Forensic Training Unit

"Little rigorous systemic research has been done to validate the basic premises and techniques in a number of forensic science disciplines."
National Research Council

In 2014 and 2015, OPD sent attorneys to the National Forensic College, sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The College is designed to train attorneys from around the country on forensic science issues, so that those attorneys can return to their home states and train others. Our attorneys have taken what they’ve learned and formed the Forensics Training Unit. The purpose of the Unit is two-fold: to provide support and guidance for attorneys litigating junk science issues, and to provide training to attorneys around Ohio. Our overriding goal is to improve representation throughout the state of Ohio in cases involving forensic science issues.

Forensic Training Unit Staff

The members of the Forensic Training Unit come from various departments across OPD. Please feel free to contact us using either our email addresses or the form at the bottom of this page.


Contact the Forensic Training Unit at


Patrick Clark 
Kim Rigby
Katherine Sato
Joanna Sanchez

Presentation Materials and Handouts


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Most Recent


"Justice Dept. To Do 'Stress Test' of FBI Forensic Sciences"

The Justice Department announced it will be reviewing additional forensic science practices of the FBI. You can see the full article from the New York Times here.


"In angry, defensive memo, Manhattan DA’s office withdraws bite mark evidence"

The Washington Post published an article today discussing the decision of the Manhattan DA's Office to withdraw bite mark evidence in its case against Clarence Dean. You can find the article here.  Here's the first paragraph:


"Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis"

The Washington Post recently published a series of articles about the questions surrounding the use of "shaken baby syndrome" as a diagnosis. Here is how the first article in the series starts:


Advances in DNA Testing Could Put Thousands of Texas Cases in Legal Limbo

Five days after a Houston woman was raped by two men, she was driving down the street when she spotted 16-year-old Josiah Sutton. She thought she recognized his hat, and then immediately identified him as one of her attackers. Claiming his innocence, Sutton obligingly provided investigators blood and saliva samples — but months later, in July 1999, that DNA evidence would be the linchpin in his conviction.


EJI Calls For Reforms in Access to Testing of Forensic Evidence After Another Innocent Man Is Exonerated in Alabama

EJI is calling on state officials to improve access to forensic testing after Beniah Dandridge became the second EJI client exonerated and released in the past six months after long-delayed testing proved his innocence. Mr. Dandridge was released last week after a faulty fingerprint match caused him to spend 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row after being wrongfully convicted of capital murder based on a faulty bullet match. In both of these cases, state officials kept innocent men in prison for years by refusing to conduct the tests that ultimately exonerated them.

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