AIDE Conference held in Huntington, Charleston attracts national speakers

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 21, 2014

HUNTINGTON - The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its fifth annual conference this week and will hold part of it in Huntington and part of it in Charleston.

The conference will be held at Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington and at the Capital Conference Center in Charleston.

The four-day event will focus on investigations with digital evidence, information security, open source intelligence, cell phone seizure certification and electronic discovery. It will be held April 21 and 22 and April 24 and 25 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Speakers include Dr. Marcus Rogers from Purdue University; Dr. Gary Kessler of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Dave Kennedy, the founder and principal security consultant for TrustedSec; and individuals from Nuix, Lockheed Martin, Marshall University, Fairmont State University and the West Virginia State Police, among others.

On Friday, nationally recognized Craig Ball, a trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert, will be the keynote speaker for the e-discovery portion of the conference at the Capital Conference Center in Charleston.

Ball has dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics.

Jill McIntyre, AIDE vice president and attorney at Jackson Kelly in Charleston, said Ball is great at electronic discovery.

"He is wonderful," McIntyre said. "We are delighted to have him."

Ball's presentation is from 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. on Friday.

Cindy D. McCarty of Huddleston Bolen in Huntington will be presenting an e-discovery case law review from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

"While most case law comes out of populous areas, even West Virginia has to address e-discovery," McIntyre said. "Case law gives us indication on how to do things and what not to do."

McIntyre will be doing a presentation on predictive coding from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

"It will be on how layers use document review," McIntyre said. "If we can harness the power of computers, we can keep discovery costs down."

The e-discovery portion of AIDE's annual conference is approved for five West Virginia Continuing Legal Education credits.

Sponsors for this year’s conference are Jackson Kelly PLLC; Marshall University Department of Integrated Science & Technology; Marshall University Forensic Science Center; Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology; Syngress Publishing; McGraw Hill Education; and Make It Urz.

Cost to attend is free for all students. For others, it is either $60 for the Information Security and Digital Forensics, or $120 for Electronic Discovery portions of the conference.

A full list of speakers and the schedule can be found here:

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