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CSI at PBI- Advances in Forensics

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  • Start Date:2023-08-15 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-08-15 20:00:00
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  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Criminal Law

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Forensics for lawyers: Advancements in Criminal Investigations. 

Hollywood has made us armchair experts on forensic investigative techniques used at crime scenes, but do you know how the Boy in the Box and the Golden State Killer cases were solved after so many years? Do you know how law enforcement identified the many insurrectors who invaded the capitol building on January 6?

It’s entertainment. And a critical element of forensic investigations. 

Lady Justice wears a blindfold, but you should not. This program offers an eye-opening introduction to new forensic techniques, from phenotyping and familial DNA to license plate readers and facial recognition technology.

Increase your science literacy.

Temple University Adjunct Professor of Law Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. returns to the dais with Ryan Gallagher, Manager of the DNA Unit for the Philadelphia Crime Lab, to introduce you to crime-solving techniques used in the 21st Century, including:

Out with the old, in with the new

  • New technologies for crime solving involving DNA. 
  • How computers are changing criminal investigations. 
  • The virtual autopsy 

Big Brother is watching

  • Case study: Facial and tattoo recognition technology

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download.

Recorded in August 2023.


Ryan Gallagher MS

Ryan Gallagher is currently the Assistant Director overseeing Scientific Services within the Philadelphia Police Department’s Office of Forensic Science. Previously, Mr. Gallagher was is responsible for the daily operations of the Criminalistics Unit that processes all of the DNA cases for the City of Philadelphia. Mr. Gallagher earned a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Temple University and a master’s degree in Forensic Science from Arcadia University. After working in the field of cancer research, he began his career in forensics with the Philadelphia Police Department in 2006. Prior to his role as the unit manager, Mr. Gallagher worked as an forensic expert in the identification of biological fluids and ignitable liquids, where he analyzed evidence in hundreds of Homicide, Sexual Assault and Arson cases. 

Samuel Hodge Jr., Esq.

Professor Hodge is a professor at Temple University where he teaches law, anatomy, and forensic courses. He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Institute in Philadelphia where he serves as a mediator and neutral arbitrator. Professor Hodge has been named one of the most popular continuing legal education instructors in the country and lectures frequently to attorneys, judges, physicians. and governmental agencies on medical/legal issues. He has received multiple teaching awards including being named a Temple University Great Teacher and his Anatomy for Lawyers course was the recipient of the ACLEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education. Professor Hodge is one of the most published authors in the United States on medical/legal matters. His book, Anatomy, and Physiology for Legal Professionals was published by PBI in 2020, and he is also the co-author of the books: Traumatic Head and Brain Injuries, ABA; The Forensic Autopsy, ABA; The Spine, ABA; Clinical Anatomy for Attorneys, ABA; and author of the award-winning book, Anatomy for Litigators, ALI-ABA. He also wrote Law in American Society, McGraw Hill; Law for the Business Enterprise, McGraw Hill; and Thermography and Personal Injury Litigation, Wiley Law. In addition to his authoring multiple books, he has published more than 175 articles in medical and legal journals, in excess of 500 non-referred publications, and is a member of the Editorial Board for The Practical Lawyer. Professor Hodge is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Graduate Division of the Law School. He has received mediation training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

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