Public Forum: Forensic DNA

September 16, 2005
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA


Forensic DNA: Views from the Other End of the Needle-Present and Future Policies
Public Forum (free and open to the public)
ASLME's DNA Fingerprinting and Civil Liberties Project
NIH Grant No. 1RO1HG0002836-02

The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics has scheduled the fourth of four workshops for its DNA Fingerprinting and Civil Liberties project for September 16-17, 2005. The workshop includes a Public Forum on Friday, September 16, from noon to 3:00, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Public Forum is free and open to the public.

This Public Forum is supported by the NIH through its Ethics, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program and builds on the work of the National Commission for the Future of DNA Evidence. The theme of the workshop and its Public Forum is "Views from the Other End of the Needle: Present and Future Policies." Topics to be addressed during the Public Forum include lessons learned and policy implications from DNA-based exonerations and innocence projects; DNA fingerprinting and individual rights, emerging issues of law, policy and ethics; post-conviction DNA review models; and effects of DNA forensics on families and communities..

Consultants to this project include Drs. Frederick R. Bieber, David Lazer, Philip Reilly, and Mark Rothstein. They are working closely with ASLME to organize and run each of these workshops and a national symposium. The goal of the DNA Fingerprinting and Civil Liberties Project is to create a forum with a particular focus on ethical and policy issues surrounding the forensic use of DNA technology, employing a four workshop format over a two-year period with a concluding educational symposium to be held in the late spring of 2006.

For more information on the Public Forum and on this unique project, please visit our web site at