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Forensic Fridays Series Looks at Social Media, Forensic Expertise and More

The Forensic Fridays series at Duquesne University returns this spring with sessions that will focus on social media, the state of the forensics profession and sexual assaults.

Hosted by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, the Forensic Fridays series was established to regularly offer continuing legal education and other professional education opportunities in shorter courses that are more convenient for busy schedules.

The series kicks off with Social Media in the Courts: Privacy, Discovery, Admissibility and the Role of Digital Forensics on Friday, Jan. 16, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union. The session will explore the ramifications of social media's growing societal pervasiveness from the perspectives of the law, law enforcement and digital forensics professionals.

Attorney David G. Ries of Clark Hill, PLC, will moderate the program, which will feature:

  • Elizabeth Collura, senior attorney, commercial and corporate litigation practice group, Clark Hill
  • Brett Creasy, vice president and director of digital forensics, bit-x-bit Computer Forensics and E-Discovery Services
  • Greg Frankhouser, special agent, FBI Pittsburgh Division
  • Scott Zimmerman, legal and acquisitions editor, Digital Forensics Magazine.

This session is approved by Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for three substantive CLE credits.

The Forensic Fridays series also will include:

  • Is Forensics Getting Fixed? The State of the Profession Five Years After the National Academy of Sciences Report, Friday, March 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Africa Room, Duquesne Union (This session will also be offered online)
  • Sexual Assault on Campus: Investigation, Prosecution, Title IX and the Role of Forensic Nursing, Friday, May 1, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Africa Room, Duquesne Union.

"We're very pleased with the diverse lineup of timely topics being addressed here this spring," said Program Administrator Ben Wecht. "From the legal repercussions of social media exposure to the reporting and investigative requirements following sexual assaults on a college campus, these seminars were developed to offer attendees a better understanding of current issues at the interface of forensic science and law."

For more information, including continuing education credit details, cost, available discounts and registration, visit www.duq.edu/forensics, call 412-396-1330 or email wechtinstitute@duq.edu.

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