AAFS Distinguished Fellow: Carol E. Henderson, JD


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Carol E. Henderson, AAFS Past President and Jurisprudence Section Fellow, has been named “Distinguished Fellow” by the AAFS Board of Directors. Ms. Henderson will be honored with the Distinguished Fellow Award during the 2019 Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, in Baltimore, MD.

Ms. Henderson was elected into membership in the Jurisprudence Section in 1984 and was promoted to Fellow in 1990. As a Provisional Member (now Associate Member), she immediately became involved in committee activities within the section and Academy-wide. Ms. Henderson served on the AAFS Membership Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Good Forensic Practice Guidelines Committee, the Accreditation & Certification Task Force, the Journal of Forensic Sciences Editorial Board, the Long Term Planning Committee, and the Mission and Vision Task Force. In addition to her extensive committee service, Ms. Henderson served in a variety of meeting program positions for an unprecedented six annual meetings leading up to her election as Vice President, Secretary, and ultimately President-Elect. She served as AAFS President in 2008-09. During her term, Ms. Henderson took the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc. (FSF) Silent Auction to a new level by personally soliciting more than 75 donations from the AAFS membership. Proceeds from the FSF Silent Auction funds scholarships and grants through the FSF Endowment Fund.

In recognition for her service to the Jurisprudence Section, Ms. Henderson was honored with the Harold A. Feder Award in 1999.

Ms. Henderson began her criminal justice career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), working in a federal prison for male offenders in Miami, FL, and later as a researcher at the BOP headquarters in Washington, DC. She began her legal career as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC. She most recently served as a tenured professor at Stetson University College of Law.

Ms. Henderson is a consultant in scientific evidence and law. She is the founding director of the award-winning National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law, an interdisciplinary resource that provides education and information to scientists, legal professionals, law enforcement, academics, and the public worldwide. Ms. Henderson has presented more than 300 lectures, webinars and workshops on scientific evidence and courtroom testimony on six continents. She has authored or edited more than 100 books, articles, and encyclopedias, including Future Focus for Forensic Science, a special issue of The SciTech Lawyer (2017).

Ms. Henderson has appeared in the national media as a legal analyst and testified before the United States Congress. She presently serves on the American Bar Association (ABA) Science & Technology Law Section Council, the ABA Judicial Division Forensic Science Committee, and as faculty for the National Judicial College. She also serves as an editorial board member for WIREs Forensic Science journal and The SciTech Lawyer magazine.

Please offer your congratulations to Carol E. Henderson, AAFS Distinguished Fellow!