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This interdisciplinary program brings together experts with varied viewpoints from the fields of science, law and law enforcement who will debate and discuss the latest developments in several key areas of forensic science. They will explore challenges and best practices in presenting forensic evidence in the criminal justice process.

Topics include:

  • Advances in forensic DNA testing; Biogeographic ancestry testing, genetic genealogy, familial DNA searching
  • The shifting science of identity; What is permitted in Canada and what isn’t
  • Striking a balance between the capabilities of science and the rights of individuals
  • What forensic sciences have achieved foundational validity?
  • Blood, oral fluid and urine; What is the science of impairment?
  • Too high to drive? Prove it
  • Drug recognition evaluation program
  • Standard field sobriety testing
  • How to demonstrate the accuracy and objectivity of forensic evidence
  • Ethical obligations on justice system participants; Best practices for the laboratory and the courtroom

Don’t miss the Keynote Address:
“Standing at the Crossroads of Science and Law: The Technology of Justice”
Dr. Frederick Bieber, Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, Medical Geneticist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll also hear from Rockne Harmon, former Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, California, DNA Forensic Cold Case Consultant.

Faculty

Chairs

  • The Hon. Justice David Rose, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Anthony Tessarolo, Director, Centre of Forensic Sciences, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ontario

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Frederick Bieber, Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, Medical Geneticist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Special Guest Speaker

  • Rockne Harmon, former Senior Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County, California, DNA Forensic Cold Case Consultant

Confirmed Faculty

  • Nathan Baker, Nathan Baker Law
  • Douglas Beirness,Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Stephen Goudge, Q.C., Counsel, Palliate Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, Former Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Mark Halfyard, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini, LLP
  • Reed Holland, York Regional Police Service
  • Mary Humphrey, General Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario
  • The Hon. Justice Joseph Kenkel, Ontario Court of Justice
  • S/Sgt. Trevor McLeod, Forensic Identification Services, Ontario Provincial Police
  • Jonathan Millman, Assistant Section Head, Biology Section, Centre of Forensic Sciences, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ontario
  • Amanda Myslik, Forensic Firearms Examiner, Physical Sciences Section, Centre of Forensic Sciences, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ontario
  • Caitlin Pakosh, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario
  • James Palangio, Counsel, Crown Law Office – Criminal,  Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario
  • Melanie Richard, Forensic Biologist, Biology Section, Centre of Forensic Sciences, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ontario   
  • Danielle Robitaille, Henein Hutchison LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Enzo Rondinelli, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Jonathan Shime, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

Agenda

Fees

Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.

FAQs

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Mary Park 
MPark@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

December 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
In Person or Webcast

Location

Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$495 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019):
$247.50 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

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Who Should Attend

  • Forensic Identification law enforcement officers, federal, provincial and municipal police
  • Police training managers
  • Forensic Scientists, government and private labs
  • Crown Attorneys
  • Defence Lawyers
  • Judges

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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