Lecturer in Law


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. Her expertise includes 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, neuroscience, 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 playing with her two granddaughters, gardening, 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.



  1. University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2000

    J.D., Law

  2. John F. Kennedy University 1986

    Coursework and Training, Clinical Psychology

  3. Stanford University 1984

    B.S., Biological Sciences

Selected Scholarship

  1. An Interdisciplinary Adventure 01/2012

    Hastings Women's Law Journal


  1. Evidence
  2. Wrongful Conviction Seminar
  3. Science in the Law
  4. Forensic Evidence Seminar
  5. Criminal Procedure