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Intersections of Science and Law

Science and technology ARE ever-changing and their impact on how we administer justice - and the results of that administration - can often depend upon fundamental scientific precepts. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we keep up with these changes if we are to best serve our clients. This year's NHBA Midyear Meeting on March 10 is designed to help you do just that. We have put together a day of compelling presentations by nationally recognized scientists who will introduce you to scientific discoveries that will change how you handle client matters and how the judicial system decides the matters that come before it.

Morning Programs • 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
180 min. NHMCLE credit

Advances in Forensic Science
Dr. Henry Lee

Dr. Henry C. Lee

Henry C. Lee, one of the world's foremost forensic scientists, is a professor and director of the University of New Haven's Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences and a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Lee is known for his work on numerous high-profile cases, including the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, the OJ Simpson and Laci Peterson cases, and the Washington, DC, sniper shootings.

Dr. Lee will discuss his first-hand observations from these fascinating cases and the latest advances in forensic technology.

How Trauma and PTSD Affect Our Genes
Dr. Rachel Yehuda and Dr. Tor Wager

Dr. Rachel Yehuda

Dr. Tor Wager

Rachel Yehuda and Tor Wager will present on advances in brain science. Dr. Yehuda is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience and the director of traumatic stress studies division at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She is renowned for her research on the ability to identify biomarkers in the brain for certain behavioral phenomena like post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Wager is the Director at the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Colorado. He is actively involved in the emerging field of brain-body medicine, which integrates brain activity with physiological activity in the body to promote understanding of health and disease. Dr. Wager is also actively involved in developing new analysis methods to enhance our ability to understand brain function using human neuroimaging.

The implications of this research are tremendous for the law. Both research programs look to identify biological markers that can objectively confirm experiences of mental illness, pain or fear and both have obvious and substantial implications in the proof of cases, and in the potential to diagnose and treat.

Afternoon Program • 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
120 min. NHMCLE credit

The Science of Stereotyping and Implicit Bias
Dr. Samuel Sommers and Dr. Keith Maddox

Dr. Samuel Sommers

Dr. Keith Maddox

Samuel Sommers and Keith Maddox, Tufts University researchers and associate psychology professors will explore cognitive and behavioral science research on the nature of implicit bias. While most individuals believe themselves to be fair-minded individuals – perhaps even genuinely prioritizing egalitarian values – social categories including age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation continue to have profound effects on how we see and interact with others. Research shows bias is often unconscious, but its implications are no less real. This program will help attendees identify the circumstances under which bias is most likely to emerge and evaluate potential strategies aimed at curtailing such tendencies.

Two Programs, One Unbelievable Price

The NH Bar Association's 2017 Midyear Meeting brings national experts together with Bar members for an interactive discussion on the intersection of science and law.

$200 ALL DAY
(includes BOTH CLEs (300 min. NHMCLE credit) and the Honors and Awards Lunch)

(includes BOTH CLEs (300 min. NHMCLE credit) and the Honors and Awards Lunch)

We have very few tickets left for the Gender Equality breakfast but room in the CLEs and lunch. Learn more about the meeting.

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