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.
Bert Black, J.D.
|Bert Black is a partner in the firm of Hughes & Luce,
L.L.P.. He has over 16 years of experience in environmental and product
liability litigation. He has litigated a variety of toxic tort cases
involving workplace exposures, toxic emissions, and products ranging
from drugs and medical devices to carpets and other building materials.
He is a nationally recognized expert on scientific evidence issues,
and he has drafted amicus briefs in several high profile cases in
this area. In addition, he has experience in environmental regulatory
matters and the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate
Mr. Black received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering
from the University of Maryland in 1974, his masters degree, also
in civil engineering, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in
1975, and his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1982. He is
a registered professional engineer in Maryland.
Mr. Black is a past chair of the American Bar Association (ABA)
Section of Science and Technology. He also is past chair of the
Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law Committee of
the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section and of the Committee
on Scientific Evidence. He currently serves as ABA co-chair of the
National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He has also served
on the Carnegie Commission Task Force on Judicial and Regulatory
Decision Making. He has authored numerous articles on the
relationship between law and science.