20th Annual Spring Conference

Probable Justice: Statistics and the Judiciary

April 25, 2003

Sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the American Statistical Association

The Delaware Chapter of the American Statistical Association is sponsoring its 20th Annual Spring Conference. This year's conference is titled "Probable Justice: Statistics and the Judiciary."


8:00 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Joseph Pultz
President, Delaware Chapter ASA
Session I
Session moderator: Stephen Bingham
Conference co-chair
9:00 a.m. William B. Fairley, Ph.D.
Analysis and Inference, Inc.
Swathmore, PA

Title: A Consulting Role in Legal Applications

10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. Eugene P. Ericksen, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Title: Politics, Science and Census Adjustment: 1980 - 2000

11:15 a.m. Joseph Gastwirth, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics and Economics
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Title: Statistical Issues in the Use of Epidemiologic Studies as Evidence in Product Liability Cases

12:15 p.m. Luncheon
Session moderator: William Williford
(Conference co-chair)
12:45 p.m. Seymour Geisser, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, School of Statistics
University of Minnesota

Title: Statistics, Litigation and Conduct Unbecoming

Session II
Session moderator: Lidia Rejto
Vice President, Delaware Chapter ASA
1:45 p.m. Patrick Ball, Ph.D.
Science and Human Rights Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Washington, DC

Title: Using Multiple System Estimation to Model Patterns in Mortality Due to Political Violence

2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. Bruce S. Weir, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics and Genetics
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Title: Current Statistical Issues Surrounding the Forensic Uses of DNA Profiles


John M. Clayton Hall    Map     Directions
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716


Participants must make their own overnight accommodations. The Comfort Inn (1-800-441-7564) and the Howard Johnson's (1-800-654-2000) are conveniently located near the University of Delaware campus. Reservations should be made promptly.


Conference enrollment is $125 for advance registration, $150 at the door, and $25 for full-time students (with valid I.D.). A group rate of $100 per person is available for groups of four or more (advance registration only, must be mailed in one package). The registration fee covers lunch, refreshments, and materials. Please make your remittance payable to the University of Delaware and return to the address on the conference registration form.

NOTE: If paying by credit card, you can FAX your registration to 302/831-2998. Sorry, we cannot accept your FAX if paying by check. You also may register online.


Your registration fee will be refunded if you cancel in writing by Monday, April 14, 2003.

For Additional Information


Stephen Bingham
Perry Point VA Medical Center

Phone: (410) 642-2411 ext. 5301
Email: Stephen.Bingham@med.va.gov

Jan O'Neill, Conference Services
John M. Clayton Hall
University of Delaware
Route 896/New London Road
Newark, DE 19716-7430

Phone: (302) 831-8649
FAX: (302) 831-2998

Conference Committee

Stephen Bingham, Perry Point VA Medical Center, Co-Chair
William Williford, Perry Point VA Medical Center, Co-Chair
L. Renee Bailey, AstraZeneca
Larry Hotchkiss, University of Delaware
Joseph Pultz, AstraZeneca
Lidia Rejto, University of Delaware

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Patrick Ball

Patrick Ball Is Deputy Director of the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. During two days (March 13 and 14, 2002), he gave testimony at The Hague in the trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The Social Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, with a 2002 Special Achievement Award, recently honored him for his statistical analyses of patterns in human rights violations.

Eugene P. Ericksen

Eugene P. Ericksen is Professor of Sociology and Statistics at Temple University. He received his M.A. degree in Mathematical Statistics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ericksen has designed samples and directed surveys in the public and private sectors, frequently for the purposes of litigation. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

William B. Fairley

William B. Fairley is President of Analysis and Inference, Inc., a research and consulting firm with professional skills in statistics, economics and finance. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University. Clients and sponsors of his research include corporations, government agencies, law firms and non-profit organizations. Recent publications include articles in JASA and Change.

Joseph L. Gastwirth

Joseph L. Gastwirth is Professor of Statistics and Economics at George Washington University. He was coauthor of ASA's 2002 Outstanding Statistical Application Award paper, "Changepoint Tests Designed for the Analysis of Hiring Data Arising in Employment Discrimination Cases" published in the July 2000 issue of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He is a Fellow of ASA.

Seymour Geisser

Seymour Geisser is Professor and Director, School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota. He has previously held positions as the Chief, Biometry Section, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases at NIH from 1961 - 1965 and was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Statistics, SUNY at Buffalo from 1965 - 1970. He has over 150 publications and is a Fellow of the ASA. Dr. Geisser has been a forensic consultant for a wide variety of cases such as gender discrimination, mail fraud, homicide and paternity.

Bruce S. Weir

Bruce S. Weir is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Genetics, and Director of the Bioinformatics Research Center at North Carolina State University. After receiving his B.S. from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, he received his Ph.D. in Statistics with a minor in Genetics from NC State University. He is a Fellow of AAAS and ASA. He is editor of Theoretical Population Biology and Associate Editor of Heredity, Genetical Research and Genetic Epidemiology.