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In-Person Program

The Impact of Social Media and Other Electronic Evidence on Your Domestic Relations Practice

Admissibility, privacy issues and ethical considerations

Wednesday, 7/27/2011, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
4 substantive credits, 1 ethics credits
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Product Description

When Facebook first took off, little did we know the impact it would have on our interpersonal communication. Recent current events have demonstrated that social media has the power to help topple governments; the effect on domestic relations matters is just as potent. How many times has a client said something like "I know he is working under the table" or "he is an unfit parent" followed by "just look at his Facebook pictures and posts." From evidence related to the M.G.L. c 208, Section 34 factors, to admissibility issues and privacy issues, MCLE's panel of experts, which includes a computer forensics specialist, a private investigator and attorneys, tell you what you need to know about this social media phenomenon.

The panel discusses relevant case law, including ethics decisions from other jurisdictions, and offers practical tips and advice on handling matters where electronic content is an issue. Emails, texting, and GPS surveillance are defined and discussed, as are their admissibility. The seminar also focuses on computer spyware, tracking devices and telespoofing. Social Media is a phenomenon that plays an increasing role in personal communications and this seminar is designed to leave you prepared when it is a factor in your next case.

Agenda and written materials

  • Relevant Case Law and Statutes
  • Forms of Electronic Evidence Including Emails, Texts, Facebook, and Other Social Media Sites
  • Forms of Spyware and the Status of the Law Regarding Spyware
  • Tracking Devices Including GPS and Other Kinds of Surveillance
  • Possible Criminal Implications of Electronic Discovery
  • Telespoofing-What Is it and What You Need to Know
  • Ethical Considerations Including Privacy Rights Between Spouses
  • How to Advise Clients During Divorce Proceedings Regarding These Types of Issues
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

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Jay Groob, American Investigative Services, Brookline
Mark Spencer, Arsenal Consulting, Chelsea



  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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