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Upcoming Forensic Science Trainings

The following are trainings offered on topics in forensic science. Indigent Defense Services does not endorse or sponsor any of the trainings listed, unless specifically mentioned.

  • Defending Drug Cases: The Science of Drug Analysis - NCAJ will offer this one-day CLE on the science of drug analysis on Apr. 24, 2015 in Greenville, NC. Topics include the scientfic analysis of various drugs, lab procedures, and how to make problems with scientific analysis relevant to jurors.
  • Digital Forensics: The New DNA - NC Attorneys for Science and Technology are sponsoring a 7.0 hour CLE on May 29, 2015 on computer, cell phone, cell tower, GPS, and audio/video forensics at Campbell Law School in Raleigh. Presenters Larry and Lars Daniel of Guardian Digital Forensics will make these complex topics accessible to attorneys and explain the limitations of these types of evidence.
  • The SANE/Forensic Nurse Evaluation: What does it all mean? On June 5, 2015, Bonnie Price, DPN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC and Sara Jennings, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC will offer a one-day seminar for attorneys which provides information to assist with interpreting forensic medical records and subsequent testimony of the SANE/Forensic Nurse in sexual assault litigation. The program is in Richmond, VA.
  • NIST will offer Forensic Science Error Management - International Forensics Symposium in Washington, DC on July 20-24, 2015. This program will focus on various types of errors in forensic science, including analyst/expert error, fraud, methods/protocol error, and instrumentation/technology limitations and how to address these errors.

Materials from Previous Programs

  • Forensic Pathology: Conducting a Death Examination - Materials from the Oct. 23, 3014 Evening at the School of Government, Part IV.
  • Videos from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Forensics@NIST 2012 Symposium are available. The symposium featured three days of presentations and discussions on forensic science topics and ongoing NIST research efforts in these areas: forensic biology and DNA, firearms and toolmark analysis, fire research, trace analysis and collection, computer forensics, fingerprint and biometrics, and multimedia forensics. The program's agenda is posted here.
  • Links to the materials from forensic programs offered by the UNC School of Government are available here. If you missed a training not listed and would like to access the materials, email Sarah Rackley Olson. Some of the national programs have provided a DVD copy of the program and/or written materials that can be shared.

NC-Specific Online Forensic Science Trainings

Online Forensic Science Trainings

Coursera is a database of free college-level courses that may be of interest to attorneys, including courses in biology, chemistry and neuroscience:

Below are links to free or low-cost online trainings that are offered by various organizations, including the National Institute of Justice, the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law, RTI International, the Forensic Science Initiative, the Women's Information Network, and others. Some organizations require participants to register prior to taking the free course, but the registration process only takes a few minutes. The Forensic Science Initiative courses can be taken for free by public defenders. This database can be sorted by topic.

Title Topic  Presenter Sponsor Date
Laboratory Safety Programs Crime Labs unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Managing Quality and Reliability in the Crime Laboratory: A Lawyer’s Perspective Crime Labs unknown RTI unknown
Introduction to the Crime Laboratory – Understanding Its Role and Purpose Crime Labs unknown RTI unknown
Cold Case Analysis Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Crime Scene Investigation unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts Crime Scene Investigation unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Technical Advances in the Visual Documentation of Crime Scenes: Technology Transition Workshop NIJ Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence Crime Scene Investigation Michelle R. Peace NIJ Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence June 11-12, 2013
Investigative Strategies: Missing and Unidentified Person Cases Crime Scene Investigation unknown RTI unknown
Advances in Forensic Anthropology Death Investigation unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators Death Investigation unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
Concentration of Oxymorphone in Post Mortem Fluids and Tissues Death Investigation Ruth Winecker, PhD RTI unknown
Using Genetic Results to Identify Human Remains Death Investigation unknown RTI unknown
Welcome to the Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts course DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Laser Microdissection Workshop for Technical Managers & Supervisors DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Laser Microdissection DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Mitochondrial and STR DNA Analysis by Mass Spectrometry DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2009
Advanced and Emerging DNA Techniques and Technologies DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Population Genetics and Statistics DNA unknown National Institute of Justice 2011
DNA Amplification for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
STR Data Analysis and Interpretation for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Welcome to Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Miniaturized Microfluidic Devices DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2008
DNA: A Prosecutor's Practice Notebook DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
What Every Investigator and Technician Should Know about Forensic DNA DNA unknown National Institute of Justice 2012
What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers DNA unknown National Institute of Justice 2012
DNA Extraction and Quantitation for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
CODIS for Missing Persons: Using DNA for the Identification of Remains DNA Melody Josser RTI unknown
DNA Analyst Training on Mixture Interpretation DNA Various NIST Apr. 12, 2013
A DNA Revolution - Next Generation Technologies: Technology Transition Workshop DNA unknown NIJ Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence unknown
Developing a Missing Persons Protocol Drug Analysis unknown RTI unknown
DART Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Analysis Drug Analysis Robert Cody, Robert Steiner, and Peter Stout National Forensic Science Technology Center 2008
Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) Program: A Technology Transition Workshop Drug Analysis unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry Drug Analysis Mike Morrison, Bill Wall, and Lisa Holt National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
To Hell and Back: The Ethics of Stewardship and the Stewardship of Ethics Ethics Paul Voss RTI unknown
Digging Up Dirt on Experts Experts Carol Henderson National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law unknown
Communication Skills, Report Writing, and Courtroom Testimony Experts unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Introduction to Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert Experts unknown National Institute of Justice 2012
Law 101: Legal Guide for Forensic Experts Experts unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
How to Be a Good Expert Witness Experts Dr. Gregory G. Davis RTI 2013
Latent Fingerprint Image Enhancement: A Technology Transition Workshop Fingerprints unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Toolmark Identification and Comparison Training Firearms unknown ATF National Firearms Examiner Academy Sept. 24-26, 2013
National Firearms Examiner Academy Firearms unknown Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unknown
Serial Number Restoration Training Firearms unknown ATF National Firearms Examiner Academy unknown
Presumptive and Confirmatory Forensic Tests Forensic-General Alyson A. Grine UNC School of Government 1/9/2012
Wrongful Convictions: The Latest Scientific Research and Implications for Law Enforcement Forensic-General Jon Gould and Richard Leo National Institute of Justice 2013
Polynomial Texture Mapping for Footwear and Tire Impressions Latent Evidence various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Offender Profiling: Psychology Contributions to Behavioral Crime Scene Analysis Pathology C. Gabrielle Salfati RTI unknown
Complete History of Murder and Science in One Hour Pathology Dr. Michael Badden National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 01/29/2004
Cedar Fox QD Handwriting Software Technology Transfer Questioned Documents Chen Huang and Harish Srinivasan National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues For Forensic Analysts Serology unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
An Overview of DFSA SANE/SAFE/SART Protocol I Sexual Assault Patricia M. Speck RTI unknown
An Overview of DFSA SANE/SAFE/SART Protocol II Sexual Assault Patricia M. Speck RTI unknown
Fundamentals of Non-Mass Selective Detectors Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Introduction to Uncertainty in Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology 1, 2 & 3 Toxicology Marc LeBeau RTI unknown
Fundamentals of Immunoassay Testing Used in Toxicology Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Opioids and Pain Management Toxicology James A. Ruth, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Opioids and Pain Management Toxicology James A. Ruth, Dwain Irvan RTI 2013
Fundamentals of Sample Preparation used in Toxicology Toxicology Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Virtual/Online Symposium: Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology [Agilent] Toxicology Various RTI unknown
The Opoid Crisis: What You Need To Know! [Thermo Fisher Scientific] Toxicology Pat Pizzo RTI 43252
Emerging Trends in Synthetic Drugs Workshop Toxicology Various NIST Apr. 30, 2013
The Zzzz Drugs from Analysis to Interpretation-(Zaleplon, Zopiclone and Zolpidem) Toxicology H. Chip Walls RTI unknown
Fundamentals of Mass Spectrometry used in Toxicology Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013