Professor Lisa Faigman enjoys the distinction of having been born and raised in North Dakota. After fleeing to California, she received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She completed extensive coursework and training in counseling and clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University. While in law school, she worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.
With a background spanning both the natural and social sciences, Professor Faigman has a special interest in the intersection of law and science in all its forms. She has studied in particular the areas of forensic evidence in criminal proceedings, the courts' application of the rules of evidence regarding scientific evidence and expert testimony in both the civil and criminal arenas, and individual and public health decision-making. She has a special interest in women's health and aging.
Prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty, Professor Faigman practiced in a firm and in solo private practice in Mill Valley, specializing in business and corporate transactions, intellectual property law, and Small Business Administration lending.
Professor Faigman’s non-law-related activities include gardening, golf, and making music in various forms and with a variety of instruments, including as an enthusiastic member of the Hastings Legal Notes. She is married to David Faigman and is the very proud mother of three daughters.
Courses Taught: Criminal Procedure, Wrongful Conviction Seminar, Forensic Evidence Seminar, and Science in Law
Expertise: Law and Science and Criminal Procedure
My favorite part about teaching you is... getting to know you on a personal level. UC Hastings students bring incredibly diverse backgrounds and life experiences into the classroom, which enriches the educational experience for everyone, myself included.