National Forensic Science Symposium

Kiersten Houseman

NAGTRI Program Specialist
(202) 326-6264 |

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  • NAGTRI is pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) on this year’s training, which will also be open to federal and local prosecutors. This second Forensic Science Symposium is an intensive 3.5-day forensics “boot camp” for prosecutors. The training will:

    1. Explain the science behind forensic science disciplines including DNA, latent prints, and firearms/toolmarks;
    2. Explore emerging forensic tools, including the use of statistics in assessing the weight of the evidence;
    3. Discuss potential models for interagency communication among prosecutors, law enforcement, and crime laboratories;
    4. Address proposed legislation, rules, and USDOJ standards that may impact forensic science disciplines; and
    5. Provide guidance about ethical issues that may arise in cases including forensic science — from considering your Brady and Giglio obligations during discovery to avoiding errors in your closing arguments at trial.

    The D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences will also provide hands-on demonstrations of certain forensic science disciplines and laboratory management practices.

    Scholarship nominations have closed. If you are interested in paid registration, please email Kiersten Houseman at

    Note: The forensic science discipline-specific presentations will overlap with last year’s Symposium; other aspects of the training will be different. Please contact Amie Ely at if you attended last year’s training and would like more information to assess whether to apply to attend this year.

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