SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California Hastings College of the Law Board of Directors announced today the appointment of nationally renowned scholar David L. Faigman as Acting Chancellor & Dean, effective Friday, January 1st, 2016.
David L. Faigman is the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings and holds an appointment as Professor in the School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco. He received both his M.A. (Psychology) and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Faigman clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Faigman was the founding director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, bridging the two leading institutions through education, research, and clinical training and service to develop and support collaborative educational and professional opportunities for students and faculty. Faigman also originated the idea of Lawyers for America, a two-year apprenticeship program that begins in the third year of law school.
“The Directors uniformly viewed David Faigman’s insightful and dynamic leadership qualities as strong positives for moving UC Hastings forward as an institution,” said Board Chair Tom Gede. “He has a comprehensive vision for the future, he has earned trust and respect from his colleagues, he is a respected and persuasive scholar, teacher and innovator, he is decisive where he needs to be, and he knows how to engage forcefully yet personably.”
Faigman is the author of over 50 articles and essays and has published in a variety of outlets, including the Chicago, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Northwestern law reviews, Science, Sociological Methods & Research and Nature Reviews Neuroscience. He is also the author of three books, Constitutional Fictions: A Unified Theory of Constitutional Facts (Oxford, 2008), Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law (Henry Holt & Co. 2004) and Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law (W.H. Freeman, 1999).
In addition, Faigman is a co-author/co-editor of the five-volume treatise Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Cheng, Mnookin, Murphy, Sanders & Slobogin). The treatise has been cited widely by courts, including several times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Faigman was a member of the National Academies of Science panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs and he is a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Network.
Faigman is also the co-founder and CEO of JuriLytics, LLC, a company that brings high level academic peer review to expert testimony. JuriLytics provides this service for both lawyers and judges, and was recognized in The Recorder’s 2015 Innovator Awards for applying “innovative approaches to solving challenges faced by clients, providers and the public.”
“There are few schools in the country better situated than UC Hastings to innovate and excel in these challenging times for legal education,” Faigman said. “We are located in the most beautiful city in the world, known for its incredible entrepreneurial spirit. We are a part of the greatest university system in the nation, with a top-flight faculty, extraordinary students, a first-class staff, and a large, diverse and talented alumni base.”
“I am,” Faigman said, “honored and humbled by this opportunity and look forward to working with all of the members of the UC Hastings community going forward.”
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