Without a proper understanding of the science of drug analysis, it is impossible to zealously advocate on your client's behalf. Join us as we explore the scientific analysis of various drugs, learn how procedures for labs are determined and how to make the science of drug analysis relevant to jurors and enable them to completely understand your clients defense.


This seminar features some of North Carolina's most respected scientists, lawyers and jury consultant!

Seminar Information
Date Presented:
April 24, 2015 8:55 AM Eastern
7 hours, 30 minutes
Understanding Scientific Analysis of Suspected Controlled Substances
Peter Stout, Ph.D. Chief of Operations, Houston Forensic Science Center

During this presentation, we will explore the following questions:
  • What tests are used to analyze drugs? 
  • How reliable are these tests and are there any limitations to these tests?
  • Is there any “gray area” or room for alternate interpretations? 
You will learn how samples are prepared for analysis, what the results from these tests look like, and how to interpret the results.
Speaker Information
Peter Stout, Ph.D.   [ view bio ]
How to Determine if a Substance is a Controlled Substance: Salts, Isomers, and Analogs
Edward G. Brown, Ph.D. Brown’s Chemistry Services, Research Triangle Park

Your client’s charges include PWISMD of a salt, isomer or analog of a scheduled controlled substance. Do you know what these are? Learn what is a salt, isomer or analog and how to know whether the substance charged fits the statute.
Speaker Information
Edward G. Brown, Ph.D.   [ view bio ]
Lab Accreditation and Lab Protocols
Frederic W. Whitehurst, Ph.D. The Law Firm of Frederic Whitehurst, Bethel

What does it mean if a lab is accredited? How does a lab decide which procedures to use to test suspected controlled substances?
Speaker Information
Frederic W. Whitehurst, PhD., J.D.   [ view bio ]
Sampling Plans
Andrew DeSimone Office of the Appellate Defender, Durham

How does the lab decide which samples to test in cases involving multiple doses (pills or baggies)? How should trial attorneys challenge the testimony of an analyst who has only tested one item in a sample containing dozens of pills or baggies?
Speaker Information
Andrew DeSimone
Understanding Lab Reports and Resources
Frederic W. Whitehurst, Ph.D. The Law Firm of Frederic Whitehurst, Bethel
Sarah Rackley Olson IDS Forensic Resource Counsel, Durham

We will review a sample lab packet and explain what resources are available that attorneys should be aware of.
Speaker Information
Sarah Rackley Olson   [ view bio ]
Frederic W. Whitehurst, PhD., J.D.   [ view bio ]
Making a Scientific Defense the Theory of the Case
David Ball, Ph.D. Malekpour & Ball, Durham
Todd Amundson Office of the Public Defender, Judicial District 3A, Greenville

If our defense is that the lab analysis was substandard, how do we make jurors care? We will learn how to make a scientific defense a compelling theory of the case.
Speaker Information
Todd Amundson   [ view bio ]
David A. Ball Ph.D.
Individual topic purchase: Selected
North Carolina State Bar
General Hours: 6.00
Total Hours: 6.00
NCAJ Member Price:$390.00
Non-Member Price:$390.00