September 26–29, 2016 | Location Clearwater, FL | Tuition $1,295 | Conference Fee $415 What’s this?

This course will provide you with the ability to evaluate and interpret scientific evidence and to rule confidently on the admissibility of scientific evidence in both civil and criminal cases.

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Why should I take this course?

After attending this course, you will be able to recognize the judge’s role as a gatekeeper of scientific evidence and expert testimony; identify the consistencies and contradictions between the cultures of law and science; describe basic statistical concepts commonly used by experts; outline the scientific methods available to researchers studying complex human behavior; state the proper function and qualifications of forensic pathologists; and identify key concepts relating to computer forensic evidence.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Distinguish the differences and similarities between the Frye “general acceptance” test and the Daubert “scientific reliability” standard.
  • Define the process by which scientific discovery is made.
  • Describe some of the factors considered in evaluating the relevancy and reliability of proffered scientific evidence.
  • Examine and compare data to determine a scientific outcome.
  • Identify the key concepts of how computer forensic evidence is recovered and examined.
  • Understand what a DNA profile is and identify the most recent developments and best practices in DNA testing.
  • Recognize the function and proper qualifications of a forensic pathologist.
  • Understand and be familiar with the techniques commonly employed in testing for drugs.
  • Explain the basic scientific and statistical concepts of “scientific evidence” and “statistical significance.”
  • Knowledgeably discuss the scientific methods available to researchers studying complex human behavior.

Who should attend?

This course is specially developed as an introductory course or as a refresher for judges who hear civil or criminal cases involving scientific evidence.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced and knowledgeable judges, law professors, and experts from other disciplines who have considerable experience in teaching judges and in using the techniques appropriate for a professional education.

How is this course taught?

The course is presented as an engaging mix of classroom lecture, interactive dialogue, and small-group discussions. You are encouraged to bring examples of particular trial problems for discussion with the faculty and with colleagues from other states.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

By teaching judges the bases of fundamental rights this course enhances their abilities to adjudicate these issues, strengthens dedication to the U.S. system of justice, and dramatizes the role judges play in today’s judicial system.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

The hotel for this course will be the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. Feel the warm breeze, breathe in the fresh, salt air and step into the lobby of one of the most remarkable hotels on Florida’s west coast. Set between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, Hyatt Regency Clearwater offers world-class amenities and award-winning service.

The group room rate is $179 per night for a premium guest room (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 12%, and a daily resort fee of $15) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until August 26, 2016, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

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This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and the Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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