Training to be the Best

Our regular readers know that I place a lot of emphasis on advanced DUI training and lecturing. In 2011 I spent over 600 hours in training seminars and will top that again this year.  That’s the equivalent of 3 months solid of training.  There is no DUI lawyer in PA who spends this much time in training or lecturing. No other attorney in the United States can match this.  My motivation for this is because I want to be the best and offer the very best defense to all of my clients.

I also make it a point to ensure that all of the attorneys in my firm are thoroughly trained in DUI defense so they too can offer a vigorous fact-based and scientific-based defense and uphold the reputation of The McShane Firm as Pennsylvania’s premier DUI defense firm.

As of July 11, 2012, all of the attorneys from The McShane Firm have graduated from The Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety Hands-on Foren­sic Chro­matog­ra­phy course. It is a five-day class with laboratory instruction con­ducted at Axion Ana­lyt­i­cal Lab­o­ra­to­ries, Inc. in Chicago, Illi­nois. This hands-on course is taught by three icons of chro­matog­ra­phy (Dr. Harold McNair, PhD, Dr. Lee Polite, PhD and Mr. Lew Fox) and three attor­neys who special­ize in eval­u­at­ing chro­matog­ra­phy and foren­sic sci­ence related cases (Justin J. McShane, Josh D. Lee, and Ron Moore).

The agenda includes:

The hands-on nature of this course is what makes it such a wonderful learning experience.
The hands-on nature of this course is what makes it such a wonderful learning experience.

Day 1

8:15am Reg­is­tra­tion and Snacks
8:30am Intro­duc­tion to Gas Chromatography
9:30am Inlet Sys­tems for Liq­uid Injections
10:30am Lab 1: GC Famil­iar­iza­tion and Parameters
11:45 Lab Review
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Fun­da­men­tals of Sep­a­ra­tion — Resolution
2:30pm GC The­ory
3:30pm Cap­il­lary Columns
4:30pm Lab 2: Col­umn Installation
6:00pm End of Session
7:30pm Group Din­ner

Day 2

8:30am Quan­ti­ta­tive Analysis
9:30am Dis­cus­sion of QC in the Foren­sic World
10:30am Lab 3: GC Quantitation
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Lab Review
2:00pm Head­space GC
4:00pm Lab 4: Head­space Demo
5:00pm End of Session
6:30pm Axion Labs spon­sored Group Dinner

Day 3

8:30am GC-MS The­ory
10:30am LC-MS The­ory
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Labs 5–7: Wet Lab –Sam­ple Preparation/ Inte­gra­tion / GC-MS Instrumentation
3:00pm FID Detec­tor
4:00pm Dis­cov­ery
5:30pm End of Session
7:05pm Sport­ing event

Day 4

8:30am Ethics
9:30am Lab 8: Walk­ing Down a Case-How to Sort, Iden­tify and Exam­ine Data (Con­fronta­tion Clause)
11:00 am Gen­eral Review of Major Concepts
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Defenses That Work
3:00pm Lab 9: Trou­bleshoot­ing GC Problems
4:30pm Lab 10: Beers and Data Round­table (Bring your own data set eval­u­ate with your small group)
8:30pm End

Day 5

8:30am Trou­bleshoot­ing Lab Review
9:00am Cross exam­i­na­tion of an Analyst
10:30am Direct Exam­i­na­tion of an Expert
12:00pm Trou­ble Shoot­ing Lab Review
12:30pm Soft stop of the course with gen­eral discussion
2:00pm Hard Stop-End of Course

Gas Chromatography is the method most widely used in DUI blood testing. While most DUI lawyers have never even seen a GC performed, this course allows the attendees to perform many of the tests and lab work live.  They graduate with a clear understanding of GC and with strategies they can use in the courtroom.

The graduates of the ACS Forensic Chromatography Course are clearly a cut above the rest in terms of knowledge and experience.  This is the type of experience you want on your side if you are charged with a DUI.

If you are charged with a DUI with blood testing evidence, make sure to ask your lawyer if they have attended the ACS Forensic Chromatography Course.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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