On Sept. 18, 2020, NC Indigent Defense Services sponsored a free-to-attend live webinar program on drug analysis. The program is for NC criminal defense attorneys and NC criminal defense investigators.
A recording of the webinar will be available until Dec. 31, 2020. You may access it here.
This one-hour live webinar will provide attorneys and investigators having little science training with the basics about the various chemical analysis techniques employed by forensic laboratories and other contract labs around the US.
Although a few technical details will be presented about each method so that a greater understanding of each technique can be obtained, we will primarily use non-science analogies to help attendees understand the basic principles that these methods rely upon to produce their useful results.
We will cover instrumentation methods such as FTIR, GCMS, LCMS, UV, and GC tests as well as other less-specific presumptive tests like microcrystalline tests, ELISAs and color tests.
Attendees will be provided with a clear foundation about these concepts and methodologies as well as about their utility and limitations for use which will aid in understanding of the forensic evidence in cases involving suspected controlled substances.
Edward G. Brown, Ph.D. obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley in 1980 and his Doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry from U.C. Davis in 1988. Two post-doctoral chemistry research fellowships from University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Yale University furthered his academic studies in medicinal chemistry and analytical chemistry techniques through 1990.
Dr. Brown’s productivity during his career as a medicinal and organic chemistry researcher in academics and while working at several pharmaceutical companies and other laboratories has led to his co-inventorship on ten US patents and his co-authorship on over thirty research articles and conference presentations.
Dr. Brown is also a patent agent who specializes in chemistry patent drafting and assists in patent litigation and prosecution issues for patent law firm clients in North Carolina and around the US.
In 1991, Dr. Brown began his consulting work as an expert witness in an LSD case. He has since continued to develop his expert witness practice throughout the intervening years, and to date, has assisted nearly 100 attorneys in law firms from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and many other States, as well as in Canada and Great Britain on a large variety of drug cases and DWI/DUI cases, both at the State and Federal levels. He has testified in criminal drug cases and DWI/DUI cases as a Chemistry Expert in both Federal and State courts around the United States and has been deposed as a Chemistry Expert in a patent litigation case.