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September 2012 Bar Bulletin

The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet


The Internet is vast, expansive and pervasive. It can seem intimidating even to the most adept users and can greatly enhance one's ability to track down important information.

Because of the Internet's scope, it may be difficult to pinpoint an ideal place to begin your legal research. The Internet is an information treasure trove and whether or not you have extensive research experience or are only vaguely familiar with various searching capabilities, it is important to have a solid grasp of the ways in which the Inter­net can shed new light on your legal duties.

On October 2, nationally recognized Internet trainers Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch will conduct a KCBA CLE, walking you through the best ways to conduct effective investigative and legal research. Because the Internet has become intertwined with our daily lives, it is important to understand how its seemingly limitless integration is changing the way legal professionals need to research and run their practices to competently represent their clients.

Learn about the importance of Google, when to use it and whether failing to use it as part of the due diligence process could keep you from winning a case or successfully completing a transaction. Because Google has a tremendous number of capabilities and is constantly changing, there will be focused training highlighting the best and most time-effective ways to master the Google search, enabling you to gather the most relevant information possible. Learn­ing the ins and outs of Google will save you time, allowing you to focus your research for the best and most helpful results.

In addition to Google, there are many other sites that attorneys can use for cyber-sleuthing, from free public record sites to sites with free publicly available information, including social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google Plus and LinkedIn. Learning how to maneuver these sites and glean information from them can assist with discovery, trial preparation, background checks and locating missing persons.

In the midst of the information age, the swift changes that occur can leave you feeling stifled and confused on where to begin. However, included in your registration is a copy of the 500-page book, The Cyber­sleuth's Guide to the Internet. The book is filled with step-by-step instructions, including an introduction to basic Web information and a clear definition of what the Internet entails. With the guidance of Levitt and Rosch, you will be shown how to unearth a great deal of useful information for free or at very low cost on the net.

In today's fast-paced world, you do not want to be left behind. Don't miss this opportunity. "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet: Super Search Engine Strate­gies and Investigative Research" will empower your search habits and make you a more effective online investigator. The CLE at the Washington State Conven­tion Center is approved for 6.0 general CLE and professional guardian credits.

You may register on-line at or by calling the KCBA CLE Department at 206-267-7057.

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