Forensic Testimony Techniques
February 5 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Free webinar for PNWD-IAI members!
The PNWD-IAI is proud to offer our members another webinar as part of the “PNWD-IAI Presents” Training Series.
Title: Forensic Testimony Techniques
When: 02/05/24 8-11AM PT
To register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be provided a link. Non-members can inquire to participate.
Abstract: What would you expect to hear from forensic practitioners when asked what their least favorite job duty is? By far, hands down, everyone says testifying! Being an expert witness is daunting for most forensic practitioners. This workshop is designed to provide the necessary skills, tips, and conﬁdence building tools to help you shake oﬀ those nerves and provide clear and concise testimony in any courtroom. Angela will primarily focus on latent print and forensic testimony; however, this workshop is suitable for anyone in the forensic and law enforcement disciplines. Angela will share her personal experiences of testifying throughout her career to include several high profile cases, one which includes the processing and comparison of a bloody foot impression from a homicide and a 32 year old cold case solved using genetic genealogy. She will talk about her very ﬁrst court appearance, to her most recent trip “to the hot seat.” She will discuss best approaches for testifying after errors and how to answer questions regarding recent publications such as the AAAFS, NAS and PCAST reports. Angela has taken all of her testimony experience and the generic tips and tailored them to create a set of unique methods to abandon testimony fears. By implementing these techniques, the jury and members of the court will see nothing less than a conﬁdent, qualiﬁed, forensic professional the next time you are on the witness stand.
About the Speaker
Angela Hilliard is a Certified Latent Print Examiner through the International Association for Identification and currently works as a Forensic Scientist, Latent Print Examiner with the Washington State Patrol in Olympia and an Adjunct Professor at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. She has been employed with the WSP since March of 2016. Angela’s previous forensic experience includes both a Forensic Specialist and Latent Print Examiner with the Glendale Police Department and an Adjunct Professor at Glendale Community College in Southern California, and a Fingerprint Specialist for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in San Francisco. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from National University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University. Angela is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Board for the Pacific Northwest Division-IAI. In her free time Angela spends as much of her time as she can exploring the great outdoors as well as volunteering with her K9 partner River for search and rescue and human remains detection missions.