A Lawyer's View of the Statistical Expert

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Steven L. Willborn

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - College of Law


Statisticians have expertise that can be very valuable in a wide variety of litigation. But the practices and culture of litigation are much different from science and, indeed, much different from most normal life. When statisticians enter this culture, they may be surprised and confused; at first, they are almost certain to be uncomfortable. In this article, I will provide a brief orientation to this complex and interesting, but quite foreign culture. My comments will focus on civil litigation in the United States.

Keywords: expert witnesses, law and statistics, litigation

Suggested Citation

Willborn, Steven L., A Lawyer's View of the Statistical Expert. Law, Probability and Risk, Vol. 4, pp. 25-31, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=805098

Steven L. Willborn (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - College of Law ( email )

103 McCollum Hall
P.O. Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
United States
402-472-1256 (Phone)

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