Serious Science:   The NCDD Advanced Course on Blood Alcohol Analysis and Trial Advocacy.
June 14-19, 2019
Shimadzu Laboratory – The University of Texas-Arlington

Serious Science returns to the awesome Shimadzu Laboratory, this time for an intensive, graduate level course on blood alcohol analysis and trial advocacy.  If you want to take your skills to the next level, you must come to Serious Science.  We start with dinner and some basic information on communication and forensic science.  The next two days are spent in the laboratory.  Students get hands-on experience preparing samples, running calibrations on the equipment and doing their own analyses.  No course offers more hands-on laboratory experience.  The course then shifts to the trial skills phase.  We spend the next three days in small-group workshops, with the scientific experts from UT-Arlington and trial skills instructors from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College,  practicing essential the trial skills necessary to tell a story about science in the courtroom.  

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NCDD Serious Science: Advanced Course In Blood Drug Analysis and Trial Advocacy,June 14-19, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Time Event Description
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Orientation & Attendees Dinner
How to Communicate about
Analytic Chemistry
Case Scenarios:
Fermentation Case
Method Validation Case
Phantom Peak Case
Andrew Mishlove
SEMINAR DAY ONE – Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time Event Description Guest Speaker
6:00 a.m. Hike (for those that wish to participate)
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Bus to Shimadzu Lab
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Basic Metrology: The Pharaoh’s Forearm Andrew Mishlove & Joseph P. St. Louis
10:00.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Metrology
Method Validation
Uncertainty
Calibration and Traceability
Joseph P. St. Louis & Janine Arvizu, CQA
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Fermentation Defense
Sample Integrity and
Contamination
Andrew Mishlove
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided by NCDD
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Cross Exam in a Fermentation Case Andrew Mishlove and Experts
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Headspace Gas Chromatography Kevin Schug, PhD
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Quality Control
Maintenance
Suspect Results
Root Cause Analysis
Janine Arvizu, CQA
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. GC-FID Output and Lab Management Software-TotalChrom Kevin Schug, PhD
5:15 p.m. Adjourn, Bus to Hotel
SEMINAR DAY TWO – Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time Event Description Guest Speaker
6:00 a.m. Hike (for those that wish to participate)
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Bus to Lab
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Review of Concepts: GC-FID Kevin Schug, PhD
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Orientation for Laboratory Sessions:
1. Receiving the Specimen
2. Pipetting and Sample Preparation
3. Loading Sample, Entering Data, and Software Management
4. Analysis of Sample, Robotics
5. Structure of a Gas Chromatograph and Flame Ionization Detector
Kevin Schug, PhD & Laboratory Graduate Assistants
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Question and Answer Scientific Faculty
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Operation of a Forensic Laboratory-Observation and Practicum Scientific Faculty
6:00 p.m. Adjourn. Bus to Hotel
SEMINAR DAY THREE – Monday, June 17, 2019
Time Event Description Guest Speaker
6:00 a.m. Hike (for those that wish to participate)
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Review of Group Pipetting Efficiency As Determined From HS/GC/FID Internal Standard Area Andrew Mishlove
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Discovering the Story. A forensic science case is not a matter of competing syllogisms;
it is, rather, a human drama-a matter of competing narratives. We will learn innovative
techniques, using all of our senses, to re-enact scenes from our cases-focusing on
scenes in the laboratory and scientific settings. These re-enactments allow us to learn
about the motivations of the state’s experts-laying the groundwork for our defense.
-Lectures
-Exercises
-Demonstration
Francisco Duarte & Kimberly J. Benjamin
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Opening Statements:
It’s a Story Not a Speech
-Using the Narrative and Framing the Argument
-Introducing the Theme of Trust and Betrayal
-Introducing the Antagonists and Protagonists
-Use of the First Person in Opening
William K. Kirk
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Review of Case Scenarios:
Fermentation Case, Method Validation Case, Phantom Peak Case
Lauren B. Stuckert
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Breakouts: Opening Statements Francisco Duarte, Kimberly J. Benjamin, William K. Kirk, Joseph P. St. Louis, Andrew Mishlove & Lauren B. Stuckert
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
SEMINAR DAY FOUR – Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time Event Description Guest Speaker
6:00 a.m. Hike (for those that wish to participate)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cross Examination: Strong leading questions, one work questions, tell the defense through the state’s witness, control the witness, ask only questions where you know the answers. These are all great basic cross-examination skills. In Serious Science, we will go beyond basic skills, to a cross examination based on authentic storytelling and human connection: a juror based view of the story.
-Review of the Basics Theory and Practice; Control Cross; The Look Good Cross; One Word Cross
-Going beyond,Uncovering the layers of the witnesses motivation
Establishing the witnesses motivation
Dynamic Cross and
Compassionate Cross
Francisco Duarte & Kimberly J. Benjamin
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Direct Examination:
-Learning to Listen
-Qualifying your Expert
-Back to story-telling
Francisco Duarte & Kimberly J. Benjamin
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Breakouts: Cross Examination with Post Graduate Experts Francisco Duarte, Kimberly J. Benjamin, William K. Kirk, Joseph P. St. Louis, Andrew Mishlove & Lauren B. Stuckert
5:30 p.m. Break for Dinner
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Breakouts on Trial Skills with Post Graduate Experts Francisco Duarte, Kimberly J. Benjamin, William K. Kirk, Joseph P. St. Louis, Andrew Mishlove & Lauren B. Stuckert
9:00 p.m. Adjourn
SEMINAR DAY FIVE – Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time Event Description Guest Speaker
6:00 a.m. Hike (for those that wish to participate)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Authenticity, Rapport with Jurors; Re-Enacting the Story; Identifying the Antagonists; Empowering the Jury; Asking for Justice Francisco Duarte
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Closing Argument Demonstration for Each Case Scenario William K. Kirk, Joseph P. St. Louis & Kimberly J. Benjamin
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by NCDD
12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Breakouts: Advanced Closing Arguments Francisco Duarte, Joseph P. St. Louis, Kimberly J. Benjamin, William K. Kirk, Andrew Mishlove & Lauren B. Stuckert
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony and Presentation of Awards
CLE Credit Hours: for 60 min states & for 50 min states

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