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CAP - Defender’s Guide to DNA Fundamentals

Time: September 16, 2021 - 5pm-7pm
Location: Zoom

This three part virtual seminar is open to all defense attorneys and team members and registration is required.

We ask that anyone that signs up commits to all three sessions. (Each session is necessary to understand the next)

Zoom information will be emailed to you prior to the start of the seminar.


Session I: September 16, 2021 -  5pm-7pm

This session will cover the fundamentals of forensic DNA analysis. We will discuss how genetic material differs from person-to-person to allow forensic analysis to occur. We will then discuss the phases of the most common DNA analysis technique, from retrieval of a sample through the final calculation of a DNA statistic.

Session II: September 23, 2021 - 5pm-7pm

This session will cover issues in the analysis issues in analysis involved in capillary electrophoresis. We will discuss how the process of producing a DNA sample for analysis can produce measurable material that looks like, but is not real DNA. We will discuss how analysts interpret samples that contain a low amount of DNA, and samples that involve multiple individual's DNA. We will discuss how laboratories and analysts implement, sometimes incorrectly, protocols for mitigating these issues.

Session III: September 30, 2021 - 5pm-7pm

This session will cover topics in DNA analysis that have emerged as the result of improved sensitivity and new technologies that magnify the analytical power of DNA analysis. This session will touch on litigation strategies for dealing with emerging techniques and reinforce fundamentals that will enable lawyers to effectively question the implementation of novel techniques in the field of DNA analysis.

Online registration, here.