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Scientific Evidence for the Defense: DNA and Beyond

Friday, November 5, 2010


DoubleTree Hotel, Omaha

Seminar Chair: Clarence E. Mock, Oakland

It can be challenging to defend a case which relies heavily on scientific evidence. Yet, increasingly, criminal cases often involve very sophisticated scientific issues. The purpose of this seminar is to provide a better understanding of various scientific evidence areas and bring you up to date on the latest techniques and decisions. Attendance at this program will leave you better prepared to defend these cases and allow you to obtain more just results for your clients.

Program Speakers

Brian Wraxall is the Executive Director and Chief Forensic Serologist at the Serological Research Institute in Richmond, CA. He has testified as a forensic expert in cases all over the US and recently was an expert witness in the trial of the Douglas County Medical Examiner. He will explain DNA in terms that let you really understand this vital evidence and will prepare you to use DNA evidence for the benefit of your clients.

Inese Neiders is a jury selection expert from Columbus, OH who works throughout the US. She will provide special techniques and considerations to use when choosing a jury in a case that involves scientific evidence.

Larry Barksdale of the Lincoln Police Department is an expert in blood spatter evidence. Awareness of blood spatter issues can lead to a much better understanding of the causation of a crime.

Roger Kirst is an Evidence Professor at the UNL College of Law. He has developed considerable expertise in the area of confrontation. He will discuss whether a lab report alone can be sufficient, and when there must be testimony from those who collected, processed and tested the evidence.

Dennis Carlson is the NE Counsel for Discipline. He will focus on ethical issues involving the criminal defense bar and how best to deal with them without creating ethical issues in your practice.

Jerry Soucie is an attorney at the NE Commission on Public Advocacy. He has a broad range of experience with cases that turn on scientific evidence. He will explain how to evaluate forensic evidence for reliability and when it can be used to your advantage.

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Registration Details

Registration Information: The registration fee for the program is $175.00 for NCDAA members and judges and $300.00 for non-members. The registration fee includes the lectures, the seminar manual, lunch and refreshments.


Location: The seminar will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1616 Dodge Street, Omaha.


MCLE credit: NCDAA is an accredited Nebraska CLE sponsor. The total number of MCLE credit hours for this seminar has not yet been determined.


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds of tuition will only be made if cancellations are received by Friday, October 29, 2010. Write, call, fax, or email Helga L. Kirst, NCDAA Executive Director; P.O. Box 94973, Lincoln, NE 68509; Phone: 402-476-1253; Fax: 402-435-8234; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Course materials will be mailed to registrants who do not cancel and do not attend.