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    Duquesne to Host Day of National Conference of Metropolitan Courts Meeting

    The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the School of Law at Duquesne University are teaming up to host the educational component of the annual meeting of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Power Center Ballroom.  

    The 2012 NCMC conference and education program, New Developments in the Law, Science and Technology is being held in Pittsburgh from Sunday, Oct. 7, through Tuesday, Oct. 9. The event, which is hosted by the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County, is free and open to the public.

    The educational component of the conference at Duquesne University will focus on new developments in forensic science impacting criminal cases. It will include a series of presentations on conviction integrity featuring the Honorable William Carpenter, administrative judge of the Montgomery County Criminal Division; Bruce Godschalk, a Pennsylvania exonoree; Dr. Jennifer Dysart, Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; the Hon. Stewart J. Greenleaf, chairman of the Pennsylvania State Senate's Judiciary Committee; and Duquesne Law Professor John Rago.

    Other presenters and speakers include forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, criminalist Dr. Henry Lee and Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of the Center of Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts.

    The NCMC, which is chaired this year by the Hon. Donna Jo McDaniel, president judge of Allegheny County, consists of president and administrative judges from every major urban area and some of the largest state court systems in the United States, and is the premier judicial organization of its kind. 

    The conference is free and open to the public. For more information and to pre-register, call Eileen Morrow at 412.350-6939 or email eileen.morrow@alleghenycourts.us.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.