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Thursday, January 19, 2023​​ 

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presented By:

Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI



9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Beyond the Science: Duties of Counsel and Courts in Science-Dependent Cases

Gain perspective on the nature of science-dependent criminal cases and the weak scientific foundations of much of the forensic evidence they rely upon. Understand the ethical duties of counsel to examine, and when appropriate, challenge the quality of the evidence. Discuss ways to challenge the admissibility of evidence under Daubert, FRE 702, and its state corollaries.

Presented By:

Atty. Keith A. Findley, University of Wisconsin – ​Madison Law School, Madison, WI

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Misconceptions Surrounding Firearm Identification Error Rates and Reliability​

Examine common issues and misconceptions with firearm identification evidence so you can identify potential evidentiary challenges in your next case. Receive practical strategies for addressing or challenging the current use and admissibility of firearm evidence in court.

Presented By:

Atty. Celeste Addyman, Cook County Public Defender - Forensic Science Division, Chicago, IL;
Atty. Joseph Cavise, Cook County Public Defender – Forensic Science Division, Chicago, IL;​​​
​​Dr​. ​​Kristen McCowan, Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences, Madison, WI

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

The Reliability of Memory and Eyewitness Accounts

Embark on a fascinating journey through the neuroscience of memory. Identify common misperceptions about memory and understand how memory distortions can lead to wrongful convictions. Learn what the justice system can do to mitigate wrongful eyewitness identifications.

Presented By:

Dr. Craig Stark, University of California – Irvine, Irvine, CA

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Role of the Medical Examiner and Consulting Pathologist

Better understand the role of the medical examiner, coroner, or forensic pathologist in death investigations. Hear from a veteran forensic pathologist with more than 30 years of experience about making the best use of medical examiners as expert witnesses.

Presented By:

Dr. Lindsey Thomas, TrueNorth Forensic Pathology, Madison, WI

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Working with Expert Witnesses (and Those Who Aren’t): Considerations for Preparing Your Case

Learn tactics for preparing expert witnesses so you can ensure their testimony is both informative and effective. Understand how jurors perceive expert testimony and how to communicate expert testimony the jury will find valuable and credible. Learn how to spot inappropriate lay witness testimony that encroaches on expert territory.​

Presented By:

Atty. Katherine H. Judson, Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences, Madison, WI;​
​Dr. Kristen McCowan, Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences, Madison, WI

Friday, January 20, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Statistical Evidence in the Courtroom: Assumptions, Misconceptions, and Responsibilities

Non-scientists are often unfamiliar with the assumptions, subtleties, and limitations of expert testimony that includes statistics and probabilities. This creates a risk that the probative value of such evidence will be misjudged by lawyers, judges, and jurors. Identify the problems associated with commonly proffered statistical evidence and discuss strategies for effectively communicating such evidence in the courtroom.​

Presented By:

Dr. Jonathan “Jay” Koehler, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, ​​Chicago, IL

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Toxic! Not Just for Torts…​

Understand the acceptable range and limitations of toxicologic instrumental analyses and how reliability can be established under Daubert​. Learn four tests that will help you determine whether a medical toxicology expert is qualified to provide expert testimony and discuss potential challenges to interpreting toxicology results.

Presented By:

Dr. David D. Gummin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Challenging Dog Sniff Evidence

Presented By:

Atty. Jeremiah Meyer-O’Day, Martinez & Ruby LLP, Baraboo, WI

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Data and Surveillance

Presented By:

Daniel Kahn Gillmor, American Civil Liberties Union - Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, New York, NY​

​3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Grand Finale: Effective Closing Arguments for Juries and Judges​


Learn persuasive ways to craft a narrative and apply the jury instructions to the facts of your case in closing arguments. Discuss what limitations are placed on closing arguments by existing case law and examine motions to restrict improper closing arguments. Explore ways to tap into dominant emotions to benefit your case.​


Presented By:

Atty. ​​Jessa Nicholson Goetz, Nicholson, Goetz & Otis, S.C., Madison, WI

4:00 p.m.

Institute Concludes​



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