Regents' Professor Michael Saks participated in a conference, "Expert Forensic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Avoiding Wrongful Convictions," on Saturday, May 9, at the University of Toronto's Centre for Forensic Science & Medicine.
Saks delivered the talk, "Building an Evidence-Based Report Accounting for Confirmation Bias," at the conference, a gathering of top experts in the field. They included Peter Neufeld, co-director of The Innocence Project, Professor Gary Edmond of the University of New South Wales, and The Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
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. Saks, who was named a Regents' Professor in 2009, is the fourth most-cited law-and-social-science scholar in the U.S., and has authored approximately 200 articles and books. Courses he has taught include criminal law, evidence, law and science, property and torts.