Legal Aid's DNA Unit Provides Successful Training for Cook County Public Defenders

The DNA Unit led a highly successful intensive day-long training for the Cook County Public Defender's Forensic Practice lawyers as part of its 2015 Forensic Conference for Criminal Attorneys.

Jessica Goldthwaite, Clint Hughes and Susan Friedman presented on Low Copy Number DNA Testing and the Forensic Statistical Tool, with a special focus on what they learned from being the first lawyers in New York City  to successfully obtain OCME’s complete validation studies and how that impacted their Frye litigation strategy. 

Richard S. Labrador, the Assistant Public Defender in the Cook County Public Defender Forensic Science Division,  described the presentation as  excellent, adding "and the work you and your colleagues did was remarkable and impressive."