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Forensic Investigation and the Law

Law Enforcement's Use of Digital Technology in the Twenty-First Century

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Hollywood has made us armchair experts on forensic investigative techniques used at crime scenes: Ballistics, DNA, blood splatter, fingerprints and luminol spray. Does anyone not know what these terms mean?

It’s entertainment. And a critical element of the criminal justice system. 

Lady Justice wears a blindfold, but you should not. This program offers an eye-opening introduction to scientific techniques that will help you lay down a foundation for courtroom and deposition success!

Increase your science literacy.

Temple Law Professor Sam Hodge returns to the dais with Ryan Gallagher, Laboratory Manager at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Office of Forensic Science and Michael J. Coyer, Laboratory Director for Northern Tier Research in Dunmore, to introduce you to digital technology in the 21st Century.

The Agenda

Welcome & Introduction
The Crime Scene Investigation: An Interactive Forensic Experience

From Then to Now: The Evolution of Forensic Science and Changing Law
Big Brother Really is Watching! How New Technologies are Changing Police Investigative Practices

  • Facial recognition technologies
  • New tools: surveillance cameras, traffic cams, drones and aerial surveillance, license plate readers, and police body worn cams
  • DNA phenotyping and familial DNA

A Crime-Solving Gamechanger: DNA Technology and Rapid DNA

Chemical Science: The Legalization of Marijuana and Its Impact on Impaired Driving

Looking for more from Sam Hodge? Own his book, Anatomy and Physiology for Legal Professionals
From one of the most popular continuing legal education instructors in the country, known for the interactive teaching style of his anatomy for lawyers courses, author Sam Hodge and co-author Jack Hubbard, MD, have written this essential guide. Covering all the systems of the body, from the skeletal system to the immune system and its disorders, this book gives lawyers a clear understanding of every facet of human anatomy affecting their client’s case. The book includes more than 275 medical illustrations and examples of cases dealing with medical issues. The book also includes a searchable PDF download with hypertext links for convenient reference.  For more information, visit Anatomy and Physiology for Legal Professionals

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Recorded in June 2021.

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Michael J. Coyer Ph.D., F-ABFT Northern Tier Research
Ryan Gallagher MS Philadelphia Police Department
Samuel D. Hodge Jr., Esq. Temple University
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