In 2021, IDS has provided over 600 hours of continuing education to dozens of NC criminal defense and parent attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, and experts who have attended the IDS Forensic Science Education Series. It has been 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. For the rest of 2021, IDS Forensic Resources will offer monthly webinars as the 2021 IDS Forensic Science Education Series. Sessions will take place typically 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 (additional sessions will be added as they are planned):
- Feb. 4, 2021: Understanding the Differing Roles of Forensic Mental Health Practitioners – Do I need an expert, a consultant, or both? – Dr. Brittany Bate. Materials: PowerPoint slides
- Feb. 25, 2021: Cell Phone Location Evidence – Spencer McInvaille
- Mar. 4, 2021: Whiskey in the Courtroom – Medical Evidence (will be hosted by Duke Law School on Zoom rather than Webex, requires separate registration available here.)
- 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. Materials: PowerPoint Slides
- Apr. 15, 2021: Digital Evidence – Consumer Electronics and the IoT (Internet of Things) – Lars Daniel. The recording of the program is available here. The first few minutes of the program are not available. The recorded version is for viewing only, not for CLE credit. Program materials: PowerPoint Slides, Consumer Electronics and the IoT (Internet of Things): The Next Wave of Digital Evidence in Litigation , Attorney Resource Packet
- May 6, 2021: Confirmatory Tests for Drugs – Dr. Ed Brown and Sarah Olson. Powerpoint Slides
- June 3, 2021: Human Factors in Forensic Science – Dr. Jeff Kukucka. Powerpoint Slides
- June 17, 2021: Litigating Sex Offense Cases – Susan Seahorn and Lisa Dubs
- July 1, 2021: Jailhouse Informant Testimony – Dr. Brian Bornstein. Materials: Preparation for Cross-Examining the Snitch by Mike Howell
- August 5, 2021: Complex DNA Mixtures Interpretation and the Incorporation of Probabilistic Genotyping (PG) Software – Dr. Max Noureddine
- Sept. 2, 2021: Cannabis and NC Law Update – Phil Dixon
- Oct. 7, 2021: TBA
- Nov. 4, 2021: TBA
- Dec. 2, 2021: TBA
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.