|Production Date:||April 21 2011|
In law enforcement and court dramas on Television, attorneys often hire aggressive investigators who dig up smoking gun dirt on their adversaries or find the last-minute witness who helps win the case. In real life, however, it is not as easy to conduct such fact-finding investigations in a legal and ethical manner. In this intriguing and eye-opening course, Professor Philip Segal discusses the various strategic fact-finding methods that can be used by attorneys and investigative professionals. Professor Segal provides helpful tips on maximizing the use of public records, properly searching databases, and avoiding the pitfalls of Google-only searches. This program also dissects the applicable federal statutes and cases which delineate the types of searches and investigations that are permissible. Professor Segal concludes with a brief analysis of how attorneys may violate the Ethical Rules of Professional Conduct through fact-finding and the scope of information that can legally be obtained through online searches and discovery of Facebook and other social networking sites. This course is a must see for attorneys looking to acquire the skills necessary to gain an edge over their opponents in litigation.
I. Starting with the Public Record
II. Expanding your Search Beyond Google
III. Search Strategies
IV. Basics of Databases
V. Checklist of Public Record Sources
VI. Ethical Considerations
VII. Social Networking Websites
VIII. Interviewing Techniques
Nancy (Dallas, TX)
A well-presented, usefull "helpful-tips" CLE; Good discussion of ethical issues
Steven (Dallas, TX)
Excellent, one of the better Lawline courses
Jeffery (San Antonio, TX)
Angela R. (Prosper, TX)
Great course and tips.
Kenneth (Monroe, NY)
Great presenter; very useful
Zachary (Melville, NY)
A model CLE program. Substantive material delivered efficiently.
Kathleen (Sammamish, WA)
Well done. Excellent material. Good presentation.
John V. (Hunt, TX)
Very fluid and interesting
Evan (San Angelo, TX)
Clayton (Bakersfield, CA)
I'd like to hear more from this faculty member
Vicki (Dallas, TX)
Carole (Cypress, TX)
great speaker and informative
Michael (Arlington, TX)
James (Irving, TX)
Very informative and addressed some issues that I had not thought of before
Bruce R (Charlottesville, VA)
Mr. Segal prepared and delivered an outstanding hour.
Mary (Richmond, VA)
Gunther (Euless, TX)
thanks for the information
Susan (Bellingham, WA)
Very clear and organized. A bit dry, but goes by quickly and the material is relevant.
Leslie (Arlington, VA)
Very interesting--good info!
Joseph (Reston, VA)
Very helpful in pointing out valuable databases and sources to use to look for information; also thought the interviewing tips and tips about Facebook were very useful.
Robert (Bedford, NH)
Bernadette (South Portland, ME)
Even though presenter was just sitting, his conversational style was much easier to stay tuned into than previous online classes through Lawline. I found the information helpful, pacing was good, timely information provided.
Nancy (Cunningham, TX)
Howard (Dover, NH)
George (Portland, ME)
Very informative regarding web-based resources
James Blake C. (Los Angeles, CA)
Jennifer (Mississauga, ON)
very practical tips!
William (Stony Brook, NY)
Update and very helpful
Martha (Arlington, VA)
Emily (Onancock, VA)
Very interesting and helpful.
Marek (Cohasset, MA)
very informative, good check lists
Erik (Grand Junction, CO)
I was really glad I took this program. It gave some really practical information that I can immediately apply to my cases. There were a few gotchas that were identified that I think might help keep me out of a possible issue down the road.
JoAnn (Plainview, NY)
Interesting and informative.
William (Arlington, TX)
Excellent! The presentation arms anyone with knowledge of how to find facts.
F Antone (Rhododendron, OR)
Better than average substance. Examples explain process rather than fall short in terms of practical application. Many lecturers give examples omitting how they got there. Not so here. Look forward to next presentation by this lecturer.
George (Garden City, NY)
stephen (forest hills, NY)
Outstanding, motivating speaker.
Ryan (Beverly Hills, CA)
The speaker was clear and very easy to follow. He was also informative and is clearly an expert in his field.
Robin (McHenry, IL)
Paula (Alhambra, CA)
Good overall discussion on the topic.
Laura (Sterling, VA)
I found this program to be very helpful.
Hugh A. (Fort Worth, TX)
Great presentation; very worthwhile.
Nicolaos (Naperville, IL)
Daniel (Canoga Park, CA)
Jean (Gig Harbor, WA)
Nancy (The Woodlands, TX)
very interesting and helpful information
Kimberly (Fort Worth, TX)
Dan (Lacey, WA)
Very interesting, thought provoking.
Chandara (Faifax, VA)
Great speaker and powerpoint slides!!
Ray (Brownsville, TX)
James B. (New York , NY)
Charlene (PARRISH, FL)
Excellent, very practical and informative.
James (Alexandria, VA)
Great review for any type of case. Very helpful.
Richard (West Orange, NJ)
This should be seen by everyone who does not realize that there are people who devote their lives to invading your privacy.
Douglas (Springfield, VA)
I appreciated the elucidation of ethical boundaries in practical terms.
Matthew J. (Austin, TX)
Sheds interesting light on Facebook, among other things.
Brooks (Colleyville, TX)
Essential information that every attorney needs to think about and review periodically.
Jonathan (Washington, DC, DC)
I liked Philip's use of clear and concise examples to teach concepts. Nice work.
Gregory (richmond, VA)
Effective technique of teaching through examples
Battocchi (McLean, VA)
Neil (Falls Church, VA)
Fast-paced, informative and quite useful for the practitioner.
Andrew (Virginia Beach, VA)
Very useful information
Kate (Alexandria, VA)
very practical information
Elisa (Green Bay, WI)
Interesting topic, well presented.
Lisa (Quincy, IL)
The speaker was very knowledgeable.
Patricia (Navasota, TX)
Kara (Charlotte, NC)
Raised some interesting points on the thoroughness of web based research.
Donald (Great Neck, NY)
good start for beginners
GRANT (Conroe, TX)
Some good advise on where to look for certain information
Michelle (Great Neck, NY)
Very easy to complete. Interesting topic
Melea (Tuckahoe, NY)
Very good course. Great suggestions and caveats when investigating.
Courtland (San Diego, CA)
Great tips on doing thorough investigations.
Troy (Glendale, CA)
Stephen F. (Niles, IL)
Very professorial, direct, serious in approach with numerous variety of useful examples and practical ideas offered for one to ponder....