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Jed Rakoff
Episode 10: Science and the Gavel

With scientific evidence an intrinsic and complex part of today’s court cases, can judges keep up? Senior U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York discusses challenges and opportunities for jurists.

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Show Notes: Science and the Gavel

Jed Rakoff

Jed Rakoff is a senior U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York, as well as a lecturer at UVA Law, where he teaches Science and the Courts. Rakoff also sits by designation on the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has authored more than 150 published articles, 1,800 judicial opinions and five books.

Rakoff began his legal career clerking for the late Judge Abraham L. Freedman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, then joined Debevoise & Plimpton as an associate. He was later tapped to be an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was chief of business and securities fraud prosecutions during his final two years. Before his appointment to the court in 1996, Rakoff was a litigation partner at two large law firms in New York.

He has served on the National Commission on Forensic Science, the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Eyewitness Identification, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Project on Law and Neuroscience, along with numerous additional board appointments. He participated in the development of the Third Edition of the federal judiciary’s “Manual on Scientific Evidence” and was co-editor of the “Judge’s Guide to Neuroscience.” Additionally, Rakoff has helped the U.S. government train foreign judges in nearly a dozen countries, and in 2014 he was included among Fortune Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

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