Start Date: 12/2/2016 1:00 PM EST
End Date: 12/2/2016 2:30 PM EST
Denuding the Emperor: Understanding and Using the PCAST Forensic Science Report
Webinar Faculty: Andrew Northrup, Assistant Public Defender, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
December 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm eatern (90 minutes)
About the Webinar: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has recently issued a report pertaining to forensic science. This report discusses generally what needs to occur in the area of forensic science(s) in order to subject these disciplines to the proper degree of scientific rigor. It also conducts in-depth examinations of the scientific underpinnings of DNA (single source and complex mixtures), Bitemarks, Latent Fingerprints, Firearms, Footwear, and Hair, and it makes explicit recommendations about what type of validation studies need to be conducted, who should be conducting them, and how judges should analyze this evidence. The purpose of this training is to familiarize the viewer with the PCAST report and explain how it can be used in the courtroom.
About the Presenter: Andrew Northrup has been an attorney in the Forensics Division of the Maryland Public Defender's Office since August 2010. Before that he handled complex cases throughout Minnesota on the Board of Public Defense's trial team. He was also a founding member of the Cook County Public Defender's Forensic Science Division in 2000. He received his law degree from the College of William and Mary, and his undergraduate degree in German and International Studies from Earlham College. Mr. Northrup is a frequent lecturer on forensic and trial advocacy issues.