NCDD Sessions and Seminars

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers 2021

NCDD Seminars and Sessions


September 24, 2021 - September 29, 2021

Please call the NCDD Office to get on the Waiting List.

Advanced Training in Blood Drug Analysis and Trial Advocacy

Arlington, TX

Andrew Mishlove, Course Director

Hotel Accommodations:

Sheraton Arlington Hotel
Use Group Code: Serious Science DUI
Room Block Closes September 7, 2021.

The Serious Science Blood Drug 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 afternoon, September 24, 2021. So plan to arrive in Arlington no later than Friday noon.

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

CDC recommendations and "stay in place" orders are being closely monitored. Registration fees will be fully refunded if cancellation becomes necessary.

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,
  • Bell Island, NCDD Regent
  • Joseph P. St. Louis, NCDD Regent

SEMINAR DAY ONE – Friday, September 24, 2021

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
1:30p.m. – 2:00p.m.Registration
2:00p.m.– 3:00p.m.Basic MetrologyJoseph P. St. Louis
3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.Basic Chromatography and FIDBell Island
4:00p.m. – 4:15p.m.Break
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m.Basic Mass SpectrometryFaculty
6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.Introduction of Faculty Storytelling and Science: Attendees DinnerAndrew Mishlove

SEMINAR DAY TWO – Saturday, September 25, 2021

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Hike 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 Bell Island
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!
7:00p.m.Bus to Mimi's Party. BE ON TIME!
7:30p.m. – 10:00p.m.Mimi's Party

SEMINAR DAY THREE – Sunday, September 26, 2021

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:30a.m.Hike 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: Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for Blood Drug AnalysisKevin A. Schug, PhD
10:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.Coffee Break
10:45a.m. – 11:45a.m.Lecture: Mass Spectrometry InterpretationKevin A. Schug, PhD
11:45a.m. – 1:15p.m.Lunch
1:15p.m. – 2:00p.m.(Lab) GC-MS (Group 1); LC-MS (Group 2); Instrument variety tour (Group 3)
2:00p.m. – 2:45p.m.(Rotate) LC-MS (1); Instrument variety tour (2); GC-MS (3)
2:45p.m. – 3:30p.m.(Rotate) Instrument variety tour (1); GC-MS (2); LC-MS (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, September 27, 2021

Time (CDT)Event DescriptionGuest Speaker
6:00a.m.Hike 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
5:00p.m.Break for Dinner
6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.Extra Trial Skill Workshop

SEMINAR DAY FIVE – Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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.Opening Statements: Lecture and DemonstrationFrancisco Duarte and Kimberly Benjamin
9:45a.m. – 10:00a.m.Break
10:00a.m. – 10:15a.m.Introduction to the Use of Focus GroupsCharles Jones, David Lisko and Francisco Duarte
10:15a.m. – 12:15p.m.Focus Group One: Finding the StoryCharles Jones, David Lisko and Francisco Duarte
12:15p.m. – 1:15p.m.Lunch
1:15p.m. – 2:00p.m.Focus Group Question and Answer
2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.Focus Group Two: Testing the WatersCharles Jones, David Lisko and Francisco Duarte
4:00p.m.– 4:45p.m.Focus Group Question and Answer
5:00p.m.Dinner on your own
6:30p.m.Rangers Baseball Game (RSVP REQUIRED)

SEMINAR DAY SIX – Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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 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, Bell Island and Andrew Mishlove
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.Lunch
1:30p.m. – 2:30p.m.Review and Closing CeremonyAndrew Mishlove


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