Lisa Schwind currently serves as Statewide Unit Head of the Forensic Services and Education Unit as well as Director of the Innocence Project for the State of Delaware, Office of the Public Defender. She has also served 9 years with Widener University School of Law, Legal Education Institute as adjunct faculty, where she teaches courses in both forensics, and issues of criminal law.
Lisa is a 1983 graduate of the University of Delaware, College of Nursing, received her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in 1989 and received her Masters Degree in Nursing from WesleyCollege in 2010.
In the last 24 years, Lisa has practiced all aspects of criminal defense including death penalty work. Her practice currently is concentrated exclusively on criminal cases which include forensic or medical issues. In the areas of forensics, forensic nursing, criminal law, and health care she has lectured nationally as well as in Canada, published, and serves on a variety of committees including the National Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.
Lisa Schwind has been profiled in the following publications:
Delaware Department of Labor. Law, Public Safety, Corrections &Security, Delaware Career Compass 14th ed. (p.44) 2006. http://www.delawareworks.com/oolmi/4096-4097-FileDownloadSWFPerview.aspx
Manser, Ann. Merging Law With Medicine, University of Delaware Messenger. Vol 13 No 2 2005. (cover story) http://www.udel.edu/PR/Messenger/04/02/merging.html.
Parra, Estaban. Forensic Nurses Teach Lawyers ABCs of DNA, The News Journal 6/7/2004. http://www.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=0&page_id=711703689&page_url=//www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2004/06/07forensicnursest.html&page_last_updated=2004-06-07T06:09:58&firstName=Lynda&lastName=Kopishke.
Benak, Lynda. Focus on…Lisa Schwind, R.N., JD, On the Edge: The Official Newsletter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Spring 2002. http://iafn.org/associations/8556/files/OTEspring02.pdf
Lisa Schwind has been quoted in the following publications:
Williams, Lee. Public Defender Gains National Honors, The News Journal.10/17/2006. http://publicdefender.delaware.gov/Docs/SullivanArticle.pdf.
Yoo, In-Sung. Nurse as Sleuth, The News Journal. 4/11/2006.http://www.dnalabsinternational.com/email_newsletter/vol_16_apr_06/vol16_ref06.html
Rheume, Chris. Forensic Nursing Grads Hit the Front Lines, Johns Hopkins Nursing. Summer 2005. http://magazine.nursing.jhu.edu/2011/08/forensic-nursing-grads-hit-the-front-lines/.
Parra, Estaban. Forensic Nurses Teach Lawyers ABCs of DNA, The News Journal. 6/7/2004.
Parra, Esteban. Certain DNA Testing Can Be Helpful, Sunday News Journal. 11/9/2003.
Parra, Esteban. State High Court Overturns DNA Rulings, The News Journal. 9/7/2003.
Parra, Esteban. DNA Can Right Witness Error, The News Journal. 7/30/2003.
Allen, Mary. Defenders Seek DNA Testing Law, Sunday News Journal. 4/30/2003.
Allen, Mary. DNA Test Holds Hope for 9 Inmates, Sunday News Journal. 12/29/2002.
Allen, Mary. Convicted Criminals Petition for DNA Tests, The News Journal. 9/16/2002. http://www.corrections.com/news/article/12168
Allen, Mary. DNA Lab to get Technology Upgrade, The News Journal. 12/27/2000.
Allen, Mary. Convicts request DNA Testing, The News Journal. 11/27/2000.
Allen, Mary. Science Battles Injustice, The News Journal. 9/3/2000
Allen, Mary. Jury Weighs Serial Rape Case, The News Journal. 3/30/2000 Holmes, Carlos. Quicker DNA Analysis Helps Speed Up the Trial Process, Delaware State News. 12/23/1997.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Trial Advocacy Award||Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association||1989|
|Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing||University of Delaware||1983|
|Adjunct Professor||Widener University Legal Education Institute||2000 - Present|
|Unit Head Forensic Services and Education||Office of the Public Defender, State of Delaware||1989 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|International Association of Forensic Nurses||Past President of Local Chapter||2000 - Present|
|Innocence Network||Charter Member||2000 - Present|
|Delaware Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Charter Member||1995 - Present|
|Delaware Nurses Association||Contract Negotiation Committee||1983 - 1987|
|A three part distance learning-program incorporating both video (DVD-ROM) and on-line instructional components provided on password-protected websites||Forensics Selected Topics||2009|
|LNC Resource||Criminal Cases: A New Challenge||2005|
|The Journal Of Legal Nurse Consulting||DNA: Innocence and Beyond, Part I||2004|
|The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting||The LNC and the Innocence Project||2004|
|American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants||Legal Nurse Consulting A Care Plan for the Criminal Defense Audio CD||2004|
|Wesley College||Nursing||MS - Master of Science||2010|
|Widener University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Delaware||Nursing||Bachelor of Science||1983|
|Widener University School of Law: Widener Law Review Symposium||Forensics and Law||2013|
|Defender Association of Philadelphia CLE Program||Compassion Fatigue: Traumas’ Potential Impact on Criminal Defense Attorneys.||2013|
|Conference for Leadership in Trauma-Informed Care||Panel Presentations: Model Approaches for Improving Delaware’s Response to Trauma Survivors in Health and Social Service Settings||2013|
|Christiana Health System: 21st Century Visions of Nursing||Legal Aspects of Nursing Documentation in the Medical Record||2013|
|2013 First State Chapter American Association of Nephrology Nurses Spring Conference-Bridging the Gap||Legal Aspects of Nursing Documentation in the Medical Record||2013|
|New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2012 Women’s Litigator’s Luncheon||Balancing Law & Life: Perspectives on Staying Sane, Strong &Successful||2012|
|Christiana Care Health System. Forensic Fall Update||Understanding Criminal Defense & The Forensic Nurse||2012|
|Delaware Technical and Community College The 411 on Relationship Violence.||Anatomy of a Domestic Violence Case from the Defense Perspective||2009|
|Delaware Technical and Community College DNA Basics: Implications for Criminal Justice and Nursing Professionals||Presentation of Evidence at Trial – Defense Attorney Perspective||2009|
|Christiana Hospital Forensic Nursing Update. Testifying in Court on Forensic Patients,||Public Defender’s View||2008|
|International Association of Forensic Nurses 15th Annual Scientific Assembly.||Special Challenges for the Forensic Nurse; Consulting for the Defense||2007|
|Department of Public Safety Alaska State Troopers and Central Peninsula Hospital 7th Annual Interpersonal Violence Conference||Insights from a Defense Perspective||2007|
|American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Success New Challenges New Choices 2007 National Educational Conference||Special Challenges Within Criminal Cases: It’s Not All About The Trial||2007|
|National Association of Forensic Counselors Together Reducing Recidivism||Forensics||2006|
|International Association of Forensic Nurses 14th Annual Scientific Assembly. A||Dissecting a Criminal Case: Insights from the Defense Perspective||2006|
|State of Delaware, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Department of Health and Social Services||The Criminal Justice Client and Mitigating Medical Considerations||2005|
|International Association of Forensic Nurses; 13th Annual Scientific Assembly||Anatomy of a Criminal case: Crossroads of Science and Law||2005|
|American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants' Fourteenth Educational Conference.||Legal Nurse Consulting: A Care Plan for the Defense||2003|
|Sussex County Criminal Bar Association||DNA Technology||2000|