Forensic Science, DNA, and the Law Reining in the Revolution

A National Conference Exploring the Capabilities and Limitations of DNA Testing

Where: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Auditorium, Lincoln, Nebraska


Co-Sponsored by: Lancaster County Attorneys' Office, Nebraska Association of County Attorneys, Nebraska Medical Association


This course is approved for sixteen hours of AMA credits, CLE credits, and C. E. units for Law Enforcement, Health Care Professionals, Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Criminal and Civil Lawyers, and Forensic Scientists and Coroners/Medical Examiners


Program purpose

Through this program, The Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences hopes to raise or deepen awareness of the procedural,substantive, and public policy issues pertaining to the myriaduses of DNA evidence in pre-trial and post-conviction settings. This conference brings together eminent national scholars, state and federal jurists and legislators, criminal and civil attorneys, members of the region's various county offices of District Attorney, Public Defender and Coroner, forensic scientists and members of the law enforcement community. Simply stated, the purpose of the conference is to explore such critical areas as the collection, preservation, testing, and use of DNA evidence as a truth-seeking vehicle.

Program objectives

Examining the current role of DNA testing as a forensic scientific investigative methodology for law enforcement agencies; addressing the restrictions and limitations currently imposed upon DNA testing by policy considerations and a range of legal, technological and economic factors; presenting a "gold standard" or model approach to DNA testing; and reviewing the need for the medical, legal, and law enforcement communities to better understand their related roles in the evolution of our understanding of the reach of DNA evidence.

Conference Faculty

  • Dr. Matthias I. Okoye, M.D., J.D.
  • Dr. Michael Baden, M.D.
  • Mr. Kirk Bloodsworth
  • Honorable John Gale
  • Mr. Kirk Naylor, Jr., Esq.
  • Ms. Linda B. Kenney, Esq.
  • Honorable Gary Lacey
  • Dr. Henry C. Lee, Ph.D.
  • Dr. S. Sandy Sanbar, M.D., J.D., Ph.D.
  • Professor Barry C. Scheck
  • Dr. Jack W. Snyder, M.D., J.D., Ph.D.
  • Mr. James H. Spears, Esq.
  • Professor James E. Starrs
  • Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
  • Dr. Victor W. Weedn, M.D., J.D.
  • Dr. Michael Welner, M.D.

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