About this 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. 

Agenda:
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

Reviews

Stephen F.
Niles, IL

Very professorial, direct, serious in approach with numerous variety of useful examples and practical ideas offered for one to ponder....

Lisa
Quincy, IL

The speaker was very knowledgeable.

Troy
Glendale, CA

Thank you.

Courtland
San Diego, CA

Great tips on doing thorough investigations.

Melea
Tuckahoe, NY

Very good course. Great suggestions and caveats when investigating.

Michelle
Great Neck, NY

Very easy to complete. Interesting topic

GRANT
Conroe, TX

Some good advise on where to look for certain information

Jean
Gig Harbor, WA

Excellant information.

Marek
Cohasset, MA

very informative, good check lists

Donald
Great Neck, NY

good start for beginners

Kate
Woodbridge, VA

very practical information

Kara
Charlotte, NC

Raised some interesting points on the thoroughness of web based research.

Patricia
Navasota, TX

interesting

Elisa
Green Bay, WI

Interesting topic, well presented.

Andrew
Virginia Beach, VA

Very useful information

Jonathan
Washington, Dc, DC

I liked Philip's use of clear and concise examples to teach concepts. Nice work.

Neil
Falls Church, VA

Fast-paced, informative and quite useful for the practitioner.

Battocchi
Mclean, VA

Very useful.

Gregory
Richmond, VA

Effective technique of teaching through examples

Brooks
Colleyville, TX

Essential information that every attorney needs to think about and review periodically.

Matthew J.
Austin, TX

Sheds interesting light on Facebook, among other things.

Douglas
Springfield, VA

I appreciated the elucidation of ethical boundaries in practical terms.

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.

James
Alexandria, VA

Great review for any type of case. Very helpful.

Charlene
Parrish, FL

Excellent, very practical and informative.

James B.
New York , NY

Very infomative.

Ray
Brownsville, TX

Great information.

Kimberly
Fort Worth, TX

very useful

Chandara
Faifax, VA

Great speaker and powerpoint slides!!

Dan
Lacey, WA

Very interesting, thought provoking.

Nancy
The Woodlands, TX

very interesting and helpful information

Hugh A.
Fort Worth, TX

Great presentation; very worthwhile.

Laura
Sterling, VA

I found this program to be very helpful.

Nicolaos
Naperville, IL

informative

Daniel
Canoga Park, CA

well done

Paula
Alhambra, CA

Good overall discussion on the topic.

Robin
Mchenry, IL

excellent

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.

stephen
Forest Hills,

Outstanding, motivating speaker.

Emily
Onancock, VA

Very interesting and helpful.

George
Garden City, NY

excellent presentation

Martha
Arlington, VA

Useful

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.

William
Arlington, TX

Excellent! The presentation arms anyone with knowledge of how to find facts.

JoAnn
Plainview, NY

Interesting and informative.

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.

Brian M.
Wantagh,

well spoken speaker

William
Stony Brook, NY

Update and very helpful

Jennifer
Mississauga, ON

very practical tips!

James Blake C.
Los Angeles, CA

Good information.

George
Portland, ME

Very informative regarding web-based resources

Howard
Dover, NH

OUTSTANDING

Robert
Bedford, NH

Excellent.

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,

very practical!

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.

Leslie
Vienna, VA

Very interesting--good info!

Susan
Bellingham, WA

Very clear and organized. A bit dry, but goes by quickly and the material is relevant.

Gunther
Euless, TX

thanks for the information

Richard
Brooklyn,

great class

Mary
Richmond, VA

Excellent.

Bruce R
Charlottesville, VA

Mr. Segal prepared and delivered an outstanding hour.

James
Irving, TX

Very informative and addressed some issues that I had not thought of before

Vicki
Dallas, TX

Interesting material

Carole
Cypress, TX

great speaker and informative

Michael
Arlington, TX

great info

Clayton
Bakersfield, CA

I'd like to hear more from this faculty member

Evan
San Angelo, TX

Excellent.

John V.
Hunt, TX

Very fluid and interesting

Thomas
Los Angeles, CA

Great Program.

Kathleen
Sammamish, WA

Well done. Excellent material. Good presentation.

Zachary
Melville, NY

A model CLE program. Substantive material delivered efficiently.

Angela R.
Prosper, TX

Great course and tips.

Kenneth
Monroe, NY

Great presenter; very useful

Jeffery
San Antonio, TX

very interesting

Steven
Dallas, TX

Excellent, one of the better Lawline courses

Nancy
Dallas, TX

A well-presented, usefull "helpful-tips" CLE; Good discussion of ethical issues

robert
Houston,

most interesting course I have taken on lawline

Mary
Ithaca, NY

Interesting subject, well presented.

Marcus
Port Neches, TX

very helpful

Christopher
Ketchikan, AK

Learned a number of things, and had my eyes opened to matters I hadn't ever thought about.

Pete
Lynden, WA

Great seminar.

Rita
South Freeport, ME

Knowledgeable and interesting speaker.

David
Chicago, IL

Interesting speaker with helpful examples.

Denine
Rochester, NY

Some good tips, and I enjoyed his conversational manner.

Lisa
Rexburg,

Fabulous!

David
Austin, TX

Very helpful

Bambi Lin
Tacoma,

Excellent CLE. Quite informative and fascinating.

Michael
Wellington,

Excellent

Kimberly
Houston, TX

Good commentary on ethics

Michael
Spicewood, TX

Practical and useful information that's good to know - even for the non-investigator.

Terry
Baltimore, MD

Extremely interesting and jammed pack with information and tips.

Chris
Denver, CO

Good course.

Eric
Boulder, CO

Great!

Robert
Erwin, TN

I enjoyed the course and it was very informative.

Tiffany
Nashville, TN

good presentation

Jeanie
Mansfield, TX

One of the best speakers law line has. He was organized and pithy.

Lawrence
Chicago, IL

If Mr. Segal produces a sequel to this program I will purchase the new program.

Steven
Austin, TX

I would like to hear more from him.

Jim
Kingsport, TN

Excellent presentation.... very informative..

Susan
Bethesda, MD

straight forward

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Production Date

April 21, 2011

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