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Electronic Evidence for Family Law Attorneys

The ABA's Section of Family Law has recently published Electronic Evidence for Family Law Attorneys by Timothy J. Conlon and Anthony Hughes. This book, now available in the law library, begins with an introduction that discusses, among other things, what distinguishes family law from other areas of law with respect to electronic evidence. The chapter that covers integrating electronic evidence into one's practice focuses on several matters related to the attorney client relationship such as data security, e-mails, social media habits, and conducting a preliminary inventory of data assets. Deletion of electronic records, and gathering open source intelligence are also discussed. The authors also examine the preservation of webpages, text messages, e-mails, and social media and cloud services. The selection and the use of experts and obtaining access to electronic records are among the other topics explored.

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