Deborah G. Jozwiak

320 Fisher Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412-396-1330
Fax: 412-396-1331

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    The Annual Conference

    Since its inauguration in the fall of 2000, the Wecht Institute has hosted an Annual Conference that convenes local and national figures from a wide variety of disciplines in an effort to shed greater light upon a particular set of issues.The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Case Investigations

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    14th Annual Symposium

    Power Center Ballroom
    Duquesne University



    What do the JonBenet Ramsey murder, the BTK killings and the Centennial Olympic Park bombing have in common? When does a criminal case go "cold," and what does it take to "thaw it out" again? At a time of laboratory backlogs and funding cuts, what warrants the re-opening of a cold case? How much physical evidence is enough, and what sort of witness is compelling enough? What are the political hurdles involved and how can they be overcome? How have DNA analysis and other scientific advances made it possible to re-investigate and successfully prosecute cold cases?
    What makes some cases ultimately unsolvable?
    For answers to these questions and many more, please join:
    • Internationally renowned criminalist Dr. Henry Lee
    • Manhattan District Attorney's Office Cold Case Unit Chief Melissa Mourges
    • Behavioral analyst and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent Mark Safarik
    • Detective and American Investigative Society of Cold Cases Founder Ken Mains
    • Former North Carolina cold case prosecutor Michael Parker
    ... and a host of other investigative, scientific and legal experts


    Annual Symposium

    One Day

    Annual Symposium



    CLE-Priv. Atty. $160 $288
    CLE-Public Atty./Judges $120 $216
    CE-Nurses $120 $216
    CE-Coroners $85 $153
    CE-Social Workers $125 $225
    General Public $40 $72
    Non-DU students (post-secondary) $20 $36

    For Online Registration click here

    For a Finding Closure mail-in registration form, click here.

    For DU Student and Staff registration forms, click here.

    To learn more, please bookmark and visit in the weeks and months to come, or join the Institute's email list by contacting us at 412-396-1330 or




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