Our latest Symposium: Forensic Science(s) in the Courtroom, was held on April 12, 2013.
Below, Please find links to the presentations by some of our speakers. More presentations will follow:
Forensic evidence is at the core of criminal (and many civil) cases, yet as few as 5% of law school graduates have a science background. Combining science and legal theory, this symposium will offer lawyers and judges practical scientific knowledge with 4 hours of “forensic science 101” taught by nationally-regarded experts, and complete the day with a discussion of the law of forensic science(s) in the courtroom—its limits, the ethical obligations of lawyers confronted with scientific evidence, and models for confronting and making best use of such proof.
8:00–8:45 am Check In and Continental Breakfast
8:45–9:00 am Welcome and Introductions
9:00–10:00 am FUNDAMENTALS OF FORENSICS DNA
Anjali Ranadive, JD,
Master of Forensic Science Degree,
President of SciLawForensics
10:00–10:15 am Break
10:15–11:15 am LATENT PRINTS
Professor Cedric Neumann, PhD, Penn State
Eberly College of Science
11:15 am–12:15 pm BALLISTICS AND FIREARMS
Carl Rone, Delaware State Police Forensics
Firearms Examiner, Clinical Instructor at the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
12:15–1:30 pm Lunch (included with registration) –
1:30–2:30 pm CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE –
Anjali Ranadive, JD, Master of Forensic
Science Degree, President of
2:30–3:30 pm FORENSICS AND LAW
A view from the bench on the presentation
of forensic evidence at trial; the role of an inhouse
forensics team in a public law office;
and alternatives to courtroom litigation to
challenge and improve forensic evidence.
3:30–3:45 pm Break
3:45–4:45 pm ETHICS AND FORENSICS
Distinguished Speaker Marissa Bluestine,
Legal Director, Pennsylvania Innocence
To download the complete brochure please Click Here.
Note: This symposium has been approved for a total of 6 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, in Delaware and Pennsylvania. New Jersey attorneys can self-report with Widener Law’s Certificate of Attendance. Approved for Criminal Procedure Rule 801 – Capital Counsel CLE.
Each year, the Law School, in cooperation with the Law Review, sponsors symposia that are held at the Law School. This event brings together experts to speak on various facets of timely legal issues. The expert presentations inspire both solicited and unsolicited articles for publication in a subsequent Law Review Volume. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available for attending such symposia, and the regional Continuing Legal Education organizations work with the Law School to promote this event. Please click the links above for information on this year’s event.
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2010 Symposium: Health Law and The Elderly
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2009 Symposium: The Child Witness
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2008 Symposium: Living with Climate Change:
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2007 Symposium: Cross-examination:
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