Christine Funk is a member of the Trial Team in the Office of the Public Defender
for the State of Minnesota. She has been with the Public Defender’s Office since
1994. Christine got her first DNA case in 1995. Not being a scientist by training,
she struggled to understand the DNA evidence in that and subsequent cases. Eventually,
she managed to translate the scientific language into something she could understand.
Since then, she has worked towards making scientific evidence understandable to lawyers
and lay people everywhere. Christine is a frequent lecturer on DNA evidence as well
as the impact of science on criminal lawyers. She serves on the Technical Working
Group for DNA for Defense Attorneys, is a member of the Forensic Laboratory Advisory
Board in Minnesota, and is on the Board of the Minnesota Innocence Project. Christine
is also an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, where she teaches
Criminal Law, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Wrongful Convictions.