The Center for Law, Science & Innovation is the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science. The Center bridges law and science by fostering the development of legal frameworks for new technologies and advancing the informed use of science in legal decision making. The Center facilitates transdisciplinary study and dialogue among policy-makers, academics, students, professionals and industry. It is committed to principles of balance, innovation, competitiveness and sustainability.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law first addressed the special legal problems arising from rapid developments in science and technology in a programmatic fashion in 1981 with the founding of the Arizona Law and Technology Institute (ALTI), which primarily provided continuing legal education programs for lawyers involved in computer law and related fields.
The Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology was approved by the Board of Regents in 1984 to embrace a considerably broader subject matter and scope than ALTI and to focus primarily on research. That focus has since expanded to accommodate a commitment to students enrolled at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and active involvement in policy debates within the region and across the nation. The Center was a logical initiative for a law school with an unusually large number of faculty members who not only recognized the critical importance of law's relationship to advances in science and technology, but who themselves had graduate training and ongoing research interests in scientific and technical fields.
The Center staff includes its Faculty Director, Professor Gary Marchant, who focuses primarily on policy and planning issues, and its Director, Lauren Burkhart, who manages the Center's operations. Debb Relph is the Center's Program Coordinator.
From 1984 to 1990, the Center directorship alternated among two law faculty members and one full-time administrator. In July 1990, Daniel S. Strouse joined the College of Law as Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center. Strouse served as director for 11 years (excluding his sabbatical year of 1998-99, during which Regents' Professor David H. Kaye, the Center's founding Director, served as acting Director) until July 2001, when Center management was reorganized to its current structure.
The management of Jurimetrics: the Journal for Law, Science and Technology, in addition to its student editors, includes its Managing Editor, Deborah Pogson, and its Faculty Editor, a position that rotates among the Center Faculty Fellows.
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To contact the Center, call (480) 965-5386.