ASQ Certified Quality Auditor Janine Arvizu testified on behalf of Steven Avery in the murder trial featured on, "How to Make a Murderer."
Bulldog defense attorney Luke Ryan's relentless pursuit of justice for his clients, featured in "How to Fix a Drug Scandal," led to the dismissal of over 10,000 convictions.
Chuck Rathburn has been recognized as a breath testing expert in appellate courts in Alaska, California, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Mindy Gulati consults and advises businesses, nonprofits, and law firms on issues related to Diversity, Equity, and inclusion across the United States.
Missouri approved for 17.6 MCLE, including 3.0 Ethics with 1.0 Elimination of Bias, Kansas approved for 16.0 CLE hours, including 3 hours of Ethics & Professionalism, approved for the CLE requirement for NCDD membership, and qualified for DUIDLA Members CLE requirements, this two-day live online conference is truly geared to offer something for everyone.
At some point during his or her career, nearly every lawyer in Missouri will be asked to handle a DWI case. Believe it or not, excluding municipal charges, the State of Missouri filed over 17,000 DWI charges in FY2018 alone.** In Missouri, a charge of DWI is unique in that it can range from a municipal ordinance violation all the way to a Class A Felony, with a maximum punishment of 3 months, to a maximum punishment of 30 years, or life imprisonment, respectively. DWI convictions lead to driver license suspensions, revocations, and/or denials ranging from 90 days to life-time denials. Citizens arrested for DWI face additional collateral consequences too numerous to name. Needless to say, DWI law is a nuanced, multi-faceted practice carrying devastating consequences which must be mastered by the practitioner.
Whether you are a prosecutor or defense lawyer, this is your opportunity to learn from the "best of the best." Learn new courtroom tips, explore DWI science, and gain a better understanding of the law related to DWI.
With plenary lectures and breakout sessions, this conference is geared toward improving both the experienced and inexperienced lawyer's skill and practice of DWI law.
Plenary lectures will update attendees on current DWI law and explore probable cause standards. Faculty will help you gain an understanding of how to cross-examine law enforcement officers with purpose. Students will hear from the DWI Magician himself, Travis Noble, learning from his tried and true courtroom methods.
Breakout sessions include options that explore the basic criminal aspects of a DWI, creative plea negotiation tactics, Missouri's BAC admissibility standards, PBT admissibility and reliability, challenging DRE investigations, the basics of DOR cases, how to keep your client driving, and how to challenge search warrants.
2020 Lecture Topic:
Forensic Blood Testing
Analysis for Lawyers
Did you know there is only one tube certified for blood alcohol testing? Do you know how a gas chromatograph processes a blood sample? Do you know how to read a gas chromatogram? Have you even seen a gas chromatogram, pictured at left?
Janine is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor with more than 30 years of experience in laboratory quality assurance. Besides being a trained ISO Lead Auditor, she has extensive experience in the quality assessment of laboratories and analytical data. For more than 15 years, Janine has conducted independent quality assessments of forensic results, helped lawyers understand laboratory testing, and testified as a laboratory quality expert about the reliability of forensic results including toxicology, controlled substances, DNA, gunshot residue, trace, firearms and fingerprints in state, federal, and international courts. Janine has given expert testimony in countless trials, including that of Steven Avery, featured in the 2015 Netflix Docuseries, "Making a Murderer."
In Janine's plenary lecture, you will learn about the blood draw itself, including the importance of site cleaning and the risks of contamination. Janine will explain the lab testing itself, including how a blood sample is prepared for testing, lab standards for testing, how the gas chromatograph processes the sample, and how to read a chromatogram. Janine will discuss problems with blood testing, including sample contamination and fermentation.
2020 Lecture Topic:
How to Persuasively Translate
Science in Court
In 2012 and 2013, a drug scandal began in Massachusetts that shook the state's criminal justice system to its core, leading to the dismissal and/or overturning of nearly 35,000 convictions, the largest ever in U.S. history.
In 2012, attorneys uncovered that Annie Dookhan, a forensic chemical analyst in Boston, Massachusetts, falsely reported positive results on substances she never even tested and testified falsely to support those reports. In 2013, on the other side of the state, a lab supervisor uncovered that Sonja Farak had been stealing drugs from lab standards and from samples she was testing to support her drug addiction. Luke doggedly fought the state to turn over evidence of her misconduct, eventually uncovering that the Attorney General's Office was burying evidence.
In this plenary lecture, Luke will explain how he persuaded the courtroom to care about the science. He will explain, from the perspective of a lawyer, how to use the science persuasively in court, exploring how to convince your judge or jury to understand, connect with, and care about the science. You will gain an understanding of what arguments are important and persuasive. You will also gain an understanding of the potential fallout when society blindly trusts science without questioning the human element.
2020 Lecture Topic:
Wet & High Lab: Administration of Field Sobriety Tests
on Drunk & High Individuals
What is a wet lab? To be NHTSA certified, officers must complete a proficiency exam wherein they administer the standardized field sobriety tests on subjects. Testing proficiency of administration can be done on a sober individual, but clue interpretation and scoring cannot because the sober individual, in theory, should exhibit no clues. A wet lab is a tool used in law enforcement training to test the officers' proficiency in administering, interpreting, and scoring standardized field sobriety tests on individuals dosed with alcohol in a controlled environment.
The Missouri DWI Institute will be conducting such a wet lab to give its attendees an opportunity to observe proper administration, interpretation, and scoring of NHTSA testing on alcohol-intoxicated individuals. This year, we will also be introducing a high lab, broadcast from our neighboring state, Illinois, where recreational marijuana is legal. Our expert will dose individuals with marijuana and administer, interpret, and score NHTSA testing on those high individuals for comparison with their drunk counter parts.
Attendees are expected to learn proper administration, explore what clues of intoxication are expected, and observe just what those clues look like in drug- and alcohol-intoxicated individuals. The Wet & High Lab will utilize high-tech methods to allow attendees to observe the eyes close-up on their computer screens at home to see just what the involuntary jerking of the eyes, or "nystagmus," looks like. This way, you won't need to worry about snagging a seat close to the projector!