Continuing Legal Education

The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet: Super Search Engine Strategies and Investigative Research (CHICAGO)

March 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
6.00 MCLE hours, including 6.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Masters Series

Each attendee receives a copy of Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch’s book, The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet (a $64.95 value).

Learn how the Internet is changing the way legal professionals need to research and run their practice to competently represent their clients. Find out if failing to “Google” as part of the due diligence process could keep you from winning a case or successfully completing a transaction. Uncover the best research strategies and learn to master Google. Discover how attorneys are using free public record sites and sites with free “publicly available” information, including social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and Google Plus) for discovery, trial preparation, background checks, and locating missing persons.

Don’t be left behind in exploiting this gold mine of information that will assist you in meeting your investigative research obligations. Come join Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, internationally recognized Internet trainers and authors of six American Bar Association books, who will show you how to be a cybersleuth to unearth information at low or no cost via the Internet.

Program Speakers:
Carole Levitt
, Esq., President, Internet for Lawyers
Mark Rosch, Vice-President, Internet for Lawyers



9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Super Search Engine Strategies for Discovery, Trial Preparation, and to Successfully Complete Transactions*
Attorneys depend on facts to help win cases – and many of these facts come from in-depth investigative research. Learn how to formulate successful search engine strategies with this comprehensive look at Google and beyond. Topics include:

  • Mastering Google
    • Do lawyers have a duty to Google?
    • How to create more effective searches
    • What’s new in Google search?
    • Using Google’s “advanced search” menu to create sophisticated and more targeted searches
    • Narrow and filter search results
    • Googling for background/investigative information about people and companies
    • Finding addresses, phone, fax, and cell numbers for service of process, etc.
    • Uncovering news from current and archival sources
    • Staying on top of your research by using free alerts
    • Finding images and understanding reverse image searching
    • Revealing hidden search features, secrets, and shortcuts
    • Locating information from the “invisible” Web
    • Tracking down recently altered or deleted Web pages
  • Beyond Google
    • Tracking down older altered or deleted Web pages
    • Authenticating altered or deleted Web pages
    • Learn about other search engines
    • Discover Meta-search sites

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 4:15 p.m.  Investigative Research Strategies for the Legal Professional*
This comprehensive overview shows you how to build strong investigative research strategies – from thinking like a private investigator and using social networking sites for investigative research, to accessing expensive databases for free and retrieving background information from public records and publicly available data. Topics include:

  • Learn How to Search Like a Private Investigator
    • Understanding the key difference between public records and “publicly available” information
    • Uncovering driver’s license records
    • Developing Internet investigative search strategies
    • Mining the Web for missing people
    • Digging up death records, birthdays, and Social Security Numbers
    • Extracting background information from dockets
    • Unearthing bankruptcies
    • Gleaning personal information from search engines, blogs, and discussion groups
  • How to Access Expensive Databases … for Free … to Find:
    • Factual information
    • Background information
    • Full-text newspaper and magazine articles
    • Press releases
  • Discover Quick and Easy Methods to Retrieve Background Information from Public Records and Publicly Available Data From:
    • Online telephone/address directories to obtain information for service of process, etc.
    • Public records portals
    • Criminal records and sex offender registries
    • S.E.C. filings
    • Expert witness directories
  • How to Use Social Networking Sites for Investigative Research: What, Why, and How
    • What is social networking?
    • Using social networking sites for investigative and background research
    • Overcoming social media authentication, discovery, and evidentiary issues
    • And much more!