Edith Beerdsen

Assistant Professor of Law

Edith Beerdsen’s research focuses on the ways in which civil litigants gather, exchange, and present evidence, how institutional structures and rules shape these processes, and how they interact with norm-based practices that develop over time among legal advocates and the judiciary.  She teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Scientific & Statistical Evidence.  Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) in the Cornell Law Review, Georgia Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Professor Beerdsen began her legal career as a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City, where for eight years she represented individuals, corporations, and non-profit organizations in a wide variety of civil actions, with a particular focus on cases involving scientific and statistical evidence.  Prior to law school, Professor Beerdsen was a computational chemist and used computer simulations and statistical models to study molecular movement.  From 2019 to 2022, she was an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU School of Law.


JD, Columbia Law School, 2010
PhD (computational chemistry), University of Amsterdam, 2007
MSc (chemistry), University of Amsterdam, 2002

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