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About Margaret A. Berger

Professor Berger is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on scientific evidentiary issues, in particular DNA evidence, and is a frequent lecturer across the country on these topics. She is a recipient of the Francis Rawle Award for outstanding contributions to the field of post-admission legal education by the American Law Institute/American Bar Association for her role in developing new approaches to judicial treatment of scientific evidence and in educating the legal and science communities about ways to implement these approaches. Professor Berger served as the Reporter for the Working Group on Post-Conviction Issues for the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. She has been called on as a consultant to the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, and served as the Reporter to the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Evidence. She is the author of numerous amicus briefs, including the brief for the Carnegie commission on the Admissibility of scientific evidence in the landmark case of Daubert v. Merrell Pharmaceutical, Inc. She has also contributed chapters to both editions of the Federal Judicial Center's Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (1994, 2000). Her textbook, Evidence: Cases and Materials (9th ed., 1991) (with Weinstein, Mansfield and Abrams), is the leading evidence casebook. Professor Berger has been a member of the faculty since 1973, and holds the Suzanne J. and Norman Miles Chair. She has served on committees of the National Academies of Science: (1) Committee on Tagging Smokeless and Black Powder, and (2) Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science: An Update. She currently serves as a member of the National Academies' Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Evaluation of the Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process for Veterans, and on the newly constituted Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community, as well as the Committee on Assuring the Integrity of Research Data in an Era of E-Science.


Present Suzanne J. & Norman Miles Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School



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