Internet for Lawyers - How to Become Your Own Cybersleuth: Conducting Effective Internet Investigative & Background Research

The SC Commission on CLE & Specialization code for this program is: 182519

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 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, in addition to meeting your ethical duty to be conversant with the benefits and risks of technology. 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’ 530-page book, The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet, 14th Edition (2017).

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 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 website 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.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 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 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 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
• 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 and 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

Carole A. Levitt, 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 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 Law Practice Division (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 Law Practice Division’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 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 education initiative. Mark is a graduate of Tulane University. Mark is active in the ABA Law Practice Division, 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. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the CLE Registrar at by 5 p.m., one week prior to the seminar. Cancellations will not be accepted within one week of seminar date. One-time transfers to seminars of like value or to the live webcast of the seminar (if available) will be accepted for a $25 administrative fee in lieu of cancellations within one week of seminar. Requests to transfer to the live webcast must be received by 1 p.m. the day prior to the program. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.


  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201