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Cybersleuth Investigative Series...Using Free Public Records and Publicly Available Information for Investigative and Background Research

Total Credits: 1 including 1 General

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General |  Law Practice Management |  Practical Skills |  Research
Carole Levitt |  Mark Rosch
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Access for 60 day(s) after purchase.


Just because a record is “public” doesn’t mean it has to be easy to access or even to find. The Internet has been a boon to researchers trying to locate information on people and companies. Public records and other publicly available information is now more accessible than ever before...if you know where to look for it...and how to dig it out of the sites that do make it available. This seminar will help you uncover the best sources for them online. 

  • Free Public Records on the Web
    • Discover quick and easy methods to locate public records
    • Uncover criminal history, current inmates, and sex offender registries
    • Unearth property records
    • Find out how to access driver’s license, vehicle records, and driving records
    • Dig up assets: boats, planes, company employee benefit plans, patents, trademarks, and copyrights
    • Find vital records: birth, death, marriage, and divorce
    • Locate political campaign contributions
    • Finding military personnel
  • Free Publicly Available Information on the Web
    • Discover cell phone and unpublished numbers
    • Unravel associations between companies
    • Explore experts and learn about their backgrounds
  • Use Expensive Databases for Free to Find
    • Addresses and phone numbers of evasive parties you need to serve
    • Private and public company information



Carole Levitt's Profile

Carole Levitt Related Seminars and Products

Internet For Lawyers

Carole Levitt, founder/principal of Internet For Lawyers (IFL), is an internationally recognized CLE seminar speaker and best-selling American Bar Association author. She writes and speaks on Internet investigative and legal research, social media research, social media ethics, and technology for lawyers.  Since 1999, IFL has provided law firms, corporations, and local and state Bar Associations around the country with professional and entertaining turn-key CLE programs. The company focuses on delivering information about free investigative and background research resources available on the Internet.


Together with co-author Mark Rosch, Levitt has written several ABA Law Practice Division books, including "Google Gmail and Calendar For Lawyers in One Hour" (2013), two editions of "The Lawyer’s Guide to Fact Finding on the Internet," "Google For Lawyers," and "Find Info Like a Pro," Volumes 1 and 2. They have also just completed the thirteenth edition of their book "The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet" (2015, IFL Press). Levitt also co-authored “Internet Legal Research on a Budget (ABA, 2013) with Judy K. Davis.


Previously, Levitt was a California attorney, a law librarian in Chicago and Los Angeles, and a Legal Research and Writing Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. She graduated with distinction from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and was a member of the school’s law review. Carole has a Masters in Library Science and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.


She is active in numerous professional associations, including the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

Mark Rosch's Profile

Mark Rosch Related Seminars and Products

Vice President

Internet For Lawyers

Mark Rosch is Vice-President of Internet for Lawyers and President of its division. He’s an internationally recognized speaker and author on the subjects of using the Internet for investigative and background research, Google search, and Google Cloud Apps.


He has co-authored numerous books and hundreds of articles on these and other related topics, receiving top industry recognition for his work.


Mark is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, an honorary society that honors and recognizes distinguished law practice management professionals, and in 2013 he was named to the "Fastcase Fifty," recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.”


Mark is a long-time member of ACLEA and the ABA and is active member in both organizations. He has served in numerous leadership positions – recently completing a 3-year term on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board.

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Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 139


Angelia L - Lubbock, Texas


Jenn R - South Portland, Maine

"I am not presently practicing, so I won't be able to use any of the strategies immediately, but all of the strategies would have been helpful to me in my last job as a public defender."

Paul L - Augusta, Maine


Nick H - Lawrence, Kansas

"Recap "

James K. H - Sheridan, Wyoming

"Prison records search. More familiarity with Pacer. "

Amy V - Ellsworth, Maine

"free record search"

Jordan S - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"PACER search"

PAIGE F - muskogee, Oklahoma


Isabella L - Fair Oaks, California

"All of the resources at the library -very enlightening! Will definitely check out 'recap' as well -Thank you!"

Margaret I - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"New websites and new searching methods. "