David L. Faigman is the Chancellor and Dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is also the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the College, and holds an appointment as Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
Professor Faigman received both his M.A. (Psychology) and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is the author of numerous articles and essays. He has authored three books, Constitutional Fictions: A Unified Theory of Constitutional Facts (Oxford, 2008), Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law (Henry Holt & Co., 2004) and Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law (W.H. Freeman, 1999). In addition, Professor Faigman is a co-author/co-editor of the five-volume treatise Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Cheng, Mnookin, Murphy, Sanders & Slobogin) (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw).
Professor Faigman was a member of the National Academies of Science panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs and he is a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Network. He is also the co-founder and CEO of JuriLytics, LLC, a venture that brings top-level academic peer review to expert testimony.