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.

  • Forensics@NIST 2014 - this two-day seminar in Gaithersburg, MD focuses on cutting edge tools used for forensic DNA analysis, fingerprint impression analysis, biometrics, ballistics, and computer and cell phone forensics. The seminar is being offered free-of-charge to participants, but registration is requried.
  • Webinar: Less Is More: Using Social Science Research to Mitigate Sentences in Sexual Assault Cases - NAPD webinar on Dec. 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Free for NAPD members, $10 for non-members. The courtroom climate can be downright toxic when your client is facing sentencing in a sex assault case and defense lawyers often have to contend with not just the immediate offense and victim response but also the court's/prosecutor's attitudes and beliefs about sex offenses, sex offenders, and victimization. What if you could change the conversation? Do your decisionmakers know that imposing jail as a condition of sex offense probation increases a client's risk of sexual recidivism by 9 times? Do they know that the only future criminality that Failure to Register predicts is additional convictions of FTR? Do they know that the use of post-conviction polygraph testing does not improve treatment outcomes? Do they know what are (e.g., genuine sexual interest in small children) and are not (e.g., lack of victim empathy) risk and protective factors for these clients? Do they know that overincarcerating and oversupervising low risk defendants will yield worse outcomes with higher rates of sexual reoffense? This webinar will provide tools for using social science research to argue for improved outcomes for clients.

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 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
Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Investigation: An Overview and Top 25 Critical Points to Consider Child Abuse Dr. Jonathan L. Arden RTI unknown
Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Investigation: Infant Growth and Development Child Abuse Dr. Thomas Andrew RTI unknown
Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Investigation: Death Scene Re-creation Child Abuse Kathleen Diebold Hargrave RTI unknown
Texas Forensic Science Commission: Justice through Science Crime Labs Lynn Robitaille Garcia Forensic Science Initiative May 15, 2013
Policy Forum - Crime Laboratory Backlogs: The Impact on Justice Crime Labs Various, moderated by Beth Kroupa RTI May 21, 2013
Laboratory Safety Programs Crime Labs unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Transition to Leadership Crime Labs Lindsey Saunders and Robin Bowen Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Best Practices for Volumetric Measurement Crime Labs Jeri D. Ropero-Miller RTI unknown
SOP Writing for ISO 17025 Accreditation Crime Labs Laurel J. Farrell RTI 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
Posters - IPES 2012 Crime Scene Investigation IPES 2012 Poster Presentations RTI 2013
CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) Analysis Crime Scene investigation unknown National Center for Forensic Science unknown
Reliability and Validity of Fire Scene Examination Crime Scene Investigation Paul Bieber Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts Crime Scene Investigation unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
National Forensic Academy Investigator - Virtual Reality (I-VR) Crime Scene Investigation unknown Law Enforcement Innovation Center unknown
Crime Scene Overview: Collection, Packaging, Blood Stain, and Reconstruction Crime Scene Investigation Timothy M. Palmbach National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Advanced Fire Debris Analysis Crime Scene Investigation unknown National Center for Forensic Science unknown
Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Crime Scene Investigation Sarah Ellis Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Basic Fire Debris Analysis Crime Scene Investigation unknown National Center for Forensic Science unknown
Crime Scene Investigation Crime Scene Investigation Lindsey Saunders Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Certified Crime Scene Investigator Test Prep Crime Scene Investigation Kelly Ayers Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Evidence Analysis: Beyond the Crime Scene Crime Scene Investigation Anthony Iten Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Forensic Photography Crime Scene Investigation Lindsey Saunders and Anthony Iten Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Organic Chemistry for Fire Debris Analysis Crime Scene Investigation unknown National Center for Forensic Science unknown
Advances in Forensic Anthropology Death Investigation unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
Cold Case Safety Net: Missing and Unidentified Persons Cold Case Safety Net: Missing and Unidentified Persons Death Investigation B.J. Spamer RTI 2013
Falling Into Decay: Postmortem Interval and Molecular Autopsy - Part II Death Investigation Dr. Yingying Tang, Amanda Fujikawa RTI 2013
Developing a Missing Persons Protocol Death Investigation B.J. Spamer RTI 2013
Death Investigation in the Elderly Death Investigation Dr. Gregory G. Davis RTI 2013
Investigating Sudden Deaths: Cause of Death Scenarios That Mimic One Another Death Investigation Dr. Nicholas I. Batalis RTI 2013
Forensic Anthropology: Mapping and Exhumation of Clandestine Burials Death Investigation Mark Ingraham, M.S. RTI 2013
Investigative Strategies: Missing and Unidentified Person Cases Death Investigation B.J. Spamer RTI unknown
Recreational Asphyxia: Mechanical Death Investigation Dr. Thomas Andrew RTI 2013
Administrative Management of an MDI Office Death Investigation unknown RTI unknown
Concentration of Oxymorphone in Post Mortem Fluids and Tissues Death Investigation Ruth Winecker, PhD RTI unknown
Forensic Entomology for the Crime Scene Investigator Death Investigation Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Forensic Sciences: An Overview for Medicolegal Death Investigators Death Investigation unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
Advanced Medical Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigation Death Investigation Gary M. Hatch, MD RTI 2013
Principles of Death Investigation Death Investigation Kelly Ayers Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Recreational Asphyxia: Chemical Death Investigation Dr. Thomas Andrew RTI 2013
Digital and Multimedia Sciences/Digital Trail Digital Evidence Christopher J. Stippich National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Miniaturized Microfluidic Devices DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2008
Mitochondrial and STR DNA Analysis by Mass Spectrometry DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2009
Welcome to Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Laser Microdissection Workshop for Technical Managers & Supervisors DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Using Genetic Results to Identify Human Remains DNA Dixie Peters RTI 2013
Population Genetics and Statistics DNA unknown National Institute of Justice 2011
Laser Microdissection DNA various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
STR Data Analysis and Interpretation for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
The Impact of DNA Evidence In Addressing Human Rights Issues DNA Dr. Maria Corazon S. DeUngria and Christopher Asplen, JD National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 01/23/2006
Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Advanced and Emerging DNA Techniques and Technologies DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decisionmakers DNA unknown National Institute of Justice 2012
What Every Investigator and Technician Should Know about Forensic DNA DNA unknown National Institute of Justice 2012
DNA Analysis of Forensic Based Evidence DNA Tanya Tulley Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Amplified DNA Product Separation for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Everything You Did (and Didn't) Want to Know About Forensic DNA Analysis DNA Lucy Davis Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Collecting DNA Evidence at Property Crime Scenes DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
DNA Analyst Training on Mixture Interpretation DNA Various NIST Apr. 12, 2013
Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Welcome to the Crime Scene and DNA Basics for Forensic Analysts course DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
A DNA Revolution - Next Generation Technologies: Technology Transition Workshop DNA unknown NIJ Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence unknown
DNA Extraction and Quantitation for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Hair Evaluation for DNA Analysis DNA Sarah Ellis Forensic Science Initiative 2013
DNA: A Prosecutor's Practice Notebook DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
DNA for the Defense DNA various National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law March 2011
DNA Amplification for Forensic Analysts DNA unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Tarnished Gold Standard: Limited Quantity and Degraded DNA - Part I DNA Dr. Brian Kemp RTI 2013
DNA DNA Anjali R. Swienton National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
DART Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Analysis Drug Analysis Robert Cody, Robert Steiner, and Peter Stout National Forensic Science Technology Center 2008
Chemical Spot Tests for Illicit Drugs Drug Analysis Lindsey Saunders Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Introduction to Forensic Drug Chemistry Drug Analysis Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Field Investigation Drug Officer (FIDO) Program: A Technology Transition Workshop Drug Analysis unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
Emerging Trends in Synthetic Drugs Workshop Drug Analysis Various NIST Apr. 30, 2013
Forensic Mass Spectrometry Drug Analysis Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Introduction to Uncertainty in Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology 1, 2 & 3 Drug Analysis Marc LeBeau RTI unknown
Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry Drug Analysis Mike Morrison, Bill Wall, and Lisa Holt National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Applications of Higher Resolution Mass Spectrometry in Drug Testing Drug Analysis Peter Stout and others RTI Sept. 23, 2013
Ethics in Forensic Science Ethics Robin Bowen Forensic Science Initiative 2013
To Hell and Back: The Ethics of Stewardship and the Stewardship of Ethics Ethics Paul Voss RTI unknown
Ethics Ethics various National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law July 2008
Answering the NAS: The Ethics of Leadership and the Leadership of Ethics Ethics Paul Voss RTI unknown
What Prosecutors and Defense Counsel Need to Know about Eyewitnesses Expert Witnesses Jules Epstein Forensic Science Initiative 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
Expert Testimony Training for the Prosecutor Experts Robert Gainor, Esq. RTI unknown
How to Be a Good Expert Witness Experts Dr. Gregory G. Davis RTI 2013
Expert Testimony for the Prosecutor and Scientist 2 Experts Michael Wagner RTI unknown
Perspectives in Expert Testimony Experts Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Expert Testimony Training for the Prosecutor and Scientist II Experts Michael Wagner, Ph.D. RTI 2013
Expert Testimony Training for the Prosecutor and Scientist I Experts Robert Gainor, Esq. RTI 2013
Legal Perspectives and Use of Experts in Mitigation Experts Jules Epstein National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Selecting and Evaluating Experts Experts Carol Henderson National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Law 101: Legal Guide for Forensic Experts Experts unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Eyewitness Identification Eyewitness Identification Jules Epstein National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Latent Print Workshop Fingerprints unknown National Forensic Science Technology Center unknown
The Science of Fingerprints Fingerprints Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Latent Fingerprint Image Enhancement: A Technology Transition Workshop Fingerprints unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Automated Fingerprint Identification System Fingerprints Lindsey Saunders Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Fingerprint Fundamentals for the Legal Professional Fingerprints Martin Overly, MSFS Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Fundamentals of Latent Print Examination Fingerprints Anthony Iten Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Serial Number Restoration Training Firearms unknown ATF National Firearms Examiner Academy unknown
Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Firearms Analysis 2012 Firearms Various NIST July 10, 2012
National Firearms Examiner Academy Firearms unknown Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unknown
Toolmark Identification and Comparison Training Firearms unknown ATF National Firearms Examiner Academy Sept. 24-26, 2013
Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) Firearms Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Shooting Reconstruction Firearms Anthony Iten Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Introduction to Firearms and Toolmarks Firearms Lindsey Saunders Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Firearm Examiner Training Firearms various National Institute of Justice unknown
Online Research Resources Forensic - General Catherine G. Bailey National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 02/19/2009
Information About Forensic Science From His Perspective Forensic - General Dr. Henry Lee National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 03/31/2011
New Advances in Forensic Science Forensic - General Dr. Henry Lee National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 03/15/2004
Forensic Science 101: An Introduction Forensic - General Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Challenging the Forensic Science Evidence in Your Case Forensic - General Ernest Connor, Alyson Grine,and Sarah Rackley UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government 2011
Wrongful Convictions: The Latest Scientific Research and Implications for Law Enforcement Forensic-General Jon Gould and Richard Leo National Institute of Justice 2013
Policy Forum - Crime Laboratory Backlogs: The Impact on Justice Forensic-General Jim Gibson RTI May 21, 2013, 8:30 AM
AAFS Part 3: Mathematics-Universal Language of Science Forensic-General Jeff Tomberlin, Bruce Weir, Emma Dutton, & William Ristenpart len() RTI 2013
Forensics for Capital Litigators Research Resources Forensics - Capital Cases Susan Zucker, Diana Botluk National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Bloodborne Pathogen Training Forensics- General Tanya Tulley Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Polynomial Texture Mapping for Footwear and Tire Impressions Latent Evidence various National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
Pattern Evidence: Fingerprints, Shoe Prints, Bitemarks, and Fracture Matches Latent Evidence Timothy M. Palmbach, Anjali R. Swienton, Jules Epstein National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Forensic Linguistic Examination of Evidence Linguistics Dr. Frances Rock National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 09/16/2008
Offender Profiling: Psychology Contributions to Behavioral Crime Scene Analysis Mental Health C. Gabrielle Salfati RTI unknown
Emerging Issues: Returning Veterans, PTSD and Other Injuries, and Their Impact on the Criminal Justice System Mental Health various National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 10/31/2008
Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Dentistry Odontology Drs. Kathy Reichs and Robert Dorion, MD National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 02/05/2007
Odontology (audio only) Odontology Barry Lipton National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Forensic Pathology on Both Sides of the Pond Pathology Drs. Michael Baden and Peter Dean National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 04/04/2005
Forensic Medicine Odyssey Pathology Dr. Cyril Wecht National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 02/11/2004
Forensic Pathology Pathology Michael M. Baden National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May 2009
Complete History of Murder and Science in One Hour Pathology Dr. Michael Badden National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 01/29/2004
Fundamentals of Forensic Questioned Documents Questioned Documents Anthony Iten Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Cedar Fox QD Handwriting Software Technology Transfer Questioned Documents Chen Huang and Harish Srinivasan National Forensic Science Technology Center 2007
The Basics of Biological Evidence Serology Sarah Ellis Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Laboratory Orientation and Testing of Body Fluids and Tissues For Forensic Analysts Serology unknown National Institute of Justice unknown
Challenges in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Investigations Sexual Assault Marc LeBeau RTI unknown
An Overview of DFSA SANE/SAFE/SART Protocol II Sexual Assault Patricia M. Speck RTI unknown
An Overview of DFSA SANE/SAFE/SART Protocol I Sexual Assault Patricia M. Speck RTI unknown
Roles in Forensic Science: The Sociological Perspective Social Science Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative 2013
The Use of Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Science Toxicology Dr. Glen P. Jackson, PhD Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Fundamentals of Mass Spectrometry used in Toxicology Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Specimen Validity Testing: The Workplace Experience Toxicology Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Opioids and Pain Management Toxicology James A. Ruth, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Emerging Trends in Synthetic Drugs Workshop Toxicology Various NIST Apr. 30, 2013
Agilent Event: Determination of Opiates and Opioids in Dried Blood Spots using Novel Flow-Through Technology Coupled to LC/MS/MS Toxicology Dr. Ken Lewis RTI 2013
The Zzzz Drugs from Analysis to Interpretation-(Zaleplon, Zopiclone and Zolpidem) Toxicology H. Chip Walls RTI unknown
Whitehouse Subcommitte Address to SOFT (2009, archived version) Toxicology Jeffrey Comparin, Jeff Salyards RTI 2009
Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology Toxicology Lindsey Saunders Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Toxicology Toxicology Barry K. Logan National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law May2009
Specimen Validity Testing: The Workplace Experience Toxicology Craig Sutheimer RTI unknown
Agilent Event: Comprehensive Workflow for Screening and Confirmation of Drugs in Oral Fluids Toxicology Christine Moore Ph.D., DSc, DABCC, CChem. FRSC RTI 2013
Introduction to Uncertainty in Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology 1, 2 & 3 Toxicology Marc LeBeau RTI unknown
Opioids and Pain Management Toxicology James A. Ruth, Dwain Irvan RTI unknown
Gaining Speed with "Fast GC": A Practitioner's Perspective Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Agilent Event: LC/QQQ Screening for 300 Designer Drugs and Metabolites Toxicology Dr. Anthony DeCaprio RTI 2013
An Introduction to the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) Toxicology Unknown RTI 2013
Concentration of Oxymorphone in Postmortem Fluids and Tissue Toxicology Ruth Winecker, Ph.D. RTI 2013
Drug Facts: A DFSA Perspective Toxicology Marc LeBeau, Ph.D. RTI 2013
Fundamentals of Chromatography used in Toxicology Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Fundamentals of Immunoassay Testing Used in Toxicology Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Fundamentals of LC/MS/MS Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
Fundamentals of Non-Mass Selective Detectors Toxicology Peter Stout, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
February 2008 AAFS Presentations Toxicology Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, Peter Stout RTI 2008
Fundamentals of Sample Preparation used in Toxicology Toxicology Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., D-ABFT RTI 2013
An Overview of Trace Evidence Trace Evidence Dr. Patrick Buzzini Forensic Science Initiative unknown
Fibers and Textiles for Forensic Scientists Trace Evidence Robin Bowen Forensic Science Initiative 2013
Glass: Basic Principles of Trace Evidence Series Trace Evidence Samantha Neal Forensic Science Initiative unknown
NCSTL Conferences Various various National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology & the Law 2005 and 2006