Chris H. Asplen, J.D.

Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
United States

Mr. Asplen is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. He is currently appointed as the Executive Director of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, a commission established at the request of Attorney General Reno and administered through the National Institute of Justice. Mr. Asplen also serves on the Attorney General's Department of Justice Privacy Council. He has published numerous articles on the Commission's work and presented its findings both in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Asplen was the Director of the DNA Unit for the American Prosecutors' Research Institute/ National District Attorney's Association. He also served as Director of the Juvenile Justice Unit while at APRI/NDAA. In his roles as Commission Director and APRI/NDAA Unit Director, Mr. Asplen has educated thousands of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and victim's advocates about the investigative and courtroom applications of forensic DNA evidence.

Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Mr. Asplen was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he specialized in child abuse and sex crime prosecution.