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NAGTRI National Forensic Science Symposium

Date: Wednesday 19 July 2017 - Friday 21 July 2017

Location: Washington DC

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), the training and research arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the NAGTRI National Forensic Science Symposium. Please find details below. If you or anyone in your office has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alycia Chau at achau@naag.org.

  • WHO: The course is intended for prosecutors who have litigated, or are likely to litigate, forensic science evidence. While it is likely to be particularly useful for those who already have experience with forensics, it will include presentations designed to introduce even entry-level prosecutors to forensic science disciplines that are commonly used in criminal cases, including DNA, latent fingerprints, and firearms tool marks.
  • WHAT: This symposium is an intensive three-day forensics "boot camp" for prosecutors. The training will:
    • introduce prosecutors to issues raised in recent attacks on forensic science;
    • explain the science supporting forensic science disciplines including DNA, latent fingerprints, and firearms tool marks;
    • explore some common legal issues in forensic science, involving hearsay/ Crawford arguments and Daubert or Frye hearings;
    • discuss pending legislation that may impact forensic disciplines; and
    • address ethical issues that may arise in cases including forensic science—from ensuring that your Brady and Giglio obligations are discharged during discovery to avoiding errors in your closing arguments at trial.
  • WHEN: The training will begin in the morning on Wednesday, July 19 with registration at 8:00 am and end in the afternoon on Friday, July 21.

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