Jurisprudence Section Members Talk Forensic Science and the Law Around the World


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Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary

Section Member Carol Henderson will be delivering a keynote presentation at the 23rd Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society International Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 18-23, 2016.  The title of the presentation is “Judicial and Legal Education in the Forensic Science: The Latest Progress Made on the Path Forward.”  She will discuss the progress made since 2009 on the NAS Report’s Recommendation 10, which stated “[L]aw school administrators and judicial education organizations [should be supported] in establishing continuing legal education programs for law students, practitioners, and judges.”

Section Chair Judge Stephanie Domitrovich was invited by the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) and the Biotechnology Law Commission with the American Bar Association Judicial Division to speak in Hefei, China, to the faculty and students from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) on a panel of experts, a Chinese judge, and attorneys on “Litigation and Practice Cases.”  Her topic is expert testimony and the use of court-appointed experts in the United States and China.  The USTC was established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958 in Beijing as a strategic plan by the Chinese government to meet China’s needs for science and technology and to increase China’s international competitiveness. T he establishment of the USTC was hailed as China’s greatest event in the history of education and science. In 1970, USTC moved to Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province.  The USTC is the only university in China operating two national laboratories: the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale.  The USTC also jointly operates Superconducting Tokamak and the Steady High Magnetic Field of the High Magnetic Field Laboratory.  The USTC is considered a world leader in the fields of quantum manipulation, nanotechnology, high-temperature superconductivity, speech processing, fire science, and life science.  This seminar was held in early September.