Professor of 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 has planned and managed the NCSTL's development since 2002. The NCSTL provides the only comprehensive, searchable database of science, technology and law in the world (www.ncstl.org) with more than one million hits from 170 countries and more than 142,300 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 forensic 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, as well as the United States.
Professor Henderson has more than sixty 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. She co-edited The Future of Evidence: How Science & Technology Will Change the Practice of Law 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. Her most recent book Scientific Review: Admissibility and Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No.9. was published by the American Bar Association in 2013.
She served as the President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2008-2009) and as Chair of the Scientific Evidence Committee of the American Bar Association's Science and Technology Law Section. Professor Henderson also served on the Forensic Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police for six years. She is the Co-Chair of the Life & Physical Sciences Division of the American Bar Association’s Science & Technology Law Section. She also serves on the International Scientific Committee for the 20th International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) meeting to be held in Seoul, Korea, in October 2014; the AAFS International Affairs Committee and the AAFS Think Tank which keeps abreast of new technology developments and their impact on the forensic science community. She served on the Journal of Forensic Sciences editorial board from 2003 to 2012 and on scientific and technical 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.