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UI law professor named to national panel

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Saks, professor of law at the University of Iowa, has been selected to chair the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) 1997 section on Law and the Social Sciences.

Saks, who holds a joint appointment in the department of psychology, is one of about 70 law faculty in the United States chosen to chair sections of AALS, the nation's most prominent organization of legal education professionals.

Each section coordinates a program on specific topics for the AALS annual meeting in January.

Saks specializes in the study of forensic science as evidence and in empirical studies of the legal system, such as decision-making by juries. He was named professor in the UI College of Law in 1988.

He is a co-editor of the forthcoming textbook, "Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony."