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Lynn Garcia

General Counsel, Texas Forensic Science Commission

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Speaker

Lynn Garcia

General Counsel, Texas Forensic Science Commission

Lynn Garcia serves as general counsel to the Texas Forensic Science Commission, a position she has held since December 2010.  Ms. Garcia’s assists nine Commissioners appointed by the Governor with investigating allegations of professional negligence and misconduct in accredited crime laboratories.

Ms. Garcia manages complaints received from a variety of sources, including inmates and their families, advocacy organizations, defense counsel, and current or former laboratory employees.  She also manages the Commission’s review of laboratory self-disclosures for non-conformances as well as the statewide crime laboratory accreditation program.

Ms. Garcia has coordinated investigations and drafted reports in a variety of forensic disciplines including drug chemistry, forensic biology, toxicology, digital and multimedia evidence, firearm and tool mark analysis, forensic odontology and arson investigation.  Ms. Garcia also coordinates the Commission’s ongoing statewide review of hair microscopy and DNA mixture cases.

Ms. Garcia coordinates the training and forensic development initiatives of the Commission, including development of in-person and online training regarding ethics and integrity in the crime laboratory; the impact of Brady and the Michael Morton Act on forensic examiners; leadership issues in the crime laboratory; and root cause analysis.

Before moving to Texas, Ms. Garcia was an attorney in a large law firm in Washington, DC.  Ms. Garcia is a member of the Legal Resource Committee of the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees.  She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two-year old son Sammy and blue heeler puppy named Sancho.