Chancellor & Dean David Faigman is the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and holds an appointment as Professor in the School of Medicine (Dept. of Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco. He received both his M.A. (Psychology) and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Professor Faigman clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Reavley, Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
He is the author of over 50 articles and essays, and has published in a variety of outlets, including the Chicago, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Northwestern law reviews, Science, Sociological Methods & Research and Nature Reviews Neuroscience. He is also the author of three books, Constitutional Fictions: A Unified Theory of Constitutional Facts (Oxford, 2008), Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law (Henry Holt & Co. 2004) and Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law (W.H. Freeman,1999). In addition, Professor Faigman is a co-author/co-editor of the five-volume treatise Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Cheng, Mnookin, Murphy Sanders & Slobogin). The treatise has been cited widely by courts, including several times by the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Faigman was a member of the National Academies of Science panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs, is a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Network and served as a Senior Advisor to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s Report, “Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods.”
University of Virginia, School of Law 1986
University of Virginia 1983
State University of New York, College of Oswego 1979
B.A., Psychology and History
Honorary Distinguished Member 2008
Awarded by the American Psychology-Law Society.
Honorable Mention (2nd Place) 1991
Awarded in The Annual AALS Call for Scholarly Papers.
Roger and Madeline Traynor Prize 1986
Awarded by the University of Virginia, School of Law to acknowledge the best written work by a graduating student, University of Virginia, School of Law.
Freedom of Speech Remains Superior to All Other Alternatives 2017
Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
Gatekeeping Science: Using the Structure of Scientific Research to Distinguish Between Admissibility and Weight in Expert Testimony 2016
Northwestern University Law Review
University of Chicago Law Review
Sociological Methods & Research
Admissibility of Neuroscientific Expert Testimony 2013
Stephen J. Morse & Adina L. Roskies eds., A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience (Oxford University Press)
The Law's Scientific Revolution: Reflections and Ruminations on the Law's Use of Experts in Year Seven of the Revolution 2000
Washington & Lee Law Review
Hastings Law Journal
Check Your Crystal Ball at the Courthouse Door, Please: Exploring the Past, Understanding the Present, and Worrying About the Future of Scientific Evidence 1994
Cardozo Law Review
Normative Constitutional Fact-finding": Exploring the Empirical Component of Constitutional Interpretation 1991
University of Pennsylvania Law Review
Emory Law Journal