How to Prepare for a Latent Print Daubert Hearing (11/20/2024)


Webinar Date

Nov 20, 2024

Webinar Time

8am-12pm PST

Webinar Duration

4 hours

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Instructor: Glenn Langenburg

In this course, attendees will learn helpful strategies for preparing for admissibility hearings. We will discuss the difference between Frye and Daubert hearings (or 702 hearings or equivalent). Glenn will demonstrate different strategies for addressing ‘general acceptance’ of fingerprint methodology. We will review various peer-reviewed research papers that demonstrate ‘testing and validation’ of fingerprint methodology. We will review industry standards that are available to the analyst. We will discuss critical error rate studies and we will review a strategy for addressing the known or potential error rate of latent print methodology. Finally, we will examine some limitations of fingerprint methodology which need to be acknowledged.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. The attendee will be able to define Frye versus Daubert admissibility standards.
  2. The attendee will be able to define and apply the term ‘general acceptance’.
  3. The attendee will be able to list critical literature to demonstrate testing and validation of ACE-V.
  4. The attendee will be able to identify industry standards.
  5. The attendee will be able to define and apply the term ‘peer review’.
  6. The attendee will be able to identify critical error rate studies.
  7. The attendee will be able to provide error rate statistics from peer-reviewed publications.
  8. The attendee will be able to answer simple courtroom style questions regarding how the Daubert factors can be applied with respect to fingerprint methodology.
  9. The attendee will be able to list limitations of the ACE-V methodology.

Course Handout: You will receive an email link several days before class to download the handouts and supporting literature. The pre-course work may take about an hour to review. If you are unable to download or review the material in time, you may still participate in the webinar.

Course Pre-Requisites: You should have an understanding of how basic latent print testimony is given in criminal and civil matters. There will be a significant number of research papers discussed in this course. Reading in advance can help if you are not familiar with error rates, statistics, and complex research topics.

Assessing Learning Outcomes (a.k.a Quiz): In order to verify the learning outcomes have been achieved, there is a 20-question quiz via SurveyMonkey at the end of each webinar. Attendees must score a minimum of 70% in order to receive a training certificate for the webinar. Please note quizzes are open-book and poll questions are given during the webinar to prepare attendees for the quiz.

Attendance Policy: This webinar may only be attended by the person registered for the webinar. Evolve Forensics does not permit broadcasting, watching, listening, or distributing the webinar or any of the webinar handouts to individuals who are not registered for this webinar.

Software Requirements: Attendees must be able to access GoToWebinar (webinar platform) and SurveyMonkey (quiz platform) in order to participate.

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For questions regarding the course content, please contact Glenn Langenburg via email

For questions regarding registration and payment, please contact Alice White via email

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