We live in a digital age. This has been true now for more than a decade but never more so than it is today. For legal practitioners, it is essential to adapt to new technologies in order to competently represent our clients. One area in which this is most critical is the use of digital evidence in litigation.
This course, taught by solo criminal and family law practitioner Linda Watson, will briefly review what digital evidence is, what it may look like, and where to look for it when representing a client. The course will cover best practices in electronic investigations, explore where and how to obtain relevant digital evidence, and provide guidance on securing and storing evidence properly to preserve it for use in litigation. Finally, the program will examine the admissibility requirements for digital evidence in the courtroom: how to lay a proper foundation for digital evidence and overcome objections. On the flip side, attendees will also learn how to attack digital evidence in court, exposing one of the pitfalls of electronic information: it is not always what it appears to be.
The presenter will also discuss new issues arising out of search warrants in the digital age, including GeoFencing warrants.
Linda is a dynamic attorney who currently focuses her practice in criminal and family law. She helps those who have been wrongfully stopped or detained enforce their constitutional rights. Linda has been successful in suppressing wrongfully obtained evidence and knows how to obtain hard to get evidence. She focuses her family law practice on helping families create a healthy flow between households and quality communication between families. Linda is not afraid to make sure that children are always protected, by obtaining court ordered alcohol and drug treatments of parents and ensuring that parents follow strict appropriate codes of conduct and minimize the effect of a parent’s separation on children. Her solutions are creative and unique, often finding resolutions outside the box, specific to each client’s needs.
Prior to founding and building Watson Law in 2010, Linda was an assistant state’s attorney for nearly seven years, prosecuting everything from murder to traffic. She enjoys teaching continuing legal education both locally and nationally to other lawyers in such areas as digital forensic evidence and children’s hearsay statements admissibility. Ms. Watson has had a number of cases succeed at the Appellate level, having been published several times on new and novel issues including the use of Google Maps as probable cause, second seizure traffic stops, and complex child support issues.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband of many years, and their teenage son. She is passionate in pursuing traveling, photography, reading, hiking, and learning a second language.