DNA on Trial
This two-day course is designed for prosecutors and law enforcement professionals who want to gain a better understanding of the science and technology behind DNA evidence. The course emphasizes that prosecutors who understand and embrace DNA evidence will be better equipped to combat complex cases.
The course will cover various topics including the basics of DNA, the science behind the crime lab, the collection of DNA evidence, and the presentation of DNA evidence at trial. Workshops taught by experienced trial attorneys and experts in the forensic science field will provide prosecutors with the tools they need to understand the science behind the crime lab.
The experiential component of the course will allow prosecutors to interact with a mock crime scene simulating common issues, problems, and mistakes made in the collection of evidence. The practical exercises will help prosecutors understand the importance of proper evidence collection and preservation and how to avoid common errors that can lead to wrongful convictions.
The course will also include training on how to present DNA results at trial in a way that is understandable and compelling for a jury. Through experiential learning, prosecutors will be trained to present DNA results at trial so a jury can understand the evidence, accept the argument, and convict the offender.
Dates of the next course offerings are still to be determined. Interested law enforcement and prosecutors can join the waitlist below to be notified when more information is available.