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2024 Forensic Science Seminar

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 14.5 General Credits

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

NACDL’s 17th Annual Forensic Science & the Law Seminar, “Making Sense of Science” will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, April 18-20, 2024. 


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 18, 2024
3:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Friday, April 19, 2024
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am Welcoming Remarks and Morning Announcements – NACDL President Michael Heiskell (Fort Worth, TX) & Program Co-Chairs Angelica Cogliano (Austin, TX), Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA), Tamar Lerer (Newark, NJ), and Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
8:30 am Evaluating Strangulation Evidence from a Medical Perspective – Tara Godoy, BSN, RN, CFN (Grants Pass, OR)
9:30 am Defending the Criminally Insane: Investigating and Attacking the Government’s Expert(s) – Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL)
10:30 am

Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:

10:50 am Challenging Firearm and Toolmark Evidence – Tania Brief (New York, NY)
11:50 am Penetrating and Perforating Injuries…aka the Gun and Knife Club – Dr. Jennifer L. Johnson, DNP, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, AFN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN (Mission, KS)
12:50 pm Lunch break on your own
2:20 pm Genetic Genealogy: A Primer – Crystal Grant, Ph.D. (New York, NY)
3:20 pm Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System – Chris Fabricant (New York, NY)
4:20 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:40 pm Canine Detection: What's That Sniff Worth? – John C. Sagebiel, Ph.D. (Reno, NV)
5:40 pm Adjourn for the Day
6:30 pm

Welcoming Reception

Co-Sponsored by:

Saturday, April 20, 2024
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs
8:10 am Serology and DNA: Why it is Important – Laura Schile (Sun City, AZ)
9:40 am Improper Weaponization of Research Articles Used to Back "Expert" Opinions and Testimony – Tristan Ashly Wristen, MSN, BSN, RN, FN-CSA, SANE-A, SANE-P (Wall Township, NJ)
10:40 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
11:00 am Reviewing Medical Records and Evaluating Injuries: What Really Happened? – Merriam Young, MS, RN, CCRN, TCRN (Santa Cruz, CA)
12:00 pm The Missing Piece: Biomechanics and Pathology in Criminal Investigations – Christopher P. Eckersley, Ph.D., P.E. (Charlotte, NC) and Jennifer Nara, D.O. (Seattle, WA)
1:00 pm Lunch break on your own
2:30 pm SANE Examination Case Studies for Litigators: Vaginal Bleeding in a Prepubescent Child – Dr. Carrie Edwards, PhD., RN, CA/CP SANE, AFN-BC (Dallas, TX)
3:30 pm The Misconceptions of HARP (The Human Alarm Reaction Pattern): The Psychology and Physiology of Fight or Flight Syndrome – Dr. Scott Fraser (Los Angeles, CA)
4:30 pm Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:50 pm The Mythology of Shaken Baby Syndrome – Dr. Satish Chundru, D.O. (Cedar Park, TX)
5:50 pm Seminar Adjourns until 2025!


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14.50 credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, IL, GA, NC, NE, NM, PA, SC, TN and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Paris Hotel Las Vegas
3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone Reservations: (877) 603-4389
Group rate: $129 - SOLD OUT . Current rate: $169 - $319. (Expires March 28, 2024). Please mention group code SPNFS4 to receive applicable discount rate. 
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.


Horseshoe Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Sponsorship and Exhibits

Disclaimer: NACDL does not necessarily endorse or guarantee the quality, applicability, or discounts of the products and/or services of its exhibitors. Users of these products and/or services do so at their sole discretion and NACDL assumes no responsibility for them.

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:


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Opening Welcome ReceptionSponsors:

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3D-Forensic, Inc.
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Defense Forensic
Evidence Solutions, Inc.
Forensic Analytical Crime Lab
Garrett Discovery Inc.
Godoy Medical Forensics, Inc.
LawPay & MyCase
The McHard Firm
Metadata Forensics, LLC
Pure Gold Forensics
RizeUp Media
Santoro Forensic Consulting
Second Look Training and Forensic Consulting LLC
Virtual Networking Solutions LLC


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 $429. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $215 (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 a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by March 20, 2024.


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.
Completed public defense scholarship applications should be emailed to: 

Apply for a Public Defense Scholarship  


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

Registration Fees
NACDL MEMBERS: Regular, Life, President's Club and Sustaining Members $429
NACDL MEMBERS: Public Defender, Associate, Investigator, Professor, New Lawyer, International and Military  $299
Non-Members: Private Practitioners (includes 1-year membership)  $728
Non-Member Public Defenders $339
ALL Nevada and California Lawyers (Residents Only) $329
Groups of 4 or more PDs (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed). To register a group, please visit: $279
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Audio Recording of Seminar (pre-sale) $225
Video Recording of Seminar (pre-sale) $299

CANCELLATIONS: There is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail by 5:30 pm E.T. Friday, April 12, 2024, to receive a refund, less the cancellation fee. No refunds can be issued after the cancellation deadline.

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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