Freedom, Responsibility and Law Program
project is staffed by Mark S. Frankel,
Project Director; Deborah Runkle, Project
Appointed Scientific Experts
New York Avenue, NW
Appointed Scientific Experts was orignially funded by the Leland Fikes Foundation
and the Open Society Institute.
JoAnn Bordeaux, J.D.
|JoAnn Bordeaux is the Deputy Director of the Environmental Torts
Section of the Civil Division, Department of Justice. She graduated
with a B.A. and M.A. from Western Washington State College in 1971.
She attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law where she
received her J.D. in 1977. In 1981, she received a Masters of Environmental
Law and Water Resources degree with highest honors from the George
Washington University School of Law. From 1980 to 1983, while employed
by the Corps of Engineers, she was detailed as a trial attorney to
the Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice.
In 1983, she joined the staff of the Torts Branch, Civil Division,
Department of Justice, where she served both as a trial attorney and
assistant director. In 1989, she was appointed as the Deputy Director
of Environmental Torts.
During her tenure with the Torts Branch, she has had a wide variety
of litigation experience in defending the United States in the massive
asbestos litigation and in complex toxic tort litigation in federal
district courts throughout the United States and its territories
and in the Court of Federal Claims. In addition to defending the
largest toxic tort cases within the Department of Justice, she has
tried numerous cases involving other tort or contract issues. She
has drafted and argued motions before Federal District Courts and
Federal Courts of Appeal; and she has provided legal advice to several
departments and agencies of the United States including the Department
of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Interior,
the Department of Agriculture, the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Institute
of Standards and Technology, the DOD Inter-Agency Lead-Based Paint
Task Force, as well as the Office of United States Attorneys. She
provided comments to the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence
published by the Federal Judicial Center in 1994. She has taught
both within the Civil Division and at the National Advocacy Institute.