1st Forensic Academy

for the Prosecution & Law Enforcement

in Hurst, Texas, USA

Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, TX 76054

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Credits:MCLE Credit available

Overview

Presented by The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) & the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office with funds awarded to CAIL by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The first in an anticipated series of future trainings, this program spotlights DNA and forensic issues affecting the prosecution and law enforcement.  Discussions will provide a review of recent legislative updates, current trends, laboratory processes, and other forensic disciplines related to prosecutions. This program aims to highlight how forensics – when properly understood and appropriately used – can curb mistakes and ensure the integrity of evidence presented in the courtroom.

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Who Should Attend?

With the exception of invited faculty, attendance is limited to Prosecuting Attorneys, their Staff and Law Enforcement Officials.

Schedule and Faculty

7:30 am


Check-In & Registration (Breakfast Provided)

8:00 am


Welcome & Introductions

  • Mark Smith, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, TX
  • Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney, Fort Worth, TX

8:15 am


The Texas Forensic Science Commission, Accreditation, Licensing & Legislative Changes: What Law Enforcement & Prosecutors Should Know

  • Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, TX

9:15 am


Forensic Basics: Serology & DNA

  • Connie Patton, Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, Fort Worth, TX

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


CODIS: Regulations, Databases & Familial Searches

  • Gary Molina, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Austin, TX

11:00 am


Panel: DNA Trends

Moderator: Lynn Garcia, Texas Forensic Science Commission, Austin, TX

  • Dr. Bruce Budowle, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX
  • Melissa Haas, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Garland, TX
  • Connie Patton, Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, Fort Worth, TX
  • Dr. Peter Stout, Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, TX

12:00 pm


Lunch (Provided)

12:30 pm


Keynote Lunch Presentation: Catching the Golden State Killer

  • Dr. Barbara Rae Venter, Genetic Genealogy Consultant, Monterey, CA

1:30 pm


Break

1:45 pm


Panel: What Labs Need You to Know

Moderator: Brady Mills, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Austin, TX

  • Christina Capt, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX
  • Dr. Sue Howe, Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office Crime Lab, Fort Worth, TX
  • James Nichols, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, Garland, TX
  • Michael Ward, Fort Worth Crime Lab, Fort Worth, TX

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


What Happens When Something Goes Wrong in the Lab?

  • Dr. Sue Howe, Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office Crime Lab, Fort Worth, TX

4:30 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for a total of 7.0 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174058552.

In addition to Texas, after the program (if requested) CAIL will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required: California and Oklahoma. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through attorney self-submission in other states, as long as course materials and evaluations are not required to be submitted.

TCOLE Credit

Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 8 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.

Other Information

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation must be received 5 business days prior to a program to receive a refund (Email: lgaspar@cailaw.org). After this date, no refunds, but substitution of attendees for this program will be permitted with prior approval. Registrants not entitled to a refund will receive the course materials.

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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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