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2023 Forensic Science Seminar

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV - 14.25 Credits

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

NACDL’s 16th Annual Forensic Science & the Law Seminar, “Making Sense of Science” will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, April 27-29, 2023. 


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).

Register, and make your plans to attend TODAY!


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Thursday, April 27, 2023
3:30 pm Early Registration & Exhibit Hall Open
Friday, April 28, 2023
7:15 am Early Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits
8:00 am Welcoming Remarks and Morning Announcements – NACDL President Nellie L. King (West Palm Beach, FL) & Program Co-Chairs Jacqueline Goodman (Fullerton, CA) and Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
8:10 am Problems Plaguing Forensic Testimony in Criminal Courts: The Importance of Intentional Language in Forensic Reporting & Testimony – Tiffany Roy, MSFS, JD (West Palm Beach, FL)
9:10 am Fentanyl, Fentanyl Analogs, and Other Novel Synthetic Opioids in Relation to Drug Overdose Homicides – Dr. Jimmie L. Valentine, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (Ocean Springs, MS)
10:15 am Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:35 am The Use of Forensic Entomology to Establish Time of Colonization or Minimum Time of Death – Prof. Denise Gemmellaro, Ph.D. (Union, NJ)
11:45 am Lunch break on your own
1:15 pm Controversies in Pediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology – PART 1 – Dr. Evan Matshes, M.D. (San Diego, CA)
3:15 pm Exhibits, Networking, & Refreshment Break
3:35 pm Controversies in Pediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology – PART 2 – Dr. Evan Matshes, M.D. (San Diego, CA)
5:35 pm Adjourn for the Day
Saturday, April 29, 2023
7:15 am Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Morning Announcements – Program Co-Chairs
8:10 am Three Keys to Winning Arguments in Forensics Cases: Pathos, Logos and Ethos – Steven Epstein (Garden City, NY)
9:10 am Human Factors and Bias in Forensic DNA –  Dr. Niki Osborne, Ph.D. (Auckland, New Zealand) and Tiffany Roy, MSFS, JD (West Palm Beach, FL)
10:10 am Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break
10:30 am Misuses of Infant Blood and Other Dystopian Horror Stories – Jennifer Sellitti (Trenton, NJ)
11:30 am Deconstructing Forensic Mental Health Testimony – Monica Nguyen (Riverside, CA)
12:30 pm Lunch break on your own
2:00 pm Geofence Warrants Make Bad Fourth Amendment Neighbors – John C. Ellis, Jr. (San Diego, CA)
3:00 pm Forcing Their Hands: Discovery Litigation and Novel Forensic Technology – Tamar Lerer (Newark, NJ)
4:00 pm Exhibitor, Networking & Refreshment Break
4:20 pm Fourth Amendment Rights in the Electronic Age and the Intersection with Individuals Charged With Online Sex Offenses – Bonnie Burkhardt (Springfield, VA)
5:20 pm Seminar Adjourns


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 14.25 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, 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: 1-877-603-4389
Group rate: $129 - SOLD OUT  / Current standart rate: $129-$


Planet Hollywood
3667 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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

The Cosmopolitan
3708 Las Vegas Blvd South
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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California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Cybertek Forensics, Inc.
Defense Forensic 
Garrett Discovery
Godoy Medical Forensics
LawPay & MyCase
Metadata Forensics, LLC
NAAG Forensic PC
RizeUp Media
Thurman & Associates Nurse Consulting 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 $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 to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at
All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by April 2, 2023.


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  


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 Members $419
NACDL MEMBERS: Public Defenders, Associate, Professor, "New Lawyers"  $279
Non-Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
ALL Non-Member Public Defenders $299
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $369
ALL Nevada Lawyers (Residents Only) $299
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: $269
Non-Attendee Guest/Spouse Events Package $150
Non-Attendee Materials / Recordings
Written Materials Only $150
Audio Recording of Seminar (Non-Attendee) $150
Pre-Order Video DVD Recording of Seminar $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 21, 2023, 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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