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Webinar: Module 6 – Probabilistic Genotyping in Court

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series
Module 6:  Probabilistic Genotyping in Court

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET
Duration: 4 hour(s)

Biological modeling, statistical theory, and the computer processing of probabilistic genotyping systems are based on long- standing principles, yet their usage in U.S. courts has been limited to the past few years. This module of the Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results web workshop series addresses topics relevant to the admissibility of probabilistic genotyping results and the presentation of results in criminal proceedings. Various decisions related to probabilistic genotyping will be summarized from a legal perspective. Three expert witnesses will review their approach to presenting DNA evidence in criminal proceedings.

These subject matter experts will discuss whether probabilistic genotyping meets necessary legal standards and will detail how they have assisted the court in assessing the validity of whether  a testimony is based on scientifically valid reasoning.regarding its scientific reasoning.


John Buckleton – Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Auckland, New Zealand
Jerrilyn Conway – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, Virginia
Dawn Herkenham
 – Leidos, Alexandria, Virginia
Ted Hunt – U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Mark Perlin – Cybergenetics, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Detailed Learning Objectives:

• Identify resources related to the methodology and software used in probabilistic genotyping to demonstrate that they have been validated and subjected to peer review and publication

• Describe how probabilistic genotyping software technologies and their underlying scientific and statistical principles are founded and generally accepted in the relevant communities

• Relay other information to address admissibility standards

• Assimilate information provided throughout this series to enhance your ability to testify to DNA evidence that is based on probabilistic genotyping


Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.


Please read this short announcement and follow the registration instructions below.

RTI International and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence are continually striving to bring you the optimum learning experience when delivering our online events and webinars. To better disseminate our content to the growing forensic community, we are pleased to announce that we are starting to host our events on a new virtual platform. This platform will provide a better user interface, putting more content, discussion, and knowledge at your fingertips.

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Step 1: Go to https://learning.forensicac.org/login/signup.php to create a new account.

Step 2: Once you have successfully created an account, you will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link in the confirmation email to finalize setup of your new account. If you do not receive this email, please email us at ForensicCOE@rti.org for us to manually confirm your account, and contact your email administrator as they may be blocking the confirmation email and future reminders from being received.

Step 3: Once your account creation is complete, navigate to this link to enroll in and register for this webinar: https://learning.forensicac.org/course/view.php?id=344

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Finally, we are excited about our new virtual platform and welcome any feedback you would like to provide at ForensicCOE@rti.org.


June 19
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm