Introducing Minnesota's First and Only ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist: Chuck Ramsay

Posted On September 30, 2015

Oyez Oyez! Hear ye, hear ye:

Chuck Ramsay has received the prestigious "ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist| designation from the American Chemical Society.

Today marks the formal announcement that Attorney Chuck Ramsay is the first and only Minnesota lawyer to earn the honor, and the official title, of ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist.

Chuck joins an elite group of just 31 attorneys nationwide who have received the designation.

Like PhD, or MBA, the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation signifies the attainment of advanced knowledge within a given field. Already known as a skilled and experienced trial lawyer, the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation is a recognition of Chuck's specialized forensic knowledge, and his innovative, effective use of science in the courtroom.

Chuck received this honor from the American Chemical Society (ACS), a non-profit organization, chartered by Congress, with more than 161,000 members. (The Chemistry and the Law Division (CHAL) of ACS has more than 1400 members.)

To earn the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation, Chuck successfully completed coursework in the lab (and passed final examinations) in Forensic Chromatography, DUI ethanol-based analysis by HS-GC-FID; Solid Drug Dose (Forensic Drug Analysis), Instrumental Analysis using FTIR, GC-MS, Colormetrics, Microscopy, Thin Layer Chromatography; Forensic DUID, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics.

Justin McShane, co-chairman of the Forensic Science section of the ACS-CHAL Division of ACS, likens the |ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist| designation to |poet-warrior| or |philosopher-king|:

The ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist is one who uses validated and legitimate science for the benefit of justice. These are lawyers who study the science and apply it legitimately in the courtroom. They expose invalid or non-validated science and use valid science in the courtroom. They eschew the smoke and mirrors techniques of old and embrace the science for the benefit of all.

Congratulations Chuck, on your official designation as an ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist.