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2024 Forensic Science Seminar

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 14.5 General Credits

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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
8:00 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)
8:15 am DNA Transfer – Laura Schile (Sun City, AZ)
9:45 am Defending the Criminally Insane: Investigating and Attacking the Government’s Expert(s) – Nellie King (West Palm Beach, FL)
10:45 am

Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break

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11:05 am Ballistics – Tania Brief (New York, NY)
12:05 pm Lunch break on your own
1:35 pm Penetrating and Perforating Injuries…aka the Gun and Knife Club – Dr. Jennifer L. Johnson (Mission, KS)
2:35 pm Genetic Genealogy Primer – Crystal Grant, Ph.D. (New York, NY)
3:35 pm Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
3:55 pm Arson Investigation – Anthony Calloway (Travis County, TX)
4:55 pm What's That Sniff Worth? K-9 Dogs – John C. Sagebiel, Ph.D. (Reno, NV)
5:55 pm Adjourn for the Day
6:30 pm Welcoming Reception
Saturday, April 20, 2024
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs
8:10 am Evaluating Strangulation Evidence from a Medical Perspective – Tara Godoy, BSN, RN, CFN (Grants Pass, OR)
9:10 am Improper Weaponization of Research Articles Used to Back "Expert" Opinions and Testimony – Tristan Wristen (Wall Township, NJ)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am Reviewing Medical Records and Evaluating Injuries: What Really Happened? – Merriam Young, MS, RN, CCRN, TCRN (Santa Cruz, CA)
11:30 am Junk Science: Challenging Automated Suspicion – Prof. Maneka Sinha (Baltimore, MD)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm SANE Examinations – Dr. Carrie Edwards, PhD., RN, CA/CP SANE, AFN-BC (Lubbock, TX)
3:00 pm Fight or Flight – Dr. Scott Fraser (Los Angeles, CA)
4:00 pm Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm The Mythology of Shaken Baby Syndrome – Dr. Satish Chundru, D.O. (Cedar Park, TX)
5:20 pm Seminar Adjourns until 2025!



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

Phone Reservations: (877) 603-4389
Group rate: $129 + $30 reosrt fee + tax (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.

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.

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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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