2023 Symposium: Whiskey in the Courtroom

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Thank you for another great symposium. If you have any questions, please email Marlyn at See you next year for Whiskey 10!

Indigent Defense Services, the Duke Law Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and the Wilson Center for Science and Justice are pleased to announce the ninth annual CLE, "Whiskey in the Courtroom: Evolving Trends in Forensic Science." Whiskey 9 will take place in person on March 10, 2023 at Duke Law School. The program will be in-person only.

Forensic science experts and attorneys who have litigated cases involving complex scientific evidence will present on a range of topics to help attorneys understand the latest trends in forensic evidence, limitations to this evidence, and legal challenges that can be made. This year the program will have a special focus on DNA Evidence. There will be a minimal fee for this program to cover the cost of food and parking. The program is expected to carry 6.0 CLE hours. If you want CLE credit, you will need to pay the NC State Bar the CLE fee of $3.50 per credit hour. Registration will open in January.


March 10, 2023

8:00-8:45 am


Registration and Posters

8:45-9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:00-9:45 am

DNA 101 (45 min)

Maher "Max" Noureddine, Ph.D.
ForensiGen, LLC
Oak Ridge, NC

9:45-11:00 am

Interpreting Complex Mixtures of DNA with STRMix (75 min)

Maher "Max" Noureddine, Ph.D.
ForensiGen, LLC
Oak Ridge, NC

11:00-11:15 am

Introduction and Exhibitors & Break

11:15-12:15 pm

STRMix Challenges (60 min)

Kelsey Bissonnette, JD
Metropolitan Public Defenders
Hillsboro, OR

12:15-1:00 pm


1:00-2:00 pm

Forensic Genetic Genealogy (60 min)

Ashley Rodriguez, MA
RTI International
Raleigh, NC

2:00-3:15 pm

DNA Databases, Privacy, and Collection of DNA Samples (75 min)

Nathan Freed Wessler, JD
Deputy Director, ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
New York, NY

3:15-3:30 pm


3:30-4:30 pm Genetic Privacy (60 min)

Crystal Grant, Ph.D.
Technology Fellow, ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
New York, NY
  Continuing Education Credit: Approved for 6.25 General CLE credits for participants and for three years of the Capital Defender's Office CLE requirements.
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For questions about the event, please email Marlyn Dail

Directions and Parking

Duke Law School is located at 210 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708. Parking for this event will be in the Science Drive parking garage located down the street from the Law School, at the corner of Science Drive and Cameron Blvd/751.