New Developments in Forensic Evidence Focus of ABA Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2011 — Issues involving low copy DNA, procedures for handling electronically stored information in criminal cases and ethical obligations of forensic scientists are among the issues that will be addressed at the 2nd Annual “Prescription for Criminal Justice Forensics” conference hosted by the _ Criminal Justice Section and the Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics. The conference will occur June 3, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Fordham University School of Law, New York.  The conference features experts in the use of forensic evidence, including prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and scientists.

Certified fire and explosion investigator John J. Lentini will deliver luncheon remarks on developments in arson cases.

Following are highlights of the conference:

“Cutting Edge Social Science and Forensic Issues” examines the science underlying eyewitness testimony, as well as forensic linguistics. Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law is among the featured guests.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“Emerging Issues in DNA” — Panelists will discuss emerging issues such as low copy DNA and familial searches, and will address the complexity of databanks.  Panelists represent the California Department of Justice, the New York Chief Medical Examiner’s office and others.
1 – 2:15 p.m.

“Ethical Implications for the Forensic Scientist, Defense Counsel and Prosecutor” will explore ethical issues that arise in forensic science, including the duties to disclose, correct, and of report writing. Panelists will discuss the ethical obligations of forensic scientists, prosecutors and defense lawyers, and represent crime laboratories and research institutions, as well as the judiciary.
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Additional information, as well as a link to the full agenda, can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Rabiah Burks at Rabiah.Burks@americanbar.org. There is no charge for media to attend this event.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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