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Regional Summit on Forensic Science in the Courts and the PCAST Report

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IU McKinney School of Law

530 West New York Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Regional Summit on Forensic Science in the Courts & the PCAST Report

Sponsored by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University

CLE: 7.0 General Credit Hours (Pending Approval)

Cost: Free, inlcludes lunch


The focus of the summit is to offer a discussion of the practicalities and legalities associated with the September 2016 Report to the President “Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods” (commonly referred to as the PCAST Report).

The PCAST Report, issued in September 2016, presents a flawed perspective of the validity of scientific disciplines in the courts, but is being used in courts by defense attorneys in an effort to exclude or undermine the testimony of crime lab personnel.

This one-day seminar is open to prosecutors and crime lab personnel and will provide an introduction to the report, discuss ways of addressing challenges to admissibility based on PCAST, and include a panel discussion on laying adequate foundations to overcome later appellate challenges.

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8:30 – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am Welcoming Remarks

9:15 – 10:30 am An Overview of the PCAST Report: Who Wrote It and What Does It Say?

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm The PCAST Report and its Use in the Courts

12:00 – 1:15 pm Working Lunch: Presenting Visuals to Support Science

1:15 – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions (choose one):

1. DNA, 2. Firearms, 3. Latent Print and Handwriting

2:30 -- 2:45 pm Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions (choose one):

1. DNA, 2. Firearms, 3. Latent Print and Handwriting

4:00 – 5:00 pm Panel Discussion on Dealing with Appellate Issues Relating to the PCAST Report


HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS:

A room block at a discounted rate of $169 per night has been reserved for guest on Thursday, September 21st. The block is officially open! Guests can use the link below to make online reservations : https://aws.passkey.com/go/AttorneyGeneralRoomBlock

The room block and discounted rate is valid through August 28, 2017.

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