Spotlight on the Regional Associations—September 2020

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Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair, and Chris Boydstun, SWAFS Representative to the RAC

The sixth organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee update is presented by Chris Boydstun, who served previously as a member of the Board of Directors to the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS).

SWAFS was founded in February of 1977. James Alan Zotter, Floyd McDonald, Max Courtney, and Bill McClain founded the organization, with assistance from Wild Turkey, during the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

SWAFS typically hosts an annual training conference in the fall of each year, usually late September or early October, hosted by laboratories from all across the region. Hundreds of people gather to attend classes and workshops dealing with issues affecting the forensic community today. While continuing education is always important, the bonds and relationships formed at these conferences have proven to be just as valuable.

Due to the current situation our world is facing, the 2020 Conference will be held online. The training will be free of charge for attendees.

Please check out for more information about our association and the conference details.