Now Australia's Biggest Toy Store

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

No Magic Wand
By

Rating

Product Description
Product Details

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. What's the Problem? Chapter 3 2. On Judges Who Are Too Strict Chapter 4 3. On Judges Who Are Too Gullible Chapter 5 4. The Idealizations of Legal Scholars Chapter 6 5. Science is a Pragmatic Activity Chapter 7 6. Science Studies for Law

About the Author

David S. Caudill is a professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law. He is the author of Property: Cases, Documents, and Lawyering Strategies (2004). Lewis H. LaRue is also a professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law. He is the author of Constitutional Law as Fiction: Narrative in the Rhetoric of Authority (1995).

Reviews

Legal actors' understanding of how scientific knowledge is produced is a matter of immense and increasing importance in contemporary society. Caudill and LaRue make a significant contribution to this debate by drawing on science studies research as a prophylactic against the temptation to adopt idealized or "romantic," as they call them, images of scientific activity. No Magic Wand demonstrates that bringing a science studies perspective to bear on legal problems leads, not to meaningless relativism, but to a profoundly pragmatic approach to assessing the value of knowledge claims that invoke the mantle of science. -- Simon A. Cole, author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
No Magic Wand is a tour-de-force that bridges the gap between jurisprudence and science studies. Caudill and LaRue successfully illustrate how law idealizes science and the problems this causes for the courts as well as for science. In this "brave new world" after the Supreme Court's decision in Daubert, their solution-that courts view science as a pragmatic activity-will resonate both with scientists and lawyers. Every judge and lawyer grappling with scientific evidence, and every scientist testifying in court, should read this book. -- Richard E. Redding, Villanova University School of Law
Caudill and LaRue have written an erudite, deeply considered, and highly readable account of the tension between the two cultures of law and science, the tendency of lawyers and judges to oscillate between credulity and dismissiveness when confronted by scientific testimony, and the need in short for legal professionals to acquire a more accurate understanding of the strengths and limitations of science in the legal process. -- Richard A. Posner, U.S. Circuit Judge
On the whole, No Magic Wand is readable and interesting. It is useful in that it provides specific examples from cases to show how various judges have interpreted the Daubert criteria. The book will be more useful to those less familiar with the problems associated with using scientific evidence in the courtroom. * Journal of Law & Politics *
In No Magic Wand, Caudill and LaRue impart valuable wisdom for the beginner as well as the advanced legal scholar. Coverage ranges from the basics - the current tests for scientific and technical evidence - to the most sophisticated questions raised by commentators on forensic jurisprudence. The debate over how much courts should defer to experts is a key issue in the "science wars," and the treatment of it in Chapter Three is trenchant and profound. This book is a must read for lawyers, professors, or judges who are seeking to come to grips with the scientific processes in the courtroom. -- Ronald L. Carlson, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Law, The University of Georgia

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » Nonfiction » Law » General
Home » Books » Nonfiction » Law » Criminal Law
Home » Books » Nonfiction » Law » Evidence
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling No Magic Wand: The Idealization of Science in Law on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top