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A Crash Course in Probabilistic Genotyping

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This course was prepared in conjunction with the National Association for Public Defense. By viewing this CLE by I am affirming that today I am neither a prosecutor nor viewing this course with the purpose of aiding the prosecution of any criminally accused. I further affirm that I am dedicated to the ideals of the criminal defense practitioner, and am committed to the causes of effective and zealous defense of those charged with crimes, the protection and assertion of constitutional rights afforded the criminally accused, and the recognition and preservation of human dignity of those charged with crimes. I further affirm that the information provided by this course will not be used by me in any manner which would impugn the above set of ideals.

DNA labs are increasingly turning to sophisticated computer programs to unravel increasingly complex DNA mixtures. This CLE program will explain probabilistic genotyping and their applications. The course will help you understand how probabilistic genotyping systems work, how they may be strategically utilized as well as the limitations of these programs. The course will also present the legal challenges that could be made to them.

Lecturer Bios

Clinton Hughes, Esq.

  • (1) B.A.(1986) and M.A. (1989) in History, UNC-Greensboro J.D. (1997), Brooklyn Law School
  • (2) Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York City, Criminal Defense Practice, DNA Unit
  • (3) Have tried multiple cases to verdict involving DNA evidence.
  • (4) Part of the litigation team that successfully obtained the validation studies of the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner's Low Copy Number and Forensic Statistical Tool methodologies, then successfully had those methodologies precluded from one Brooklyn courtroom in 2014.
  • (5) Co-author, "When Drop-ins Are Really Inconvenient: Effect of Drop-in on False Positive and Rank Order Likelihood Ratios Calculated by the Forensic Statistical Tool for a Mixture of Touch DNA," to be published online this Fall in the proceedings of the 2015 International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Allison Lewis, Esq.

Allison Lewis is a member of the Homicide Defense Task Force/DNA Unit. She has been a public defender with The Legal Aid Society since 2005, a member of the DNA Unit since 2013 and working with the HDTF since 2019. She graduated Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

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