Hadar Aviram is a law professor at UC Hastings, where she holds the Harry and Lillian Hastings Research Chair. She holds LL.B. (law) and M.A. (criminology) degrees from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. (Jurisprudence and Social Policy) from University of California, Berkeley. Aviram's work focuses on criminal justice and corrections, and often combines quantitative, qualitative, and experimental methods. Her book Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (UC Press, 2015; CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title) examines the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on the American correctional landscape.
Aviram is one of California's leading voices against mass incarceration, and frequently discusses criminal justice issues in the media. She owns the popular California Correctional Crisis blog and regularly writes for The Conversation, the Daily Journal, and PrawfsBlawg. She is the Vice President of the Western Society of Criminology.
David L. Faigman is the Acting Chancellor and Dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is also the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the College, and holds an appointment as Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
Professor Faigman received both his M.A. (Psychology) and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is the author of numerous articles and essays. He has authored three books, Constitutional Fictions: A Unified Theory of Constitutional Facts (Oxford, 2008), Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court’s 200-Year Struggle to Integrate Science and the Law (Henry Holt & Co., 2004) and Legal Alchemy: The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law (W.H. Freeman, 1999). In addition, Professor Faigman is a co-author/co-editor of the five-volume treatise Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony (with Cheng, Mnookin, Murphy, Sanders & Slobogin) (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw).
Professor Faigman was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel that investigated the scientific validity of polygraphs and he is a member of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Network.