Forensic Fridays Series to Look at Digital Forensics in the Courts

The evidence in today's civil and criminal cases--both of a routine nature and as a "smoking gun"--is increasingly digital. From smartphones and tablets to social media and the cloud, the volume and importance of digital evidence continues to grow.

To offer a better understanding of the current technical, practical and legal issues in locating and acquiring digital data and meeting requirements for its admissibility in court, the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University will present Digital Forensics in the Courts: A Legal and Technical Update on Friday, March 24, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Law School.

"In the wake of the recent WikiLeaks disclosure of CIA software tools and techniques for breaking into smartphones, computers and other devices, society's vulnerability to hackers is becoming increasingly apparent," said Program Administrator Ben Wecht. "From an evidentiary standpoint, this translates into an exponential growth of information potentially available to criminal and civil litigators. But is it admissible?"

Featured presenters include:

  • Attorney David G. Ries of Clark Hill PLC
  • Brett Creasy, vice president and director of digital forensics, bit-x-bit Computer Forensics and E-Discovery Services
  • Brian King, Computer Scientist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • and Adam Klickovich, Program Manager for the National Computer Forensics & Training Alliance.

The event is co-sponsored by InfraGard, an FBI program dedicated to promoting information sharing and dialog between public and private sectors concerning critical infrastructure protection issues.

This session is available in person and online and is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for three substantive CLE credits.

For more information, including continuing education credit details, cost, available discounts and registration, visit the website, call 412-396-1330 or email

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