The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Fast, Free, and Effective Internet Investigative Research

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Thursday, September 19 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
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Why Attend?

  • Discover how to become your own cybersleuth
  • Uncover the best Internet research strategies
  • Find investigative and background information fast and free
  • Learn to find social media profiles quickly to use as evidence
  • Receive a printed copy of Levitt and Rosch’s 550-page book, The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (14th edition revised 2019)—a $64.95 value—included in the registration fee

In this fast-paced seminar designed specifically for lawyers, you will learn some of the best Internet search strategies and sources for finding crucial information that you might otherwise miss. You will also learn how to use free public record sites and sites with free, “publicly available” information (including social media sites) for discovery, trial preparation, background checks, and locating missing persons.

Hidden Google search features and shortcuts to speed up your research will be revealed, and you will discover the advantages—and limitations—of fee-based investigative databases.

Seminar Materials: All registrants will receive a printed copy of Levitt and Rosch’s 550-page book, The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (14th edition revised 2019), as the seminar materials.

 
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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE

8:30 Registration
9:00 MORNING SESSION (includes one 15-minute break)
  1. Learn Google Tips and Tricks and Other Internet Search Strategies
    • Discover if lawyers have a duty to Google
    • Create more effective searches to locate crucial information you might otherwise miss
    • Discover hidden search features, secrets, and shortcuts
    • Key into Google’s “advanced search” menu to create more sophisticated and targeted searches
    • Filter search results to find precise information
    • Find addresses, phone, fax, and cell numbers for service of process, etc.
    • Uncover news from current and archival sources
    • Keep on top of your research using free alerts
    • Find images and learn about reverse image searching
    • Learn why you need “cache”
  2. The Wayback Machine
    • Track down deleted or altered Web pages
    • Find out how to get pages from the Wayback Machine admitted into evidence
  3. Other Search Engines and Meta-Search Sites
    • Anonymous searching
12:15 Lunch (provided at live program only)
1:15 AFTERNOON SESSSION (includes one 15-minute break)
  1. Learn How to Search Like a Private Investigator
    • Learn the key differences between public records, “public available” information, and proprietary information
    • Glean personal information from search engines
    • Learn to use inexpensive investigative databases to create dossiers about your subjects
    • Develop more effective Internet investigative search strategies
    • Find out how you can uncover driver’s license or vehicle records
    • Mine the Web for missing people
    • Dig up death records, birthdays, and Social Security numbers
    • Extract background information from dockets
    • Unearth bankruptcies
  2. Find out How to Access Expensive Databases-for FREE- to find:
    • Factual information
    • Background information
    • Full-text newspaper and magazine articles
    • Unearth bankruptcies
  3. Master Quick and Easy Methods to Retrieve Background Information from Public Record and Publicly Available Sites from:
    • Online telephone/address directories to obtain information for service of process, etc.
    • Public record portals
    • Criminal records and sex offender registries
    • S.E.C. filings
  4. Discover How to Use Social Media Sites for Investigative Research
    • Find “secret” ways to find out if someone has social media profiles
    • Successfully navigate through many social media sites to:
      • Obtain useful background/investigative information about parties, lawyers, judges, experts, jurors, and current and potential clients
      • Find information to attack a party or witness’s credibility
      • Uncover fraud
      • Seek out the smoking gun
    • Explore whether you can subpoena social media companies to obtain profiles
    • Learn about overcoming social media discovery issues
    • Find out how to authenticate social media profiles and get them admitted into evidence
4:30 Adjourn

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Carole A. Levitt, Esq., Internet for Lawyers / Albuquerque, NM
Carole A. Levitt, (clevitt@netforlawyers.com) is President of Internet for Lawyers (www.netforlawyers.com) and Vice-President of its webinar division, CLEseminars.com. She is an internationally recognized CLE seminar speaker (full-time since 1999). Her areas of expertise are: Internet research (investigative, legal, and social media); social media research ethics; and Google search.

Ms. Levitt has authored hundreds of articles and co-authored seven ABA LPD books. The most recent are: Internet Legal Research on a Budget (2014; 2nd edition coming in 2019), Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers (2013), Find Info like a Pro, Volumes 1 and 2 (2011 and 2012), and Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools (2010). She also co-authored fourteen editions of The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet.

Previously, Ms. Levitt was a California attorney, a law librarian in Chicago and Los Angeles, and a Legal Research and Writing Professor at Pepperdine School of Law. She graduated with distinction from The John Marshall Law School (Chicago) and served on the school’s law review. Ms. Levitt has a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Illinois. She serves on the ABA LPD’s Publications Advisory Board (since 2003) and served on its Executive Council from 2006-11. She is past Chair of the California State Bar’s LPMT Executive Committee. Ms. Levitt received the 2013 “Fastcase Fifty” award, recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” In 2014, she became a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management.

Mark E.  Rosch / Internet for Lawyers / Albuquerque, NM
Mark E. Rosch (mrosch@netforlawyers.com; @MarkRosch) is Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers (www.netforlawyers.com) and President of its webinar division, CLEseminars.com. He is an internationally recognized CLE seminar speaker and best-selling ABA author. He is an expert on Internet research (investigative, legal, and social media); social media research ethics; Google search; and technology for lawyers. He has been presenting CLE seminars full-time since 2003. 

Mr. Rosch has authored hundreds of articles and co-authored several ABA Law Practice Division books, including (1) Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers (2013); (2) Find Info like a Pro, Volumes 1 and 2; and (3) Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools (2010). He has also co-authored fourteen editions of IFL Press’s The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet.

In addition to speaking and writing books and articles, Mr. Rosch blogs and tweets about legal technology issues. He developed the company’s website, blog, Facebook Business page, and its online CLE webinar division.

Mr. Rosch is a graduate of Tulane University. He is active in the ABA Law Practice Division (ABA LPD), currently serving on its Legal Technology Resource Center’s Board. He served a three-year term on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board and previously served on the ABA LPD’s  Education Committee and its State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. He was a recipient of the 2013 “Fastcase Fifty” award, recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” In 2014, he became a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management.

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch included)

$329 regular registration (includes The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet).
$349 on-site registration (if space is available) (includes The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet).


LIVE LOCATION AND DATE

FAIRFAX / Thursday, September 9
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200


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