63rd Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys

July 21-24, 2008• Chicago

All lectures and luncheons will be presented at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.

Monday, July 21

8–9 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast

Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law

9–9:15 a.m.


Thomas F. Geraghty, Short Course Program Director; Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Professor of Law, and Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law

9:15–10:45 a.m.

The Fourth Amendment in a Nutshell


Kimberly C. Frankel, Senior Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Portland, Oregon

10:45–11 a.m.


11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Developments in Evidence Law and Procedure


Cathryn S. Crawford, Clinical Associate Professor, Staff Attorney, Children & Family Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon

Law School Atrium

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Effective Use of Technology in Presenting a Case


Michael Rogers, Ronin Consulting, Chicago

3:30–3:45 p.m.


3:45–5:15 p.m.

Ethics in the Courtroom — Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator

Thomas F. Geraghty


Daniel T. Coyne, Associate Professor of Clinical Practice, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago

James R. Epstein, Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

Arthur F. Hill Jr., Judge, Cook County Circuit Court and former Chief Deputy, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago

5:15 p.m.

Social Forum: Learning from Each Other

Reception in the courtyard

Tuesday, July 22

Presented in cooperation with the Center for Modern Forensic Practice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9–9:30 a.m.

The Need for Comprehensive Knowledge about Forensic Science


James M. Doyle, Carney & Bassil, Boston; Director, Center for Modern Forensic Practice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, New York

9:30–11 a.m.

Arson Investigation


John J. Lentini, Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC, Big Pine Key, Florida


Peter R. DeForest, Professor of Criminalistics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, New York

11–11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Firearm and Pattern Evidence


Peter J. Diaczuk, Director of Forensic Science Training, Center for Modern Forensic Practice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, New York


Peter R. DeForest

12:45–1:30 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon

Law School Atrium

1:30–2 p.m.

Keynote Address


Richard A. Devine, Cook County State's Attorney

Having served 11 years as Cook County State's Attorney in the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation, Mr. Devine has a unique perspective on the issues confronting criminal attorneys. He has instituted nationally recognized programs in domestic violence, juvenile justice, narcotics prosecutions and diversion programs, and services to victims. He is a true leader with proven ability to balance justice with compassion and advocacy with fairness.

2–2:15 p.m.


2:15–3:15 p.m.

Computer Forensics and the Use of Digital Evidence


J. Philip Craiger, Assistant Director for Digital Evidence, National Center for Forensic Science and Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, University of Central Florida, Orlando

3:15–4:15 p.m.

Children as Witnesses: What We Know


Lillian Salcines Bright, First Assistant, Fifth District, Office of the District Attorney, Wilmington, North Carolina

Wednesday, July 23

8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Forensic Pathology


Nancy L. Jones, MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Office of Cook County Medical Examiner, Chicago

9:30 a.m.–Noon

DNA Analysis in Criminal Investigations


Kara Stefanson, DNA Resource Specialist, Office of the Cook County State's Attorney, Chicago

Noon–1 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon

Law School Atrium

1–2 p.m.

Eyewitness Testimony


James M. Doyle

Mark R. Larson, Chief Criminal Deputy, King County Prosecutor's Office, Seattle

2–2:15 p.m.


2:15–4:15 p.m.

The Science of Cross-Examination


Terence F. MacCarthy, Executive Director, Federal Defender Program, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Thursday, July 24

8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–Noon

Trial Techniques Panel
(for prosecuting attorneys only)

The panel will discuss, demonstrate, and answer questions about pretrial motions, preparation for trial, jury selection, opening statements, meeting the defense's case, and closing arguments.


Mark R. Larson

S. Michael Miller, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Columbus, Ohio; former Prosecuting Attorney, Franklin County

Mark R. Larson, Chief Criminal Deputy, King County Prosecutor’s Office, Seattle

E. J. Salcines, Judge, Second District Court of Appeals, Tampa, Florida; former State Attorney, Hillsborough County

Henry R. Valdez, District Attorney, 1st Judicial District of New Mexico, Santa Fe

Noon–1 p.m.

Barbecue Luncheon

Weather permitting, a barbecue luncheon will be served in the courtyard.

1–4:30 p.m.

Trial Techniques Panel (continued)

4:30 p.m.

Program Concludes