2018 Symposium: Whiskey in the Courtroom

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Fires, Liars, and More

Registration for this event is closed

When: March 9, 2018
Location: Duke Law School
Symposium Co-sponsors


Forensic Resources Duke Law Center for Criminal Justice & Professional Responsibility


Tentative Agenda

8:00-8:45 am

Registration & Posters
After registering, participants will have the opportunity to speak to forensic experts. Coffee and light breakfast will be available.

8:45-9:00 am Welcome and Introduction: Program Chairs Jamie Lau, Theresa Newman, and Sarah Rackley Olson
9:00-10:00 am Burning in Skeletal Remains: Chelsey Juarez, Ph.D.
Forensic Scientist and Assistant Professor, NCSU
Raleigh, NC
10:00-10:20 am Expert Panel 
Ashley Cochran, Thomas Dew, Heidi Eldridge, Donia Slack, Pate Skene, and Roy Taylor will provide a brief introduction to their work and its application in the courtroom.
10:20-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:45 am

Beyond Willingham: Recognizing Errors and Crafting Solutions in Fire Investigations
Paul Bieber

Founder and Director of the Arson Research Project
San Jose, CA

11:45-12:30 pm

Investigation of a Case from a Mechanical Engineering Perspective
Johnnie Hennings, P.E. and Steve Farlow
Staff Engineers, Accident Reconstruction Analysis, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

12:30-1:00 pm


1:00-2:15 pm

Litigating False of Coerced Confession Claims
Laura H. Nirider, JD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law; Project Co-Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Northwestern Law School 
Chicago, IL

2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30–4:25 pm

Developing Ethical, Evidence-Based Interrogation Techniques 
Christian Meissner, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University
Ames, IA






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.