In this fast-paced investigative research seminar, you will learn to create more effective Internet searches to locate information crucial to your matters, which you might otherwise miss. We will reveal hidden Google search features and shortcuts to speed up your research. You will also learn to use free public record sites and sites with free “publicly available” information (including social media sites), for discovery, trial preparation, background checks, and for locating missing persons. Discover the advantages (and limitations) of fee-based data broker databases. 

Don’t be left behind in exploiting this gold mine of information that will assist you in meeting your investigative research and due diligence obligations. Come join Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, internationally recognized Internet trainers and authors of seven ABA Internet research books, who will show you how to be a Cybersleuth to unearth information for FREE (or at low cost). Each attendee will receive a copy of the speakers’ 550-page book, The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (2018). 

8:30 a.m. Registration 

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 

9:00am - 12:15 pm Morning Session (Includes 15 Minute Break) 
Mastering Google for Investigative/Due Diligence Research 

Learn How to Master for Investigative/Due Diligence Research 

• Discover if lawyers have a duty to Google 
• Create more effective searches to locate crucial information you might otherwise miss 
• Discover hidden Google 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” 

The Wayback Machine 
• Track down deleted or altered Web pages 
• Find out how to get pages from the Wayback Machine admitted into evidence 

Other Search Engines and Meta-Search Sites 
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own) 

1:15 pm - 4:30 pm Afternoon Session (Includes 15 Minute Break) 
Investigative/Due Diligence Research Strategies 

Learn How to Search Like a Private Investigator 

• Understanding key differences between public records, “publicly available” information, and “proprietary” information and learn where to find these resources 
• Glean personal information from search engines and blogs 
• Learn to use inexpensive data broker 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 

Find Out How to Access Expensive Databases…for Free…to Find: 
• Factual information 
• Background information 
• Full-text newspaper and magazine articles 
• Press releases 

Master Quick and Easy Methods to Retrieve Background Information 
From Public Records and Publicly Available Data 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 
• Expert witness directories 

Discover How to Use Social Media Sites For Investigative Research 
• Find out “secret” ways to locate social media profiles 
• Successfully navigate through many social media sites to: 
• obtain useful background/investigative information about parties, lawyers, judges, experts, jurors, and current & potential clients 
• find information to attack a party or witness’ credibility 
• uncover fraud 
• seek out the smoking gun 
• Explore whether you can subpoena social media companies to obtain profiles 
• Discover how to preserve the information you find 
• Learn about overcoming social media discovery issues 
• Find out how to authenticate social media profiles and get them admitted into evidence 

Much of the investigative research information that was once only available to professional researchers from expensive, fee-based databases is now available for free on the Internet, if you know how to find it. The authors of The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet have done the test searching and sifting through hundreds of sites to show you how to find information for free on the Internet to meet your investigative research obligations. The book is written in easy to understand language with numerous examples based on real-world research scenarios. The guide is organized with clear headings and hundreds of screen shots of Web pages—with Web site names and URLs in boldface type – all of which make the book easy for you to use. Whether you’re just starting to use the Internet for serious research or you’re a seasoned online research veteran, this book can help you find what you’re looking for fast and free. For “novice searchers,” the book covers many overlooked features of Web browsers, the “mechanics” of navigating the Internet, and basic research strategies and tools. For “power searchers,” it covers more advanced search strategies, and uncovers tips and tricks for getting the most out of many of the sites discussed. By using the techniques in this book, readers will sharpen the tools necessary to effectively conduct free (and low cost) investigative research on the Internet before beginning their search. Indeed, given how easy the authors make it to use the Internet to find pertinent information on companies, people, experts, judges, government resources, and more, it may be malpractice not to use the skills contained in this book. 

Carole A. Levitt, Esq., President of Internet For Lawyers, and Mark E. Rosch, Vice-President, have been internationally recognized CLE seminar speakers--full-time since 1999 and best-selling ABA Law Practice Division (ABA LPD) authors. Their areas of expertise are: Internet investigative, legal, and social media research; social media ethics; Google search; and Google cloud Apps. Together, Mark and Carole have authored hundreds of Internet research articles and co-authored six ABA LPD books, including Google Gmail and Calendar in One Hour for Lawyers (2013); Find Info like a Pro, Volumes 1 and 2, and Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools (2010). They have also co-authored fourteen editions of IFL Press’s The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet. In 2013, they were both recipients of the “Fastcase Fifty” award, recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law” and in 2014, they both became Fellows in the College of Law Practice Management, the international honor society that recognizes distinguished law practice management professionals. 

Previously, Carole 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. Carole has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Library Science, both from the University of Illinois. Since 2003, Carole has served on the ABA LPD’s Publications Advisory Board and served on its Executive Council from 2006-11. Carole is past Chair of the California State Bar’s Law Practice Management and Technology Executive Committee. Carole recently authored the second edition of Internet Legal Research on a Budget for the ABA LPD. 

In addition to presenting seminars and writing books and articles, Mark blogs and tweets about legal technology issues. He developed Internet For Lawyer’s website, blog, Facebook Business page, and its online CLE webinar division. Mark is a graduate of Tulane University. Mark is active in the ABA LPD, currently serving on its Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) Board. He recently completed a three-year term on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board and previously served on its Education Committee and its State and Local Bar Outreach Committee. 

All registrations must be pre-paid. Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at registrar@scbar.org. You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee. 

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    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201