Workshop on Courtroom Knowledge of Forensic Technology Slated at Duquesne

Legal professionals are invited to attend Courtroom Knowledge of Forensic Technology and the Impact on Frye and Daubert Standards, an educational event slated for Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Bayer Learning Center at Duquesne University.

The two-day workshop—which is open to criminal court judges, prosecuting and defense attorneys and legal academicians—will introduce and explain new forensic technologies and methods used in solving crimes and their impact on the admissibility of evidence and expert testimony during trials. In addition to presentations, it will feature discussions and case vignettes led by jurists and forensic science practitioners regarding forensic science technology.

The workshop is co-hosted by the M.S. in Forensic Science and Law program at Duquesne University and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence at RTI International thanks to a $74,687 grant from RTI international as a subcontract of funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Parts of the workshop will also be held in the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office. All workshop attendees will receive a certificate of completion to document two days of continuing education.

Among the workshop presenters are Dr. Fred Fochtman, director of Duquesne University’s Forensic Science and Law program; Lyndsie Ferrara, instructor in the Forensic Science and Law program; Jane Moriarty, Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship and professor in the School of Law; and John T. Rago, associate professor in the School of Law.

The RTI grant will also fund future webinars for forensic science practitioners and the legal community. “As a partner school with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence at RTI, we proposed to provide the workshop for legal professionals based on our unique experience highlighting the integration of forensic science and the law,” said Fochtman. “This provides an opportunity to feature those initiatives.”

Space is limited 25 attendees. Visit the workshop homepage to learn more and register.

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