HUNTINGTON - The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence will hold its fourth annual conference in April and will hold part of it in Huntington and part in Charleston.

This is the first year the conference will hold part of its conference in Charleston.

The conference, which provides information in the areas of digital forensics, electronic discovery, law enforcement and network security, will be held from April 15 to April 22.

Jill McIntyre, AIDE vice president and attorney at Jackson Kelly, said while the bulk of the conference will be held at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington, they elected to hold the electronic discovery portion at the Capitol Conference Center in Charleston this year.

"We decided to hold the e-discovery portion in Charleston this year so we could be easily accessible to attorneys, judges and other law-related fields who want to attend the conference," McIntyre said. "This way, we are only an hour away from Parkersburg, Beckley and Morgantown."

The digital forensics sessions will discuss decryption, iCloud forensics, social media forensics and mobile forensic trends, among other topics. The information security sessions will discuss penetration testing and cyber defense.

McIntyre said the electronic discovery portion, which will be held on April 22, will follow the life of an electronic discovery case study from beginning to end.

"It will be a real case scenario and live demonstration where we can show participants how to communicate with the client, how to manage data and how to deal with the electronic documents received from clients," McIntyre said.

When the case study is finished, there will be an electronic discovery judges panel featuring Berkeley Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes and Greenbrier Circuit Judge James J. Rowe, who are both members of the West Virginia Business Court Division.

"We're looking forward to the e-discovery judges panel for so many reasons," McIntyre said. "The panel will cover several legal issues that people are dealing with today."

The electronic discovery portion of the conference is approved for 8.5 West Virginia Continuing Legal Education credits.

To register for the conference, go to www.appyide.org. The Huntington portion of the conference is free to members, $25 for non-member students and $60 for non-members. The electronic discovery portion is $60 for members and $120 for non-members.

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