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Fame, Forensics, and the Future: 2020 Conference

Fame, Forensics, and the Future 2020 Conference
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Dr. Henry C. Lee,

World-renowned forensic scientist, Dr. Henry Lee, has been involved in solving 8,000 criminal cases world-wide.  He has testified in some of the most publicized criminal cases in the United States.  He has been a driving force in the establishment of forensic databases and perfecting major crime scene investigation concepts.  Dr. Lee has been awarded thirty-one honorary doctorate degrees from colleges around the world and has published more than forty books on DNA, Fingerprints, Trace Evidence, and Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction.

First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg
Deputy District Attorney William McCauley

The prosecutors from the Bristol County District Attorneys office who oversaw and litigated the Aaron Hernandez case will provide an in-depth analysis of the forensics in this much publicized criminal case.

Dr. Ann Marie Mires,

Dr. Ann Marie Mires, a Forensic Anthropologist, who was recently appointed to the Governor's Forensic Task Force will highlight her work on the James "Whitey" Bulger case, the Molly Bish case and other high profile cases and provide an update on what is happening in Massachusetts in the area of forensics.

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Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day criminal investigations. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies in helping to solve more than 8000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to England, Bosnia, Canada, China, Brunei, Bermuda, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Middle East, South America and other locations around the world.

Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Peterson, and Kennedy Smith Trials; and in convictions of the “Woodchipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, the death of Chandra Levy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, and the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination. He was a consultant for more than 800 law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Lee is currently a Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Science, Vice President of Global Affair and the director of Forensic Research and Training Center of University of New Haven. He was the Chief Emeritus for the Connecticut State Police during 2000-2010 and was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut during 1998 to 2000 and has served as the state’s Chief Criminalist from 1978 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern state police communication system, Community based police services sex offender and DNA databank, major crime investigation concepts and advanced forensic science services in Connecticut.

In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school’s Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Though challenged with the demands on his time, Dr. Lee still lectures throughout the country and world to police, Universities and civic organizations. Dr. Lee has authored more than two hundreds of articles in professional journals and has co-authored more than 40 books, covering the areas, such as; DNA, Fingerprints, Trace Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Reconstruction. He is the author of some best sellers, such as Famous Crimes Revisited, Cracking Cases: the science of solving crimes, Blood Evidence, and Cracking More Cases. In addition, his textbooks such as Forensic Science, Physical Evidence and Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook have been widely adopted in medical legal and forensic professions. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies. His new television series, Trace Evidence – Dr. Henry Lee File has received high ratings and has been broadcasted around the world.

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification and in 1992 was elected a distinguished Fellow of the AAFS. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE) in 2000, Medal of Honor by the Ellis Island Foundation in 2004, Congressional Recognition for Outstanding services by the US Congress in 2004, Presidential Medal of Honor by the President of Croatia in 2005, Medal of Service from the Ministry of Interior, Taiwan, ROC in 2006, and Gusi Peace Award from the Philippines in 2008.

Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee continued his studies in biochemistry at NYU where he earned his Master’s Degree in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1975. He has also received special training from the FBI Academy, ATF, RCMP, and other organizations. He is a recipient of 30 Honorary degrees: Doctorate Degrees of Science from the University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, Honorary Doctorate of Law from Roger Williams Law School, Mitchell College, American International University and Taiwan Scientific Technology University, Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Bridgeport, St. Joseph College, Armstrong University in Hon Kong, Hwa Tong University in Taiwan, University of Law and Political Science in China, University of  Spite in   Croatia, International Burch University in Bosnia,   in recognition of his contributions to Law and Science.

Patrick Bomberg

Patrick Bomberg is currently assigned as the First Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County.  He graduated from Boston University and was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army.  After four years on active duty, including one tour in combat during the Persian Gulf War, he returned to Boston University to attend law school.

Mr. Bomberg began his legal employment in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.  He spent six years as a district court prosecutor before being assigned to the superior court staff, where he prosecuted all types of major felonies.

In 2007, he started in the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant DA in the homicide unit.  Prior to becoming First Assistant in 2015, he held a position in the Homicide Unit and served as the District Attorney’s Legal Counsel.  Some of his duties have included leading or overseeing police involved death investigations; the investigation into the death of Marie Joseph, a woman who drowned in a state-run pool during regular operation, but who wasn’t discovered until two days later; and the office’s response to repeated state-lab scandals.  He was one of the prosecutors in the prosecution of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and his cohorts, and he supervised the two Assistant District Attorneys who successfully prosecuted Michelle Carter for manslaughter in the death of Conrad Roy.

William McCauley

William McCauley is the Deputy District Attorney in Bristol County.  He began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County.  He worked for four years in Brockton, Hingham, Plymouth and Wareham District Courts before being promoted to the Superior Court.  For the next seven years he was assigned to the Child Abuse/Family Protection Unit.  In 1998, he and Pat Bomberg began an Unsolved Homicide unit which resulted in the successful prosecutions of two unsolved murder cases.

In 2004, Mr. McCauley left the District Attorney’s Office to work in private practice.  In 2007, he returned to work as a prosecutor as the First Assistant in Bristol County where he headed the Homicide and Unsolved Units.    He prosecuted Aaron Hernandez and his associates for the killing of Odin Lloyd.

His efforts have resulted in solving twelve Bristol County unsolved homicides, including his successful prosecution of Robert Roy for the murder of Marni Roy which had been unsolved for more than 20 years and Daniel Tavares for the death of Gayle Botelho which was unsolved for 25 years.  He continues to work on unsolved homicides and rapes, including using advanced DNA testing to solve four previously unsolved rape cases which are alleged to have been perpetrated by the same assailant.  He devotes much of his time working on DNA issues which have statewide importance.

Dr. Ann Marie Mires

Dr. Mires is the Forensic Anthropologist who was responsible for establishing Forensic Anthropology in Massachusetts as a specialty to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). During her tenure at the OCME, 1996-2009, she worked on overseeing identification services and providing the specialty of Forensic Anthropology consultation on cases. In 2008, she began teaching full-time at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, where she taught coursework in criminal justice, forensic anthropology, and victimology.

In 2013, Dr. Mires testified against James ‘Whitey’ Bulger the notorious Irish mob boss who had killed and buried numerous individuals in the Boston area. In 2000, she worked in conjunction with State Police, DEA, and the U.S. Attorney’s office to excavate four graves containing six bodies. Bulger was caught by authorities in 2011 and the case proceeded through the U.S. Federal Court system culminating in the trial during the summer of 2013. Dr. Mires’ seven hour testimony brought forth over 400 items of evidence. Bulger was convicted of most of the charges.    

Currently, Dr. Mires serves as the director of two programs at Anna Maria College, the Forensic Criminology Program and the Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly. These two programs focus on education, safety of vulnerable populations, and crime prevention, topics she dedicates much of her attention and research. Her research involves consulting with agencies on systematic search and recovery methodologies in unfound missing person cases in order to move these unresolved cases forward for the families and for law enforcement investigations. In 2019, she was appointed to the Governor’s Forensic Science Oversight Board (FSOB) whose mission is the oversight of all commonwealth facilities engaged in forensic services in criminal investigations, oversight of forensic evidence, and integrity of such analyses. The FSOB also actively engages stakeholders in forensic development initiatives and seeks to improve education and training in forensic science and the law.