Neil Vidmar

University of Illinois, Ph.D., MacMurray College, A.B., cum laude. Vidmar is the Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Duke Law School, the Research Director, Center for Criminal Justice and Ethical Responsibility at Duke Law, and Professor of Psychology at Duke University. Vidmar’s scholarly research involves the empirical study of law across a broad spectrum of topics in civil and criminal law. A social psychologist by training, he is a leading expert on jury behavior and outcomes and has extensively studied medical malpractice litigation, punitive damages, dispute resolution, and the social psychology of retribution and revenge. He is the author, with Cornell Law School’s Valerie P. Hans, of American Juries: The Verdict (2007) and Judging the Jury (1986). His other books include Medical Malpractice and the American Jury: Confronting the Myths About Jury Incompetence, Deep Pockets and Outrageous Damage Awards (1995), and World Jury Systems (2000). He also has published more than 130 articles in law reviews and social science journals, such as Stanford Law Review; Law & Human Behavior; Law & Society Review; Harvard Journal on Legislation; and Duke Law Journal. He reviews research proposals for the National Science Foundation and serves or has served on the editorial boards of peer review journals such as Law & Human Behavior; Law & Society Review; Law & Social Inquiry; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Public Policy & Law; and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. He has testified before the United States Senate on issues relating to medical malpractice reform and damage awards, has drafted amicus briefs on various criminal or civil justice issues for cases being litigated in the United States Supreme Court, the Canadian Supreme Court and a number of state supreme courts, has tendered affidavits bearing on civil and criminal cases in various states, and lectured on judging scientific evidence for judicial education programs in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and is an active member of the Law and Society Association, the American Psychology-Law Society and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.

Vidmar’s research and teaching focus on Social Science Evidence in Law, Negotiation, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution, Medical Malpractice, Ethics, Punitive Damages, Psychology of the Litigation, Social Psychology and the Strengths, Weaknesses, and Workings of the Jury System.