Scientists And Lawyers: Projects Aim To Bridge Gap Between The Traditionally Contentious Professions

Between The Traditionally Contentious Professions Author: FRANKLIN HOKE, pp.1 Date: June 27,1994 Cooperative efforts seek to develop bases for agreement and a vocabulary to be shared by two influential cultures Editor's Note: This second part of a two-part series looks at several ongoing efforts aimed at establishing better communication between the scientific and legal professions. With court cases increasingly relying on s

Franklin Hoke
Jun 26, 1994

Between The Traditionally Contentious Professions Author: FRANKLIN HOKE, pp.1
Date: June 27,1994

Cooperative efforts seek to develop bases for agreement and a vocabulary to be shared by two influential cultures

Editor's Note: This second part of a two-part series looks at several ongoing efforts aimed at establishing better communication between the scientific and legal professions. With court cases increasingly relying on sophisticated scientific evidence, the importance of such cooperative efforts is growing. The first part of this series, which appeared in the June 13 issue, explored some of the questions concerning the admissibility of scientific evidence raised in a landmark liability case heard by the Supreme Court last year.

The cultures of science and law both seek their own versions of truth. But their purposes differ in important ways, as do their methods. Partly as a result, interactions between the two historically have been fraught with misunderstandings and, at times,...

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