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ARSON: Case Investigation, Policies & "Best Practices"

SNOW DATE: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.

TBA: 1 – 2 Hours of CLE Credits

PRESENTER: John Lentini


John Lentini is one of a handful of people certified to conduct both fire scene investigations and fire debris analysis. He has personally conducted more than 2,000 fire scene inspections and has appeared as an expert witness on more than 200 occasions. He is a frequent invited speaker on fire investigation science, and an active proponent of standards for fire and other forensic investigations. He is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigations is the current Chairman of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Criminalistics Section. He received the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) 2015 “Person of the Year Award” in recognition of his work in moving the fire investigation profession forward and in helping to prevent or reverse miscarriages of justice in arson cases. So far, he has helped ten wrongly convicted citizens win their release from prison. His critiques of and writings about the caliber and quality of the work done by arson investigators in State of Texas v. Cameron Todd Willingham (which may have lead to the execution of an innocent person) has received national and international attention about the caliber and quality of forensic science in the United States. He is now an independent consultant living in the Florida Keys and doing business as Scientific Fire Analysis. His book, Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation, now in its second edition, was published by CRC Press in 2013. His website is