Science meets law in the pursuit of justice
Public Relations - Published: April 10, 2013
Forensic Science s  PROMO 300pxpx 2013The law governing science in criminal cases will take center stage at a full-day program presented by the student-run Widener Law Review on Friday, April 12.

The program, “Forensic Science(s) in the Courtroom,” will offer practical scientific knowledge with several hours of “forensic science 101” instruction on ballistics and firearms, latent prints, DNA and crime scene evidence identification, collection and preservation – taught by experts of national reknown. It is intended for attorneys and judges, although students, the general public and the media are welcome.

The event will run 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and speakers will include the legal director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the president of SciLaw Forensics, and the Delaware State Police forensics firearms examiner, among others.

“As few as five percent of law school graduates have a science background, yet science has taken on a growing, critical role in our courts,” said Associate Professor Jules Epstein, who is organizing the conference with Professor John F. Nivala. “We present this program in a spirit of public service to the members of the bench and bar, whose knowledge and understanding of forensic science is crucial to the effective operation of our justice system.”

Attorneys who attend will be eligible for six continuing legal education credits, including one ethics credit. New Jersey attorneys can self report for credit with a Widener Law certificate of attendance. The program is also approved under Pennsylvania criminal procedure rule 801 as continuing legal education for capital counsel.

The cost to attend for credit is $125, $100 for Widener Law alumni, or $75 for public-interest attorneys. The fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. The program is free to students and the general public, without meals or materials. To register, contact Rosemary Callahan at or 302.477.2014.