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Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Academic Appointments

Vanderbilt University Law School
Professor of Law, 2010-present

Brooklyn Law School
Professor of Law, 2009-2010
Associate Professor of Law, 2006-09
Assistant Professor of Law, 2003-06

Northwestern University School of Law
Searle Fellow, 2002-03


Columbia University (2008-present)
Ph.D. Program, Department of Statistics
M.A. Statistics (2011)

Harvard Law School (2001)
J.D., cum laude
Harvard Law Review, Articles & Commentaries Chair

London School of Economics and Political Science (1998)
M.Sc. Information Systems, with distinction
Fulbright Scholarship 1997-98

Princeton University (1997)
B.S.E. Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude,
Certificate, Woodrow Wilson School
Phi Beta Kappa
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)
Sigma Xi (Scientific Research)
G. David Forney Prize in Electrical Engineering
Class of 1924 Award in the Woodrow Wilson School


Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2001-02 Term

Teaching Experience

Evidence, Spring 2004-06, 2008, 2010; Fall 2011

Torts, Fall 2004-06, 2008-09; Spring 2012

Criminal Law, Fall 2003-04, 2007; Spring 2007

Scientific Evidence, Spring 2006

Topics in Scientific Evidence, Spring 2003

Evidence Colloquium, Fall 2006

Statistical Inference and the Law, Fall 2007-09; Spring 2012

Teaching Assistant, Professor Diane C. Snyder, “Intelligence Reform in the Post-Cold War Era,” Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Fall 1996

Professional Society Memberships

AALS Section on Evidence
Chair, 2010
Executive Committee, 2005-2011
AALS Steering Committee 2008 Mid-Year Conference on Evidence
Law, Probability & Risk, Case Comment Editor, 2009-present
New York City Bar, Science and Law Committee, 2006-08
New York American Inn of Court, 2004-06

Bar Admissions

New York and New Jersey (both inactive)

Major Publications

MODERN SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE (5 vols.) (2006-13 eds.) (with Faigman, Blumenthal, Mnookin, Murphy and Sanders).

Reconceptualizing the Burden of Proof, 122 Yale L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2012) [Link]

Is High-Altitude Mountaineering Russian Roulette?, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports ___ (forthcoming 2013)

When 10 Trials Are Better Than 1000: An Evidentiary Perspective on Trial Sampling, 160 U. Pa. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012) [Link]

A Practical Solution to the Reference Class Problem, 109 Colum. L. Rev. 2081 (2009) [Link]

Will Quants Rule the (Legal) World?, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 967 (2009) (reviewing Ian Ayes, Supercrunchers (2007)) [PDF].

The Myth of the Generalist Judge, 61 Stan. L. Rev. 519 (2008) [Link]

Independent Judicial Research in the Daubert Age, 56 Duke L.J. 1263 (2007) [PDF].

Same Old, Same Old: Scientific Evidence Past and Present, 104 Mich. L. Rev. 1387 (2006) (reviewing Tal Golan, Laws of Men and Laws of Nature (2004)).

Structural Laws and the Puzzle of Regulating Behavior, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 655 (2006) [PDF].

Does Frye or Daubert Matter?: A Study of Scientific Admissibility Standards, 91 Va. L. Rev. 471 (2005) (with Albert Yoon) [PDF].

Changing Scientific Evidence, 88 Minn. L. Rev. 315 (2003) [PDF].

Symposia and Other Works

Scientific Evidence as Foreign Law, 75 Brook. L. Rev. 1095 (2010) (festschrift contribution)

Festschrift in Honor of Margaret A. Berger, 75 Brook. L. Rev. 1057 (2010)

Law, Statistics, and the Reference Class Problem, 109 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 92 (2009)

Response: Are Proffers of Inadmissible Evidence Wrongful? 7 Int'l Comm. Evid., issue 1, art. 7 (2009) (response) [Link]

Opinion Specialization, 92 Judicature 103 (2008) (abridged version of Stanford article)

The Perils of Evidentiary Manipulation, 93 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 191 (2007) (response).[Link]

Should Judges Do Independent Research on Scientific Issues?, 90 Judicature 58 (2006) (abridged version of Duke LJ article) [PDF]

Reenvisioning Law Through the DNA Lens, 60 N.Y.U. Ann. Surv. Am. L. 649 (2005) (symposium) [PDF].

Mitochondrial DNA: Emerging Legal Issues, 13 J.L. & Pol’y 99 (2005) (symposium).

Note, Constitutional Risks to Equal Protection in the Criminal Justice System, 114 Harv. L. Rev. 2098 (2001).

The Supreme Court, 1999 Term—Leading Cases, 114 Harv. L. Rev. 339 (2000) (commenting on Geier v. Am. Honda Motor Co., 120 S. Ct. 1913 (2000)).

Signalling Intentions and Obliging Behavior Online: An Application of Semiotic and Legal Modeling in E-Commerce, 12 J. End User Computing 33 (2000) (with James Backhouse), reprinted in STRATEGIES FOR ECOMMERCE SUCCESS (Bijan Fazlollahi ed., 2002).

Recent Case, 113 Harv. L. Rev. 621 (1999) (commenting on Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, 734 A.2d 1196 (N.J. 1999)).

An Introduction to Digital Signatures, 6 Amicus Curiae (UK) 20 (1998).

Modeling of leakage current distributions in series-connected polysilicon thin film transistors, Tech. Dig. Second Inter. Work. on Active Matrix LCD's, Lehigh University, 102-105 (Sept. 1995) (with J.C. Sturm, I.W. Wu, & T.J. King).


American Alpine Club, Bedayn Grant (2010).

Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (2004) (with Albert Yoon).