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Deconstructing Forensic Evidence: Persuading Judges and Jurors

Learn how to evaluate and present forensic evidence, with a focus on DNA evidence, at this afternoon program on May 11 at UW Law School.
When May 11, 2018
from 12:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where UW Law School - Gates Hall #212
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Contact Phone 206-623-1302
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Program (revised 4/24/18)


This program will be held at the UW Law School in Seattle, Gates Hall #212.  Driving directions and parking information is available here.


Benjamin Goldsmith is the Felony Supervisor for The Defender Association Division-King County Department of Public Defense. He received a J.D. from University of Michigan, cum laude, and an LLM from Georgetown University, where he was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow in the Criminal Justice Clinic. During his time at Georgetown, he tried felony and misdemeanor cases in D.C. Superior Court and taught and supervised in the criminal clinic. Ben represents clients charged with homicide, created a comprehensive training program for new felony attorneys and is a frequent presenter to local and national defender organizations

Greg Hampikian, Ph.D., is a professor of Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice at Boise State University.  He is the founder and director of the Idaho Innocence Project and is considered one of the foremost forensic DNA experts in the United States. He assisted in the establishment of the Georgia Innocence Project, the Irish Innocence Project, and the Innocence Project France.  Dr. Hampikian is noted for his work on several exonerations both nationally and internationally including his work on the Amanda Knox case.

Lauren McLane joined the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) in April 2017 as a DNA Staff Attorney focused on investigating, evaluating, and litigating cases in an effort to obtain post-conviction DNA testing in Washington.  Prior to joining IPNW, Lauren served as a defender for eight years as both a public defender (at The Defender Association) in King County and then a private criminal defense practitioner in multiple jurisdictions. In both the public and private sector, Lauren represented individuals accused of a vast range of crimes, including misdemeanors and felonies, from filing of charges to jury verdict. As a trial attorney, Lauren excelled in the area of forensic science and is frequently sought out to teach at seminars and consult with practitioners across the state. In April 2017, Lauren also joined our team at the Washington Defender Association as a part-time DUI Resource Attorney where she assists public defenders across the state in brainstorming and reviewing their DUI cases and presenting at CLEs on a variety of topics related to forensic science and DUI practice.

In 2013, Lauren received the Washington Defender Association’s President’s Award, recognizing her commitment to strengthening DUI practice as a young public defender in our state.  In 2017, Lauren received a Champion of Justice Award from Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for her participation in the Snohomish County litigation related to the Draeger 9510, the state’s new breath test machine. Lauren is the author of a published book chapter and a co-author of an article for the Journal of Forensic Sciences focused on alcohol breath testing and metrology. She graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2008 and is originally from Virginia Beach, VA.

Kristen Murray is in private practice in Seattle with Hart Jarvis Murray Chang PLLC. She graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2002 and was awarded the prestigious E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship through Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC. During her fellowship, Kristen represented indigent clients facing criminal charges in adult and juvenile court. She also supervised third year law students in court as they represented indigent clients from arraignment to trial. In 2005, Kristen moved to Seattle and joined the public defender’s office where she primarily defended clients facing felony charges. Kristen has defended clients facing all types of felony matters, including complex homicides, sex offenses, violent offenses, property crimes, domestic violence and drug offenses. She demonstrates great success obtaining beneficial resolutions for her clients including dismissal of cases prior to trial, and jury verdicts of not-guilty. Kristen has been lead counsel in over twenty felony trials and is an experienced trial litigator.

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