2017 Symposium: Whiskey in the Courtroom

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Death Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Reconstruction

Registration is now full for this program.

When: March 3, 2017
Location: Duke Law School
Approved for 6 hours of NC CLE credit
Symposium Co-sponsors


Forensic Resources Duke Law Center for Criminal Justice & Professional Responsibility


Tentative Agenda

8:15-9:00 am

Registration & Posters
After registering, participants will have the opportunity to speak to forensic experts from the NC State Crime Lab, the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, ARAI (Accident Reconstruction Analysis, Inc.), DewProcess Graphics, Inc., and others.

9:00-9:10 am Introduction: Program Chairs Jamie Lau, Theresa Newman, and Sarah Rackley Olson
9:10-10:10 am Blunt Force Trauma and Burning in Skeletal Remains: Chelsey Juarez, Ph.D.
Forensic Scientist and Assistant Professor, NCSU
Dr. Juarez’s presentation will improve attendees’ understanding of the indicators of skeletal injuries and how to interpret scientific reports concerning them.
10:10-10:40 am Experts Panel
Experts from the NC State Crime Lab, Accident Reconstruction Analysis, PLLC, the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and DewProcess Graphics, Inc. will provide a brief introduction to their work and its application in the courtroom. (30 min CLE)
10:40-10:50 am Break
10:50-11:50 am Using Insect Colonies to Determine Time of Death: Wes Watson, Ph.D.
Public Health and Veterinary Entomologist, NCSU
Dr. Watson will discuss how entomology may be used to determine a victim’s time of      death and will deconstruct a sample report on the insects’ presence and stage.
11:50-12:30 pm


During the lunch break, attendees may view the mock crime scene and meet with poster presenters.

12:30-1:30 pm

Second-by-Second Construction of a Defense: David Rudolf, J.D.

Rudolf Widenhouse, Charlotte and Chapel Hill

Mr. Rudolf will discuss his defense of Kenan Gay, a law student charged with second degree murder following an altercation at a bar. The defense largely rested on what happened during a critical three-second period outside the bar, and this presentation will demonstrate how to focus on such a small window of time to prove the defense.



1:30-2:30 pm

Reconstructing Crime Scenes: Marilyn Miller, MS, Ph.D

Expert witness in crime scene reconstruction and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University

Building on her presentation at Whiskey 2, Dr. Miller will provide information on the different methods of reconstruction and their benefits and applicability to criminal cases.

2:30-2:40 pm Break
2:40–4:10 pm

Using Crime Scene Reconstruction in the Courtroom: Marilyn Miller, MS, Ph.D.
Dr. Miller will use a mock crime scene to demonstrate various techniques of crime scene reconstruction.

4:10-4:15 pm

Closing Remarks





For questions about the event, please email Sarah Holsapple.

Directions and Parking

Duke Law School is located at 210 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708. Parking for this event will be in the new Science Drive parking garage located down the street from the Law School, at the corner of Science Drive and Cameron Blvd/751. Pull into the garage at the entry gates off of 751/Cameron Blvd and not the Thomas Center Drive Entrance and let the attendent know that you are attending the conference at the law school and they will give you a parking permit to use for the day.