(ALL DAY) Cybersleuth’s Guide to Effective Internet Research Strategies for Lawyers (9:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Date & Time: Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

CLE Credit: Yes

Event Description
6.0 Credit Hours, 3.0 credits for each part

Attend this fast-paced investigative and legal research seminar and learn how to locate crucial information you might otherwise miss on the Internet.  Our faculty experts will reveal hidden Google search features and shortcuts to speed up your research. You also will 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 to create dossiers about your subject. Find out about Fastcase, a free alternative to Lexis and Westlaw provided as a benefit to all D.C. Bar members. 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. Our internationally recognized Internet trainers, Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, authors of seven ABA Internet research books, will show you how to be a cybersleuth and unearth information that will improve your Internet research skills and help you to function more effectively for your clients.  Each attendee will receive a copy of the latest edition of their book The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet (a $64.95 value).


Part 1: Mastering Google for Investigative Research (9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) Find out the implications of evolving case law about a lawyer's obligation to “Google.” Discover hidden search features, secrets, and shortcuts to help with your research. Unlock the power of advanced search strategies and filtering of search results to find more targeted, sophisticated, and precise information to better serve your clients. Learn how to keep on top of legal and other news and developments through current sources and free alerts. Discover how to track down altered or deleted Web pages and authenticate them for trial. Finally, consider other search engines and meta-search sites to help you with your research.


Part 2: Effective Internet Search Strategies (1:45-5 p.m.) Learn to develop effective Internet search strategies and use a variety of online sources to find information and data to help your case or transaction. Find out the key differences between public records, “publicly available” information, and proprietary information. Discover how to use inexpensive data broker databases to create dossiers to help your client. From finding missing persons to unearthing bankruptcies and other information, this session will improve your ability to efficiently find the information you need for your case. You will learn how lawyers can and can't use social networking sites for investigative and background research, how to overcome social media discovery and evidentiary issues, and how to authenticate profiles. You also will find out how to quickly and effectively conduct legal research using new government and nongovernment sites and apps.

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street NW
(Nearest Metro Stop: Metro Center 12th Street)
Washington DC 20005
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Contact Information
CLE Program
Phone: 202-626-3488
Fax: 202-942-9750


  • Carole Levitt, Internet For Lawyers
  • Mark Rosch, Internet For Lawyers


Antitrust and Consumer Law Section


Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section


Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section


D.C. Bar Members


Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section


Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section


Family Law Section


Government Attorneys


Intellectual Property Law Section


Labor and Employment Law Section


Law Practice Management


Litigation Section




Tort Law Section


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