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Science and the Legal System (February 18, 2017)

Academy members Shari Diamond (Northwestern University), Richard Lempert (University of Michigan), and Elizabeth Loftus (University of California, Irvine) led a panel discussion on the survey results from the Science and the Legal System study as part of an all-day seminar on Saturday, February 18 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 Annual Meeting, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The session was featured in a news article published in Science Magazine as a part of its coverage of the conference.

Preliminary analysis of the survey results shows that about half of the members who responded have been asked to participate in the legal system, and of those who were asked, 72 percent participated while 19 percent agreed to participate but eventually did not. Additionally, the data show that more people would be willing to participate if they are asked to serve as a court-appointed expert, and those who did participate reported a greater interest in testifying and writing a report or affidavit than being deposed.

A full report of the results will be presented in a forthcoming issue of Dædalus on “Science and the Legal System.” We are grateful to all of the Academy members who participated in the survey.