Robert Epstein

Assistant Federal Defender

Robert Epstein has been an Assistant Federal Defender in the Appeals Unit of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1996. In addition to his appellate practice, Mr. Epstein is a nationally recognized expert on challenging the reliability of forensic evidence. In 1998, Mr. Epstein brought the first Daubert challenge to fingerprint identification evidence, and in 2002 his article, Fingerprints Meets Daubert: The Myth of Fingerprint Science is Revealed, was published in the Southern California Law Review. Mr. Epstein has consulted with attorneys in hundreds of cases concerning forensic issues and he is a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars. From 2010 to2013, Mr. Epstein served as a member of the subcommittee on Forensic Science, National Science and Technology Council in the Executive Office of the President, and for the past year he has been a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science Friction Ridge Consensus Body. Mr. Epstein received his B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987.