NCDD Sessions and Seminars

Serious Science: 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 09, 2023 - June 14, 2023

Advanced Training in Blood Alcohol Analysis and Trial Advocacy

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 analysis and the introduction to the more complex blood drug analyses; and they will get hands-on experience preparing and analyzing their own blood alcohol 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 1:00 pm, June 9, 2023. 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. 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.

Andrew Mishlove, Course Director

Hotel Accommodations:

Sheraton Arlington Hotel
Use Group Code: NCDD Serious Science
Room Block Closes May 18, 2023.

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 Dean, Course Director
  • Kimberly Benjamin, NCDD Regent
  • Joseph P. St. Louis, NCDD Regent
  • Mimi Coffey, NCDD Regent
  • Paul Burglin, NCDD Fellow
  • Francisco A. “Paco” Duarte, Instructor
  • Charles Jones, Instructor
  • David Lisko, Instructor
  • Patrick John McClain, USMC JAG
  • Zaki Zehawi, Instructor

SEMINAR DAY ONE – Friday, June 9, 2023

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
12:30p.m. – 1:00p.m.Registration
1:00p.m. – 2:15p.m.Basic Metrology. How are things measured? What is calibration, traceability and uncertainty?Joseph P. St. Louis
2:15p.m.– 3:15p.m.Basic Chromatography and Flame Ionization Detection: Introduction to Blood Alcohol Measurement
3:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.Break
3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.Review of Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization Detection and Introduction to Mass SpectrometryAndrew Mishlove
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.Preview of Laboratory Work. How are specimens prepared for analysis? What are we going to do in the Lab the next few days?
6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.Attendees Dinner and Introduction of Faculty. Storytelling and Science, How to teach gas chromatography to a five-year oldAndrew Mishlove

SEMINAR DAY TWO – Saturday, June 10, 2023

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Hike for those interested
7:45a.m. – 8:45a.m.Breakfast
9:00a.m.Bus to Lab. BE ON TIME!
9:15a.m. – 10:15a.m.Metrology, Calibration Curves, Chromatography and Flame Ionization DetectionJoseph P. St. Louis, Tiffany Liden PhD & Kevin A. Schug, PhD
10:15a.m. – 10:30a.m.Break
10:30a.m. – 12:15p.m.Key Measurement Concepts, Lab Record-Keeping, Lab Errors, Traceability, Calibration, Method Validation, Uncertainty and MaintenanceJanine Arvizu, CQA
12:15p.m. – 1:15p.m.Lunch
1:15p.m. – 2:15p.m.Discovery in a Blood Alcohol Case: What You Need and How to Ask for ItJanine Arvizu, CQA and Paul R. Burglin
2:15p.m. – 3:15p.m.Blood Analysis-Sample PreparationTiffany Liden, PhD
3:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.Break
3:30p.m. – 4:45p.m.Lab Tour
4:45p.m. – 5:30p.m.Q & AAll Science Faculty
5:30p.m.Bus to Hotel. BE ON TIME!
Dinner on your own

SEMINAR DAY THREE – Sunday, June 11, 2023

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:30a.m.Hike for those interested
7:45a.m. – 8:45a.m.Breakfast
9:00a.m.Bus to Lab. BE ON TIME!
9:15a.m. – 10:30a.m.Sample Preparation, Hardware Demo, GC-FIDBreakout
10:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.Break
10:45a.m. – 12:15p.m.Sample Preparation & Hardware DemoBreakout
12:15p.m. – 1:15p.m.Lunch/Sample Loading
1:15p.m. – 4:00p.m.Flame Ionization Detection Interpretation
4:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.Break/Compile data
4:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.Discussion/Compare Results
5:00p.m.Bus to Hotel. BE ON TIME!
Dinner on your own

SEMINAR DAY FOUR – Monday, June 12, 2023

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Hike for those interested
8:00a.m. – 8:30a.m.Breakfast
8:30a.m. – 9:00a.m.Introduction to Focus Groups. How to Talk About Science: Finding Your Theme. Avoiding LandminesCharles Jones & David Lisko
9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.Focus Group demonstration. Learning how to talk about scienceCharles Jones & David Lisko
10:00a.m. – 10:15a.m.Break
11:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.Focus Group Q & ACharles Jones & David Lisko
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.Lunch
1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.Discovering the Story. Lecture, Exercises & DemonstrationFrancisco Duarte & Kimberly Benjamin
2:30p.m. – 2:45p.m.Break
2:45p.m. – 5:30p.m.Small Group Breakouts on Opening
5:30p.m.Dinner on your own
7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.Optional: Science Review and Trial Skills Review

SEMINAR DAY FIVE – Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Hike for those interested
7:30a.m. – 8:15a.m.Breakfast
8:15a.m. – 9:45a.m.Cross Examination; Review of the basics theory & practiceFrancisco Duarte & Kimberly Benjamin
9:45a.m. – 10:00a.m.Break
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.Cross Exam Breakouts
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.Lunch
1:00p.m. – 3:15p.m.Cross Exam Breakouts
3:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.Break
3:30p.m.– 5:00p.m.Cross Exam Breakouts
6:30p.m.Texas Rangers Baseball Game

SEMINAR DAY SIX – Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Hike 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, Kimberly Benjamin and Zaki Zehawi
10:00a.m. – 10:15a.m.Break
10:15a.m. – 12:30p.m.Voir Dire Breakouts
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.Lunch
1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.Review and Closing CeremonyAndrew Mishlove


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