Digital Evidence: Legal Procedures & Practices

As technology continues to cast its shadow on nearly every case, are you as prepared for court as you should be? As a prosecutor, are you aware of the latest case law for authenticating emails, chats, and other digital evidence? 

If you’re part of a multi-disciplinary team of child abuse investigators, are you aware of the questions you should interject into a forensic interview? Do you know how to secure digital evidence? 

If you’re a child welfare advocate, are you aware of the ways that offenders use technology to groom children on the Internet? Our training on technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation (TFCSE) covers a wide range of issues you need to consider. 

We offer assistance and training in the areas of:

  • Expert witness
  • Trial advocacy
  • Technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Child fatalities and child physical abuse
  • Human trafficking
  • Ethnics and technology

We offer this training at conferences and meetings nationwide. 

  • Learn more about our conference training offerings.
  • Get the details of our training on Digital Evidence Procedures and Practices for Investigators, Prosecutors, and Allied Professionals.
Questions About Legal Procedures and Practices Relating to Digital Evidence (including TFCSE)
Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.