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In addition to experts from major research institutions such as the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of California, Irvine, the University of Virginia and ASU, among others, participants will include state and federal judges, the co-chairmen of the National Academy of Sciences Forensic Science Committee, the president of the American Association of Forensic Sciences. The directors of the FBI Crime Laboratory and the Innocence Project, and prosecutors, defense attorneys, forensic scientists, and criminalists also will be involved.
Papers from the conference's proceedings will be published in the ABA-ASU journal, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, and in the Oxford University Press journal, Law, Probability & Risk.
As part of the conference, The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Senior Circuit Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and co-chair of the NAS Forensic Science Committee, will deliver the annual Willard H. Pedrick Lecture. The title of Judge Edwards' talk, scheduled for the afternoon of April 3, is, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward."
In addition, a CLE seminar on the morning of April 3 will acclimate attorneys, judges and others less familiar with current practices in forensic science. "An Introduction to Scientific Evidence: Principles and Practice," will outline the legal doctrine governing scientific evidence, the principles of forensic science and current controversies in this fascinating intersection of science and law.
Throughout the two-day conference, discussions will be held about the report, expected to be released in January, and specifically focused on topics such as building a more scientific foundation for forensic science, problems in its collection and analysis, its role in the war on terror and how its use can produce fewer erroneous convictions and judicial decisions.
For more information about the conference, and to register, go to http://LST.law.asu.edu">http://lst.law.asu.edu/">http://LST.law.asu.edu, or e-mail any of the conference co-chairmen, David Kaye at david.kaye">mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com, Jay Koehler at jay.koehler">mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com, or Michael Saks at michael.saks">mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com or Center Director Sandy Askland at andrew.askland">mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com.
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