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Scrutinizing the Role of Expertise and Scientific Evidence in the Legal and Regulatory Arenas
When: Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:15 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Virtual

Keynote Address
10:15 am - 10:30 am
Hon. Peter Meijer, U.S. Representative

Panel 1: The Role of Science in Regulation
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Devin Hartman, Policy Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, R Street Institute
Richard Williams, Senior Affiliated Scholar, Mercatus Center, Chairman of the Center for Truth in Science Board and former Food and Drug Administration official
Jonathan B. Wiener, William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Tony Cox, President, Cox Associates

Panel 2: Scientific Evidence in the Courtroom
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lawrence Ebner, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Atlantic Legal Foundation
Tim Pratt, Speaker and former General Counsel at Boston Scientific
Anthony Marcum, Resident Fellow, R Street Institute

When considering new science-based regulations, regulators are typically faced with imperfect information and must rely on past practices to weigh potentially conflicting information and establish useful regulations. Similarly, in the courtroom, trial judges are frequently tasked with weighing scientific evidence to determine what will be presented at trial, with little outside assistance. This challenge is most notable in multi-district litigation (MDL). Although designed to gather consistent rulings and conserve judicial resources, the MDL process presents many challenges to judges and litigants—impacting litigation strategy, settlement and potential trial results.

Join the R Street Institute for an invigorating discussion about the importance of incorporating high-quality science in policymaking. The event will cover how scientific evidence is used in court decisions and how regulators examine scientific quality when making decisions. Panelists will also suggest policy adjustments to improve existing guidelines for incorporating science into policymaking.

Sep 9, 2021 10:15 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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