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Friday, January 19, 202​4 

8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presented By:

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul​



8:20 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Statistics in Forensic Sciences

Probabilistic reasoning and statistical evidence play important and ever-expanding roles in criminal investigations and trials. Because it’s not safe to assume that jurors will be well-versed in statistics, it’s up to lawyers to present statistical and probabilistic evidence as clearly and comprehensively as possible. Learn what probabilities are and how they are computed. Find out how to select the correct probability rule for your case and be ready to counter common fallacies in interpreting probabilities.

Presented By:

Claudia Solis-Lemus, Ph.D.​

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Chemistry and Toxicologic Pathology in Death Resulting Cases

With the increase in fentanyl-based prosecutions, including prosecutions involving fentanyl-related deaths, it’s crucial for criminal lawyers to grasp the scientific issues common to drug distribution resulting in death cases. Develop a basic understanding of the forensic science issues involved in death resulting cases with a review of the underlying chemistry principles of drugs and pharmacokinetic concepts. Learn how to interpret the chemical analysis, toxicology results, and pathology reports generated in death resulting cases. ​

Presented By:

Atty. Desiree L. Lassiter​

10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

Judicial Insight Panel

Ever wondered what the judge in your case is expecting from you? Find out from our panel of judges as they divulge what they look for and expect in cases involving forensic science. They’ll also offer candid insights about having their decisions reversed. Don’t miss this chance to develop your trial strategies in line with judicial expectations.


Atty. Katherine H. Judson


Hon. Ellen K. Berz

Hon. Rachel A. Graham​

11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.


12:35 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Genetic Genealogy in the Legal System

Since April 2018, the Golden State Killer and dozens of other suspects in violent cold cases have been tracked down using genetic genealogy. But it’s not foolproof, and there are misconceptions about how investigative genetic genealogy (IGG) works. Examine the structure of IGG searches and identify potential discovery issues. Survey the landscape of empirical research on genetic genealogy and learn to recognize the factors that contribute to inconsistent results.

Presented By:

Atty. Bicka Barlow

1:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ethically Collaborating and Overturning Convictions

According to the National Registry of Exonerations​, over 3,300 exonerations have occurred in the United States since 1989. Wrongful convictions point to uncomfortable truths about our criminal justice system, but who is responsible for righting the wrongs? Understand the ethical responsibilities of prosecutors, defense counsel, and judges when it comes to overturning wrongful convictions and collaborating on exonerations.

Presented By:

Atty. Sunny Eaton​

​Atty. Stacie H. Rosenzweig​

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The Law and Science of Searches for Electronic Data

Identify statutory and constitutional rules that apply to computer, cell phone, and social media searches and determine how these searches differ from physical searches. Learn how the government justifies broad searches and be prepared to challenge general searches by law enforcement. Discuss how courts can ensure that electronic data searches are particularized and limited in scope.

Presented By:

Atty. Jennifer Stisa Granick​

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Investigative Interviewing: The Impact on Youthful Interviewees

Understand what makes young people more vulnerable to suggestion and coercion in the interview context. Explore how developmental immaturity, combined with coercive tactics, can elicit unreliable confessions and faulty evidence. ​Consider potential legislative and organizational policy changes to safeguard youth in the investigative process.

Presented By:

Hayley Cleary, MPP, Ph.D., David Thompson, CFI​

5:15 p.m.

Institute Concludes


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