Fourth Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference to be hosted by Marshall Forensic Science Center

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Forensic Science Center will host the fourth annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) Conference April 15-19 to provide training in digital forensics and evidence recovery and information security.

The conference will offer a wide array of training for professionals and students in the fields of law, digital forensics, law enforcement and information security. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 17; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

The conference continues in Charleston on Monday, April 22, with a session on electronic discovery at the Capitol Conference Center. "E-Discovery in the Trenches" will illustrate an electronic discovery case study from beginning to end. Topics include: relating claims to data; lawyer/client communication about litigation readiness, internal systems and individual data practices; and limiting and responding to discovery requests.

The Honorable Christopher C. Wilkes and the Honorable James J. Rowe, judges with the West Virginia Business Court Division, will participate in a panel discussion of e-discovery issues and peeves. See for more information.

Jill McIntyre, vice president of AIDE, is also an attorney with Jackson Kelly PLLC who has been following the development of electronic discovery law since 2006 and regularly advises clients and colleagues about related best practices, ethical duties, and technologies.

"We may not think about the fact that all day, every day we are creating evidence," she said.  "But in today's data-rich world, people leave digital fingerprints everywhere they go.  Physical movement is tracked via cell phone towers.  Advertisers collect and mine information about Internet browsing activity and television use.  Tweets can be harvested within a city block or on a mountainside.  The more we do with devices, the more the law must follow us there.  Lawyers, police officers and government investigators engage in legitimate digging, while information security professionals protect us from illegitimate digging.  AIDE is passionate about its mission to educate stakeholders in these areas."

John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall's Integrated Science and Technology Department, is chair of the Digital Forensics Working Group for AIDE and was an original organizer of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. He said the conference offers a wide array of great speakers from Marshall University, nationally recognized digital forensics experts from Purdue University and Access Data, several law firms, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, the West Virginia State Police, information security firms and many more.

Registration fees for the sessions at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center are free for current AIDE members, $60 for nonmember professionals and $25 for students, and are due the first day of attendance.

The conference is approved for 32 hours of in-service credit for West Virginia law enforcement. A "Digital Evidence First Responder" training session will be held April 19 for law enforcement.

The "E-Discovery in the Trenches" session on April 22 is $60 for members and $120 for non-members. It is approved for 8.5 West Virginia Continuing Legal Education credits.

To register for the conference or to learn more, please visit the AIDE website at

Sponsors for the event include Jackson Kelly PLLC; Vail Legal Technologies LLC with eTera Consulting; Access Data; Katz Consulting Group, LLC; Syngress Publishing; Marshall University Forensic Science Center; Marshall University Department of Integrated Science and Technology; and Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
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