NACDL - 2020 Forensic Science & the Law Seminar

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2020 Forensic Science & the Law Seminar

Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - CLE Credits: 14 General/1.0 Ethics

Agenda Faculty CLE Hotel Exhibitor/Sponsor Scholarships Pricing Register Online Register by PDF Materials

Big Names. Big Science; a Big-Time CLE Experience!

Don't miss this great opportunity for a no-nonsense, national networking CLE featuring the leading faculty in their respective fields. This two-day event is produced in partnership with the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ).


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Thursday, April 2, 2020
6:00-7:00 pm Early Registration & Exhibits
Friday, April 3, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:10 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA) & Program Chairs
8:20 am SANE, Serology, and Other Significant Aspects of Forensics  – Laura Schile (Sun City, AZ)
9:20 am Using Discovery to Critically Assess and Prepare to Attack the State’s Expert  – Janis Puracal (Portland, OR)  
10:20 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:40 am Forensic Anthropology & Human Skeletal Remains at Crime Scenes – Dr. Frederick Snow, Ph.D (Knoxville, TN)
11:40 am Pattern Cross-Examination of the Prosecution's Forensic Experts – Michael Waddington (Evans, GA)  
12:40 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:10 pm The Impact of Facial Recognition Software on Misidentification – Alice Fontier (Bronx, NY) 
3:10 pm The Art of Deciphering Ancient Hieroglyphics ...or a Drug Evidence Lab Report: Where the Information Comes From and What You Need to Know – Prof. Jasmine M. Drake, Ph.D. (Houston, TX)  
4:10 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:30 pm When Forensic Evidence Reveals the Bad Apple: A Case Study in Ethics & Prosecutorial Misconduct – Justin Rosas (Medford, OR)  
5:30 pm Adjourn for the day 
7:00 pm Welcoming Reception
Saturday, April 4, 2020
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Morning Announcements – Program Chairs 
8:20 am Making Science Simple: Techniques for Simplifying Complex Scientific Evidence With Storytelling in Summation – Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY)  
9:20 am Cocaine Salt v. Base Determinations:  The Science You Should Be Using at Sentencing – Heather L. Harris, MFS, JD, D-ABC (Glenside, PA)  
10:20 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break   
10:40 am Effective Advocacy in Shaken Baby Syndrome / Abusive Head Trauma Cases – Katherine Judson (Madison, WI) 
11:40 am Confronting Inaccuracy in Arson Investigations – John Lentini, CFI, D-ABC (Islamorada, FL)  
12:40 pm Lunch break on your own 
2:10 pm Using Biomechanics in Criminal Cases  – Dr. Andre M. Loyd, Ph.D. (Plymouth, MN) 
3:10 pm Factors Affecting Latent Fingerprints – Andrew Reitnauer (Sterling, VA) 
4:10 pm Winning Your Case With Electronic Evidence, Even When It's Not Directly Involved! – Mark J. McLaughlin (Los Angeles, CA) 
5:10 pm Seminar Adjourns until 2021


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14 general credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, IL, GA, NC, NM, NV, PA and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.    


The Four Seasons Hotel
3960 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone Reservations: (702) 632-5000 
Online Reservations: 

Group rate: $199 + $29 resort fee + tax (Expires Wednesday, March 12, 2020)
Please mention group name "NACDL 2020 Forensics" to receive the applicable discount rate
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Questions? Contact NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason at or call (202) 872-8600 x630.

Sponsorship and Exhibits

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

Sponsor/Exhibit Prospectus

NACDL would like to thank the following sponsors, exhibitors, and affinity partners for their support and contributions:

Exclusive PLATINUM, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsors:

still available...

Agenda Boards Sponsor:

still available...

Tote Bag Sponsor:

still available...


Alpha Human Services
C. K. Hull & Associates - Forensic Consulting Services
Delta-5 Forensic Laboratories
Envista Forensics
Garrett Discovery, Inc.
Metadata Forensics, LLC
Phoenix Rise Coaching + Consulting, GBC
Primeau Forensics


NACDL offers a variety of scholarships for this event ranging from partially discounted to fully funded. Each type of scholarship has different application requirements. To apply for any of the following scholarships, please follow the instructions for that specific scholarship.

OPTION 1: Needs Based Scholarships

Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $419. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $210  (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar materials. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.

To Apply: Prepare and e-mail or fax a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at or fax it to 202-872-8690. All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by March 5, 2020.


OPTION 2: Public Defense Scholarships

As a result of generous grant funding, NACDL is able to offer scholarship assistance to public defense providers to attend this NACDL training program. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the program. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded to qualifying individuals to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  


Register Online Register by PDF Materials

Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.

Registration Fees
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining $419
NACDL Members: Associate, New Lawyers, & Professor $369
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Public Defenders $309
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $329
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $369
ALL Regional Lawyers (AZ, ID, OR, UT) $369
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $279
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar  $150
Both Written Materials & Audio Recording $225
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $299

Code of Conduct

NACDL endeavors to foster a working, learning, and social environment free of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and insult. To that end, NACDL has adopted a Code of Conduct for Affiliated Persons that applies to all attendees and participants of any kind at all NACDL sponsored events.

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