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Maggie Wittlin

Fulltime FacultyMaggie Wittlin

Associate Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Assistant: Joseph Nolfo

Research and Teaching Areas

Evidence; Torts; Civil Procedure; Criminal Procedure; Law & Science


Professor Wittlin's research focuses on evidence, as well as criminal and civil procedure, intellectual property, and law and behavioral sciences. Using theoretical, mathematical, and empirical methods, she studies how legal actors—judges, jurors, and citizens—should and do use evidence to make decisions. Professor Wittlin previously taught at the University of Nebraska College of Law, where she was twice voted 1L Professor of the Year. She was an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School prior to that. Before teaching, she practiced at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Professor Wittlin received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Cultural Cognition Project and a Coker Fellow in Torts. She received her B.S. from Yale University magna cum laude with distinction in Physics, and she worked as a science writer before law school.

Selected Publications

Meta-Evidence and Preliminary Injunctions 10 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 1331 (2020)

Common Problems of Plausibility and Probabilism 23 Int’l J. Evidence & Proof 184 (2019) (symposium)

What Causes Polarization on IP Policy? 52 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1193 (2018) (with Lisa Larrimore Ouellette & Gregory Mandel)

The Results of Deliberation 15 U.N.H. L. Rev. 161 (2016)

Hindsight Evidence 116 Colum. L. Rev. 1323 (2016)

The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks 2 Nature Climate Change 732 (2012) (with Dan M. Kahan et al.)

Buckling Under Pressure: An Empirical Test of the Expressive Effects of Law 28 Yale J. on Reg. 419 (2011) (student note)