The entire third day was spent on the University of Texas-Arlington campus at the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry. The name of the game: learning by doing. In addition to Dr. Kevin Schug, two post-doctoral students and three graduate students helped those in attendance to prepare samples for laboratory investigation. Some of the analytical methods that were covered included gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry.
As a DUI / OVWI attorney, Marc Lopez deals with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry almost on a daily basis. There’s a big difference, however, between reading results off a piece of paper and going to the lab and performing the test yourself. When you understand the science, the numbers mean so much more.
Attorney Marc Lopez does know the science, and results from the State Department of Toxicology are more than just numbers to him. This year’s Serious Science Drug Seminar was an invaluable experience, and Attorney Lopez can’t wait to use science for the legal benefit of his clients.