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Forensic DNA Analysis - A Primer for Lawyers
In this 1.5hr webinar, Dr. Dean Hildebrand will provide an overview of current forensic DNA analysis technologies and methods used in modern laboratories to address questions of human identification.

The initial focus will be on explaining some of the science underpinning a typical lab report in order to help demystify the DNA expert's conclusions. From bodily fluid screening to DNA typing and data interpretation, attendees will see the evidentiary flow and comparative process used by the DNA scientist. Through the use of a variety of case examples, the attendee will have a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of DNA evidence they might be facing in court.

Finally the lecture will cover important aspects of disclosure and how to prepare to cross examine the DNA expert. The attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of the science and strategies for how to deal with DNA evidence and experts.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with LSBC. This webinar is organized in collaboration with the UBC Innocence Project and the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society.

Jun 3, 2021 04:30 PM in Vancouver

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Dr. Dean Hildebrand
Dean @British Columbia Institute of Technology
Dr. Hildebrand received his BSc (1990) and PhD (1996) from the University of British Columbia's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His knowledge of molecular biology led him to pursue a career in forensic science. Dr. Hildebrand is currently the Dean of British Columbia Institute of Technology's (BCIT) School of Computing and Academic Studies where he leads a multidisciplinary team that includes forensic specialists. Prior to that he has held Associate Dean, Director and faculty positions at BCIT within the Forensics Department. He is a recognized expert in the field of forensic DNA analysis. Dr. Hildebrand also works as a consultant for defence lawyers and the B.C. Coroners Service (Special Investigations Unit) as a subject matter expert in forensic DNA analysis. Dr. Hildebrand developed and now maintains the unidentified human remains and missing persons DNA database for the province of British Columbia.