HUNTINGTON – The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its sixth annual conference in April and will hold part of the conference in Charleston and another part in Huntington.


The conference will be held at Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington and at the Capitol Conference Center in Charleston from April 20 through April 24.


The event will focus on electronic discovery, digital forensics and information security. The electronic discovery portion will be held in Charleston.



Jill McIntyre, the president of AIDE, was elected at AIDE's annual meeting on March 16. McIntyre was the vice president of AIDE previously.


McIntyre, an attorney at Jackson Kelly, said all the presentations involved in the electronic discovery portion are timely and are not rehashing old ground.


"We are going to have a round table event during the event that will give everyone the chance to brainstorm an e-discovery process that can work or all," McIntyre said. "Every year when we get together to plan this conference, we brainstorm openly and come out with so many great ideas. This way we will have everyone brainstorming about e-discovery."


The electronic discovery portion will be held on April 21 and will begin at 9 a.m. with Pete Pepiton of Dinsmore & Shohl presenting on the changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 2015.


McIntyre said the changes to the federal rules will begin in December and that states usually follow suit.


"The changes to Rule 37 will make the law more uniform," McIntyre said.


Rule 37 involves failure to make disclosures or to cooperate with discovery.


At 1 p.m., Craig Ball of Craig D. Ball PC, will present on the defensible use of keywords. Ball has presented at the electronic discovery portion of AIDE's annual conference in recent years.


"As we're drawing more attorneys from across the state, we wanted to bring Craig Ball back to present again," McIntyre said. "His presentation on keywords will be a great presentation."


McIntyre said since an attorney cannot sit down and look over every single thing, keywords are helpful in going through the information.


Other presentations include one on privilege review presented by Lindsey Hendrick Altman of Encompass and Emily Goodwin Kime of eTERA Consulting; a presentation on obtaining life data by Mike Nelson of eTERA Consulting; and a presentation on law firm security by Skip Lohnmeyer of Jackson Kelly.


McIntyre said Nelson is an expert on finding life data, including social media posts, computer files, text messages and other forms of data.


The electronic discovery portion of the conference is approved for seven hours of Continuing Legal Education in West Virginia and costs $120, which includes an annual membership and a catered lunch is provided.


The digital forensics portion of the event will be held April 20, 22, 23 and 24 and will have presentations including advanced wireless network investigations, Macintosh forensics and cyber behavior.


The information security portion will be held April 23 and 24 and will have presentations including how to defend the soft center of a network and ISLET, which is a system that streamlines Linus-based software training for IT events.


For more information on how to attend the conference, go to www.appyide.com.

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