Dr Brian Gorman

Associate Professor


Contact Info

CLA Room 3220


J.D., Law, New York Law School 1997
M.Sc., Psychology, Trinity College Dublin 1991
B.A. Liberal Arts, Stony Brook University 1986
New York Bar, 1998
Maryland Bar, 2008

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
American Judiciary
Homeland Security


Brian J. Gorman joined Towson University in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at Towson he taught law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also worked for several years as a trial lawyer and health care administrator in New York. His research interests include scientific evidence, homeland security, and bioterrorism. He holds a B.A. from Stony Brook University, a M.Sc., from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; and a J.D., from New York Law School, where he received the Otto L. Walter Award for outstanding published scholarly writing.

Gorman's current research focuses on the intersection of law, science, and security. Professor Gorman founded the BiosecurityCommons.org information project in August of 2009. Biosecurity Commons (BsC) is an open source database for stakeholders in biosecurity and crossover security matters. BsC provides key findings, expert opinions, proposals and facts related to biosecurity policy from academia, NGOs, think tanks, the media, in addition to legal and governmental sources. BSC provides comprehensive briefs on a broad cross-section of biosecurity issues along with an annual review focusing on important developments, trends and issues in biosecurity and related matters.

Publications & Scholarly Activities


  • Biosecurity Commons Website: A Wiki Database
  • Biosecurity Commons Review, May 2011, with invited authors Derrin Culp (Columbia University) and Patrick McNutt (US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense)
  • Biosecurity Commons Review, May 2010
  • "Patent Office as Biosecurity Gatekeeper: Fostering Responsible Science and Building Public Trust in DIY Science," The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law (2011)
  • "Biosecurity and Secrecy Policy: Problems, Theory and a Call for Executive Action," I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy (2006)
  • "Balancing Secrecy and Open Science: The Dual Use Dilemma," Presentation for the National Academies’ Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security (2006)
  • "Balancing National Security and Open Science: A Proposal for Due Process Vetting," Yale Journal of Law and Technology (2005)
  • "'Sensitive But Unclassified' Information and Other Controls: Policy Options for Scientific and Technical Information," CRS Report for Congress, RL 33303

Scientific Evidence—Junk Science & Criminal Law

  • "Psychology and Law in the Classroom: How the Use of Clinical Fads in the Classroom may Awaken the Educational Malpractice Claim," with Wynne, Morse & Todd, Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (2011)
  • New York Criminal Procedure: An Analytical Approach to Statutory, Constitutional, and Case Law for Criminal Justice Professionals, 2nd Ed., Carolina Academic Press (2011) (with Morse)
  • "Facilitated Communication: Rejected in Science, Accepted in Court—A Case Study and Analysis of the Use of FC Evidence Under Frye and Daubert," Behavioral Sciences & the Law (1999)