Court of Criminal Appeals

TCJIU Meetings 

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Past Meetings
Event / Meeting
Fire Science Seminar
August 19, 2014
TCJIU Meeting
October 5, 2012
Texas Forensic Science Seminar
June 4-5, 2012

Update on Legal Standards for Forensic Evidence

Gary Udashen, TCJIU/Innocent Project of Texas/Sorrels, Udashen & Anton

Forensic Ethics: Spotlight on Brady

Judge Michael Keasler, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Live Mock Cross / Direct of a Forensic Scientist:
Putting DNA Evidence into Perspective

Judge Sid Harle, TCJIU / 226th Judicial District; Dr. Bruce Budowle, UNTHSC; Lance Long, Assistant DA, Harris County; Jerald Graber, Criminal Defense Attorney

Recent Developments in Crime Lab Accreditation and Their Impact

Laurel Farrell, ASCLD-LAB

Panel on Possibilities for Improving Consistency

Richard Alpert, TFSC/Tarrant County DA; Ron Singer, Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office; Pat Johnson, DPS; Sarah Chu, National Innocence Project

Developments in Arson Investigation

Dr. John DeHaan, FireEx Forensics

Recent Trends in Digital and Multimedia

Jennifer Land, DPS

New Designer Drugs:
Synthetic Cannabinoids and Cathinones

Darrell Davis, DEA South Central Lab

State of the Union Regarding Publicly Funded Crime Labs

Dr. Jeffrey Barnard, TFSC/SWIFS; Tim Fallon, TACLD/Bexar County Crime Lab; Pat Johnson, DPS; Dr. Ashraf Mozayanai, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences; Tom Stimpson, Fort Worth Police Department

Recent Trends in Forensic Pathology

Ron Singer, Tarrant County Medical Examiner

Recent Trends in Firearms/Toolmarks

Dr. Nizam Peerwani, TFSC/Tarrant County Medical Examiner

Eyewitness ID:
Spotlight on Texas Model Reforms

Dr. Phillip Lyons, LEMIT; Chief James McLaughlin, TCJIU/Texas Police Chiefs Association

Current Issues in Forensic Anthropology

Dr. Jennifer Love, Harris County Medical Examiners

Implementation of SB 1616:
Storage of Biological Evidence

Pat Johnson, DPS

Recent Trends in Toxicology

Dr. Sarah Kerrigan, TFSC/SHSU

Latent Print Examination

Melissa Gische, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Developments in DNA

Dr. Bruce Budowle, UNTHSC; Dr. Art Eisenberg, TFSC / UNTHSC

Recent Trends in Trace Evidence

Melissa Valadez, DPS

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Seminar
March 22-23, 2012

March 22 Audio | Video
March 23 Audio | Video

The Role of Support Groups in Addiction Recovery

Pam Newton, M.S., LCDC, Founding Director of the Betty Ford Center Five Star Kids Program

Drug Abuse & Addiction:
Current Drug Trends & Cultures

Patrick J. Sammon, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky

Competency in Criminal Proceedings

Judge Andrew Carruthers, Criminal Law Magistrate Judge of Bexar County

Competency Examinations

Dr. Brian Skop, Forensic and General Psychiatrist

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Rosemary Carr Malone, M.D., CDR, MC, USN, Director of Deployment Health, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Stop the Revolving Door:
A Civil Approach to Treating Severe Mental Illness

Treatment Advocacy Center

Representing the Mentally Ill

Judge Polly Jackson Spencer, Probate Court Number One of Bexar County

Rewriting the Mental Health Code

Dr. Susan Stone, J.D., M.D., Executive Coordinator for the Mental Health Task Force

Texas Forensic Science Seminar
October 7-8, 2010

Texas Legal Standards for Forensic Evidence

Prof. Guy Wellborn, University of Texas School of Law

Mock Hearing Demonstration

Cynthia Kent, Retired Smith County District Judge; Sam Bassett, Minton, Burton, Foster, & Collins, P.C.; and John Bradley, Williamson County District Attorneys Office

Admissibility of Forensic Science Testimony from the Perspective of the Forensic Scientist

Joe Bono, American Academy of Forensic Science

Forensic Ethics

Judge Michael Keasler, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; and Charles Mallin, Tarrant County District Attorneys Office

Quality Assurance Standards and Laboratory Accreditation Auditorium

Ralph Keaton, ASCLD-LAB;Pat Johnson,Texas DPS Crime Laboratory

Solutions for DNA Backlogs

Dr. Jeff Boschwitz, Orchid Cellmark; and Peter Marone, Virginia Department of Forensic Science

The NAS Report

Dr. Jay Siegel, Forensic and Investigative Science Program at Indiana Purdue University

The Scientific Method Auditorium

Joe Bono, American Academy of Forensic Science

Eyewitness Identifications & Confessions

Rebecca Brown, The Innocence Project

Flawed Forensics and Wrongful Convictions Finance Room

Edwin Colfax, The Justice Project

Arson/Fire Investigations

Steve Carman, Retired ATF Agent

Digital and Multimedia Evidence

Jennifer Land, Texas DPS Crime Laboratory

Firearms and Toolmarks

Tim Counce, Texas DPS Crime Laboratory

DNA Evidence

Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Latent Print Evidence

Bryan Strong, Texas DPS Crime Laboratory


Dr. Sarah Kerrigan, Sam Houston State University Regional Crime Laboratory

HGN and DWI Investigations

Lt. Jimmy Jackson, Texas DPS Highway Patrol Division

TCJIUG Meeting
March 26, 2010

No materials available

TCJIUG Meeting
November 13, 2009
TCJIUG Meeting
March 19-20, 2009

No materials available

TCJIUG Meeting
January 13, 2009
TCJIUG Meeting
October 30, 2008
TCJIUG Meeting
September 25, 2008
TCJIUG Meeting
August 8, 2008