President, Foundation for Law and Science Centers; IWP Research Professor of Scientific Statecraft
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Barbara Billauer is a graduate of Cornell University (Hons.), and holds a J.D. degree from Hofstra University and a Master's Degree in Occupational Health and Safety from New York University. She has done advanced work in Bioethics, and holds a certificate in Risk Management Sciences from Johns Hopkins University where she completed doctoral studies in public health.
In 1986 she was named a partner at the Stroock Law Firm, leaving to become Chair of the Environmental Department of Keck, Mahin, Cate and Koether in 1990. In 1994 she founded her own firm. Simultaneously, she was an Associated Adjunct Professor at New York University, and then served on the faculty of The State University of New York Medical School at Stony Brook. Currently she is a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health and is Research Professor of Scientific Statecraft at the Institute for World Politics, in Washington, D.C.
After a quarter of a century as an active trial lawyer handling complex medical malpractice, pharmaceutical, toxic tort and environmental cases, Dr. Billauer founded the Foundation for Law and Science Centers, (FLASC, Inc.), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching judges and policy-makers the principles of the scientific method. In this capacity, she developed a novel (patent pending) program to teach basic statistics, epidemiology, and principles of the scientific method to a lay audience, along with developing extensive course materials and a case studies series so as to prevent junk science from influencing policy, legislation and court opinions. Currently President of FLASC, she has taught the course to rave reviews, including judicial accolades calling her a visionary in making science accessible to decision-maker non-scientists. She has also composed a market-driven health-care plan, recently published by the Rutger's Journal of Law and Public Policy, entitled: The Right to Health: A Holistic Health Plan for the Next Administration.
An expert on reconciling scientific evidence with policy imperatives, she has also lectured and written on national security issues involving Bioterrorism, pandemic planning and epidemic risk analysis, integrating scientific, legal, and practical concerns. Noted amongst her presentations are conferences sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories, the Army College of Applied Statistics, the American Society of Industrial Security, and the Universities of Maryland and New Mexico.
She has served on numerous Boards, including the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science and President of the Metropolitan Women's Bar Association of New York. She also served a co-editor for the National Journal of Asbestos-In-Buildings. In addition, she is an invited member of the British Society of Occupational Hygienists.
Dr. Billauer has published, edited and contributed to various books, including:
LEGAL ISSUES IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION AND ITS VICTIMS
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR LENDERS: RISKS AND LIABILITIES
HANDBOOK OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
ASBESTOS IN BUILDINGS: The Laws, The Costs, The Solutions
THE IMPACT OF ASBESTOS ON REAL ESTATE
- President, Foundation for Law and Science Centers (current position)
- Reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health (current position)
- Research Professor of Scientific Statecraft at the Institute for World Politics (current position)
- Faculty Member at The State University of New York Medical School at Stony Brook
- Associated Adjunct Professor at New York University
- Chair of the Environmental Department of Keck, Mahin, Cate and Koether
- Partner at the Stroock Law Firm
- Graduate of Cornell University (Hons.)
- J.D. degree from Hofstra University
- Master's Degree in Occupational Health and Safety from New York University
- Certificate in Risk Management Sciences from Johns Hopkins University where she completed doctoral studies in public health