Criminal Law

New CLE on How to Hire a Forensic Examiner

When hiring a subject matter expert, careful screening is crucial in order to select an expert with superior skills & credibility that will get the best result in front of the judge and jury.

CLE on the Fourth Amendment and Search Warrants in the Digital Age

Stingrays, GPS and Pings… Oh My!! Yes, recent advances in technology have caused great confusion when it comes to applying the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches by the government. The Fourth Amendment Meets the iPhone In 1926, Learned Hand noted that it is “a totally different thing to search a man’s pockets and use against him what they contain, from ransacking…

CLE COURSE: DIGITAL FORENSICS FOR ATTORNEYS 102

Just because a person installs some software on the neighbor’s computer does not make them a digital forensics expert. And when your client is looking at 30 years in prison, this is not the person you want to retain as the digital forensics expert in your next case. Digital Forensics There is a tremendous knowledge gap in our legal system today when…

New CLE: Cell Phone Location Evidence for Lawyers

Your client is arrested for robbery. Like everybody that walks into your office, he claims he didn’t do it. He says he was at the park with his kid at the time of the crime. Wisely, you turn to the information stored on his iPhone to show that he was nowhere near the scene of the crime because you can show that…

CLE Course: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 101

A wife is murdered in her own home. The husband claims he tried to stop the intruder but the large man over powered him and tied him up to a chair. But the wife’s Fitbit tells a different version of the story than the tale that the husband presents. As the police investigate the case and harness the digital information created by…

What CLE Courses Do YOU Want To See??

We get extremely busy around the end of the year and through January.  This is due to the fact that a number of states have December 31 deadlines and California has a January 31 deadline.  Once we get through our super busy period, then we switch gears and start calendaring more CLE tapings for the new year. Well, it’s that time of…

CLE Course: Understanding How Unconscious Bias Affects Your Legal Cases

We are all biased.  There is no way around it.  Bias has been hardwired into our brains during our species existence on this planet. Bias stems from a biological survival response triggered by a dangerous or stressful event where a split-second judgement is required as part of the flight or fight response. Unconscious Bias Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups…

CLE on Dealing with Clients and Attorneys with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

There has been a recent trend in the last few years to place greater emphasis on how substance abuse and mental health issues affects attorneys and the clients they represent. The following specific personality disorders will be discussed: paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, avoidant, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dependent, antisocial, histrionic, borderline and narcissistic. In this course, attorney Amy Allemann will address mental health and substance…

CLE Course: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll – How Modern Lifestyle Industries Push the Limits of IP Law

Can a rock band named the “Slants” get a trademark on their band name? Can Apple get a patent for a device that can be used to vaporize marijuana? Does the owner of a “tube” website featuring adult content get immunity from user uploaded videos under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)? While most of us have a basic understanding of copyright,…