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College Welcomes Second Speaker for 2006-2007 Lecture Series

College Welcomes Second Speaker for 2006-2007 Lecture Series

January 25, 2007 - Collin County Community College District announced the second installment of its 2006-07 Distinguished Speaker Series exploring the topics of science and religion.

David Faigman, professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco
Photo courtesy of David Faigman

David Faigman, a professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco will present "Adjudicating Faith: The Law's Obligation to Reconcile Religion and Science Through the Prism of the First Amendment" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Preston Ridge Campus Event Center, 9700 Wade Blvd., in Frisco.

The free lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Faigman will conduct classroom visits at the Spring Creek Campus Friday, Feb. 9, with a reception scheduled for noon. The campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano.

Faigman received both his master of arts in psychology and his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia. After law school, Faigman clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Austin.

Professor Faigman teaches Constitutional Law, Scientific Methods for Lawyers, and a seminar on Science in the Law. He writes extensively on the subject of the law's use of science. His most recent book is "Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court's 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law" in 2004. He is also the author of "Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law," published in 1999.

In addition, Faigman is a co-author of a four volume treatise, "Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Kaye, Saks, Sanders & Cheng)." The treatise has been cited widely by courts, including several times by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Faigman is working on a new book titled "Our Empirical Constitution: A Unified Theory of Constitutional Facts," to be published by Oxford University Press in 2008. He was a member of the National Academies of Science panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs, and he regularly serves as a reviewer for an assortment of scientific journals and organizations, including Science, the National Science Foundation, Law and Human Behavior, American Psychologist, Jurimetrics, and Psychology, Public Policy and the Law.

The Collin College Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored in cooperation with Collin's Center for Scholarly & Civic Engagement.

For information, contact Regina M. Hughes, director of the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement, at or 972.881.5900.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.