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Deborah M. Hussey Freeland

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Deborah M. Hussey Freeland’s research on the interfaces between law and science is uniquely informed by her experience a lawyer, scientist, and theorist. Her law review articles contribute to our understanding of professional identity and ethics in interdisciplinary collaboration, and include “What Is a Lawyer?: A Reconstruction of the Lawyer As an Officer of the Court” (St. Louis University Public Law Review, 2012), “Maieusis Through a Gated Membrane: ‘Getting the Science Right’ in Public Decisionmaking” (Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 2007), and “The Sine Qua Non of Copyright” (Journal of Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2004). She also has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prominent scientific journals, and spoken on a variety of topics involving law and science, environmental decisionmaking, identity theory, and professional ethics. She has created a pathbreaking seminar titled Science and the Law, and brings a comparative perspective on the methods and epistemology of science to her courses Civil Procedure and Evidence.

  • BA, Vassar College
  • PhD, Stanford University
  • JD, Stanford University
Prior Experience
  • Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
  • Associate, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
  • Visiting Assistant Professor and Minority Scholar-in-Residence, Oberlin College
  • Science Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
  • Stanford Law School Intellectual Property Writing Award
  • American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowship
  • Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation Graduate Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship
  • Soroptimists International Dissertation Fellowship
  • Honorary Vassar Fellowship
    Law Review and Journal Articles
    • "Law & Science: Toward a Unified Field," 47 Connecticut Law Review (2014). SSRN
    • "Recovering the Lost Lawyer," Professional Lawyer (2014).
    • "Speaking Science to Law," 25 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review (2013). Read More
    • "What is a Lawyer? A Reconstruction of the Lawyer as an Officer of the Court," 31 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 425 (2012). SSRN
    • "Maieusis Through a Gated Membrane: 'Getting the Science Right' in Public Decisionmaking," 26 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 373 (2007). SSRN
    • "The Sine Qua Non of Copyright," 51 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 763 (2004). SSRN
    Book Contributions
      Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
        Other Publications
            Court Citation of Research
              • Presenter, "Consortium Grand Rounds: Speaking Science to Law," UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy, San Francisco, Calif. (February 2013). (This presentation provided both Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.)
              • Presenter, "What Is a Lawyer? A Reconstruction of the Lawyer as an Officer of the Court," University of Calgary International Legal Ethics Conference 5, "Merging Worlds, Emerging Discourses," Banff, Canada (July 2012).
              • Presenter, "Legal Education in Working with Science and Scientists," 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2012).
              • Presenter, "What Is a Lawyer? A Reconstruction of the Lawyer As an Officer of the Court," UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 2012).
              • Presenter, "Law and Science: A Meeting of the Minds," Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, San Francisco, Calif. (June 2011).
              • Presenter, "Ethics in Translation Between Law and Science," Law And Society Association Early Career Workshop, San Francisco, Calif. (May/June 2011). (One of 20 scholars in law and other fields from around the world invited to participate in workshop.)
              • Presenter, "Interdisciplinary Paths in Academia," Stanford Law School BioLaw and Health Policy Society and Women of Stanford Law, Palo Alto, Calif. (May 2011).
              • Presenter, "The Intersections of Science and Law," Derechos: Stanford University's Latino Pre-Law Society, Palo Alto, Calif. (January 2011).
              • Presenter, "What is a Lawyer? A Reconstruction of the Lawyer as an Officer of the Court," Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif. (October 2010).
              • Presenter, "Lawyers and the Ethics of Representation," Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, Calif. (September 2010).
              • Presenter, "Maieutic Ethics in Law," Bay Area Civil Procedure Forum, San Francisco (September 2009).
              • Presenter, "Speaking Science to Law: Ethical Considerations," 90th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division, San Francisco (August 2009).
              • Panelist, "Race in Colorblind Spaces, Third Annual Critical Race Symposium," UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, Calif. (March 2009). (Hussey Freeland addressed the nexus that is forming between science and the law.)
              Testimony and Hearings
                Written Testimony and Commentary
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