The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson Law presents national conference for criminal justice professionals

Contact Frank Klim
Executive Director of Communications

Tampa Bay, Fla. – The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law and the National Institute of Justice will present a national conference to discuss emerging legal and scientific issues and trends in the use of scientific evidence in the courtroom.

The conference, designed for law enforcement professionals, legal experts, forensic scientists, academics and expert witnesses, will take place Sept.12 through Sept.14 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“This is an exciting national forum for judges, scientists, legal and law enforcement professionals to discuss cutting-edge issues facing their professions today,” said Carol Henderson, Clearinghouse director.

The first day of the National Conference on Science, Technology and the Law will cover the investigation, prosecution and defense of cyber-crime crime cases and the impact of news coverage on high-profile cases. Day two will cover abuse investigation, ensuring forensic reliability, information sharing and privacy concerns. The final day of the conference will look at legal issues, police investigation tools and the impact of new technologies on the criminal justice system. More than 40 speakers will present.

Planned speakers include:

  • Vahid Majidi, former science advisor to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
  • Donna Bucella, director, Terrorist Screening Center at the FBI
  • Michael Bromwich, independent investigator for the Houston Police Dept.
  • Ken Melson, first assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, and former president, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Jenkins, Middle District of Florida
  • Paul Giannelli, law professor, Case Western Reserve University

The Clearinghouse encourages scientific, technological and legal communities to share resources
in the interest of justice. Under Henderson’s direction, Stetson’s National Clearinghouse, a program of the National Institute of Justice, was formed in 2003 to advance the use of science and technology in the law.

The conference is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National District Attorneys Association.

To register, visit the National Conference on Science, Technology and the Law online at

Editor’s Note: This program is free for journalists. Please register in advance.