Drawing on and contributing to the established studies of law and literature, literature and science, and law and science, Caudill (law, Villanova U.) surveys actual cases and representations in literature of the role of science in law. His topics include Ramon y Cajal's hard science fiction for lawyers, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and the public understanding of science in law, the expert witness in trial movies, legal ethics in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, and the crisis in forensic science. Much of the material is adapted from conference papers and published articles over the past decade. Annotation c2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David S. Caudill, J.D., Ph.D. is the Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair in Law at Villanova University School of Law where he teaches scientific evidence, property, and legal ethics. He is also a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches expert evidence and entertainment law. Professor Caudill is the author of over 100 articles, essays, book chapters, and book reviews, and the author of five books, including No Magic Wand: The Idealization of Science in Law (2006) and Lacan and the Subject of Law: Towards a Psychoanalytic Critical Legal Theory (1997). He is a frequent speaker at conferences on the law of evidence, legal ethics, law and literature, and science studies.