NCDD Sessions and Seminars

2022 Serious Science for Serious Lawyers: Advanced Course in Blood Alcohol Analysis & Trial Advocacy-CALL THE NCDD OFFICE TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST 334-264-1950

NCDD Seminars and Sessions


June 24, 2022 - June 29, 2022

Arlington, TX

Andrew Mishlove, Course Director

Hotel Accommodations:

Sheraton Arlington Hotel
Use Group Code: Serious Science DUI
Room Block Closes June 3, 2022.

The Serious Science Blood Alcohol Analysis course is designed to combine hard science and trial advocacy. There is no better course on forensic science and trial advocacy in America.

We start with hard science, including hands-on work in the Shimadzu Laboratory. Students will learn the basics of metrology, blood alcohol and the more complex blood drug analyses, and they will get hands-on experience preparing and analyzing their own samples. We focus on science for three full days; and then we transition to a focus on trial advocacy about the science, with reviews of the scientific concepts, and trial skills practice with the scientists from the University of Texas-Arlington. We use trial skills techniques developed by, and instructors trained at the Trial Lawyers College, with grateful acknowledgement.

This year we will start with a complete review of the basic of metrology and blood testing on Friday at noon, June 24, 2022. So plan to arrive in Arlington no later than Friday morning.

We will have a walk every morning before breakfast for those interested. The NCDD provides breakfast and lunches, as well as transfers to and from the Shimadzu Laboratory. We will have a banquet at the hotel on Friday evening, a party on Saturday evening, a review of the science and science question and answer with the UT-A science faculty on Monday evening. Students will also receive a professional lab coat for use in the laboratory, which they may keep.

All students are required to take three hours of online lab safety courses from the University of Texas-Arlington, in order to enter the laboratory. You will get certificates for those courses too.

Registration Fees:

NCDD Members: $2,650
Member Deposit Only: $650
Non-Members: $2,950
Non-Member Deposit Only: $950

Science Faculty:

  • Tiffany Liden, PhD, Analytic Chemistry
  • Kevin A. Schug, PhD, Analytic Chemistry
  • Alison Paige Wicker, PhD, Analytic Chemistry
  • Janine Arvizu, CQA, Laboratory Quality Control, Metrology
  • Post Graduate Assistants from the University of Texas-Arlington

Trial Advocacy Faculty:

  • Andrew Mishlove, NCDD Regent, Course Director,
  • Francisco A. “Paco” Duarte, Instructor,
  • Kimberly Benjamin, Instructor,
  • Charles Jones, Instructor,
  • David Lisko, Instructor,
  • Bruce Edge, NCDD Regent
  • Joseph P. St. Louis, NCDD Regent
  • Patrick John McClain, USMC JAG

SEMINAR DAY ONE – Friday, June 24, 2022

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
12:00p.m. – 1:30p.m.Optional Review of Basic Blood Testing. Optional Introductory Science Q & A with Faculty
2:00p.m.– 3:00p.m.Basic MetrologyJoseph P. St. Louis
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.Basic Chromatography and Flame Ionization DetectionBruce Edge
4:00p.m. – 4:15p.m.Break
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m.Preview of Basic Mass SpectrometryAndrew Mishlove
6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.Introduction of Faculty Storytelling and Science: Attendees DinnerAndrew Mishlove

SEMINAR DAY TWO – Saturday, June 25, 2022

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Morning walk for those interested
7:45a.m. – 8:45a.m.Breakfast
9:00a.m.Bus to the Shimadzu Lab. BE ON TIME!
9:15a.m. – 10:15a.m.Lecture: Forensic Method ValidationKevin A. Schug, PhD
10:15a.m. – 10:30a.m.Break
10:30a.m. – 12:15p.m.Key Measurement Concepts, Lab Record-Keeping and Lab ErrorsJanine Arvizu, CQA
12:15p.m. – 1:15p.m.Lunch
1:15p.m. – 2:15p.m.Discovery in a Blood Alcohol and Drug Case: What You Need and How to Ask for ItJanine Arvizu, CQA and Joseph P. St. Louis
2:15p.m. – 4:30p.m.Sample Preparation (Laboratory)Tiffany Liden, PhD, Alison Paige Wicker, PhD and Kevin A. Schug, PhD
4:30p.m. – 4:45p.m.Break
4:45p.m. – 5:30p.m.Questions and AnswersAll Science Faculty
5:30p.m.Bus to Hotel. BE ON TIME!

SEMINAR DAY THREE – Sunday, June 26, 2022

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:30a.m.Morning walk for those interested
7:45a.m. – 8:45a.m.Breakfast
9:00a.m.Bus to the Shimadzu Lab. BE ON TIME!
9:15a.m. – 10:15a.m.Lecture: Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization DetectionKevin A. Schug, PhD
10:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.Coffee Break
10:45a.m. – 11:45a.m.Lecture: GC-FID InterpretationKevin A. Schug, PhD
11:45a.m. – 1:15p.m.Lunch
1:15p.m. – 2:00p.m.(Lab) GC-FID (Group 1); GC-FID (Group 2); Instrument variety tour (Group 3)
2:00p.m. – 2:45p.m.(Rotate) GC-FID (1); Instrument variety tour (2); GC-FID (3)
2:45p.m. – 3:30p.m.(Rotate) Instrument variety tour (1); GC-FID (2); GC-FID (3)
3:30p.m. – 3:45p.m.Coffee Break
3:45p.m. – 5:00p.m.Discussion/Compare ResultsTiffany Liden, PhD
5:00p.m.Bus to Hotel. BE ON TIME!

SEMINAR DAY FOUR – Monday, June 27, 2022

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Morning walk for those interested
8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m.Breakfast
9:00a.m. – 10:30a.m.Discovering the Story: Lecture, Exercise and DemonstrationFrancisco Duarte and Kimberly Benjamin
10:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.Break
10:45a.m. – 12:15p.m.Cross ExaminationFrancisco Duarte and Kimberly Benjamin
12:15p.m. – 1:00p.m.Lunch
1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.Cross-Examination Breakouts with the Scientists from UT-A
5:00p.m.Break for Dinner
6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.Optional Science Q & A with Scientists from UT-A

SEMINAR DAY FIVE – Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Morning walk for those interested
7:30a.m. – 8:30a.m.Breakfast
8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.Introduction to Focus GroupsCharles Jones and Davis Lisko
9:00a.m. – 9:15a.m.Break
9:15a.m. – 9:45a.m.Introduction to the Use of Focus GroupsCharles Jones, David Lisko and Francisco Duarte
9:45a.m. – 12:45p.m.Focus Group One: Finding the StoryCharles Jones, David Lisko and Francisco Duarte
12:45p.m. – 1:30p.m.Lunch
1:30p.m. – 1:45p.m.Focus Group Question and Answer
1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.Opening Statements: Lecture and DemonstrationFrancisco Duarte and Kim Benjamin
2:45p.m. – 3:00p.m.Break
3:00p.m.– 5:30p.m.Small Group Breakouts Opening StatementsFrancisco Duarte, Kim Benjamin, David Lisko, Charles Jones, Andrew Mishlove, Joseph St. Louis, Bruce Edge
5:00p.m.Dinner on your own

SEMINAR DAY SIX – Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Morning walk for those interested
8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m.Breakfast
9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m.Voir Dire: Lecture, Exercise and DemonstrationAndrew Mishlove, Francisco Duarte and Kimberly Benjamin
10:00a.m. – 10:15a.m.Break
10:15a.m. – 12:30p.m.Voir Dire BreakoutsFrancisco Duarte, Kimberly Benjamin, Joseph P. St. Louis, Charles Jones, David Lisko, Andrew Mishlove and Bruce Edge
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.Lunch
1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.Review and Closing CeremonyAndrew Mishlove


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