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Michael Saks
Professor of Law and Psychology
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Michael J. Sak's research focuses on empirical studies of the legal system, especially decision-making; the behavior of the litigation system; and the law's use of science. He has authored approximately 200 articles and books. Courses he has taught include criminal law, evidence, law and science, property and torts. For a decade he taught in the University of Virginia Law School's LL.M. program for judges, Duke Law School's "Judging Science" program at the National Judicial College, and taught law professors at the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as numerous continuing education programs for attorneys and scientists.

Michael Saks: Interview

Michael Saks speaks with Valerie Hans on several issues:

Question 1: Choosing to study research on Jury Unanimity - Part I

Question 2: Choosing to study research on Jury Unanimity - Part II

Question 3: Empirical Research Cited in US Supreme Court Case Ballew vs Georgia

Question 4: Justice Blackman's decision in Ballew v Georgia: Would the Supreme Court Revisit Williams v Florida?

Question 5: Studying Forensic Science and its Role in the Courtroom

Question 6: Searching for Empirical Studies on Handwriting Experts

Question 7: Lack of Empirical Research on other Forensic Sciences

Question 8: What Should Lawyers Do When There is Forensic Evidence as Part of the Case?

Question 9: Innocence Programs Challenge Reliability of Expert Testimony at Trial