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Alums expose crime lab

Two Hamline Law alumni recently helped expose flaws at a Saint Paul crime lab. Public defender Lauri Traub (J.D., ’99) and colleague Christine Funk (J.D., ’94) are challenging the lab's results in eight drug cases in Dakota County District Court, where testimony last week by lab staff revealed a lack of oversight, training and documentation of evidence-handling and testing procedures.

Both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press covered the story. Hamline Law Professor Joe Daly was quoted by the Star Tribune, having taught both Funk and Traub when they were in law school.

"They did a really good job on this," said Daly. "Both are very smart, and I'm proud they went to Hamline. They have really done a public service. You get two lawyers like this [who] uncover probably an unintentional scandal, [and] it's important. You are talking about taking people's liberty away."

Daly mentioned that Hamline Law will invite Traub and Funk to help guide the school in providing more education on forensics. Hamline Law currently offers a Wrongful Convictions class through the Innocence Project. In the past, a Forensics class taught by Susan Myster of the College of Liberal Arts was offered to law students, but it was only offered twice due to lack of interest.

Read more:
Star Tribune: Curiosity, luck exposed St. Paul crime lab
Star Tribune: Tevlin: Lawyers' detective work must be commended
Pioneer Press: St. Paul crime lab: Two public defenders exposed its flaws