Albert E. (Buzz) Scherr
Professor of Law
Chair, International Criminal Law and Justice Programs
Faculty Director, Online Learning Initiatives
Professor Scherr is a nationally recognized authority on forensic DNA evidence. Since 1990, he has served as the lead attorney in numerous pretrial hearings in homicide, robbery and sexual assault cases to determine the admissibility of forensic DNA evidence.
In addition to his work involving forensic DNA evidence, Professor Scherr has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer for more than 20 years. He has handled over 40 homicide cases and has trial experience as a criminal defense lawyer in a wide variety of cases, including substantial Daubert and Frye litigation.
As a law professor, Professor Scherr teaches courses in criminal procedure, evidence, expert witnesses and scientific evidence, genetics and the law and trial advocacy. He also directs the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He has lectured to judges and lawyers on a variety of evidence issues.
Professor Scherr is currently the principal investigator on a two–year NIH grant to study genetics, police investigation and Constitutional privacy. He has also co–designed and taught a national model, NIH–funded Summer Faculty Institute at Dartmouth that educates undergraduate faculty from around the country in the ethical, legal and social issues of the Human Genome Project. He has lectured to judges, attorneys, educators and others regionally and nationally on a variety of genetics and law issues.
Professor Scherr is chair and president of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, and he is a member of the ACLU’s national Board of Directors and chair of the Board’s Patents and Civil Liberties Committee. He is also a member of the NHCLU’s Board of Directors and its executive committee and is chair of NHCLU’s Public Education Committee.