IDS would like to recognize the following attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and mitigation specialists who completed at least 10 hours of training through the 2021 IDS Forensic Science Education Series:
S. Stephen Goodwin
M. LeAnn Melton
During the year, these legal professionals devoted significant time to improving their knowledge in the area of complex scientific evidence. This training program prepared them to investigate the scientific evidence in their cases and provide the high-quality representation that their clients deserve. This training has improved their ability to discuss scientific evidence with their clients, advocate on behalf of clients in plea negotiations, and challenge unreliable evidence in court.
These series were very informative and I made sure I set aside time to attend each one. I was able to enhance my knowledge in forensic science on so many levels. I appreciate each participant and their contribution in making these series a success.Shelby McCoy-Pettiford, Office of the Capital Defender
At IDS, we appreciate that day-in and day-out, public defenders and private appointed attorneys are providing the high-quality representation that indigent clients in North Carolina deserve. We hope that programs like the 2021 IDS Forensic Science Education Series assist you in the important work that you do. We thank these legal professionals for devoting substantial time to improving their client representation and trial skills this year. We have materials and recordings for some of the webinars available here if you missed them. We look forward to continuing to serve defenders in 2022!