Education & Training

Capital Litigation Initiative: Crime Scene to Courtroom Forensics Training

Webinar 17: Emerging Issues in Forensic Fingerprint Examination

Emerging Issues in Forensic Fingerprint Examination
Thursday, April 30, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In Emerging Issues in Forensic Fingerprint Examination, John Black, co-author of the recent AAAS Latent Fingerprint Examination Report, will help attendees learn how fingerprint evidence is examined, documented and reported.† Attendees will also gain an understanding of best practices as discussed in several key reports, documents and case studies.† Numerous questions will be provided to assist with the examination of an expert fingerprint witness.


John Black is a forensic consultant and the owner of Black & White Forensics, LLC in South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University. John has 29 years of experience as a forensic scientist and previously worked for Ron Smith and Associates, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

He has spent the last 25 years as a latent print examiner, with 12 of those years also being devoted to crime scene investigation. John is certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Latent Print Examiner, Footwear Examiner and Senior Crime Scene Analyst. He is a former member of the IAIís Crime Scene Certification Board, Ethics Committee, Editorial Review Board and Footwear/Tire Track Subcommittee. He has provided expert witness testimony in Federal and State courts on over 110 occasions in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas.

John has conducted over 250 presentations throughout North America, Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe on topics such as fingerprint examination, latent print processing, crime scene investigation, impression evidence collection and bloodstain pattern analysis. John was awarded Distinguished Member status with the IAI in 2007. In 2014, he was selected through a competitive application process to the Friction Ridge Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).


Course materials:

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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.