New Book — Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence

Dr. Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University and member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, has authored a forthcoming book titled Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence.

The book will be published on September 9, 2014, but is now available for pre-order.  To read more about this new book, visit: www.laurencesteinberg.com

Posted by grovese on August 13, 2014 in Adolescents, Books


Judicial Opinion Cites Neuroscience Research

U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett recently issued an opinion (U.S. v. Hendrickson) that cites neuroscience research on addiction and adolescent development and discusses addiction and youth as mitigating factors.

To read the entire opinion, visit: http://www.iand.uscourts.gov/e-web/decisions.nsf/0/81BF6F811DBA308A86257CF40075816E/$File/MWB-13-cr-4110,+United+States+v.+Hendrickson,+Sentencing+Order,+6112014.pdf

Posted by grovese on July 24, 2014 in Addiction, Adolescents, Criminal Law, Neurolaw


Op-Ed: Concussion Settlement Is Deeply Flawed

Michael V. Kaplen and Shana De Caro recently published an op-ed in The National Law Journal titled “Concussion Settlement Is Deeply Flawed.”  The piece states:

Many classes of players are not adequately represented, and most NFL players are all but ignored by the attorneys who negotiated the agreement. Certain, small  and discrete groups are designated for compensation, but players experiencing physical, emotional and behavioral impairments remain excluded.

To read the entire piece, visit: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202663714809/OpEd-Concussion-Settlement-Is-Deeply-Flawed?mcode=1202615496053&curindex=0&slreturn=20140622105314

Posted by grovese on July 22, 2014 in Around the Web, Neurolaw in the News


The Trouble With Brain Science

The New York Times recently published a op-ed titled “The Trouble With Brain Science” by Gary Marcus, a professor of psychology at New York University.  The piece asks, “Are we ever going to figure out how the brain works?” and discusses the efforts of the Human Brain Project and the Brain Initiative.

To read the entire op-ed, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/opinion/the-trouble-with-brain-science.html?emc=edit_th_20140712&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=28780333&_r=0

Posted by grovese on July 14, 2014 in Around the Web, Neurolaw in the News, Neuroscience, Popular Press


Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody recently granted preliminary approval to “a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims.”

The settlement will last at least 65 years and will provide eligible retired players with baseline neurological exams and include monetary awards for diagnoses of ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and early and moderate dementia.

To read more, visit:

Posted by grovese on July 9, 2014 in Around the Web, Neuroscience


Neurolaw News

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience distributes an e-newsletter, Neurolaw News, which highlights important items of interest for the neurolaw community.  These include notifications of new publications, news of upcoming neurolaw conferences, and the like.  To avoid inbox clutter, distributions occur approximately once every 2 months.

To subscribe to the newsletter, please visit:  http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php

For the latest edition of Neurolaw News, please visit:  http://www.lawneuro.org/listserv.php#archives

Posted by grovese on July 7, 2014 in Around the Web, Books, Calls for Papers, Conferences and Events, Education, Neurolaw, Neurolaw in the News, Popular Press, Recent Neurolaw-related Papers


New Research Network YouTube Channel

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is pleased to announce the launch of the LawNeuro.org YouTube channel, available at https://www.youtube.com/user/lawneuroorg

The channel features videos from each of the Research Network’s three most recent Education and Outreach events:

1.  Colloquium for Federal Judges on Law, Neuroscience, and Criminal Justice:

On February 6-7, 2014, the Research Network welcomed the Federal Judicial Center, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research to Vanderbilt Law School for a 1.5 day program: the Colloquium for Federal Judges on Law, Neuroscience, and Criminal Justice.

The entire Colloquium playlist is available here. Click the presenter’s name for his/her video:

Geoffrey K. Aguirre (University of Pennsylvania)
BJ Casey (Cornell University)
Ian Dobbins (Washington University, St. Louis)
Lesley K. Fellows (McGill University)
Hon. Jeremy Fogel (Federal Judicial Center)
Mark Frankel (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Owen D. Jones (Vanderbilt University)
Stephen J. Morse (University of Pennsylvania)
Elizabeth S. Scott (Columbia University)
Christopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt Law School)
Francis X. Shen (University of Minnesota)
Anthony Wagner (Stanford University)

2.  The Future of Law and Neuroscience:

On April 27, 2013, the Research Network hosted a one-day conference in Chicago: The Future of Law and Neuroscience.  The conference was in partnership with the American Bar Association, Vanderbilt Law School, The Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the ABA Criminal Justice Section, and the ABA Science & Technology Section. The program featured a law and neuroscience curriculum specifically designed for lawyers, and drew on new research from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

The conference briefing materials are available here.

The entire conference playlist is available here.  Click the presenter’s name for his/her video:

Geoffrey K. Aguirre (University of Pennsylvania)
Laurel Bellows (American Bar Association)
BJ Casey (Cornell University)
Hon. Andre Davis (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit)
Eric Y. Drogin (Harvard University)
Judith Edersheim (Harvard University)
David Faigman (University of California Hastings)
Congressman Chaka Fattah (Second District of Pennsylvania)
Laurie Garduque (MacArthur Foundation)
Hank Greely (Stanford University)
Owen D. Jones (Vanderbilt Law School) [introduction]
Owen D. Jones (Vanderbilt Law School) [panel presentation]
Stephen J. Morse (University of Pennsylvania)
Elizabeth A. Phelps (New York University)
Hon. Jed Rakoff (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York)
Francis X. Shen (University of Minnesota)
Christopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt Law School)


3.  Colloquium on Law, Neuroscience, and Criminal Justice
:

On March 14-15, 2013, the Research Network hosted the Colloquium on Law, Neuroscience, and Criminal Justice in Palo Alto, California.  The conference was co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center, Vanderbilt Law School, and the Stanford Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and featured a Research Network curriculum especially designed for judges.

The entire Colloquium playlist is available here. Click the presenter’s name for his/her video:

Geoffrey K. Aguirre [and part 2] (University of Pennsylvania)
Oliver Goodenough [and part 2] (Vermont University)
Wilson Compton (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Joan Petersilia (Stanford University)
David Faigman (University of California Hastings)
Beatriz Luna (University of Pittsburgh)
John Monahan (University of Virginia)
Stephen J. Morse (University of Pennsylvania)
Adrian Raine (University of Pennsylvania)
Laurence Steinberg (Temple University)
Anthony Wagner (Stanford University)
Gideon Yaffe (Yale University)

Posted by grovese on July 1, 2014 in Addiction, Adolescents, Around the Web, Conferences and Events, Criminal Law, Education, Neuroscience


Recent Review of “The Punisher’s Brain”

Judge Morris Hoffman was recently interviewed by Marshall Poe about his new book The Punisher’s Brain: The Evolution of Judge and Jury. Poe’s review of the book notes Hoffman’s position that humans are “evolved to punish ‘cheaters’–ourselves and others–so as to maintain all-important bonds of trust and cooperation. But we are also evolved not to take punishment too far. When correction becomes too costly, we forgive so as to maintain social solidarity.”

Read Poe’s review and listen to the full discussion here.

Posted by grovese on June 25, 2014 in Around the Web, Books, Neurolaw


U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit Mentions Neurotransmitters

The United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit mentioned neurotransmitters in  US v. Payton, No. 13-1242 (June 12, 2014).  The decision overturns and remands (as insufficiently supported) the trial court’s 45-year sentence for a 45 year old serial bank robber.  The passage mentioning neuroscience reads: “Studies indicate that neurotransmitters affecting aggression supplied at the synapses of brain neurons vary based on age, and may explain the observed decline in recidivism among older prisoners.”

Read the entire opinion here.

Read commentary about the opinion here.

Posted by grovese on June 24, 2014 in Around the Web, Criminal Law, Neuroscience


Call for Papers: Winter 2015 The SciTech Lawyer

Winter 2015 The SciTech Lawyer will focus on current developments in law, science, medicine, and technology that is of professional interest to the members of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law.

We are in need of approximately 6 timely footnoted articles ranging about 2000 words in length, but we also have published longer and shorter articles. If you have published any books related to potential topics of Winter issue, we could publish one or two book reviews too. Some ideas for articles include the following, but you are free to suggest others:

(1) Brain-imaging and (moral/legal) responsibility

(2) Brain-imaging as evidence: brain injury and trial issues

(3) Free will, decision-making and legal responsibility

If you are interested in authoring an article, please send an email to Jung Jin Lee (jungjinlee@wustl.edu) or Lisa von Biela (lisavonbiela@live.com) with a summary of your article proposal, along with information about you and what you do by August 1, 2014.

Proposals will be reviewed by the the SciTech Lawyer Editorial Board for selection and
approval.  Note: for those articles selected, the deadline for submission of articles for publication is September 15, 2014.

To see past editions of the SciTech Lawyer, please go to:
http://www.americanbar.org/publications/scitech_lawyer/

For more information on the SciTech Lawyer publication guidelines, please go
to:http://www.americanbar.org/groups/science_technology/pages/scitechlawyerguidelines.html

Posted by grovese on June 19, 2014 in Calls for Papers, Free Will, Moral and Legal Responsibility, Neuroimaging


Welcome to the Law and Neuroscience Blog

Welcome to the The Law and Neuroscience Blog--which we have created to provide an on-line forum where the members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience can share their ideas and interact with not only other researchers but also with the interested public more generally. One of the main goals of the blog is to provide a resource with information about cutting edge research at the cross-roads of neuroscience, law, and philosophy.