2015 Law + Informatics Symposium on Digital Evidence


Law + Informatics Symposium

on Digital Evidence

including a special screening of

The Decade of Discovery

hosted by

The Northern Kentucky Law Review

  February 26 & 27, 2015

NKU Griffin Hall
George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium

Complimentary 6.5 CLE credit hours applied for in KY, OH, and IN


The Northern Kentucky Law Review and NKU Chase College of Law will host the fourth annual Law + Informatics Symposium on February 27, 2015. The conference will provide an interdisciplinary exploration of digital information in the courtroom, including the importance of ensuring that such information is reliable, resilient, and uncompromised. EU Directives and other governing bodies have addressed these issues in a myriad of approaches, although lawyers, investigators, and technologists often hold differing expectations regarding appropriate digital evidence. What does the future hold for drone-obtained evidence, public records requests for metadata, government security, and personal autonomy? (Requested 5.5 general CLE credit hours in KY, OH, and IN)

Notably, this year’s symposium will include a student scholarship showcase of law review students presenting their student notes on digital evidence issues during a luncheon.

As a prelude to the academic symposium on Thurs., Feb. 26, there will be a special screening of The Decade of Discovery, a documentary film about a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House e-mail, and a teacher who takes a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier. After the viewing, filmmaker Joe Looby and Jason R. Baron (featured in the film) will discuss the film with the audience. Read more about the film. (Requested 1 general CLE credit hour in KY, OH, and IN)

  • 6.5 hours of general CLE credit applied for in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana
    • 1.0 for the film on Thursday and 5.5 for the conference on Friday
  • Complimentary registration for the film and conference
  • Registration includes the anticipated CLE credits and Friday's lunch, reception, and all published materials

Sponsored by:  The Northern Kentucky Law Review, NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute, Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (film), and Ricoh Americas Corp. Legal (film)

NKU Chase
Law + Informatics



Schedule of Events

  Thursday, February 26, 2015
6:00 p.m. The Decade of Discovery special screening
7:00 p.m. Panel discussion with filmmaker Joe Looby and Jason R. Baron (featured in the film) [1.0 CLE]
  Friday, February 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:10 a.m.

A World Information Order - Privacy and Security in a Hyper-networked World of Data and Analysis

Michael Losavio, University of Louisville

We now live in a new space of information density, evolving with the Internet of Things and the Smart City. This global information space is shared with powerful and high-powered analytics that can give every government the surveillance powers of totalitarian regimes. This discussion examines the evolving facts and law relating to personal autonomy, identity and authenticity of electronic data, its mutability and evanescence, and how this might impact the liberties and security of the peoples of the world. [50 mins. CLE]

10:00 a.m.

The Changing Expectation of Privacy

Erin Corken, Ricoh Legal, NKU Chase College of Law

We are living in a new era and as new norms of digital privacy emerge, will we find that there is no longer any expectation of privacy? The new generation of millennials are expeditionists compared to the baby boomers and even many generation X'ers. Will we spend the next few years of our lives developing ways to make certain that PPI is protected only to find that what we have been trying to protect is being openly shared by the people we are protecting. Will we find that not only do the millennials not have an expectation of privacy, but that the world that they envision and will create will be one of openness, inclusion, and transparency beyond anything we have ever imagined? [50 mins. CLE]

10:50 a.m. Refreshments in Lobby
11:00 a.m.

All Rise!  Courts in the Drone Age

Timothy Ravich, University of Central Florida

Evaluating what digital information obtained by unmanned or optionally manned aviation machines (UAVs) means under the rules of evidence and discovery in civil and criminal cases. Unmanned aviation technology has outpaced court practices and procedures. The boundless use of UAVs extends to legal processes, where the job of litigants and triers of fact could be optimized by drone-acquired evidence, for example high-definition video of accident or crime scenes. The current law may be the only constraint keeping data gathered and deliver by UAVs from finding their way into criminal court hearings, civil depositions and mediations, and trials. A robust system of legal rules and practices designed to ensure the reliable, resilient, and uncompromised collection and use of UAV data is imperative. [50 mins. CLE]

12:00 p.m.

Student Scholarship Showcase Luncheon

Northern Kentucky Law Review students will discuss digital evidence notes on a panel. More info.

Student Union Ballroom

1:20 p.m.

The Digital Wild Frontier: The Impact of Public Records Requests for Whole Databases and Metadata in Public Health and Criminal Justice

Jennifer Brobst, Southern Illinois University School of Law

The delicate balance between public safety and personal privacy regarding public, governmental records. [50 mins. CLE]

2:10 p.m. Refreshments in Lobby
2:20 p.m.

Admissibility of Statistical Proof Derived from Predictive Methods of Detecting Medical Reimbursement Fraud

Neil Issar and Edward Cheng, Vanderbilt Law School

Analyzes the admissibility of statistical proof in, among other areas, cases alleging false recording of numeric codes for medical reimbursement. Recent heavy reliance on statistical models for the detection and prosecution of health care fraud raises a number of legal concerns, including scientific admissibility standards established by the Supreme Court in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals (1993), raises concerns about “invading the province of the jury,” and implicates the courts’ historical disfavor of statistical methods of proof. [50 mins. CLE]

3:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m. Reception

Contact Jeannine Abukhater Lambert administrative director: centers-institutes@nku.edu | 859.572.6403 | Nunn Hall 323