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March 26, 2020 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Wayne Law presents the 2020 I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy featuring Dr. Itiel Dror of the University College London. Dror will explain why scientific experts are biased, how cognitive factors can sink your client’s case, and what you as a lawyer can do about it. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack will introduce the speaker.

After finishing his Ph.D. in psychology at Harvard, Dror pursued his interest in expert performance. Along with his theoretical laboratory-based research, he has conducted fieldwork with a variety of experts (such as with U.S. Air Force pilots, frontline police officers, forensic examiners, and medical professionals). Dror's research has demonstrated that specific components in the cognitive underpinning of expertise entail vulnerabilities. Building on these insights, he developed unique ways to combat these weaknesses and improve expert performance. Dror's research has been published and covered in over 130 articles, including in Science and Nature. He has been extensively cited in the National Academy of Sciences and the Presidents' Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reports on forensic science.

More information from a recent article in Science can be found here.

The I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy was established through the generosity of the family of the late I. Goodman Cohen, a prominent trial attorney who was active in the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now the Michigan Association for Justice).

Lunch will be provided.

For more information about this event, please contact Joan Verla at 313-577-6497 or