News Related to: Jurisprudence


The Department of Justice (DOJ) Announces Uniform Language Projects, Appointment of Senior Advisor on Forensics

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The DOJ today announced two new projects relating to forensic science. The projects will develop guidelines for examiner testimony and reports and will implement a testimony-monitoring program to ensure compliance with the uniform language standards. The DOJ press release announcing the projects is here. Deputy Attorney […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Bring Your Own Poster or Bring Your Own Slides

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair The BYOP and BYOS organizers are excited about your abstract submissions for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA! The BYOP and BYOS sessions provide young forensic scientists the opportunity […]


Just a Few More Days to Submit!

Source: Christine Haskell, JD, Section Program Chair There are only a few more days until the August 1 deadline to submit an abstract for the Academy’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA (February 19-24, 2018)! Your submission may be for an oral presentation, a poster presentation, a workshop, or even a breakfast seminar. Presenting at […]


AAFS Fellow Sheri Mecklenburg Receives the Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary On July 17, 2017, at the 19th Annual Pro Bono Public Service Awards Luncheon, Sheri Mecklenburg (Fellow, Jurisprudence Section) was recognized by the Chicago Bar Association as one of the “unsung heroes in the legal profession.” The Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award honors attorneys who have dedicated a significant portion of […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Special Session 2018

Sources: Amanda R. Hale, MA, YFSF Special Session Chair and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Special Session Co-Chair The 2018 YFSF Special Session is coming along great. This year’s Special Session organizers, Amanda Hale (arhale@ncsu.edu) and Zain Bhaloo (zainbhaloo.yfsf@gmail.com), want to thank everyone who volunteered to present at this year’s meeting! There were many fantastic volunteers […]


Wake Up to Professional Development… and Bacon!

Source: Alex Krotulski, MSFS, Breakfast Session Chair YFSF Breakfast Session This year’s Breakfast Session Chair and Co-Chair, Alex Krotulski and Erin Houston, have been hard at work planning the 2018 Breakfast Session set to take place in Seattle, WA. The chairs have come up with a creative theme and agenda for the session, started to […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Fundraising

Source: Vienna C. Lam, BA, Financial Liaison Chair YFSF Finance Fundraising for next year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) has begun! This year, the Financial Liaison Chair is Vienna Lam from the Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University. Vienna hopes to raise enough money to cover the cost of the YFSF workshop for […]


Inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium

The inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium, supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), November 14-15, 2017, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is jointly organized with the Abu Dhabi police and covers a range of forensic science areas, in addition to a third day […]


President’s Message – June 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Forensic science is a field with no borders, and it is a field that provides a vast platform for collaboration among scientists throughout the world. Meetings and conferences this spring and summer have highlighted these characteristics. The AAFS has been well represented at these meetings, but I […]


2017-2018 AAFS Nominating Committee Report

The AAFS Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for the 2018-19 officers: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD              President-Elect      (Digital & Multimedia Sciences) Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD           Vice President       (Anthropology) Ruth E. Winecker, PhD            Vice […]


2018 Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention Center.  The theme for the upcoming meeting is Science Matters.  The deadline for abstract submission is August 1!  Presenting authors […]


Case Summary: Foundational Requirements for Expert Opinion Testimony

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Jurisprudence Section Secretary; Article by Donald J. Ramsell, JD On May 1 in honor of National Law Day, President Betty Layne DesPortes announced a newsfeed project soliciting articles discussing significant or interesting cases concerning the use of science in the justice system. All sections were encouraged to submit cases that highlight […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Carol E. Henderson, BA, JD – 2008-2009 AAFS President

Source:  Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation As National Women’s History Month comes to a close, we honor our sixth female AAFS President and the first female AAFS President from the Jurisprudence Section. The interaction of law and science is the nexus that creates the forensic science disciplines within the world of science. […]


Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Academy Cup … Pathology/Biology!

Another amazing Annual Scientific Meeting has come and gone, and with it, another Academy Cup competition.  At the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, the winner of the coveted Academy Cup was announced, and the team that won did so by a margin.  Congratulations to the Pathology/Biology Section! Pathology/Biology Team Members: James Caruso, MD, […]


Section Member Donald Shelton Makes the News for His Contribution to the AAFS Program

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Jurisprudence Section Secretary Retired Judge Donald Shelton’s presentation at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) was reported on in Forensic Magazine. Here is the link:  http://www.forensicmag.com/article/2017/02/judges-lawyers-and-scientists-why-cant-we-all-just-get-along.


InterFORENSICS Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Source: Tanisha Henson, MFS, AAFS Fellow, General Section Welcome home from an amazing week in New Orleans! During the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, an amazing scholarship opportunity was presented to participate in the InterFORENSICS conference. This will be held by the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences in the capital city […]


2017-18 Section Officers

Anthropology Chair:  Kate Spradley, PhD Secretary:  Jennifer C. Love, PhD Odontology Chair:  Raymond G. Miller, DDS Secretary:  Adam J. Freeman, DDS Criminalistics Chair:  Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS Secretary:  Kristy Kadash, PhD Pathology/Biology Chair:  Joyce L. deJong, DO Secretary:  David O. Carter, PhD Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair:  Marcus Rogers, PhD Secretary:  Marla E. Carroll, […]


Jurisprudence Section Luncheon

Sources: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela King, JD, Section Secretary Hello, everyone! We hope you signed up for our Jurisprudence Section luncheon. Our speaker is Professor Hal Stern, who is one of the principal investigators in the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), a National Institute of Standards and Technology […]


Jurisprudence Section News

Sources: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela King, JD, Section Secretary Judge Joseph Maltese will be the moderator at the New York State Bar Association Annual Conference in New York City on “Hot Topics in Criminal Law” on Wednesday, January 25. Judge Donald Shelton, Director of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program at […]