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2010 Midwest Crime Lab Directors Agenda


May 18-19, 2010
Mackinac Island, Michigan



Tuesday, May 18

7:30 - 8:00 am


8:00 - 8:05 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Captain Michael Thomas, Michigan State Police  - Division Director

8:05 - 9:30 am

Current issues relating to ASCLD/LAB

Ralph Keaton, ASCLD/LAB

  1. Proposed changes to the ASCLD Supplemental Requirements
  2. Responding to NAS concerns
  3. Proposed federal funding legislation

Please submit additional questions you would like Ralph to address to Kathryn Maloney at

9:30 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 10:45 am

ASCLD Advocacy Program

Laura Sudkamp, Kentucky State Police and Kit Maloney, Michigan State Police

  1. Work of the ASCLD advocacy network in the Midwest
  2. How does the network operate to feed current accurate information from

Midwest crime labs to the CFSO and Congress?  

  1. What are the crime lab issues current in Congress now?
  2. How does the network operate to feed current accurate information from Midwest crime labs to the CFSO and Congress?  
  3. What are the crime lab issues current in Congress now?

10:45 - 11:45 pm

Documenting Your Laboratory’s History and Crime Lab Reports

Jay Jarvis, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Presentation [PPT]          

11:45 - 1:15 pm


1:15 - 2:00 pm

Policies and Guidelines for evidence submission and case acceptance           

Jana Champion, Wisconsin State Crime Lab                       

  1. What are we doing to influence the quality of evidence we’re asked to examine?
  2. Can we use evidence submission guidelines to increase the quantity of "good" submissions while minimizing the volume of "bad"?

 Please come prepared to provide your policies, suggestions, past experience, agency reactions, etc.

2:00 - 2:45 pm

Workload/performance information for forensic discipline                                               

Mike Medler/Ron Blacklock, Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Lab

Please come prepared to discuss workload policies and/or statistics for your systems.

Presentation [PPT]

2:45 - 3:25 pm


3:15 - 4:00 pm

Salary Structure – A comparison of salary structures for laboratory staff

Bill Dean, Hamilton Co. Coroner’s Lab

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Update on the Foresight Project 

Constance Swander, Michigan State Police


Wednesday, May 19

8:00  - 9:00 am

Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory efforts to assume the flow of casework

that resulted from the closure of the Detroit Police Department Crime Laboratory 

Gregoire Michaud, Michigan State Police

  1. Administrative decisions and planning
  2. Implementation
  3. Lessons learned and current approach

9:00 - 9:45 am

Implementation/Issues with Video/Audio Testimony and alternate applications of these systems (Vision Net educational program)

Dave McAlpin, Montana Department of Justice

9:45 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 11:00 am

Implementing paperless laboratory information systems in forensic laboratories 

John Bowen, Michigan State Police and Jay Jarvis, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

11:00 - 11:30 pm

Ethics training for laboratory staff and available program.  

David Baldwin, MFRC

11:30 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Do university forensic science programs meet the needs of crime labs and forensic scientists?

Garth Glassburg, No. Illinois Police Lab

Presentation [PPTX]

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Minnesota Forensic Science Advisory Board – Structure, Experience and Issues

 Jim Dougherty, Minnesota – Hennepin County

Presentation [PPT]


3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 4:15 pm

Development of a contact list for experience on specific projects

Kit Maloney, Michigan State Police

      1.  Planning a new facility (funding, design, experience)

      2.  Assistance with the development of grant applications

      3.  Experience with implementation of new/paperless LIMS            

      4.  Other suggested topics of interest

4:15 - 4:30 pm

Evaluation by attendees

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Suggestions and planning for 2011 meeting

5:00 - 6:00 pm