In 2020, over one hundred NC criminal defense and parent attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, and experts attended forensic webinars sponsored by IDS as we all pivoted to working and learning remotely. It proved to be a great way to provide free-to-attend forensic training during times when we can’t offer in-person training. We anticipate that webinars like these will continue to be an efficient way to conduct trainings even after we can return to in-person meetings. Given that, IDS Forensic Resources will offer monthly webinars as the 2021 IDS Forensic Science Education Series. Sessions will take place at 1 pm on the first Thursday of the month, with some supplemental session offered on additional dates.
Registration and participation:
Use this link to register for the series and attend the programs that are of interest. The webinars will be presented monthly and are free to attend. If separate registration is needed for a webinar, it will be noted. Attorneys who want CLE credit for attending will be billed $3.50 per credit hour by the State Bar. Participants who complete at least ten of the sessions will receive acknowledgement that they are graduates of the 2021 IDS Forensic Science Education Series.
Schedule (initial sessions):
- Feb. 4, 2021: Understanding the Differing Roles of Forensic Mental Health Practitioners – Do I need an expert, a consultant, or both? – Dr. Brittany Bate
- Mar. 4, 2021: Whiskey in the Courtroom – Medical Evidence (will be hosted by Duke Law School on Zoom rather than Webex, requires separate registration)
- Mar. 18, 2021: Biomechanics in Criminal Cases: What it is, what it isn’t, the scientific method used when investigating injuries, and case examples that discuss situations where biomechanic expertise could assist. Case studies include: a motor vehicle accident, assault, pediatric head injury, homicide and stabbing. Presenters: Dr. Mireille Kelley and Dr. Amber Stern.
- Apr. 1, 2021: Presumptive Tests for Drugs – Dr. Ed Brown and Sarah Olson
- May 6, 2021: Confirmatory Tests for Drugs – Dr. Ed Brown and Sarah Olson
Connecting to the webinars:
NC criminal defense and parent attorneys, investigators and mitigation specialists who register for the series will receive an email with the webinar link prior to each session. Only one registration is needed for the entire series, unless specifically noted. The webinars will be hosted on Webex. If you are new to Webex and would like more information about joining a Webex meeting, click here.