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Upcoming Forensic Friday Seminar - Whose DNA is it Anyway?

Co-sponsored by the Duquesne University School of Nursing and Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Whose DNA is it Anyway?

Friday, March 15
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Africa Room
Duquesne University

DNA can free the innocent and convict the guilty, but only when it's actually used. Government agencies control DNA evidence; however, many have not yet adopted analysis methods capable of obtaining optimal information. What's more, many agencies restrict access to data that can advance criminal justice or prevent crime. This seminar will bring together a diversity of expert viewpoints in order to advance our understanding of the legal, scientific and ethical dimensions of this issue and improve upon current forensic practice. With the U.S. Supreme Court having heard argument late last month as to whether the state of Maryland may collect DNA from individuals not yet convicted of violent crimes, the subject could not be timelier.

Please join Akin Adepoju, an assistant federal defender in the Western District of Pennsylvania; Prof. Alfred Blumstein, J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University; Dr. Gregory Hampikian, professor of biological sciences andcriminal justice at Boise State University and director of the Idaho Innocence Project; Laura Irwin, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania; Det. Kenneth L. Mains of the Lycoming County District Attorney's Office; Prof. Wesley Oliver of the Duquesne University School of Law; Dr. Mark Perlin, CEO and chief scientific officer of Cybergenetics; The Hon. Jill Rangos, a judge in the Criminal Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas; and Prof. Victor Weedn, chairman of the Department of Forensic Sciences at The George Washington University, for this timely and informative seminar.

For more information or to register, please visit us at www.duq.edu/forensics or contact us at 412-396-1330 or wechtinstitute@duq.edu

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Duquesne Law Alumni Events

Young Alumni Reception
Class Years 2003-2012
March 14, 2013
The Rivers Club, Oxford Center, Pittsburgh
5:30--7:30 p.m.
Get REAL tips from REAL practitioners on making your way in the current legal climate!
RSVP by March 11 to lawalumni@duq.edu

Philadelphia Law Alumni Reception
April 30, 2013
Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert Street
5:30--8:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 26 to lawalumni@duq.edu

61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
April 19, 2013
5:00--10:00 pm
William Patrick Power Center, Duquesne University
Special Guest:  John Dean

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