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Andrew Alpert One of First US Attorneys to Earn New "ACS Forensic Lawyerscientist" Designation
Maryland Attorney Andrew Alpert is among the first 12 US attorneys to earn the new "ACS Forensic Lawyerscientist" designation from American Chemical Society.
“Times and methods are constantly changing,” says Alpert. “To be a progressive professional, education never stops. Earning this designation basically means I know how to overcome invalid science and use valid science in the courtroom to help my clients.”
Alpert is among the first 12 attorneys nationwide to earn this designation and is the only Maryland attorney to do so. The new designation was approved by the ACS on May 21, 2014 after months of meetings and petitioning.
“It was intense,” Alpert explains. “There were 3 classes, all centered around either DUI or drug analysis: Forensic Chromatography, Forensic Drug Analysis, and Forensic Principles of DUID which covers pharmacology and driving issues with drugs. Of course, I had to pass a proficiency exam after taking the classes.”
“After so many years of handling DUI and drug cases, I just believe that I really do need to be somewhat of a scientist in the courtroom and the education of these classes is incredible. Knowledge is power.”
For over 20 years, Andrew Alpert has practiced law in Maryland, including time as a prosecutor, DUI, and criminal defense attorney. He has appeared on national television concerning high profile criminal cases and is a member of Board of Directors of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Chairman of the Legislative Group of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association on Narcotics, the Maryland State Representative of the National College for DUI Defense, a member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Maryland State Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.