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Thursday, January 20, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Expo Hall Open

9:30 a.m.

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9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Statistics and the Admissibility of Forensic Evidence

You’ll focus on two Daubert factors – understanding error rates and testing for validity – to understand how statistical principles underlie both. Using firearms analysis as an example, uncover the potential for error and the limitations of studies that have been conducted to estimate that error.

Presented By:

Dr. Alicia Carriquiry


11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

NAS and PCAST Reports Overview

Discuss the often inadequate scientific foundations for most methods utilized in forensic science. Understand the data needed to validate a forensic method and review progress made since the publication of the NAS and PCAST reports on forensic science.​​

Presented By:

Dr. Jo Handelsman


11:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Optional Networking Lunch, Visit the Expo Hall​

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Firearm Identification: Challenging the Evidence Pre-Trial and Beyond

Learn why expert opinions on firearm identification can be unreliable. Discuss strategies challenging firearm identification evidence before trial that have been used successfully in other jurisdictions. You’ll also explore other available options if the court ultimately denies the pre-trial challenge.

Presented By:

Janis C. Puracal


1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Break – Visit the Expo Hall

2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Issues in DNA Analysis

DNA analysis has long been touted as the gold standard in forensic identification techniques, but is it really? Receive an overview of probabilistic genotyping systems (PGS), today’s most common DNA analysis method, and consider whether they are as reliable as they may seem at first blush. Explore the limits of PGS methods and what we don’t yet know about them.

Presented By:

Maneka Sinha


3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Reimagining the Crime Laboratory

Examine the role of crime laboratories in ensuring impartiality from the perspective of The Wisconsin State Crime Laboratories (WSCL) and the Houston Forensic Science Center – formerly named “The Worst Crime Lab in the Country” by the New York Times. Find out how Houston’s crime lab managed to win back trust after a remarkable transformation and about the investments WSCL has made in its own evolution.


Friday, January 21, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Expo Hall Open

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Ethics Panel: Effective Representation in Cases Involving Forensic Science

What does it mean to provide the “effective assistance of counsel” guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment? Understand the lawyer’s ethical obligations in cases involving complex forensic evidence, including investigation, strategies for litigation, and effective advocacy throughout the process.


10:15 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Break – Visit the Expo Hall

10:25 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Big Data Revolution: Rethinking the Meaning of Surveillance

Discover the emergent relationship between “artificial intelligence” (AI) and the criminal justice system. Understand what big data analytics truly are and how these techniques are being used in criminal cases (sometimes without governmental disclosure). You’ll discuss technology from facial recognition to jail call recordings, license plate readers to probabilistic genotyping, and more. Come away with a better understanding of your options when AI makes an appearance during discovery.


11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Forensic Science and Interrogations: The Dangers of Misclassification and False Confessions

Hear from a Certified Forensic Interviewer about how faulty forensic evidence can contribute to confirmation bias in police interrogations. Discuss false confessions and the ways misclassification of an innocent person can change an interviewer’s strategy and conduct. Examine tactics such as the false evidence ploy and minimization so you can identify these risk factors when reviewing a confession. You’ll also hear about trends in legislation and the evolution of interrogation standards.

Presented By:

David Thompson


12:05 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch, Visit the Expo Hall

1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

The Anatomy of Science-Dependent Prosecutions

In child abuse cases without witnesses, typically the opinion of an expert is used to prove all elements of the crime. Medical witnesses are critical to the prosecution in cases involving Shaken Baby Syndrome, Medical Child Abuse (previously Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy), unwitnessed physical abuse, and other child abuse cases. But where is the line between medical expertise and inadmissible speculation? Understand what science tells us about the foundational validity of the claims common to these cases and be ready to address these issues in court.


2:05 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Concentric Circles of Harm: Who is Hurt When the System Fails

For every wrongful conviction, there are dozens of people who are harmed. Starting with the original victims and families, to the wrongfully convicted and their families, the criminal justice system can create a wide swath of hurt. This session reveals the ways the system's failure not only harms victims and innocent people, but creates additional pain and wreckage for us all.


3:20 p.m. - 3:30​ p.m.

Closing Remarks


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Contact Us

General Info:
Megan Meyer
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6081
(608) 250-6081
Sponsors:
Crystal Brabender
(800) 444-9404 ext. 6132
(608) 250-6132
Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences
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