Professor Lisa Faigman enjoys the distinction of having been born and raised in North Dakota. After fleeing to California, she received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She completed extensive coursework and training in counseling and clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University. While in law school, she worked as a judicial extern to the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.
With a background spanning both the natural and social sciences, Professor Faigman has a special interest in the intersection of law and science in all its forms. Her expertise includes the areas of forensic evidence in criminal proceedings, the courts' application of the rules of evidence regarding scientific evidence and expert testimony in both the civil and criminal arenas, and individual and public health decision-making. She has a special interest in women's health, neuroscience, and aging.
Prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty, Professor Faigman practiced in a firm and in solo private practice in Mill Valley, specializing in business and corporate transactions, intellectual property law, and Small Business Administration lending.
Professor Faigman’s non-law-related activities include playing with her two granddaughters, gardening, and making music in various forms and with a variety of instruments, including as an enthusiastic member of the Hastings Legal Notes. She is married to David Faigman and is the very proud mother of three daughters.
Areas of Expertise (8)
Intersection of Science and Law
Scientific and Technical Evidence
Individual and Public Health Decisionmaking
Women's Health and Aging
Neuroscience and Law
University of California, Hastings College of the Law: J.D., Law 2000
John F. Kennedy University: Coursework and Training, Clinical Psychology 1986
Stanford University: B.S., Biological Sciences 1984
Selected Articles (1)
An Interdisciplinary AdventureHastings Women's Law Journal
In this article I aim to summarize the issues that provided the impetus for the symposium. The title of my contribution is an homage to the original, tongue-in-cheek title I gave to the proposal for the conference when it was just a seed of an idea. Even as the idea was bubbling to the surface, I admit that I wondered whether proposing a symposium organized around the topic of menopausal hormone therapy ("MHT") was either (1) a wise career move or (2) worth my energy to develop, given what I assumed might be people's reactions.