Forensic Science: Challenging the Government's Soft Science 2019

Sept. 13–14, 2019

Agate Beach Inn, Newport

Forensic Science: Challenging the Government's Soft Science 2019

Sept. 13–14, 2019

Agate Beach Inn, Newport


Earlybird Registration
Members — Lawyers $255   |   NonLawyers $160
NonMembers — Lawyers $305   |   NonLawyers $210
Students — $25, with membership included

Lodging: Agate Beach Inn
3019 North Coast Highway
Newport, Oregon 97365
Make reservations by August 12. After that date rooms may not be available at our special rate ($139 single/dbl ocean view or $104 hillside). Mention OCDLA for this rate. Pet-friendly rooms, additional fee. Note: Rooms fill fast at the coast in the summer.

Who may attend?
This program is open to defense lawyers and those professionals and law students directly involved in the defense function.

What’s included in the fee?
• Seminar admission
• Written material in advance
• CLE credit
• Breakfast & lunch on Saturday
• Refreshments during breaks

Financial assistance?
Members contact OCDLA by September 3 about scholarships, payment plans or creative payment arrangements.

Seminar cancellations made before September 9 will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee.
Seminar cancellations made after September 9 (date material is emailed) will receive a refund less a $100 cancellation /written material fee.


No-show Policy
Written materials are sent in advance to all participants. Audio materials in the form of  MP3 recordings well be sent to OCDLA members only; nonmembers who do not attend are ineligible to receive the recordings or a refund. 

CLE Credit
Pending approval in Oregon for 9.25 general credits. For other state accreditation, call OCDLA at 541-686-8716.


Program — Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13–14
Friday, September 13
 Moderator: Susan Elizabeth Reese, Newport

12:00p  |  Registration/Check-in
1:00 | The Nuts and Bolts of DNA: Science, Discovery and Litigation
           Karen Lawless, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Edge Consulting, Forest Grove, and Janis Puracal, Attorney, Forensic Justice Project, Portland

2:00 | Daubert and 104 Hearings: Challenging the Government’s Forensic Science
          Patrick Sweeney, Attorney, Portland

3:00 | Break / Door Prizes

3:15 | Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma, Non-accidental Trauma: An Evolution of Bad Science  
          Michael Bertholf, Attorney, Medford

4:00 | Fighting Forensic Fallacies and Dislodging Discovery Documents: What You Can Discover If You Ask
         Russell Barnett, Attorney, Portland
5:00    Adjourn for the day
Saturday, September 14
Moderator: Janis Puracal, Portland

8:30a  |  Continental Breakfast (included)

9:00 | Up In Smoke: Putting Fire ‘Science’ to the Test in the Courtroom
          Andrew Lauersdorf, Attorney, Portland

10:00 | Challenges to Your Identification Expert, Combating Cross-Examination and the State’s Use of an Eyewitness Identification Expert
            Ilona Coleman, Legal Director for the Criminal Defense Practice, Bronx Defenders, New York, NY

11:00 | Break / Door Prizes

11:15 | Cross-Examination of the Eyewitness
            Bridget Krause, Public Defender’s Office, Milwaukee, WI

12:15 | Lunch (included)

1:15 | Attorneys and Forensic Scientists: What to Expect When Working Together
          Dianna Gentry, Attorney, Portland, and Karen Green, Green Forensics, Puyallup, WA

2:15    Break / Door Prizes

2:30 | Pattern Matching: Challenging Subjective Disciplines in Forensic Science
          Gentry Roth, Mach 1 Forensics, Clackamas

3:15 | Legislative Update: Forensics (what you need to know before you go to court Monday morning)
          Mary Sofia, OCDLA 2019 Legislative Lobbyist

4:00     Adjourn



The seminar will take place at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport.
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