Neuroscience and the Law - Spring Meeting of the LLNE

What role should scientific discoveries about the brain‘s function play in the criminal justice system?   How should neuroscientific evidence be handled in civil and criminal cases?  These are among the many questions associated with this fascinating and rapidly evolving area of the law, which is frequently in the news.  Academic, court, and law firm librarians will appreciate this cutting-edge update.

Meeting Agenda

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. 
Continental breakfast.  (Cherry Room, second floor)
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. 
Neuroscience and the Law: overview and recent developments. Professor Amanda C. Pustilnik, University of Maryland  (Room 305)
10:30 a.m.–11 a.m. 
Break. (Cherry Room, second floor)
11 a.m.–Noon. 
A forensic psychiatrist‘s look at the testamentary capacity of Julius Caesar.  Dr. Harold Bursztajn, co-founder, Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Harvard Medical School (Room 305)
Noon–2 p.m. 
Lunch with LLNE business meeting. We will walk to McCormick & Schmick‘s, 34 Columbus Ave., Boston.
2 p.m.–3 p.m. 
Neuroscience and criminal law in the courtroom. Dr. Judith Edersheim, co-director and co-founder of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital (Room 305)
3 p.m.–3:15 p.m. 
Break. (Cherry Room, second floor)
3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. 
Juveniles: their brains, behavior, and the law. Professor David Siegel, New England Law | Boston, and Wendy Wolf Esq., director of training, Youth Advocacy Division, Committee for Public Counsel Services.  (Room 305)
4:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. 
Reception. (Cherry Room, second floor)