Monthly Archives: March 2014

Children’s Health, Mental Health, and the Law

Children's Health, Mental Health, and the Law
Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:30am-12:30pm
Louis B. Mayer Lounge, 198 McAllister St.,
UC Hastings College of the Law

Friday, March 28

8:30-9:00         Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15         Welcome Remarks - Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu, JD
9:15-10:45       Panel 1: Controversies in Childhood Immunization Policy
Panelists: Lois Weithorn, JD, PhD; Dorit Reiss, PhD; Robert
Schwartz, JD; Robert Pantell, MD; Brian Lee, MD, FAAP
Moderator: Sarah Hooper, JD
10:45-11:00     Break
11:00-12:30     Panel 2: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Future

of Children's Health
Panelists: Lenny Lesser, MD; Dan Cooper, MD; James Weill,
JD; Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
Moderator: Marsha Cohen, JD

12:30-1:45       Lunch and Keynote Address by Nancy Adler, PhD

1:45-3:15         Panel 3: Children and Healthcare Decisionmaking
Panelists: Tara Ford, JD; Joyce Trompeta, RN, PhD, PNP;
Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD
Moderator: Lois Weithorn, JD, PhD

3:15-3:30         Break

3:30-5:00         Panel 4: The Impact of Violence on Children
Panelists: Jeffrey Edleson, PhD; Jonathan Todres, JD; Kelly
Weisberg, JD, PhD; Michael Wald, LLB, MA; Alicia Lieberman,
Moderator: Robert Schwartz, JD

5:00-6:00         Reception
Saturday, March 29 - Failing our Kids: The Mental Health "Non-System"

8:30-9:00         Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15         Welcome Remarks - Professor Lois Weithorn, JD, PhD

9:15-10:45       Panel 5: Meeting Children's Mental Health Needs Across

Panelists: Patrick Gardner, JD; Nathaniel Israel, PhD; Steven
Adelsheim, MD; Alison Cuellar, PhD
Moderator: Miye Goishi, JD

10:45-11:00     Break

11:00-12:30     Panel 6: Psychotropic Medications and Children: Science, Law
& Policy
Panelists: Robert Hendren, DO; William Grimm, JD; Kathleen
Noonan, JD; Ronald T. Brown, PhD
Moderator: Dorit Reiss, PhD
Please register for this conference here by Monday, March 24:

Presenter PowerPoints can be found here.

Health Law Happy Hour

Health Law Happy Hour
Sponsored by Hastings Health Law Organization (HHLO) and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium

WHAT: Free food, drinks, and networking opportunities for those interested in Health Care.
WHEN: Thursday, March 20th,  5-7 pm
WHERE: Sky Room, 100 McAllister St. 24th Floor
WHO: Students, Faculty, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium, and attorneys practicing in Health Care or related fields (Ex: labor/employment; government (fed/state); med-mal; medical-MJ; elder law; environmental; HIV/AIDS; housing; non-profit; in-house; private firms; consulting)
RSVP here:

Consortium Grand Rounds: Not So “Blind” Justice: The Cognitive Biases Endemic in Forensic Science and Their Possible Solutions

Consortium Grand Rounds
Not So “Blind” Justice: The Cognitive Biases Endemic in Forensic Science and Their Possible Solutions
Tuesday, March 18th - 12pm
Alumni Reception Center, UC Hastings College of the Law
Food will be provided so please register here by Friday, March 14:
CME/CLE credit will also be provided

About the Speaker:

Dr. Itiel Dror is a cognitive neuroscientist. He is a Principal Consultant and Researcher at Cognitive Consultants International, Ltd.  Interested in how the brain and cognitive system perceives and interprets information, he was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1994. Dr. Dror's work focuses on the cognitive architecture that underpins expertise. He researches expert performance in the real world, examining medical surgeons, military fighter pilots, frontline police, and forensic analysts. Dr. Dror's research provides insights into the inherent trade-offs of being an expert. In the forensic domain he has demonstrated how contextual information can influence the judgments and decision making of experts; he has shown that even fingerprint and DNA experts can reach different conclusions when the same evidence is presented within different extraneous contexts. He has published over 100 research articles, and has been extensively cited in the Scottish Fingerprint Public Inquiry Report and in the American National Academy of Science Report on Forensic Science. He currently is working on a number of major research projects aimed at providing a better understanding of forensic experts and finding ways to make their judgments more reliable. Dr. Dror has been working with police forces and agencies in a variety of countries (e.g., The Netherlands, Finland, United Kingdom, the US, and Australia) in providing training and implementing cognitive best practices in evaluating forensic evidence. More information is available at


Experts are highly valued by the courts as they are regarded to provide impartial and objective evidence. However, understanding the way experts think and how the brain processes information, offers insights to circumstances in which evidence may be far from objective or being impartial. Cognitive research has well established this problem, demonstrating many different types of psychological contaminations that affect experts in the criminal justice system. Cognitive science can help identify such weaknesses and provide practical ways to mitigate them.

References (can be downloaded from

• Dror, I. E. & Cole, S. (2010). The vision in 'blind' justice: Expert perception, judgment and visual cognition in forensic pattern recognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(2), 161-167.

• Dror, I.E. and Rosenthal, R. (2008). Meta-analytically quantifying the reliability and biasability of forensic experts. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 53(4), 900-903.

• Dror, I. E. (2011). The paradox of human expertise: Why experts get it wrong. In N. Kapur (Ed.) The Paradoxical Brain (pp. 177-188). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press