Law professor, forensic scientist to speak at URI on Dec. 10

Final Forensic Science Seminar of the semester

KINGSTON, R.I — December 7, 2004 — James E. Starrs, a professor of law and forensic science and a renowned historical forensic investigator, will speak about “Cold Cases” as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

This final discussion of the semester will take place on Friday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served prior to the start of the discussion.

Starrs, who has taught at The George Washington University since 1964, is an expert on criminal law and procedure, forensic science, fingerprinting, and document examination.

Michael Baden, the featured forensic pathologist on HBO’s Autopsy says on the show’s website,“[Starrs] is a very smart, witty and articulate curmudgeon who has done some marvelous work in applying new developments in the forensic sciences to old mysteries.”

Starrs has participated in forensic investigations of historical cases and figures such as the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Boston Strangler, J. Edgar Hoover, the identification of Jesse James, and the suicide of Meriwether Lewis.

He is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has edited The Scientific Sleuthing Review, a legal and scientific journal, for more than 20 years. In addition, he has published articles on law and forensics in various professional journals and edited an anthropology about bicycles and cycling, The Literary Cyclist.

The Forensic Science Seminar Series is a semester-long program offered by the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership.