University of Pittsburgh
November 12, 2008

Pitt's Annual Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry, Nov. 20, to Focus on Issues Arising From Advances in Science

Stanford professor to deliver noon lecture titled "The Social Consequences of Advances in Neuroscience: Legal Problems, Legal Perspectives"
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Henry T. "Hank" Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law in Stanford University Law School, will deliver the annual Mark A. Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry at noon Nov. 20 in the University of Pittsburgh Barco Law Building's Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Greely specializes in legal and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences and in health law and policy. His free public lecture is titled "The Social Consequences of Advances in Neuroscience: Legal Problems, Legal Perspectives."

Greely chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and the steering committee of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. He also directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program on Neuroethics.

He is one of the founders and executive committee members of the Neuroethics Society and is a codirector of the Law and Neuroscience Project, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. He also is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Among his recent publications are "Neuroscience and Criminal Justice: Not Responsibility but Treatment," in "The Kansas Law Review" (2008); "Neuroscience-Based Lie Detection: The Urgent Need for Regulation," in the "American Journal of Law & Medicine" (2007); and "Regulating Human Biological Enhancements: Questionable Justifications and International Complications," in "The Sydney Law Review" and the "Santa Clara Journal of International Law," (both in 2006).

Greely received the BA degree in political science from Stanford in 1974 and the JD degree from Yale Law School in 1977. He served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the U.S. Court of Appeals and for Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. After working in the Departments of Defense and Energy during the Carter Administration, Greely entered private practice in Los Angeles in 1981 as a litigator with the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor, Inc. He began teaching at Stanford in 1985.

The lecture, named after Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, former dean of the law school, is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of substantive CLE credit. For more information, call 412-648-1305 or e-mail or visit