Associate Professor of Law
Areas of ExpertiseCriminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Law & Medicine, Science and the Law
EducationJ.D. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
B.A. Stanford University
ExperienceDrake Professor since 2011
Assistant Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law (2009-2011)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law (2008-2009)
Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the State of Colorado
Attorney, Johnson, McConaty & Sargent, PC, Denver, Colorado
Deputy District Attorney, 18th Judicial District (Arapahoe County), Colorado
Selected PublicationsAn Overreaction to a Nonexistent Problem: Empirical Analysis of Tort Reform from the 1980s to 2000s, 3 STANFORD J. COMPLEX LITIG. _____ (2014) (peer reviewed) (with Scott DeVito).
The Gatekeeper’s Toolbox: A Survey on Judicial Handling of Expert Reliability Motions, 51 COURT REVIEW ____ (2014) (forthcoming).
Doubling Down for Defendants: The Pernicious Effects of Tort Reform, 118 PENN ST. L. REV. 543 (2014) (with Scott DeVito).
Gatekeeper with a Gavel: A Survey on Judicial Management of Challenges to Expert Reliability and Their Relationship to Summary Judgment, 83 MISS. L.J. 325 (2014).
Et Tu, Plaintiffs? An Empirical Analysis of Daubert’s Effect on Plaintiffs, and Why Gatekeeping Standards Matter (a Lot), 66 ARK. L. REV. 975 (2013) (with Scott DeVito).
Utilization of Rules 614 and 706 in Fact-Finding: A Recent Study of Midwest Judges, 49 COURT REVIEW 132 (2013) (invited submission).
The Stricter Standard: An Empirical Assessment of Daubert’s Effect on Civil Defendants, 62 CATH. U. L. REV. 675 (2013) (with Scott DeVito).
Questions from the Bench and Independent Experts: A Study of the Practices of State Court Judges, 74 U. PITT. L. REV. 47 (2012).
Balancing Legal Process with Scientific Expertise: A Comparative Assessment of Expert Witness Methodology in Five Nations, and Suggestions for Reform of Post-Daubert U.S. Reliability Determinations, 95 MARQ. L. REV. 1329 (2012).
Science Court: Past Proposals, Current Considerations, and a Suggested Structure, 15 VA. J. L. & TECH 1 (2010).
Judicial Analysis of Complex & Cutting-Edge Science in the Daubert Era: Epidemiologic Risk Assessment as Test Case for Reform Strategies, 42 CONN. L. REV. 49 (2009).
Probabilities and Possibilities, and the Ohio Solution: A Sensible Approach to Relevance under Rule 702 in Civil and Criminal Applications, 41 AKRON L. REV. 609 (2008).
The Rationale for Expert Immunity or Liability Exposure in Case Law Since Briscoe: Reasserting Immunity Protection for Friendly Expert Witnesses, 38 U. MEM. L. REV. 49 (2008).
The Heightened Expert Disclosure Requirement of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(A)(2) and the Physician-Defendant in Medical Negligence Cases: Rejecting the Substance-Based Approach for Rule 26 Judicial Interpretation, 28 J. LEGAL MED. 521 (2007).
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Significant AccomplishmentsLeland Forrest Outstanding Professor of the Year 2013-14
Invited Speaker, “Expert Gatekeeping– A Recent Survey on Judicial Scrutiny of Expert Reliability,” 8th Circuit Federal Judicial Conference, Omaha, NE, August 2014.
Invited Speaker, “How Judges Perform Gatekeeping – New Data on Judicial Handling of Expert Witness,” Iowa State Judges Conference, Des Moines, IA, June 2014.
Presenter, “Science and the Law: How the Legal System Handles Complex Scientific Evidence,” Iowa State University, Ames, IA, March 2012.
Presenter, “Balancing Legal Process with Scientific Expertise: A Comparative Assessment of Expert Witness Methodology in Five Nations, and Suggestions for Reform of Post-Daubert U.S. Reliability Determinations,” Central States Law School Association, Grand Forks, North Dakota, September 2010.
Member, New Scholars Committee, SEALS, August 2009 – 2011.
Moderator, “Responding to the Call for Law Teacher Training” Panel, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, August 2009.