Forensics Seminar

LACDL's Criminal Forensics Seminar

LACDL's Criminal Forensics Seminar will be held at the LABI Conference Center in Baton Rouge, LA on August 3-4, 2017. 

Program Summary
In today's technologically driven world, criminal forensics takes on many complex forms. Skilled criminal defense lawyers must have an understanding of the science of DNA and the statistical analysis of any reported results. Join LACDL for their first Forensics Seminar to learn to hone your skillset in this ever-changing field. 


Program Agenda
Thursday, August 3, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration & Refreshments
8:30 - 9:30 am Current Issues in Forensics  Jason Hessick; Baton Rouge, LA
9:35 - 10:35 am Patten Match / Firearms  Ron Smith; Collinsville, MS
10:40 - 11:40 am Fingerprints  Ron Smith; Collinsville, MS
11:40 am - 1:20 pm              Lunch (On Your Own)  |  LACDL 3rd Quarter Board Meeting
1:20 - 2:20 pm Computer/Cell Phone Forensics  Lance Sloves; Dallas, TX                                                                                          
2:25 - 3:25 pm Expert Voir Dire  Franz Borghardt; Baton Rouge, LA
3:30 - 4:30 pm Daubert Challenges  Robby Gill; Baton Rouge, LA
4:30 - 6:30 pm LACDL Networking Social

Friday, August 4, 2017
8:00 - 8:30 am Reigstration & Refreshments
8:30 - 9:30 am Introduction to DNA  Angela Ross; Baton Rouge, LA
9:35 - 10:35 am Introduction to Foresnsics Statistics  Stephen Potts; Baton Rouge, LA
10:40 - 11:40 am Advanced Forensics Statistics  Dr. Norah Rudin; Mountain View, CA
11:40 - 1:20 pm Lunch (On Your Own)
1:20 - 2:50 pm Advanced DNA & Virtual Lab  Dr. Greg Hampikian; Boise, ID
2:55 - 3:55 pm DNA Challenges  Jarrett Ambeau; Baton Rouge, LA
4:00 - 4:30 pm DNA Panel Discussion  Angela Ross, Stephen Potts & Jarrett Ambeau

Seminar Faculty

Jarrett Ambeau
, Ambeau Law Firm (Baton Rouge & Gonzales)
Jason Hessick
Ron Smith
Lance Sloves
Franz Borghardt
, Borghardt Law Firm (Baton Rouge )
Robby Gill
Angela Ross
Stephen Potts
Dr. Norah Rudin
Dr. Greg Hampikian

CLE Credits

LACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in Louisiana. If you need out of state credit, please contact the LACDL office at (225) 767-7640 or

Location & Hotel Accommodations

Seminar Location:
LABI Conference Center

3113 Valley Creek Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Hotel Accommodations:
Crowne Plaza Executive Center

4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Reservations: (800) 678-4065
Group Rate: $92 + tax  Please mention code "CDK" to receive the applicable discount rate.


Questions? Contact LACDL Staff, Jamee Steele, at or (225) 767-7640.

 Sponsorships & Exhibits
For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please download the Opportunities Brochure. Questions? Contact LACDL Staff Jamee Steele at (225) 767-7640 or


Member (2017 Public Defender, Regular, Sustaining, Affiliate, Partner) $325
Member Using 6-hr Voucher (2017 Regular, Sustaining, Affiliate) $162.50
Member Using 12-hr Voucher (2017 Partner) FREE
Non-Lawyer (Private Investigator, Paralegal, etc.) $260
Lifetime Member FREE
Student Member FREE
One-Day Only  $175                                                                                                                     

Non-Member $385
New Member Joining
[$225 + 2017 Dues. Voucher can be used at NEXT seminar attended in 2017.]
2017 Dues: Lifetime $2,000; Partner $350 (includes 12-hr voucher); Sustaining $250 (includes 6-hr voucher); Regular $150 (includes 6-hr voucher)
$225 + 2017 Dues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Late Registration 
received after Wednesday, July 26, 2017 without a registration fee included will incur a $50 late registration fee.

Cancellation Policy 
All registration 
canceled after Thursday, July 20, 2017 will incur a $100 cancellation fee. LACDL will not issue a refund for cancellation after Thursday, July 27, 2017.

No Show Policy
LACDL will not issue a refund for "No Shows".

CLE Voucher Policy

CLE Voucher Cancellation Policy (applies to those using CLE Voucher Only): It is the policy of LACDL that if a person, for good cause,  is unable to attend a CLE seminar after registering for the seminar and after the date for cancellation without penalty has passed, the following rules shall apply: 
(1)    If the individual has not yet received the seminar materials and was to attend the seminar using an LACDL membership voucher, that voucher will still be available for future use;
(2)    If the individual was to attend the seminar using an LACDL membership voucher and the individual has received the seminar materials prior to cancellation, the voucher will still be available for future use but the individual will be assessed the cost of the materials, which must be paid prior to attendance at any future seminars. 
For purposes of this policy, good cause includes professional commitments such as court appearances that had not been set at the time of registration for the seminar; illness, or other emergency situations that were not foreseen at the time of registration for the seminar.