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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center is offering a DNA Trends and Issues Summit for law enforcement personnel Oct. 20-21 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville.

The summit will address the emerging trends and issues facing law enforcement and DNA technology — including crime scene collection and preservation, crime lab policy and procedures and court proceedings and testimony.

The summit is for law enforcement officers, crime scene technicians, crime laboratory personnel, court officials including prosecutors and judges, correction officials and correction officers and criminal justice practitioners representing federal, state and local agencies.

Among the speakers and forum participants are Michael Bromwich, litigation partner with Fried Frank’s Washington, D.C., and New York offices, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and former Inspector General for the Department of Justice; and Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“LEIC is pleased to host this event for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ),” said Daniel Baker, LEIC executive director. “This effort fits well into our overall mission to help law enforcement increase its knowledge and be more effective in its contribution to the administration of justice in the United States. The fact that the LEIC is also home to the National Forensic Academy, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, makes our involvement in this summit more meaningful.”

Funding for the summit is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office and the NIJ, so there is no charge to attend. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Parking, lodging and evening meals are not provided.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Registration forms are available at The registration deadline is Oct. 10.


Queena Jones, (865) 974-1533,