Stetson Law presents impact of DNA evidence on human rights Jan. 23

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Gulfport, Fla. – The National Clearinghouse for Science Technology and the Law and the Office of International Programs at Stetson University College of Law will present the Impact of DNA Evidence in Addressing Human Rights in the Philippines and Other Uses of DNA Worldwide on Jan. 23 at noon in Stetson’s Great Hall. The program is free and open to the public at Stetson’s Gulfport campus, 1401 61st St. S.

Program speakers are:

  • Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria, head of the DNA Analysis Laboratory in the Natural Sciences Research Institute at the University of the Philippines.
  • Chris Asplen, a member of Smith Alling Lane and former Executive Director of the U.S. Attorney General’s National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence.

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 Clearinghouse provides a comprehensive online database of legal and scientific research and educates lawyers, judges and law enforcement personnel about new developments in forensic technology and forensic evidence handling in the courts.

De Ungria’s work was recognized by the National Academy of Science and Technology as one of the Outstanding Young Scientists in 2003. In 2004, World Bank selected the DNA Analysis Lab’s proposal ‘Incorporating DNA Evidence in The Resolution of Sexual Assault Cases in the Philippines’ in its program ‘Development Innovate Marketplace: Making Services Work for the Poor’ from more than 1800 proposals nationwide.

Asplen has appeared on CNN and 60 Minutes and has testified before numerous legislative bodies.

For more information on additional National Clearinghouse programs, please visit them on the Web at For more information about the College of Law, please visit