NEW HAVEN, Conn— On Saturday, February 1, 2014, forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee will give a talk titled "Lessons Learned from Famous Cases" from 5:00 to 6:00pm at the New Haven Lawn Club of New Haven. His presentation is in conjunction with The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar's Liberty Bell Winter Gala that immediately follows from 6:00 to 11:00pm.
During the gala, the Foundation will present the Liberty Bell Award to Dr. Lee for his work as 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 8,000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to England, Bosnia, Canada, China, Brunei, Bermuda, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, countries in the Middle East and 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 the conviction 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 has been a consultant for more than 800 law enforcement agencies.
Dr. Lee is currently the director of the Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Professor in Forensic Science of the 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 he 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, a 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.
The Foundation of the New Haven County Bar is the charitable arm of the New Haven County Bar Association. Established in 1989, The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides grants to New Haven area charities and supports legal related public service projects in the Greater New Haven area.