Virtual: Preparing and Presenting Firearms Evidence & the Ballistics Expert

October 27, 2020

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET
90-minute presentation includes a Q&A session
CLE: 1.5 Credits

Presented by Eric Leafblad, Assistant State’s Attorney and Director of Continuing Legal Education, and Training Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

This lecturer examines the capabilities and limitations of the forensic science disciplines of firearms identification and tool mark identification from the prosecutor’s perspective. Emphasis will be given to: the various kinds of evidence associated with shooting cases; the types of examinations that should be requested of the crime laboratory; what can and cannot be determined by the examinations; how the results of the examinations can be most effectively presented in the courtroom; what types of items should be collected and preserved as evidence; preparing the firearms expert for direct and cross-examination; and other practical information that the firearms examiner, while giving an overview of firearms, can provide to assist in more effective investigation/ prosecution of these cases.

The presenter will also focus on the types of firearms you will commonly see with violent crime cases, the differing ways they function; the variety of types of wounds caused by each; as well as any new cutting-edge weaponry that you may begin to see in your jurisdictions.

CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours

Presented by:
Eric Leafblad
Assistant State’s Attorney
Director, Continuing Legal Education, and Training
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.5 hours

This course is pending approval in Pennsylvania and Virginia but has been approved for CLE credit in Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, and South Carolina. NDAA will not be applying for CLE credit in the state of Texas. Many states will allow attorneys to receive CLE credit for virtual courses that have been approved in one of these states through reciprocity or self-submission. Please speak with your CLE accrediting body to ensure that they will allow you to self-submit the course for approval if your state is not listed above.

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NDAA will gladly offer training course attendees a credit for the full course amount which you or an office colleague can use for the rescheduled course or a future NDAA course of your choosing prior to September 30, 2021. As always, substitutions are accepted at any time. Note, NDAA regrets that cash refunds are not available. Please submit all requests to NDAA in writing via email to Project Coordinator Metria Hernandez at

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