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steven d. benjamin Betty Layne DesPortes is a criminal defense attorney with the Richmond, Virginia law firm of Benjamin & DesPortes. steven d. benjamin

Panelist, Keynote Session, “Last Lecture Series . . . Words of Wisdom from Our Mentors,” American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2014, Seattle WA.

“Error Reporting: Replacing Blame with Solutions,” American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2014, Seattle WA.

Panelist, "Legal vs. Scientific Proof" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2012, Atlanta GA.

Panelist, "How Far Has the Federal Government Advanced Toward Meeting the Recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report and How Does the United States Effort to Strengthen Forensic Science Compare with that in Other Countries?" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2012, Atlanta GA.

Panelist, "The Forensic Landscape Two Years After the NAS Report: Litigating Issues in Light of the Report and Responses of the Forensic Community, Governmental Agencies and Congress," American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and the Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics Second Annual Prescription for Criminal Justice Forensics, June 2011, New York NY.

Panelist, "National Academy of Sciences Study," American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and the Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics First Annual Prescription for Criminal Justice Forensics, June 2010, New York NY.

Organizer, "Putting Our Forensic House in Order," Interdisciplinary Symposium — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2010, Seattle WA.

"Forensic DNA Evidence: Recent Controversies" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2007, San Antonio TX.

"Crisis Management in the Lab: Legal Considerations in Conducting Audits and Other Investigations" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2006, Seattle WA.

"Forensic Science and the Rule of Law: The Role of Discovery in Today's Crime Laboratory" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2006, Seattle WA.

"Other Acts Against Humanity: A Defense Attorney's Perspective on Virginia's Death Penalty" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2001, Seattle WA.

Substitute Panelist, "Multidisciplinary Session: Child Abuse: A Forensic Reassessment and Search for Balance," - American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 2000, Reno NV.

"Forensic Science and the Criminal Lawyer: A View from the Front Lines" — American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Meeting, February 1999, Orlando FL.

 




 
 
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