Abnormal Brains and Criminal Responsibility:
Implications of Neuroscience for Criminal Culpability and Sentencing

ASU College of Law– April 29, 2005

  • Welcome and Introduction
    Judge Roslyn Silver, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
Session I: Neuroscience
  • A Primer On Executive Functioning and Attention
    Paul Beljan, Beljan Psychological Services, President of American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Impairment in Aggressive and Antisocial Individuals: Implications for Behavior and Punishment
    Pamela Blake, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Hospital
Session II: Implications of Neuroscience for Criminal Responsibility
  • Is There A Place for Biological Evidence in Criminal Law?
    Deborah Denno, Professor, Fordham University School of Law
  • New Neuroscience, New Genetics, But Old Responsibility
    Stephen J. Morse, Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Session III: Keynote Address
  • Free Will, Determinism, and the Brain
    John R. Searle, Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language, University of California, Berkeley
Session IV: Admissibility and Remedies
  • Issues in the Judicial Assessment of Neuroscience Evidence
    Larry Cohen, Ph.D., J.D.
  • A Clockwork Orange Revisited: Can Modern Neuroscience Help Predict or Prevent Criminal Recidivism?
    Gregory Lekovic, MD, PhD, JD , Resident, Division of Neurological Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute
Session V: Expert Panel Observations and Conclusions
  • Dale A. Baich, Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Kent E. Cattani Office of the Attorney General
Session VI: Expert Panel Observations and Conclusions
  • Neil Malamuth, Professor of Psychology and Communications, UCLA
  • Jack Potts, Forensic Psychologist; Clinical Lecturer at University of Arizona
  • Michael Saks, Professor of Law, ASU College of Law
  • Mary Sigler, Associate Professor of Law, ASU College of Law