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Curriculum vitae: James L. Norris

· Current Employment

Consultant in Forensic Science

3130 Alpine Road #228 - 137
Portola Valley, CA 94028
(650) 484-9416
(650) 851-7229 (Fax)
Forensic@Jim-Norris.com
www.Jim-Norris.com

· Education

Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, Chemistry, California State University, Fresno

Master of Science, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

· Professional Employment

1995 to 2004 (Retired) - Director, San Francisco Police Department Forensic Services Division

Responsible for the overall management of the Forensic Services Division which includes the Criminalistics Laboratory, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Photography Section, Polygraph Unit, Computer and Cellular Telephone Analysis Unit, Forensic Art Unit, and the Identification Bureau.

1987 to 1995 - Senior Criminalist, San Francisco Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory

Responsible for the supervision of the Criminalistics Laboratory and the analysis of physical evidence in complex cases. Testimony in the Municipal, Superior and Federal District courts as an expert witness in several areas of forensic science, including firearms identification, ballistics, crime scene reconstruction, trace evidence examination, and the effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse on human behavior and driving performance. Supervision of the narcotics analysis, firearms and tool marks, questioned document, trace evidence, arson, forensic serology, and DNA programs. Responsible for the Forensic Alcohol Program.

1974 to 1987 - Criminalist, Santa Clara County District Attorney, Criminalistics Laboratory

Assigned to the major case section of the laboratory, which involved the analysis of physical evidence in violent crimes. Testimony in the Municipal, Superior courts as an expert witness in several areas of forensic science, including firearms identification, ballistics, crime scene reconstruction, forensic serology, trace evidence examination, and the effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse on human behavior and driving performance.

1970 to 1974 - Criminalist, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory

Analysis of physical evidence and testimony in the Municipal, Superior courts as an expert witness in several areas of forensic science, including firearms identification, ballistics, crime scene reconstruction, forensic serology, narcotics analysis, and trace evidence examination.

· Certification

Forensic Alcohol Supervisor, Santa Clara County, 1978 to 1987

Forensic Alcohol Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco, 1987 to 2004

Administrator and Person Responsible for Forensic Alcohol Analysis for the San Francisco Police Department, 1995 to 2004

· Professional Associations

California Association of Criminalists (Past President, Regional Director, Editorial Secretary and Membership Secretary)

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors

Law Enforcement Video Association (LEVA)

· Professional Activities

Member, Users’ Advisory Board, California Criminalistics Institute (Representing the California Association of Crime Laboratory Directors)

Instructor in Homicide Investigation, California State University, San Jose

Instructor in Sexual Assault Investigation, California State University, San Jose

Instructor in Property Management, California State University, San Jose

Instructor in the effects of alcohol on human behavior and driving performance and the ability of subjects to perform field sobriety tests, San Francisco Police Department Academy

Consultant in Alcohol Impairment, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Nuclear Division