidemiology and will include presentations on the scientific method and the nature of expert testimony.  Leading scientists, legal scholars, and practitioners will also discuss the intersection of science and policy, the recognition of good science in the courtroom, and the role of judges as gatekeepers. Additionally, the opening reception will honor Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat, a long-time member of our Judicial Advisory Board.

This program is open to federal and state judges in courts with general civil and/or criminal jurisdiction. Space is limited, and admission to the program is by competitive application. Preference will be given to applicants who have also applied to the Introduction to Economics for Judges from Tuesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 28. If you would like to be considered for that course as well, please apply here.

JEP programs are offered as a public service: there is no tuition; reading materials, hotel rooms, and group meals are included; and, upon successful completion of the program, participants are reimbursed for qualifying travel expenses (link to policy). Judges are expected to attend all sessions and group meals.

Questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Aaron Fraser at afraser6@gmu.edu or 703.993.9960.