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Forensic Fridays

Forensic Fridays is a CLE and professional education series offered four times yearly both onsite and online to eligible professionals. Also open to the general public, programs in this series are approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for anywhere from 3 to 6 hours of Substantive and/or Ethics CLE credit, and are eligible for professional continuing education credit as noted.

Mitigating the Impact of Bias on the Outcome of Forensic Investigations

A Forensic Fridays Seminar

Friday, MARCH 15

12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Africa Room, DU Union
and ONLINE via LIVE videostream

Most of us like to think that when it comes to seeing that justice is done, forensic scientists and law enforcement officers are more objective than most, having been professionally trained and sworn to draw conclusions based solely on where the facts lead them. And yet, from implicit to cognitive biases, honest mistakes are made every day that can and do have life-altering effects on suspects, victims and society at large.

In an effort to instill greater awareness of and provide training in the mitigation of these risks, the Wecht Institute will be offering an afternoon seminar intended for forensic practitioners, law enforcement officers and criminal attorneys, as well as psychologists, sociologists and other academics working in this area. A discussion of the ethics of not taking reasonable steps to avoid such risks will also be included.

Speakers include Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Pittsburgh's Investigative Branch Lavonnie Bickerstaff, Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent Maurita Bryant, Duquesne University Teaching Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and Law Lyndsie Ferrara, Duquesne University Assistant Professor of Psychology Susan Goldberg, and Carnegie Mellon University Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and implicit bias researcher Geoff Kaufman.

This course is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for 2 hours of Substantive CLE and 1 hour of Ethics CLE credit.

Duquesne University is offering 3 contact hours for Nurses, Social Workers, and Psychologists.

Continuing Education credit for Coroners is pending approval. 

Duquesne University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, which is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Criteria for successful completion includes attendance and completion of an evaluation of the event. You will receive 3 contact hours for attendance of the event.


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Law enforcement scholarships available upon request

Contact Us

Contact us at 412-396-1330 or wechtinstitute@duq.edu
for more information or to register by phone or email.

Scholarships are available. Find out more.

Not in the Pittsburgh area?

Never fear - All our programs are offered ONLINE!
Just select the "Distance Learning" registration option.