In February 2009 the National Academy of Science (NAS) published a report entitled: Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward identifying shortfalls in the forensic science discipline.
The NAS report cited the lack of standard reporting and testimonies by many forensic laboratories in the United States as a major concern. The report states that “forensic reports, and any courtroom testimony stemming from them, must include clear characterizations of the limitations of the analysis, including measures of uncertainty in reported results and associated estimated probabilities where possible.”
BAC Tracker was formed in 2007 to provide forensic alcohol litigation services internationally to the criminal justice community. BAC Tracker offers a continuing education training and certification course entitled Alcohol in the 21st Century: New Standards, New Technology as a solution to the shortfalls identified by the NAS report. This course will discuss alcohol pharmacology and toxicology as well as forensic extrapolation.
Emphasis is placed on the use of BAC-Tracker software in the courtroom setting and methods of accounting for uncertainty and potential error inherent in these types of calculations in order to meet the demands of courts and Juries following the NAS report.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, BAC-Tracker is supported by a Faculty Advisory Board whose members have years of experience in forensic alcohol toxicology, medicine and law. The 2009 board is currently staffed by:
- Patrick T. Barone Esq, Founding Member, Barone Defense Firm, Birmingham, Michigan, USA
- Dr. Ashraf Mozayani, Pharm D., Ph.D., D-ABFT, Houston, Texas, USA
- Dr. Edward Ogden, MA, MBBS, BMedSc, DipCrim, FRACGP, FAChAM, Forensic Medical Consultants, Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
- Chip Walls, Technical Director, Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
Please view the attached link for additional information regarding the upcoming course on November 5-6, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
BAC Tracker is proud to have Patrick T. Barone, Esq, adjunct instructor at Cooley Law School as their guest speaker and look forward to a successful event.
The course summary, outline, and registration form is available online: http://www.bac-tracker.com/course_outline.htm