Professor of Law and Director, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law
B.A., University of Florida
J.D., George Washington University
Evidence, Scientific Evidence
Carol Henderson is the founding director of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law (NCSTL) and a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Professor Henderson planned and managed NCSTL's development since 2002. NCSTL provides the only comprehensive, searchable database of science, technology and law in the world (www.ncstl.org) with hits from 170 countries and more than 138,000 data entries. NCSTL received the 2010 August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award for Innovation in Forensic Technology from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Recognized as an international authority on science and law, Professor Henderson has presented more than 275 lectures and workshops to thousands of forensic scientists, attorneys, judges, law enforcement and military personnel worldwide on the topics of scientific evidence, courtroom testimony, and professional responsibility. She has lectured in Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Taiwan.
Professor Henderson has more than 60 publications on scientific evidence, law and ethics. She edited the Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2005), which received the Minty Prize from the British Medical Association. Her most recent book, which she co-edited, is The Future of Evidence: How Science & Technology Will Change the Practice of Law. It was published by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2011. The 5th edition of Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, which she co-authored, was published in 2008 and the supplement was published in 2009. She is presently a co-editor and author for the ABA's forthcoming Scientific Review: Admissibility and Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No.9.
Professor Henderson is a past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and chair of the Scientific Evidence Committee of the American Bar Association's Science and Technology Law Section. She also serves on the Forensic Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine, and the Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology Journal. She served on the Journal of Forensic Sciences editorial board from 2003 to 2012. She has also served on working groups for the National Institute of Justice.
Professor Henderson has appeared in both the popular and professional media, including National Public Radio, Fox News, CBS "48 Hours," The John Walsh Show, Montel, TruTV, Court TV, the American Bar Association Journal and Lawyers Weekly USA. She testified before Congress regarding the National Academy of Sciences report on Forensic Science.
Professor Henderson received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her J.D. from George Washington University in 1980. Prior to receiving her J.D., she worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice Criminal Division. She began her legal career as an assistant United States attorney in Washington, D.C.