Law School hosts NACDL Regional Conference

By: Professor Phil Broadhead

During Spring Break, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in conjunction with the Mississippi Public Defenders Association, conducted a two-day conference entitled, “Taking the Fear Out of Forensics.”  The conference drew attendees from Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama who heard presentations from a group of nationally-recognized experts on topics involving the applied sciences commonly used in criminal prosecutions, including “The Lawyer’s Guide to Understanding Mobile Forensics”, “Challenging Eyewitness Testimony”, “Basic Scientific Principles of Cognitive Bias”, “Pattern Evidence: Firearm and Toolmark Analysis”, and “False Confessions”.  All of the presentations were very informative to those who practice criminal law, but Friday morning’s multiple sessions on cell phones and digital device evidence was a particularly fascinating and cutting-edge topic.  Since the UM School of Law offers a concentration in criminal law, we have national DOJ programs (such as last summer’s Gideon’s Promise training) choosing to come to Oxford for their regional conferences.