NACDL-Cardozo National Forensic College 2020

The National Forensic College is an advanced, week-long forensic science CLE designed for experienced trial and post-conviction defense litigators. It features the foremost national experts in a wide range of forensic disciplines and presents a truly one-of-a kind opportunity. The Forensic College prepares attorneys to litigate complex forensic science issues strategically and with the support of the nation's leading law firms and experts.

7th Annual NACDL-Cardozo Law National Forensic College

June 7-12, 2020 / New York City
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

One core objective of the Forensic College is to train trainers and supervisors in the defense community, and the participants include training directors from federal defender offices, public defense organizations, and assigned counsel programs. The Forensic College has reserved a limited number of slots for private attorneys. Attendance is by application and the limited space fills quickly, so early submissions are encouraged. The Forensic College is especially eager to recruit private lawyers who may be involved in planning or implementing defense or wrongful conviction training programs in their communities, or those at law firms who may wish to participate in cutting-edge forensic litigation. Private attorney tuition is only $1,099 for the full six-day program and NACDL members receive a discounted rate of $999 for the week. Understanding it may be difficult for some lawyers to attend the entire week, you may request enrollment for part of the week by contacting Vanessa Antoun, NACDL Senior Resource Counsel at or (202) 465-7663. 

To apply, download the attorney application and email it to Vanessa Antoun, Senior Resource Counsel for NACDL at with the subject "NFC Application."

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Topics Include:

  • Framework for Evaluating Forensic Science Evidence and Presenting it to the Judge and Jury 
  • Pattern Evidence 
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Toxicology
  • DNA – basic, advanced, and post-conviction tracks
  • Source Code 
  • Digital Evidence

The Forensic College is presented in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Defender Services Training Division. 

DRAFT NFC Topic Day Schedule




1 SUN (6/7)

Overview / Evaluating and Presenting Forensic Evidence

10 am – 5 pm

2 MON (6/8)

Pattern Evidence

9 am – 5:00 pm

2 MON (6/8)

NFC Reception

5:00 pm

3 TUES (6/9)

Forensic Pathology & Toxicology

9 am – 5 pm

5 WED (6/10)


DNA (basic, advanced & post-conviction tracks)

9 am – 5 pm

4 THURS (6/11)


Source Code and Digital Evidence

9 am – 5 pm

6 FRI (6/12)

Digital Evidence

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

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