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Eric Drogin, Lawyer and Harvard Medical School Psychologist, Named Chair of ABA Section of Science & Technology Law

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2011 – Eric Y. Drogin, a lawyer and Harvard Medical School psychologist, has begun a one-year term as chair of the _ Section of Science & Technology Law, concluding in August 2012.

Drogin’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses mental health law, expert witness testimony and trial consultation. A faculty member of Harvard Medical School’s Psychiatry and the Law program, he is also on the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Forensic Psychiatry Service and Harvard’s Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Drogin has long been active in the section, advancing from secretary and vice-chair, to chair-elect and chair. His current ABA roles also include chair of the section’s Behavioral and Neuroscience Law Committee and the section’s liaison to the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. Drogin’s additional ABA positions have included service on the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, chair of the Section of Science & Technology Law’s Life & Physical Sciences Division and chair of the section’s Committee on the Rights & Responsibilities of Scientists.

Drogin is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law, participates as an instructor in the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop and lectures regularly for the University of Wales as an honorary professor of law.

A fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Drogin is a diplomate and former president of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also served as chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Professional Practice and Standards, chair of the APA’s Committee on Legal Issues, chair of the APA’s Joint Task Force with the ABA and president of the New Hampshire Psychological Association.

Drogin is the editor in chief of the Journal of Psychiatry and Law and co-editor in chief of Psychological Injury and Law. He has authored or co-authored over 150 legal and scientific publications to date, including the books Criminal Law Handbook on Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence and Testimony (2000), Civil Law Handbook on Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence and Testimony (2001), Mental Disability Law, Evidence, and Testimony (2007), Science for Lawyers (2008), Evaluation for Guardianship (2010), and the Handbook of Forensic Assessment (2011).

Drogin has lectured extensively throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and Australia, and regularly presents continuing education seminars for lawyers and mental health professionals on topics such as forensic assessment, ethics and professional development.

Drogin received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University.

The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law provides leadership on emerging issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology; to promote sound policy and public understanding on such issues; and to enhance the professional development of its members. The section has over 10,000 members, with diverse backgrounds in areas such as e-commerce law, Internet law, computer law, communications law, and law relating to engineering, physics, biology, and medicine. It works through 23 substantive committees to explore topics such as e-commerce, information security, privacy, the Internet, digital evidence, rights and responsibilities of scientists, nanotechnology, homeland security and biotechnology and the law.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.