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    The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law


    The State of the Profession Five Years After the NAS Report

    Friday, March 6
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Africa Room, Duquesne Union
    Duquesne University

    Following up on the Institute's groundbreaking 2009 seminar, Does FORENSICS Need FIXING?, this full-day program is being designed to take a fresh look at the accomplishments and shortcomings of the forensic science community at large on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the publication of the National Academy of Sciences' groundbreaking report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.
    Among the program's confirmed legal, scientific and academic experts to date are:
    • Dr. Victor W. Weedn - Chair, Department of Forensic Science, George Washington University
    • Craig Cooley, Esq. - Post-conviction defense attorney and former Innocence Project attorney
    • The Honorable Stephanie Domitrovich - Judge, Erie County Court of Common Pleas
    • Prof. Jane Campbell Moriarty - Associate dean and professor, Duquesne University Law School
    • Dr. Cyril H. Wecht - Forensic Pathology Consultant and former Coroner, Allegheny County

    PLEASE NOTE that this seminar is being offered both LIVE and ONLINE.

    This activity is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for five (5) hours of substantive credit and one (1) hour of ethics credit. Information about other professional education credit will be announced shortly.

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    Forensic FridaysForensic Fridays   

    Friday, MARCH 6
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Is Forensics Getting Fixed?
    The State of the Profession Five Years After the NAS Report
    Friday, MAY 1
    1 - 4:30 p.m.
    Sexual Assault on Campus
    Investigation, Prosecution and the Role of Forensic Nursing

    The 2014-2015 Pricing and Registration IS OPEN!
    Please click here to register.



    14th Annual Symposium:
    The Science, Law and Politics of
    Cold Case Investigations
    Thursday, October 30 ~ Friday, October 31
    Power Center Ballroom
    Duquesne University

    What do the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the BTK killings and the Centennial Olympic Park bombing all have in common? When does a criminal case go "cold," and what does it take to thaw it out again? In a time of laboratory backlogs and cuts in government funding, what warrants the re-opening of a cold case anyway? How much physical evidence is enough, and what sort of witness is compelling enough? What are the political hurdles involved and how can they be overcome? How have DNA analysis and other improvements in forensic science made it possible to re-investigate and successfully prosecute cold cases? What makes some cases ultimately unsolvable?

    For answers to these questions and many more, please join criminalist Henry Lee, behavioral analyst Mark Safarik, author and forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, DNA expert Mark Perlin, police investigator Ken Mains and forensic nurse Ann Burgess, along with a host of other investigative, scientific, legal and public policy experts, for the Institute's 14th Annual Symposium.


    Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - October 17-19, 2013
    "Passing the Torch" on Video
    Many of you who could not attend our recent conference, along with many conference attendees, have inquired about the availability of the program on video. Please note that the Institute is currently editing and sequencing the video footage, as well as exploring various delivery mechanisms. As soon as we have more to report, we will do so here, as well as via email to the Institute's email list. If you are not yet on that list, please let us know.The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law was established at Duquesne University in the fall of 2000. Through its unique collaborative partnerships, the Institute offers several credit and/or continuing education programs.

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    A National Conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual and Violent Serial Offenders
    October 21-22, 2011

    An Interdisciplinary Look at the State of Forensic Death Investigation
    November 19-20, 2010

    A Seminar on the National Academy of Sciences' Report on Forensic Science

    *If you were unable to attend these events but are interested in learning more, please contact the Institute directly at 412-396-1330 or to find out about purchasing DVDs.*