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The Mission of the American College of Legal Medicine is to "promote the continued professional advancement of its members, as well as non-member physicians, and other interested professionals, through education, research, publications, and interdisciplinary and collaborative exchanges of information. The educational meetings are designed to improve the professional performance of the participants and focus primarily on research, methodologies, techniques, and issues and advances in the field of legal medicine. The education activities encourage interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas and information and thereby facilitate enhanced service to society in the healing arts and legal professions.”

Call For Posters - ACLM 2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 ACLM Meeting will be February 21 – 24 in Los Angeles, California.  Posters have been well received in the past; and we would love to see you, and your students, contribute again this year.

Abstract Deadline: December 31, 2018

  • If English is not your first language and you anticipate that your abstract will need additional work, submit it now, and we will try to provide assistance.
  • If you are not a member of the College, you must include a letter or email from a member who has agreed to sponsor you.  Please ask that member to read, suggest necessary changes, and approve your abstract.  If you require a referral, please contact the ACLM office at [email protected].

Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling/as received basis.  The sooner you submit, the sooner you will know if your abstract was accepted.  All will be reviewed by January 28, 2019, and you will be notified if your abstract was accepted.
Your abstract should be in the form of a Word document that can be manip-ulated in case minor changes are needed.  Please leave us a little space in case such changes are necessary.  Do not submit a PDF; it will not be forwarded to the committee.
No more than 5 abstracts/posters will be accepted from a single, first author.
Presenters are to hang their posters by 6:45 a.m. Friday, February 22.  Posters should remain up until 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  Be prepared to stand by your poster(s) and discuss it/them with attendees during breaks in the meeting.  You will also be expected to stand by your poster(s) from 12:00 – 1:00 on Friday and present your poster during that time.  Lunch (perhaps a box lunch) will be provided.

Fellows and Other Members
The poster session is not only for students. Please join in this year by preparing a poster about an interesting case, a particular research interest, a medical ethics problem or situation, or a historical incident from the field of legal medicine.

  1. The ACLM Foundation will recognize the best poster by, or including, a student-author and presented by a student with the Basanta Award of $500.
  2. Student-authors of all accepted posters will have the meeting fee waived, although not the special fees for luncheons, the banquet, etc.
  3. Student-authors of all accepted posters will receive one year of free membership in ACLM.
  4. The abstracts of all accepted posters will be included in the meeting program (CD/thumb drive/paper); hung on the ACLM website; and, subject to editorial review/revision, will be published, with a digital object identifier (DOI), in an electronic supplement to the Journal of Legal Medicine. 
  5. Those of you who are not students will, nonetheless, have the pleasure of discussing a topic of interest to you with your fellows and knowing that you contributed to another successful meeting of your College. 
Specific Information


  • Submit abstracts to [email protected], who will forward them to the Poster Session Co-Chairs, Karin W. Zucker, FCLM, and John A. Daniels, DABP, FCAP, FCLM.


  • Paper must be standard U.S. size, 8.5” x 11”; margins must be top 1.25, sides and bottom 1.3; font Arial, and type size 12 point.
  • Each author’s name should be followed by degrees, etc.; position; institution; city and state; and email.  Second and additional lines here should be indented 5 spaces.  If the authors are from different institutions, please list each and his or her identifying information separately with one space between each.   For examples, go to ACLM 2018 meeting and look at the poster abstracts.
  • The title, in bold and capital letters, should be centered on the fourth line down (leave 3 blank) from the information about the author or authors.  This should be followed by two blank lines.  The body of your abstract should follow.  You may space it as you see fit –single, 1.5, or double, and with justified margins.  Do not use quotations in your abstract because you may not use references (references, if needed, should be on your poster).  
  • The complete abstract is limited to 1page.
  • Abstracts/posters that appear to be advertisements for a business or service or which endorse or promote a product will not be accepted 


  • The poster itself should be unitary (appearing as one document).

Dimensions may be as large as 41” vertically and 90” horizontally; if you will use only half a board 41” x 45” please tell us.

  • You are responsible for receiving permission to republish any copyrighted material, such as a chart, figure, or photograph. 
  • Please consider whether a handout would enhance your presentation.
  • One author, who may be a non-student, must be present at the meeting.
  • Questions about posters themselves should be directed to Karin Zucker at [email protected].


Benefits of an ACLM Membership

Membership is open to individuals who work or study in the field of legal medicine. For an explanation of membership categories, please refer to the member types listed below. ACLM reviews all applications for membership and reserves the right to deny membership to those individuals who do not meet the criteria for membership as specified in the membership requirements.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call our office at (847) 752-5355.

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