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Judicial Symposium on Scientific Evidence in the Courts, April 2012

Event Date: Sunday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Location: Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Program Description: The "Scientific Evidence in the Courtsprogram will begin 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 will follow, 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

 

For More Information, Contact: Mason Judicial Education Program
703.993.8008
MasonJEP@gmu.edu

 

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