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Aug. 26, 2005

Forensic Expert Will Lead Workshop for Oswego County Defense Attorneys; Attorneys May Earn CLE Credit at Training Session

OSWEGO - A nationally-known expert in DNA forensic analysis will lead a training workshop Sept. 9 in Oswego for attorneys who are part of Oswego County's Assigned Counsel Plan. Dr. Norah Rudin, consultant, author, and educator will teach from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the legislative chambers of the Oswego County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

Dr. Rudin is an expert witness in forensic DNA for both the defense and prosecution. She will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of current DNA testing, DNA evidence frequently used in criminal prosecution cases, and preparing for trial.

Oswego County received funding from the Division of Criminal Justice Services to provide the training, said Stephen Greene Jr., administrator of the Assigned Counsel Plan. "The purpose of the funding is to supplement the resources that are available to attorneys in our Assigned Counsel Plan," he said. "Ongoing training programs like this enhance the quality of legal defense for defendants in the Assigned Counsel Plan. We appreciate the opportunity provided by this funding."

Dr. Rudin earned a Ph.D. in molecular zoology and genetics from Brandeis University in 1987. She has worked since then as a forensic DNA consultant and served as consulting technical leader for the DNA programs in the San Diego County Sheriff's Office, the San Francisco Crime Laboratory and the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement. She taught several college-level courses and conducted several years of genetic research on characteristics of DNA.

At 11:30 a.m., immediately following Dr. Rudin's presentation, the Assigned Counsel Plan will offer a 1-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program on the topic of "Inadvertent Civil and Criminal Disclosure Issues for Attorneys." Robert A. Barrer, Esq. of the Litigation Department at Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, will present the course. The 1-hour program satisfies the ethics section of the mandatory CLE requirements for attorneys. Certificates will be provided for attendees.

The training sessions are provided at no cost to attorneys who participate in Oswego County's Assigned Counsel Plan. It may be extended to other attorneys if there is room in the class. Advance registrations are required for both sessions. To register, contact Greene at 349-8575 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8575.

Attorneys who would like more information on Dr. Rubin's research may visit her Web site at www.forensicdna.com

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