Fundamentals of Fact Finding
About this Lawline.com Program
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
Very professorial, direct, serious in approach with numerous variety of useful examples and practical ideas offered for one to ponder....
The speaker was very knowledgeable.
Great tips on doing thorough investigations.
Very good course. Great suggestions and caveats when investigating.
Very easy to complete. Interesting topic
Some good advise on where to look for certain information
very informative, good check lists
good start for beginners
very practical information
Raised some interesting points on the thoroughness of web based research.
Interesting topic, well presented.
Very useful information
I liked Philip's use of clear and concise examples to teach concepts. Nice work.
Fast-paced, informative and quite useful for the practitioner.
Effective technique of teaching through examples
Essential information that every attorney needs to think about and review periodically.
Sheds interesting light on Facebook, among other things.
I appreciated the elucidation of ethical boundaries in practical terms.
This should be seen by everyone who does not realize that there are people who devote their lives to invading your privacy.
Great review for any type of case. Very helpful.
Excellent, very practical and informative.
Great speaker and powerpoint slides!!
Very interesting, thought provoking.
very interesting and helpful information
Great presentation; very worthwhile.
I found this program to be very helpful.
Good overall discussion on the topic.
The speaker was clear and very easy to follow. He was also informative and is clearly an expert in his field.
Outstanding, motivating speaker.
Very interesting and helpful.
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.
Excellent! The presentation arms anyone with knowledge of how to find facts.
Interesting and informative.
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.
well spoken speaker
Very practical. Covers real problems like hidden assets, optimal ways to contact witnesses, use of public records to contradict claims, limits of Google, etc.., Good discussion of facts you cannot seek and legal and ethical limits on using deception to get information. Good discussion of social media, including some easy to overlook like abandoned MySpace pages. Also a good tip on ways to avoid tipping your hand when interfacing with public offices by using intermediaries and seeking decoy information on unrelated parties.
Update and very helpful
very practical tips!
Very informative regarding web-based resources
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.
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.
Very interesting--good info!
Very clear and organized. A bit dry, but goes by quickly and the material is relevant.
thanks for the information
Mr. Segal prepared and delivered an outstanding hour.
Very informative and addressed some issues that I had not thought of before
great speaker and informative
I'd like to hear more from this faculty member
Very fluid and interesting
Well done. Excellent material. Good presentation.
A model CLE program. Substantive material delivered efficiently.
Great course and tips.
Great presenter; very useful
Excellent, one of the better Lawline courses
A well-presented, usefull "helpful-tips" CLE; Good discussion of ethical issues
most interesting course I have taken on lawline
Interesting subject, well presented.
Learned a number of things, and had my eyes opened to matters I hadn't ever thought about.
Knowledgeable and interesting speaker.
Interesting speaker with helpful examples.
Some good tips, and I enjoyed his conversational manner.
Excellent CLE. Quite informative and fascinating.
Good commentary on ethics
Practical and useful information that's good to know - even for the non-investigator.
Extremely interesting and jammed pack with information and tips.
I enjoyed the course and it was very informative.
One of the best speakers law line has. He was organized and pithy.
If Mr. Segal produces a sequel to this program I will purchase the new program.
I would like to hear more from him.
Excellent presentation.... very informative..
Extremely informative, I loved the "real life" examples. I will use his information often!
Very knowledgeable fellow. Wish this could have been a 2-hour presentation.
Good speaker good content and timely topics covered.
Very well done
Very practical and valuable.
Very helpful. Good speaker.
Very insightful. I could have listened to more on this subject from this speaker.
Interesting and very well presented
Very helpful as to do's and don'ts.
I teach an undergraduate legal investigation course and this material was very helpful.
One of the best presentations I have watched combining practical with legal considerations. Good program for an update.
This is one of the best CLE courses I have ever taken.
Absolutely outstanding. Excellent speaker. Didn't belabor points to fill the hour. Very helpful.
Very organized and disciplined. Easy to follow.
Top-shelf stuff. Great examples.