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The MSBA's Criminal Law Section Presents


"Digital Forensics: How Producing Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Can Assist with an Aggressive Criminal Defense"

Over 60% of adults who use the Internet have social media profiles. Social Media use is growing three times faster than overall growth in Internet use. Facebook has over 750 million subscribers worldwide, while MySpace has 125 million. Roughly half of Facebook users are active every day on the site and access it from their mobile phones. Facebook bypassed Google in March 2010 as the most-visited web site in world.

Facebook Nation would be the third most populous in the world after China and India, if subscribers were citizens.

If a criminal defense attorney focuses on just traditional methods of gathering information and relevant evidence, how wide will the gap be between what he or she finds for the client versus what could have been had social media been taken into account? Evidence from social networking sites can tell much of the story and attorneys who leverage that potential will increasingly use it to win or effectively plea bargain their criminal defense cases.

This presentation is designed to help attorneys understand the potential for digital evidence to change the outcome of their cases. It focuses on the acquisition, analysis, and authentication of relevant digital forensic evidence from a rapidly expanding assortment of social networking sites that cater to professionals, daters, internationals, picture and video sharers, and users of location based services.

It highlights data privacy issues and covers the latest legal ethics opinions applicable to social media investigations. It provides tips on online collection and preservation activity and illustrates approaches to searching, locating, and understanding digital evidence. It also introduces new investigation tools like visualizers, social network analysis, and information bases. It explains the difference between investigations conducted before court filing and discovery afterward. Lastly, it concludes by drawing attention to how and why law enforcement is using social media to obtain evidence in criminal cases.


John J. Carney, Esq., Carney Forensics
Click here to view Mr. Carney's biography.

1.0 hours of Standard CLE credits approved
0.5 hours of Ethics CLE credits approved
Event Code: 159960



Date:   Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Time:   11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Please join us for lunch at 11:45 a.m., followed by the program from noon - 1:30 p.m. If you are unable to join in person, webcasting is available. See below for more details.


Section Members:  $20.00
Join the Section and attend for FREE:  $20.00
MSBA Members (But Not Criminal Section Members):  $30.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $40.00
Law Students:  Free

Participation by web and audio is available. Request instructions when registering or contact Elyse Farnsworth prior to October 17. Instructions will be emailed to you on or before October 18.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336