AAFS Keynotes American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Legal Issues Forum

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Source: Mary C. McKiel, PD, ASB Standards Consultant

Pamela King, JD, District Court Judge, Minnesota’s 3rd Judicial District, and Board member of the Academy will present the keynote address at ANSI’s Legal Issues Forum on May 19, 2022.

The Forum is traditionally a part of ANSI’s World Standards Week events that will take place this year from May 17-19.  Held in-person at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, and virtually via Zoom, the title of this year’s Forum is: Forensic Standards and Conformity Assessment.

Following Judge King’s address, two panels of esteemed legal and technical experts will discuss how standards, and related assessments of standards conformance, can be used in and out of the courtroom.

Panel one experts will discuss how performance can be assessed against forensic standards from the lab perspective. The panel will explore both the history and current state of forensic standards as well as the real-world impact of accreditation in the field. Mary McKiel, AAFS-ASB Standards Consultant and ANSI Vice Chair will moderate the discussion. Panelists include:

  • Linda Jackson, Director, Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences
  • Scott Oulton, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Forensic Science
  • Brad Putnam, Senior Director of Accreditation, Forensics, ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)
  • Peter Stout, President and CEO, Houston Forensic Science Center, LLC

The panel will discuss the role of forensic standards in the administration of justice, the forensic standards currently used in the courtroom, and the profound impact these standards—and the evidence to which they apply—can have on the outcome of cases in our judicial system.  Pamela Sale, Vice President, Forensics at ANAB will moderate discussion among the following panelists:

  • Sarah Chu, Senior Advisor on Forensic Science Policy, Innocence Project
  • Ted Hunt, Special Counsel – Science and Technology Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Terri Rosenblatt, Chief of Post-Conviction Justice Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
  • Raymond Valerio, Assistant District Attorney and Director of Forensic Sciences, Office of the Queens County District Attorney

In the past, ANSI was proud to offer Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for this conference. CLE is professional education for attorneys following their admission to the bar. Should ANSI be approved again this year, the Institute will put out another announcement and will advise all registrants to date so they may take advantage of the CLE credits as appropriate.

All Academy members are invited to join this free event! It is not too late to register but all are encouraged to register soon via the RSVP below to save a seat at the table or your online spot. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is located in downtown Washington, DC. at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue. Check out additional information on this exciting event at www.ansi.org.

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