Neuroscience and the Law - Spring Meeting of the LLNE

Speaker Biographies

Amanda C. Pustilnik

Professor PustilnikAmanda C. Pustilnik is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience. Her current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law, evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory, and the role of pain in different legal domains. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation with Covington & Burling and with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on white collar criminal matters. Prof. Pustilnik also clerked for the Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated Yale Law School and Harvard College, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Prof. Pustilnik has also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and is a member of the board of directors of the John Harvard Scholarships.

Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D.

Professor EdersheimDr. Judith Edersheim is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a senior consultant to the Law and Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and co-director and co-founder of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior.

Dr. Edersheim graduated with a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law at the firm of Hill and Barlow before returning to Harvard Medical School. She was an intern at the Mount Auburn Hospital and received her clinical psychiatry training at the Cambridge Hospital adult psychiatry residency program. Dr. Edersheim completed a fellowship in the Law and Psychiatry service at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Edersheim has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations in both civil and criminal settings, including evaluations of competencies to stand trial, testamentary capacity, the capacity to make medical decisions, fitness for duty, the assessment of emotional damages, diminished capacity and criminal responsibility. She is a principal lecturer in the forensic psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches forensic psychiatry to adult psychiatry residents at Massachusetts and McLean Hospitals. Dr. Edersheim teaches extensively in the legal arena, including lectures sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, the Judicial Institute, and the Mental Health Legal Advisor's Committee.

Dr. Edersheim has published articles regarding the intersection of legal and medical concepts in peer reviewed medical journals such as the Journal of the American Academy of Law and Psychiatry and The Clinical Companion to the Journal of Primary Care and in legal journals such as the Massachusetts Family Law Journal. Dr. Edersheim co-authored a symposium paper in the Brain Imaging and the Law issue of the American Journal of Law & Medicine.

David M. Siegel

Professor SiegelProfessor Siegel teaches Comparative Criminal Procedure, Criminal Advocacy, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Clinical Evidence, Evidence, and Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Process at New England Law | Boston.

He has written articles on the history of mental health defenses in criminal law, the ethical obligations of criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors, and involuntary medication of criminal defendants. He is a founding member of the New England Innocence Project and serves on its Case Review Committee. He is co-director of the New England Law | Boston's Center for Law and Social Responsibility. Professor Siegel received a Fulbright senior specialist grant to teach at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, for six weeks in 2009.

Professor Siegel received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 1996, he was a senior assistant public defender for the Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as a clerk for the Hon. E. Grady Jolly, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D.

Professor Bursztajn Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D. a Harvard Medical School and Princeton University honors graduate, maintains an active patient practice, has a distinguished academic achievement record, and consults nationally. He is currently a senior clinical faculty member at Harvard Medical School and co-founded the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he consults, teaches, and testifies nationwide as an expert qualified in general psychiatry and forensic neuropsychiatry. His special areas of interest include medical and psychiatric malpractice, psychiatric diagnosis, suicide prevention, sexual boundary violation claim evaluations, risk management consultation, boundary training, detection of malingering, pain impairment evaluations, medication management standards, managed health care, psychiatric and forensic neuropsychiatric autopsies, testamentary capacity, diminished capacity, death penalty mitigation, and employment related issues such as ADA, disability, workers' compensation, and sexual harassment.
Dr. Bursztajn's litigation prevention services include both continuing education workshops and individual consultations. He has taught clinicians, judges, and attorneys on a variety of forensic topics. He also consults widely to both public and private organizations including state and federal agencies, the courts, law firms, health care providers, educational institutions, and corporations.

Dr. Bursztajn has published more than 70 peer-reviewed medical journal articles, 4 books, and more than 30 book chapters. He is also a major contributor to national media health reporting designed to educate the general public. He has appeared nationally on CNN Headline News and on several Discovery Channel programs.

Wendy Wolf

Wendy Wolf is the Director of Training for the Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. She has been a trial attorney with CPCS since 1985. She began her practice representing adults accused of felonies and was a supervising attorney in the Cambridge office of CPCS. In 1996 she joined the Youth Advocacy Project as the supervising attorney. In 2002 Attorney Wolf started the Juvenile Defense Network, an initiative of YAD and CPCS which provides training and support to attorneys in delinquency and youthful offender cases. She was the co-chair of the Juvenile and Child Welfare Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association (2008-2009) and is a board member of the New England Juvenile Defender Center, and on the National Advisory Board of the National Juvenile Defender Center. She is the 2007 recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association Access to Justice Defender Award and a 2010 recipient of Top Women in the Law from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Attorney Wolf earned her B.S in Social Work from the University of Vermont and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.