Education & Training

Capital Litigation Initiative: Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics Training

Webinar 13: Bloodstain Pattern Essentials

Bloodstain Pattern Essentials
Tuesday August 20, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


In Bloodstain Pattern Essentials, retired criminalist and supervisor in the Forensic Biology Section of the Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau Toby L. Wolson will present Bloodstain Pattern Essentials, focusing on:

  • Overview of bloodstain pattern analysis and the science behind the discipline.
  • Expert training and credentials.
  • Legal concerns and what attorneys should know about bloodstain pattern experts.
  • Current temperature of the field, including recent media coverage.
  • Available OSAC resources.


Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC has a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University. He retired after 33 years of service as a criminalist and supervisor in the Forensic Biology Section of the Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau. He has received forensic training in serology, DNA (RFLP, PM, HLA DQ-alpha and STR), and bloodstain pattern analysis. He has presented papers concerning his studies in forensic biology and bloodstain pattern analysis at meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification (IAI), and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA). He is a Past President of the IABPA. Mr. Wolson is a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees Physics/Pattern Scientific Area Committee as the Chair of the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Subcommittee (OSAC). OSAC is an initiative of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States. He is a member of the AAFS Academy Standards Board Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body, the Chairperson of the IAIís Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Science and Practice Subcommittee and is on the Editorial Boards of the AAFS Journal of Forensic Sciences and the IAIís Journal of Forensic Identification. Mr. Wolson is a Retired Fellow in the AAFS and a Member of the IABPA and IAI.


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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 ope@law.stetson.edu for further information and state specific requests.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-CP-BX-K006 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.