Webinar: Footwear Evidence Conclusions

September 21, 2021 — A webinar on September 30, hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will focus on "Footwear Evidence Conclusions: A Discussion of Standards, Recommendations, and Structure".

According to the webinar description, "It can be challenging to write reliable, accurate conclusions that meet the expectations of stakeholders that oversee and use footwear evidence reports. Some of the challenges associated with drafting these conclusions include 1) accurately conveying the evidence and limitations, 2) articulating discrimination values of an association in terms of the population of possible sources, and 3) qualifying associations appropriately. To overcome these challenges, footwear evidence conclusions must be written to fit each individual examination. This can be a difficult task for most examiners since footwear casework may be a second discipline and/or only encountered occasionally rather than routinely."

The webinar, presented by forensic examiner and Vice Chair of the Physics and Pattern Evidence Scientific Area Committee Lesley Hammer, will aim to help attendees:

1) Be able to locate the current published standards related to footwear evidence and the current status of standards under development by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

2) Observe examples of conclusion writing in footwear evidence that are recommended/suggested to be addressed in a footwear evidence examination report.

3) Relate the conclusion recommendations to their own practices of report and conclusion writing.

You can learn more and register here.

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