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Mnookin received her A.B. from Harvard College; her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was senior editor of the Law Journal, and her Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At UVA she was Professor of Law and Barron F. Black Research Professor. She taught courses such as Evidence and Torts. Mnookin researches and writes primarily in the area of Evidence, particularly expert and scientific evidence, and the use of forensic science in court. She has published numerous academic articles on a variety of evidence-related subjects, including, among others, Daubert and the appropriate standards for expert evidence; forms of forensic science including latent fingerprint examination and handwriting identification; DNA profiling; expert evidence and the Confrontation Clause; documentary films and legal evidence; and the history of expert evidence. Mnookin is on the board of several academic journals, and is currently a member of the NIJ/NIST Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Fingerprinting. She has served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Daubert Standards and as Chair of the Evidence Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She joined the UCLA faculty in 2005. Upon receiving tenure in 2003, Mnookin had noted, “I’ve got fabulous colleagues and fabulous students; it’s a great combination. In fact, with the blend of high intellectual standards and collegial support that we offer here at UVA, I think this is probably the best place to be a junior faculty member in the entire country.”
The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Expert Evidence (with David H. Kaye and David E. Bernstein) (Aspen, 2004).
Theaters of Proof: Visual Evidence and the Law in Call Northside 777 (with Nancy West), 13 Yale J. L. & Human. 329-390 (2001).
Virtual(ly) Law: The Emergence of Law in Lambdamoo, in Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias 245-301 (Peter Ludlow ed., Mit Press, 2001) (originally published in 2 J. Computer-Mediated Comm. no. 1 (June 1996)).
Fingerprint Evidence in an Age of DNA Profiling, 67 Brook. L. Rev. 13-70 (2001).
Scripting Expertise: The History of Handwriting Identification Evidence and the Judicial Construction of Reliability, 87 Va. L. Rev. 1723-1845 (2001).
Expert Information and Expert Evidence: A Preliminary Taxonomy (with Samuel R. Gross), 34 Seton Hall L. Rev. 141-189 (2003).
Fingerprints: Not a Gold Standard, Issues Sci. & Tech., Fall 2003, at 47-54.
Review of Allen, The Law of Evidence in Victorian England, 17 Law & Hist. Rev. 174-177 (1999).
Review of Agre & Rotenberg, eds., Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape, 41 Tech. & Culture 828-830 (2000).
Expert Testimony on Fingerprints: An Internet Exchange (with others), 43 Jurimetrics J. 91-98 (2002).
Science and Law, in Oxford Companion to American Law 714-718 (Kermit L. Hall ed., Oxford University Press, 2002).
The Achilles’ Heel of Fingerprints, Wash. Post, May 29, 2004, at A27.
Science at the Bar (reviewing Golan, Laws of Men and Laws of Nature), 92 Am. Scientist 556-558 (2004).
Uncertain Bargains: The Rise of Plea Bargaining in America (reviewing Fisher, Plea Bargaining’s Triumph). 57 Stan. L. Rev. 1721-1743 (2005).