The National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) was established in 1974 as a joint standing committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Science and Technology Law. The committee has fourteen members, half appointed by AAAS and half appointed by the ABA.
The goals of the NCLS are:
In furtherance of these goals, NCLS serves as an advisory body to the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. AAAS and ABA personnel provide staff support to the committee and AAAS staff also serve on the S&T Section Leadership Group. NCLS is available to advise the AAAS CEO and Board of Directors on science/law issues that come to its attention in order to provide guidance on AAAS policy decisions. Similarly, the S&T Section can call on NCLS for advice on scientific and public policy issues.
Throughout its history, NCLS has been at the leading edge of exploring issues at the interface of science and law. Through workshops, symposia, conferences, and studies, NCLS’ efforts have touched on many of the most controversial and complex issues in a rapidly changing legal and scientific environment. For example, NCLS was among the first to hold multi-disciplinary workshops to discuss scientific misconduct, genetic enhancement, and the ethical, legal, and policy implications of genetic testing. Beginning in 2006, NCLS has sponsored a series of judicial education seminars on “Emerging Issues in Neuroscience.” In 2009, the series received a Judicial Education Award from the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges. NCLS also participated in drafting amicus briefs for Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and Daniel J. Bernstein v. U.S. Department of Commerce.
Stuart Zola, Co-Chair Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University
Abigail Baird Vassar College
Michael Best The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
Eileen Ewing Robinson & Cole, LLP
Fred Grinnell UT Southwestern Medical Center
Richard T. Oehrle Ernst & Young
Bradley Pollock University of Texas Health Science Center
Michael Saks Arizona State University
Staff Officer:Mark S. Frankel  AAAS
Associate Staff Officer:Deborah Runkle  AAAS
Jorge Contreras, Co-Chair Washington College of Law, American University
Lida Anestidou The National Academies
Harold L. Burstyn Attorney & Counselor at Law
Anita Eisenstadt U.S. Department of State
Ivan K. Fong 3M Company
Russell Moy Southeastern Universities Research Association
Staff Liaison: Caryn Hawk American Bar Association