Jan. 12, 2009 - The Evidence Section of the Association of American Law Schools presented Margaret Berger, Trustee Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, with the Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association’s annual meeting, held January 6 - 10, 2009, in San Diego, Calif. The Wigmore Award recognizes the work of scholars in the field of evidence. Last year, Professor Berger introduced a recipient of the inaugural award, U.S. District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York.
A member of the Brooklyn Law School faculty since 1973, Professor Berger held the Suzanne J. and Norman Miles Chair before retiring from full-time teaching in 2008. “We are so proud that Professor Berger’s important work in the law of evidence is being recognized on this level by our peers,” said Dean Joan G. Wexler. “Her national reputation has helped us attract some of the best and brightest students, as well as many of her esteemed colleagues, to Brooklyn Law School.”
Professor Berger is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on scientific evidentiary issues, in particular DNA evidence, and is a frequent lecturer across the country on these topics. She is the recipient of the American Law Institute/American Bar Association’s Francis Rawle Award for outstanding contributions to the field of post-admission legal education for her role in developing new approaches to judicial treatment of scientific evidence and in educating the legal and science communities about ways to implement these approaches. She is the author of dozens of law review articles and many books, including the leading evidence casebook, Evidence: Cases and Materials, with Judge Weinstein and others. She also contributed an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1993).