Join us for this comprehensive two-day conference on the latest issues in Forensic Science.
Canadian Forensic Science and Criminal Law Conference: Strengthening Forensic Science in the Courtroom
With an esteemed Planning Committee comprised of judges from each level of court in BC, forensic experts, and senior crown and defence counsel from BC and beyond, this conference will critically examine how science is presented and used in criminal trials.
- Looking Back at Bitemarks – Prof. Iain Pretty (University of Manchester)
- Topics in DNA Analysis: Complex Mixtures and Secondary Transfers – Prof. Bruce Budowle (University of North Texas)
- Statistical Analysis and Forensic Science in Criminal Cases – Prof. Jeffrey Rosenthal (University of Toronto)
- Special Topics in Forensic Science: Focus on Blood Splatter – Lynne Garcia, JD (General Counsel, Texas Forensic Science Commission)
- Litigating Forensic Science Issues – Chris Fabricant, JD (Innocence Project, New York)
- Current Issues in Forensic Pathology – Prof. Emma Cunliffe (Peter A. Allard School of Law) & Dr. Matthew Orde (Vancouver General Hospital)
- Forensic Psychology and Risk Assessment Tools – Prof. Stephen Hart (Simon Fraser University)
- Best Practices in Fingerprint Identification – Prof. Simon Cole (University of California, Irvine)
- Audio and Video Enhancement – David McKay, BSc (BCIT)
- The Challenges of Social Media Evidence – Bryan Fitzpatrick, JD (Pushor Mitchell LLP)
- Medical Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases – Colette Tvedt, JD (Denver, Colorado)
Keynote Speaker: Professor Gary Edmond, University of New South Wales, Australia
Gary Edmond, PhD, has published on law and science, expert evidence, and the public understanding of science in journals dedicated to law, sociology, and science studies. His research interests, spanning the Anglo-American world, are primarily focused on the evidentiary and procedural dimensions of expert evidence, particularly admissibility issues and the forensic sciences.
With Special Guest Maria R. Shepherd
Maria R. Shepherd is Innocence Canada’s 21st client to be exonerated, a current Director of Innocence Canada, and a Senior Paralegal at Shepherd Advocacy and Litigation.
Co-chaired by Tamara Levy, QC, UBC Innocence Project, and Dean Hildebrand, PhD, BCIT Forensics, with a planning committee comprised of Justice Elizabeth Bennett; Justice Janet Winteringham; Judge Reginald Harris; David Layton, QC; Marilyn Sandford, QC; Jason Moore; Caitlin Pakosh. Please note speaker list is subject to change.
Supported by a generous donation from the Lew Family Foundation at UBC, permitting reasonable registration fees including an Early Bird Student Rate of only $100.
Note: Conference is eligible for 11.5 hours of CPD credits from the Law Society of B.C.