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Preparation is the Key: Digital Media Foresnics 101

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: January 09, 2018
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  • Computer Forensics: What do we mean?
  • Computer Forensics vs. Electronic Discovery
  • Evolving Technology
  • Finding the right expert
  • Questions and answers
Runtime: 1 hour and 31 minutes
Recorded: January 9, 2018


This seminar will assist attorneys in determining the critical elements in a digital forensics investigation.

Computer files and other Electronically Stored Information (ESI) are now an important element in virtually every civil proceeding and a great many criminal cases as well. Obtaining, searching, understanding, and explaining the fruits of production require increasing amounts of highly specialized knowledge. Few practicing attorneys have the opportunity (or the time) to keep up in these evolving fields. Computer Forensics is necessarily a joint responsibility between counsel and the analyst.

The attorney doesn't need full training in Computer Science, but will need to know enough about the place of Computer Forensics in the type of cases he or she handles, in order to recognize the capabilities of such analysis and how to find and work with qualified experts.

This program was recorded on January 9th, 2018.

Provided By

American Bar Association
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G. Hunter Jones

Senior Software Engineer and Certified Computer Forensic Specialist

Hunter Jones studied Industrial Management and Computer Systems at MIT, and has worked in software development and systems consulting for over 40 years. The major portion of that time was in the Management Consulting division of Price Waterhouse, and he was a partner in that firm for 18 years.

He currently specializes in Computer Forensics, and has worked on 72 cases in the past 14 years, frequently testifying in both civil and criminal matters. He is certified by two of the accrediting organizations in Computer Forensics and is now the Senior Systems Engineer for DisputeSoft, a litigation consulting practice based in Maryland.

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Kimberly A. Metzger

Kash Dedrigon Belanger

Kimberly A. Metzger currently practices law with the Kash Fedrigon Belanger LLC in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Attorney Metzger received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, NY, where she was born and raised a loyal Bills fan. She is a 2011 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where she was active with the Villanova Law Moot Court Board. As a member of the Moot Court Board, Attorney Metzger achieved numerous honors, including two best brief awards for written advocacy. Following graduation, she was admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in October, 2011. She joined the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney in 2012 after serving as the law clerk to the Honorable Arthur L. Zulick in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas for one year.

During her tenure an Assistant District Attorney, Attorney Metzger tried over 25 criminal jury trials and multiple bench trials, ranging from DUI and domestic assaults to homicide and criminal sale of controlled substances. Many of her trials have made extensive use of stored electronic data, including use of stored and deleted cellular communications, GPS location information, extraction of deleted files from SD memory cards, and preserved social media information. Additionally, Attorney Metzger has enlisted the services of a variety of experts for trial presentations, including experts in the fields of digital forensics, drug trafficking, crime scene processing, forensic pathology, radiology, and infant abusive head trauma.

In addition to extensive trial work, Attorney Metzger has handled numerous appellate files ranging from direct appeals to federal habeas proceedings. She has argued regularly in front of the Pennsylvania Superior Court and before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on multiple occasions. She is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar and is admitted to the Bars of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. She has attended extensive training on drug law enforcement and trial advocacy and has been honored by the DEA for her contributions to drug law enforcement and, in January 2018, received the Monroe County District Attorney’s Award for Excellent Service for her unwavering prosecution of the Pi Delta Psi, Inc. Fraternity and 37 of its members for the hazing death of a pledge in 2013.

After more than 5 years with the DA’s office, in January 2018, Attorney Metzger transitioned into private practice and brings her extensive courtroom experience and enthusiasm to family law practice.

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Craig Ball

Trial Lawyer & Certified Computer Forensic Examiner
Craig D. Ball P.C.

Craig Ball is a Board Certified trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert He's dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics. After decades trying lawsuits, Craig limits his practice to service as a court-appointed special master and consultant in computer forensics and e-discovery. A prolific contributor to educational programs worldwide--having delivered over 1,600 presentations and papers--Craig’s articles on forensic technology and electronic discovery frequently appear in the national media. For nine years, he wrote the award winning column on computer forensics and e-discovery for American Lawyer Media called "Ball in your Court." Craig Ball has served as the Special Master or testifying expert on computer forensics and electronic discovery in some of the most challenging, front page cases in the U.S.

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