Education & Training

Capital Litigation Initiative: Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics Training

Webinar 3: Forensic Pathology Essentials

Forensic Pathology Essentials
Thursday, October 13, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Forensic Pathology Essentials, featuring videos and conversations with medical examiners who are forensic pathology experts, lets you discover what happens to a body from the crime scene to the autopsy. This webinar takes you through the process of how an autopsy is conducted, with forensic reviews of the body, including head, neck, chest, abdomen, arm, and skin. The webinar features science and observation involving strangulation, blunt trauma, poisoning, stab wounds, and more.

Webinar panelists include:

  • Professor Carol Henderson is the founding director of the award-winning National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law (NCSTL) and a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law.
  • Dr. J.C. Upshaw Downs has served as a Forensic Pathology consultant (forensX, LLC for over a quarter century. Dr. Downs has served as the State Medical Examiner for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the Coastal Regional Medical Examiner for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He has served as a pathology professor at several universities, as well as on several boards, advisory councils, and committees involving forensic pathology.
  • Dr. Darin Trelka has worked as a medical examiner in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2005 to 2007, as a forensic pathologist for the Cuyahoga County Coronerís Office in Cleveland Ohio from 2007 to 2009, and from 2009 to 2014, served as an associate, deputy chief and Interim Chief Medical Examiner at the Broward County Medical Examinerís Office in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Currently Dr. Trelka is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and Director of Anatomical Programs at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University.

Course materials:

  • Forensic Pathology Essentials Outline
  • Learning Objectives
  • Further Reading List
  • Autopsy Law Survey

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    Please be advised on the potentially graphic nature of this webinar, which will include autopsy photographs and videos.

    This webinar is designed for both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Attendees who complete this webinar will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits. The Stetson Office of Professional Education will work with each individual participant for reporting specifics. CLE applications will be made to Florida and other states per individual requests. Please email for further information and state specific requests.