Legal Professionals Program

A free two-day program hosted by the West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative, in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), offers the basics legal professionals need to effectively apply forensic information in court.

Essentials of Forensic Science for Legal Professionals will provide the basic precepts of forensic science training and supply the tools to effectively apply this information for trial. The training will take place March 19-20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Attendees will also be given information on evaluating the scientific rigor of expert testimony and the reliability of forensic evidence. Members of academia, scientists, and attorneys will instruct and apply practical examples to the content presented. This is an excellent opportunity for the legal community to broaden their knowledge of important forensic science topics while also receiving continuing legal education.

Topics include:

  • The Forensic Analysis of Evidence: How Scientific is it?
  • Crime Scene Response, Evidence Collection, and Preservation
  • Quality Assurance for Forensic Laboratories
  • Sufficiency of Forensic Science Laboratory Reports
  • Basic Statistical Concepts in Forensics
  • Frye, Daubert, and Their Application to Current Issues in Forensic Science

Registration is now open. Click here for more information.

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