The following faculty members at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University are available to discuss a report released by the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community.
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David Kaye is an internationally recognized expert in the law of evidence, specializing in scientific and statistical evidence. At the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, he teaches Evidence, Genetics and the Law, and Legal Statistics. Professor Kaye has taught at universities and lectured on scientific evidence around the world. He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Statistical Association, and the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. He is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Latent Print Analysis. Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Kaye clerked on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced law in Portland, Oregon, and was an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
Jay Koehler studies quantitative reasoning in the law, behavioral decision theory, and the psychology of investment, and he teaches the seminar, Probability & Science in Court, at the College of Law. Professor Koehler has conducted extensive research in the area of how jurors, attorneys and experts think about scientific and statistical evidence, and how investors make financial decisions. He is a member of an ASU team that is researching for the National Institute of Justice the psychology of decision-making using forensic science expert evidence. Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Koehler was a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and a visiting scholar at Northwestern University School of Law and Stanford Law School and in the psychology departments at Harvard University and Stanford University. He has served as an expert witness on statistical evidence in many cases and was a consultant for the defense in the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson.
Michael Saks, the fourth most-cited law-and-social-science expert in the U.S., is a specialist in issues relating to forensic identification (other than DNA), erroneous convictions related to forensic science, and reorganizing forensic science organizations to improve accuracy and reduce errors. Professor Saks' research focuses on empirical studies of the legal system, especially decision-making, the behavior of the litigation system, and the law's use of science. He currently is part of an ASU team that is researching the psychology of decision-making using forensic science expert evidence for the National Institute of Justice. Professor Saks teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, Law and Science, Property and Torts. He is a former president of the American Psychology-Law Society and chair of the Section on Law and Social Science of the American Association of Law Schools. Before joining the College of Law, Professor Saks was the Edward F. Howrey Professor at the University of Iowa.
Carrie Sperling is an expert in forensic science oversight and crime lab oversight, who in 2008 was named the first executive director of the Arizona Justice Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to exonerating those wrongfully convicted and correcting other manifest injustices. Professor Sperling has more than a decade of experience in civil-rights litigation and post-conviction relief, and is a former director of the ACLU's North Texas Region. She also is a member of the Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee and its Subcommittee on Oversight. Professor Sperling has clerked on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, and is a former associate professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.