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Neuroscience in the Courtroom


November 20, 2014
 

8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
 
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
 
Advances in neuroscience are challenging conventional notions about human thought, behavior, pain, and brain injury. These developments are upending established medical concepts as well as traditional moral and ethical considerations. These insights could potentially uproot old paradigms embedded in the law and rules of evidence.

Fordham Law’s “Neuroscience in the Courtroom” has assembled a panel of world-class neuroscientists and distinguished experts, judges, and lawyers to share their knowledge and experience regarding issues posed by advances in neuroscience and neuro-imaging/investigations: diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), functional MRI (FMRI), quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG), volumetric MRI, near infra-red spectroscopy (NIRS), and positron emission tomography (PET).

By casting a new light on traditional ideas regarding brain injury, pain, morality, criminal culpability, competence, objectivity/subjectivity, and causation, neuroscience presents an array of challenges that are being played out in the courtrooms of this country and globally.

Attend Fordham Law’s “Neuroscience in the Courtroom” to learn how judges and lawyers can respond to the advances, insights and challenges that neuroscience and neuro-imaging present for proof and adjudication.

The conference is designed for

  • Judges who will preside over cases involving neuroscience issues
  • Attorneys in relevant practices (e.g., personal injury, criminal, trusts and estates) who will contend with neuroscience issues with their clients
  • Physicians and psychologists who track advances in brain imaging and the vital and often differing neuroscience perspectives regarding established understandings that have historically guided patient assessments and resulting adjudications

Chaired by Michael Flomenhaft, Esq., The Flomenhaft Law Firm, PLLC


PROGRAM AGENDA
8:00–8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks: Michael Flomenhaft, Esq.

8:45–10:15 a.m.
How Neuroscience Expands and Transforms Proof

Moderator and Speaker: Michael Flomenhaft, Esq.

Panelists: Ruben Gur, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director of Neuropsychology, and the Center for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Brain Behavior Laboratory, Perelman School of Medicine; Joy Hirsch, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine; Terence M. Lenamon, Esq., Lenamon Law PLLC; Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology (Neuroradiology), Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, Associate Director, Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC), Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; Susan K. Marcus, Esq., Law Offices of Susan K. Marcus; Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., Director, Traumatic Stress Studies Division, Mount Sinai School of Medicine


10:15–10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Challenge Neuroscience Poses to Embedded Principles and Longstanding Notions in the Law

Moderator and Speaker: Michael Flomenhaft, Esq.

Panelists: Michael D. Freeman, Med.Dr, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, Forensic Research & Analysis, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine; Ruben Gur, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Director of Neuropsychology, and the Center for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Brain Behavior Laboratory, Perelman School of Medicine; Susan K. Marcus, Esq., Law Offices of Susan K. Marcus; Tor Wager, Ph.D., Director, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Colorado at Boulder Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


12:00–1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:30–3:00 p.m.
The Admissibility of Neuroscientific Evidence under Frye and Daubert  

Moderator and Speaker: Benedene N. Cannata, Esq., Of Counsel, The Flomenhaft Law Firm, PLLC

Panelists: Deborah W. Denno, J.D., Ph.D., Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law; Michael Flomenhaft, Esq.; Honorable Paul G. Gardephe, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York; Honorable Joseph J. Maltese, Appellate Division, Second Department, Supreme Court of New York; Susan E. Rushing, M.D., J.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine; Dorothy Clay Sims, Esq., Partner, Sims & Stakenborg, P.A.


CLE CREDIT has been approved in accordance with the requirements of New York State CLE Board for a maximum of 4.5 transitional and non-transitional professional practice credits.

COST
$400 attorneys ($200 alumni, government and public interest attorneys)
$50 non-attorneys
Free for all Fordham Law faculty and students