DNA for the Defense Bar, Ballantyne, J., Cothran, C., Epstein, J., Funk, C., Plourd, C., Potkin, V., Reinstein, R., Ungvarsky, E., June 2012.
Rising to the Challenge of the NAS Report 'Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward': A Call for Demonstrated Competence Amongst Legal Practitioners, Funk & Berman, 37:2 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 683 (Apr. 2011).
Dealing with DNA: A Primer for Lawyers Part 1, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law. (April 2009)
Dealing with DNA: A Primer for Lawyers Part 2, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law. (July 2009)
Forensic science doesn't appear in every case. When it does, it is important to have an advocate on your side who understands the inner workings of the crime lab. Equally important is hiring someone who has litigated forensic science issues and understands forensic science disciplines.
All too often, forensic science evidence is not challenged, because lawyers don't have the training or skill set to do so.
Christine Funk has a unique combination of skills. She has an extensive track record as a criminal defense attorney. She is also well respected in the field of forensic science.
Christine Funk consults routinely with attorneys in forensic science cases. As a licensed attorney, she is not only able to translate the science for the attorneys, she is capable of creating cross-examination questions, providing insight, interviewing forensic scientists, and working with attorneys to develop trial strategy, as well as support throughout the case, from admissibility hearings to trial. She also acts as a forensic science consultant with attorneys on appeal. Christine is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Christine Funk is active in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, where she has held leadership roles for the past 9 years.
Christine Funk has taught prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and law enforcement, as well as lay people, about forensic science and evidence in criminal and civil cases on three continents.
Attorneys of the Year: Lauri Traub and Christine Funk, Minnesota Lawyer
Are Crime Labs Reliable For Court Cases?, MPR News
Fallible DNA Can Mean Prison or Freedom, New Scientist'
Lawyers' Detective Work Must Be Commended, Star Tribune