News Related to: Jurisprudence


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 […]


Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]


CNN Is Seeking On-Screen Forensic Science Experts From Diverse Backgrounds

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Toxicology Program Chair   CNN is seeking forensic science experts from diverse backgrounds who will be available in the United States for an on-screen presence in a new crime series. CNN has contacted Nikolas Lemos (Toxicology Section Fellow and Chair of the Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion ad hoc Committee) and has […]


AAFS Fellow Haskell Pitluck Honored at ANZFSS Symposium

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Director AAFS Jurisprudence Section Fellow Haskell Pitluck was honored with the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the recent Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. Congratulations, Judge Pitluck! The presentation, The Status of Bite Mark Evidence in the United […]


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


AAFS IEOP 2016 — Destination: New Zealand

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation This year’s International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) participants visited New Zealand from September 11-17. New Zealand (or Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud) is one of the most picturesque and historically interesting places on earth.  The travelers were treated to spectacular landscapes, mountain ranges, […]


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

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 […]