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Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University  Harvard University
Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University. She has held academic positions at Cornell, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Kyoto. At Cornell, she founded and chaired the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She has been a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cambridge, Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, and Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. Her research concerns the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and public policy of modern democracies, with a particular focus on the challenges of globalization. She has written and lectured widely on problems of environmental regulation, risk management, and biotechnology in the United States, Europe, and India. Her books include Controlling Chemicals; The Fifth Branch; Science at the Bar; and Designs on Nature. Jasanoff has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She holds A.B., M.A., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees.

Jennifer Mnookin, University of California, Los Angeles

AB 1988, Harvard
JD 1995, Yale
PhD 1999, M.I.T.
Professor Jennifer Mnookin teaches Evidence, Torts and a Seminar in Scientific Evidence at UCLA. She studies and writes in the areas of evidence theory, expert evidence, and law and culture, with a particular focus on law and film. She is particularly interested in the connections between science, law and culture, and her current work focuses on the history of expert and visual evidence in the American courtroom. Professor Mnookin received an A.B. from Harvard, a J.D. from Yale, and a Ph.D. from M.I.T.

Before joining the UCLA law faculty in 2005, Mnookin was a professor of law at the University of Virginia, and, in 2003-04, she was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She has served as chair of the AALS Section on Evidence and as a member of the section’s executive committee. Prior to becoming a law teacher, she held a Doctoral Fellowship at the American Bar Foundation from 1996-1998.

Mnookin is a co-author of the treatise The New Wigmore: Expert Evidence (with Kaye and Bernstein, 2004). She has also been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and has written opinion-editorial pieces for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Chicago Tribune.

Scott Brewer, Harvard University 

Harvard University
Professor Scott Brewer joined the Harvard law faculty in 1991. His J.D. is from Yale University where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Professor Brewer earned at Ph.D. from Harvard. He clerked for the Honorable Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Honorable Harry T. Edward on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Brewer teaches Contracts, Evidence, Jurisprudence, and Philosophy of Law. Professor Brewer’s research interests are in the Philosophical Aspects of Legal Thought. He is the author of the 5-volume treatise The Philosophy of Law.

O. Carter Snead, University of Notre Dame 

Steph Tai, Wisconsin University

Wisconsin University
Stephanie Tai focuses her scholarly research on the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. She has written on the consideration of scientific studies and environmental justice concerns by administrative agencies, and is currently studying the role of scientific dialogues before the judicial system. She was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Her teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, property, environmental justice, risk regulation, and comparative Asian environmental law.

Raised in the South by two chemists, she decided to combine her chemistry background with a legal education to improve the use of science in environmental protection. At Georgetown, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and was a member of the Georgetown Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team.

After graduating from Georgetown, Professor Tai worked as the editor-in-chief of the International Review for Environmental Strategies, a publication by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then worked as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases involving a range of issues, from the protection of endangered cave species in Texas to the issuance of dredge and fill permits under the Clean Water Act.

During the summer before joining the Wisconsin Law School faculty, Professor Tai teamed up with several other law professors to work on two Supreme Court amicus briefs: one for a group of legislators in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp., No. 05-0848, and another for a group of scientists in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 05-1120.

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