Law & Science Amicus Brief Project at Duke Law

Professors Nita Farahany and Brandon Garrett will be teaching in Fall 2019 a course in which Duke law students will work on a series of amicus briefs raising appellate issues at the intersection of law and science.  They are looking for appellate cases, in state and federal court, in which it would be valuable to receive amicus input regarding scientific methods.  For example, a past brief signed by a group of scientists, discussed the reliability of the methods used by a fingerprint examiner.  Possible areas in which such amicus briefs would be relevant include forensic science, eyewitness evidence, neuroscience evidence, genetic evidence, risk assessment, and other issues implicating the sound use of scientific methods to address legal questions. 

Please send an email to and if you have thoughts regarding a suitable case for this project.