Faculty Profiles

Jennifer Mnookin

Jennifer L. Mnookin

David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law
A.B. Harvard, 1988
J.D. Yale, 1995
Ph.D. History and Social Study of Science and Technology, M.I.T., 1999
UCLA Faculty Since 2005


The New Wigmore: A Treaty on Evidence: Expert Evidence (with David Kaye, David E. Bernstein and Richard D. Friedman). 2nd ed. Aspen (2011). Supplemented Annually.

Articles and Chapters

Constructing Evidence and Educating Juries: The Case for Modular, Made-In-Advance Expert Evidence about Eyewitness Identifications and False Confessions, 93 Texas Law Review 1811 (2015).
Confronting Science: Expert Evidence and the Confrontation Clause (with David H. Kaye), 2012 Supreme Court Review 99 (2013). Full Text
Atomism, Holism, and the Judicial Assessment of Evidence, 60 UCLA Law Review 1524 (2013). Full Text
Implicit Bias in the Courtroom (with Jerry Kang, Judge Mark Bennett, Devon Carbado, Pam Casey, Nilanjana Dasgupta, David Faigman, Rachel Godsil, Anthony G. Greenwald, & Justin Levinson), 59 UCLA Law Review 1124-86 (2012). Full Text
The Need for a Research Culture in the Forensic Sciences (with Simon A. Cole, Itiel Dror, Barry A.J. Fisher, Max M. Houck, Keith Inman, David H. Kaye, Jonathan J. Koehler, Glenn Langenburg, Michael D. Risinger, Norah Rudin, Jay Siegel, and David A. Stoney), 58 UCLA Law Review 725 (2011). Full Text
Ira M. Belfer Lecture: The Courts, The National Academy of Science, and the Future of Forensic Science, 75 Brooklyn Law Review 1209-1275 (2010).
The Use of Technology in Human Expert Domains: Challenges and Risks Arising From the Use of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems in Forensics (with Itiel Dror), 9(1) Law, Probability & Risk 47-67 (2010). Full Text
Excerpt from Transcript of Proceedings: Experts and Forensic Evidence, 37 Southwestern University Law Review 1009 (2008).
Expert Evidence, Partisanship and Epistemic Competence, 73 Brooklyn Law Review 1009 (2008). Full Text
The Validity of Latent Fingerprint Identification: Confessions of a Fingerprinting Moderate, 7 Law, Probablity and Risk 127 (2008). Full Text
Of Black Boxes, Machines, and Experts: Problems in the Assessment of Legal and Scientific Validity, 5 Episteme (2008).
Expert Evidence and the Confrontation Clase after Crawford v. Washington, 15 Journal of Law and Policy 791-862 (2007). Full Text
Idealizing Science and Demonizing Experts: An Intellectual History of Expert Evidence, 52 Villanova Law Review 763-801 (2007). Full Text
Bifurcation and the Law of Evidence, 155 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Pennumbra 134-145 (2006).
People v. Castro: Challenging the Forensic Use of DNA Evidence, in Evidence Stories (edited by Richard Lempert, Foundation Press, 2006).
Uncertain Bargains: The Rise of Plea Bargains in America, 57 Stanford Law Review 1721 (2005). Reviewing Plea Bargaining's Triumph: A History of Plea Bargaining in America, by George Fisher.
Reproducing a Trial: Evidence and Its Assessment in Paradise Lost, in Law on the Screen (edited by edited by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey, Stanford University Press, 2005). Full Text
Expert Information and Expert Evidence: A Preliminary Taxonomy (with Samuel R. Gross), 34 Seton Hall Law Review 141-189 (2003). Full Text
Fingerprint Evidence in an Age of DNA Profiling, 67 Brooklyn Law Review 13 (Fall 2001).
Scripting Expertise: The History of Handwriting Identification Evidence and the Judicial Construction of Expertise, 87 Virginia Law Review 1723-1845 (2001). Full Text
Theaters of Proof Visual Evidence and the Law in Call Northside 777 (with Nancy West), 13 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 329 (2001). Full Text
Virtual(Ly) Law: The Emergence Of Law In An On-Line Community, in Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, And Pirate Utopias (edited by Peter Ludlow, MIT Press, 2001). Revised as Virtual(Ly) Law: The Emergence of Law in LambdaMOO, 2 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (June 1996). Also excerpted in Before The Law, College Level Law Textbook.
The Image of Truth: Photographic Evidence and the Power of Analogy, 10 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 1 (Winter 1998). Full Text


Reflections on Law Teaching, 62 UCLA Law Review Discourse 126 (2014).
Time for DNA Disclosure (with D. E. Krane and 39 others), 326 Science 1631 (18 Dec. 2009).
Science at the Bar, 92 American Scientist 556 (July‚ÄďAug. 2004). Reviewing Laws of Men and Laws of Nature: The History of Scientific Expert Testimony in England and America, by Tal Golan.
Fingerprints: Not A Gold Standard, 20 Issues In Science & Technology 47 (Fall 2003).
Expert Testimony on Fingerprints: An Internet Exchange (with Richard Friedman, D.H. Kaye, Dale Nance And Michael Saks), 43 Jurimetrics 91-98 (Fall 2002).
Science And Law, in The Oxford Companion To American Law (2002).
Book Review, 41 Technology And Culture 828 (2000). Reviewing Of Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape, edited by Philip E. Agre and Marc Rotenberg.
Book Review, 17 Law And History Review 174 (1999). Reviewing The Law Of Evidence In Victorian England, by Christopher J.W. Allen.