DNA evidence is an evolving tool in criminal investigations and prosecutions and it poses new challenges defenders and our clients. How can defenders effectively represent clients when faced with complex and evolving DNA technologies? How can you ensure that the DNA evidence is reliable, valid, and admissible in court? How can you protect your clients’ privacy rights in the era of genetic databases and genealogy websites?
If you are a defender who wants to learn more about the latest developments and best practices in forensic DNA analysis, you are invited to attend a two-day virtual workshop organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The program, titled “Law Enforcement Use of Probabilistic Genotyping, Forensic DNA Phenotyping, and Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy Technologies: A Workshop”, will take place on March 13-14, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
The workshop will feature presentations and discussions by leading experts from academia, government, and industry, covering topics such as:
- Probabilistic genotyping: a statistical method for interpreting complex or low-quality DNA mixtures from crime scenes
- Forensic DNA phenotyping: a technique for predicting physical traits or ancestry of a person from their DNA
- Forensic investigative genetic genealogy: a practice of using commercial genealogy databases and websites to identify suspects or victims from their DNA relatives
- Legal, ethical, and social implications of these technologies for defenders and their clients
- Case studies and practical tips for challenging or using DNA evidence in court
The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. No CLE credit is being offered for this program. To register, please visit the workshop website: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/41774_03-2024_law-enforcement-use-of-probabilistic-genotyping-forensic-dna-phenotyping-and-forensic-investigative-genetic-genealogy-technologies-a-workshop-public-session
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts. Sign up for this informative and interactive workshop and enhance your skills and knowledge in forensic DNA evidence.