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Come hear Melissa Cohen, staff attorney for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, discuss the role of expert evidence in reproductive justice litigation. In recent years, states have come to rely on a cottage industry of anti-choice “experts” in defending restrictive laws and regulations. These experts testify about everything from mental health impacts to breast cancer risks to adolescent psychology, but their data are frequently misleading, intentionally misrepresented, or patently false. Parsing “expert” claims and debunking bad science have become crucial aspects of reproductive justice lawyering. Melissa will discuss how to handle everything from expert reports and declarations to depositions and trial testimony in this environment.