FIU experts available to discuss gun violence and surrounding issues

The Biden Administration is announcing a comprehensive strategy on violent crime prevention, with a particular focus on gun violence. The experts at the Global Forensic and Justice Center and FIU College of Law are available to address how illegal, ghost and 3D-printed guns impact the forensic science laboratories, and the rise of violent crimes is increasing evidence backlogs in the country.

Global Forensic and Justice Center Experts

Kevin Lothridge
Director, FIU Global Forensic and Justice Center
Lothridge is a well-respected forensic scientist and business leader with more than with 28 years of experience in the international forensic community. His science and technical background, coupled with his business acumen and natural leadership abilities has enabled his rise from drug chemist to laboratory director to executive roles in both the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC@FIU) and Florida International University’s preeminent Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC). His expertise covers multiple areas of forensic science, including drug and explosive chemistry, fire debris analysis, forensic intelligence and emerging forensic technologies.
Email: 727-686-1695
Phone:  klothrid@fiu.edu

Max Houck, Ph.D.
Forensic Portfolio Innovator, FIU Global Forensic and Justice Center
An international expert in the forensic sciences, Houck has nearly 30 years of expertise in casework, research, speaking, and writing. His committee work includes the White House, the National Academies of Science, the Royal Society, and Interpol. Houck is one of the most published professionals in his field. He is Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Science International: Synergy, a Gold Open Access journal. Houck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Email: mhouck@fiu.edu
Phone: 727-504-7542

Legal Experts

H. Scott Fingerhut
Assistant Director, Trial Advocacy Program at FIU College of Law
Fingerhut teaches Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Practice, and Criminal Procedure and is a Fellow and Pre-Law Faculty Advisor at The Honors College at FIU. A frequent lecturer and writer on liberty and justice matters, Fingerhut can discuss criminal justice, the legal process and firearms. A three-time Professor of the Year and two-time Pioneer Award winner at FIU Law, Fingerhut is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and consistently ranked among the region’s top criminal defense lawyers, including The Best Lawyers in America.
Email:fingerhut@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-975-3837