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Thursday, May 30, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Registration/Check-in/Exhibitor Load In

8:45 a.m. Tee Time
CALI Golf Tournament – Wildhorse Golf Club

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference #1 (Includes Text Book & Certification)
with Brandon Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER
Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery: The FTER Method 

The accelerated fast track one day program is designed to introduce and certify the participants in
FTER Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques. This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing. The art and science of the interview is discussed from an evidentiary perspective. The theories associated with FTER - Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery are introduced for practical application. The nature of testimonial evidence is examined from a forensic perspective designed to recognize contamination from external and internal sources. FTER supports the theory and practice of recognizing and separating the contamination that has been introduced into testimonial evidence. Such an approach allows for clarification of testimony and enhances understanding between the witness and the interviewer. A variety of techniques are introduced as it relates to review & analysis as well as the interview itself. In addition, the philosophy and methodology of the investigative interview is addressed as a distinct departure from the conventional police interview. FTER can be used as a tool for the identification and analysis of testimonial evidence. Furthermore, it operates as an enhancement method when combined with Visual Imagery, Kinesics, and Cognitive Interviewing Techniques. The demands of a criminal defense assignment are complex and require a deeper understanding as it relates to the recovery and documentation of testimonial evidence. Practical exercises will be used to demonstrate the process.
Click HERE for more information. 

Pre-Conference #2 (Includes Certificate of Completion)
with Steven Rambam, CFE, CPP, PSP, PCI, CSAR, CFCS, BCIP (Cand.)
, The Fraternal Order of Investigators Hard-Core Computer-Aided Investigation Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Digital Officer Safety :Tools, Resources, & Techniques for Better Investigation

Attendees will be introduced to critical sources and methods for gathering and using PII (Personally Identifiable Information), SPI (Sensitive Personal Information) and subjects’ biographical data; will learn how to obtain and use Open Source Intelligence (OSINT); will receive hands-on instruction in cyber-investigative methods; and will receive instruction in digital counter-surveillance, including “Social Networking Best Practices” and “Digital Officer Safety”.
This is an introductory (basic) course. No prior training or experience is necessary to attend this event. Upon completion of this course, attendees can expect to have achieved an understanding of how to use proprietary and Open Source data to support an investigative, auditing, compliance or security function and how to protect themselves, their organization and their activities and maintain OPSEC (Operations Security). Persons successfully completing all seminar requirements will earn 8.0 CE hours. (Coding for CPEs: 5 CPEs will be earned in “Specialized Knowledge”, 1 CPE in “Regulatory Ethics”, and 2 CPEs in “Administrative Practice”).
This will be a live (“Group-Live”), hands-on seminar. Attendees are encouraged to bring active files and subject / target information for processing and/or to provide those files in advance.  Click HERE for more information. 

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-up

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Lunch - On Your Own!

2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
CALI Board of Directors Meeting

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
2019 CALI CONFERENCE Hosted Welcome Reception!

Friday, May 31, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors & Networking

7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Exhibitors & Networking

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting & Legislative Update

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Special CALI 2019 Welcome & Keynote Presentation

Keynote Presentation
Gabriel L. Grasso, Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney
Zen and the Art of the Criminal Trial

The criminal justice system is not designed to process innocent people.” This single proposition provides insight into a new understanding of how the criminal law actually works. Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer Gabriel L. Grasso will offer this and other unique truths which he has developed over 30 years of trial work. An understanding of these concepts can help investigators provide a more focused analysis for their clients.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
DYNAMEX: The ABCs of Worker Status
with William Hays Weissman, Littler Labor & Employment Law Solutions

California has always been very pro-employee. In 2018 it got even more so with the adoption of the ABC test for the wage orders. Come hear about the latest developments in California on the issue of worker status, including all of the applicable tests and what subjects they cover, strategies for dealing with the different tests, and what the legislature and others are doing to address the current climate.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Fake News & Phantom Advisor: How Outside Influences Impact Witness Interviews
Sara Worley Esq., Sarah E. Worley Conflict Resolution, P.C

Witness interviews are an integral part of any workplace investigation. With the proliferation of information - some accurate and some not - through the internet and social media, witnesses often come into interview settings armed with opinions and advice from questionable sources. This presentation examines the different kind of external sources that inform witnesses and explores how motivation and ideology can influence judgement. This presentation will offer practical tips to assist the interviewer in identifying and checking bias, as well as addressing challenges posed by the influence of outside sources upon interviewees.

13 Tips to Make You a Hero With Investigations Involving Video, Audio, and Digital Evidence
David Notowitz, Audio, Video, and Digital Forensics Expert, NCAVF

Video surveillance systems, smartphones, car dash cameras, and body worn cameras surround us. Other technology such as drones, 3D laser scanners, and sophisticated software can be used to analyze and enhance this evidence and help explain your evidence to your client and the judge and jury. Learn from NCAVF’s first hand cases what is possible today when recovering, clarifying, analyzing, and presenting video, audio, and digital evidence. This presentation will discuss:
 Crucial mistakes investigators make with audio, video, and digital evidence; Recovering erased hard drive and smartphone files; Challenges and solutions when working with audio and video evidence for an attorney; How to prepare your client's audio, video, and still image evidence for trial; Cutting edge examples of 3D reconstruction and laser scanning tools

Due Process Investigation:  Distinguishing Fact from Fiction?
Brandon Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER


Criminal Defense Investigation is not only the protection of one's rights but also the defense of every American's rights!  It is the defense of the United States Constitution and more specifically the 6th Amendment and the right to a fair trial.  Of course, the 4th, 5th, and 14th are attended to as well and the investigator must become an expert in such areas of due process if they are to elevate themselves and engage in the specialty discipline of criminal defense investigation.  The narrative prepared and delivered by law enforcement and the prosecutor must be subject to analysis to ensure that the allegations are grounded in fact as opposed to assumptions and uncorroborated conclusions.  The criminal defense investigator must possess the ability to read between the lines and draw the distinction between fact and fiction.   The monumental responsibility of defending the United States Constitution demands no less.   Nationally Recognized Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator Brandon Perron will introduce and discuss the subject utilizing case studies and practical exercises.

12:45  p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

October 1 and Lessons Learned  
Introduction by Kevin Ingram, Executive Director, State of Nevada, Private Investigator Licensing Board
Presentation by Captain Nick Farese
, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions

What To Know To Investigate in Mexico
Mike McHenry, Mexico Investigations

A fully-illustrated, detailed presentation on investigating in Mexico explained through the experience of Mike McHenry, now in his 20th year living and investigating in Mexico. 

Accident Reconstruction - New Technology  (Part 1 of 2)
Robert Koetting, Koetting & Associates Accident Reconstruction

Discussion of new technology used in the accident reconstruction field, including measurement equipment and vehicle event recorders. 

Hacking Your Own D-I-Y Covert Video Surveillance Devices
Speaker TBD

This session will show you how, with a little ingenuity (and some hot glue,) you can make a wide variety of low-cost covert video recording devices by integrating off-the-shelf devices such as smartphones and video cameras designed for drones. Attention will be given to hands-free, wireless, wearable recording devices. Using such systems, covert operators can quickly and reliably acquire and maintain targets with camera control and video quality that is more typical of full-size video cameras. Once such device can give a PI "eyes behind the head."

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Accident Reconstruction - New Technology (Part 2 of 2)
Robert Koetting, Koetting & Associates Accident Reconstruction

Discussion of new technology used in the accident reconstruction field, including measurement equipment and vehicle event recorders.

Questioned Document Examination – What Can Be Done and How It Is Done?
Kurt Kuhn, Forensic Consulting Service

Mr. Kuhn will walk the group through what handwriting is, a little history, the scope of work of an examiner, images of typical documents submitted and how to evaluate/choose a Forensic Document Examiner (FDE). He will also talk about the typical training of a FDE, typical equipment used in a Forensic Document Laboratory and provide a detailed overview of the examination process, types of handwriting samples to be submitted, the opinions that can be rendered, and a slew full of images of “forgeries”, such as machine manipulations, tracings, etc. Finally, Kurt will conclude his presentation with “You Be the Expert” series where he will invite members to step in the role of a FDE.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
CALI Exhibitor Reception

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.            
Cigar Night

Saturday, June 1, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
CALI Awards and Exhibitor Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Exhibits & Networking

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Domestic Surveillence

Workplace Investigations – Part 1
Sue Ann Van Dermyden &
Frank W. Huntington III

Cold Cases, But Not Forgotten
Debra Allen, Allen Investigations

Time does not determine when a case turns into a cold case, a cold case results from a lack of new evidence or leads that may assist law enforcement in solving a crime. These cases need to be worked to help bring closure to victims, their families, and even law enforcement officers who originally worked these cases. With the advent of new technologies and new sources of data, many of these cases are beginning to be solved. Some notable cases in the news that had gone cold, but were recently given another look include, the case the Golden State Killer, the Canal Killer, and the murder of April Tinsley. These cases had gone unsolved for decades. As a former law enforcement officer and licensed private investigator in California and Arizona, I have taken on cold cases, and now, with my affiliation with Cold Case Foundation, I contribute to a team of professionals that are working together to solve cold cases nationwide. 

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Break with Exhibitors

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Workplace Investigations – Part 2
Sue Ann Van Dermyden & Frank W. Huntington III

Taking Your P.I. Business To The Next Level
Debra Allen, Allen Investigations

While a background in law enforcement is not necessary to becoming a private investigator, most people starting in the business are used to working their hours and receiving a paycheck every two to four weeks. Now that you are your source of income, not only to pay yourself, but to pay the bills, and potentially pay employees to help you run your business, what can you do to ensure that your business is up to the task. We¿ll explore how to grow and take your business to the next level by: Highlighting your strengths Building a reliable, efficient, and effective referral network Utilizing Social Media Letting your community know what you can provide to them Continuing to learn and grow in the profession. 

Social Media with “Geo-Fencing” and “Electronic Canvassing”
Matthew Spaier, Satellite Investigations

Learn how to use the latest technology to give you leverage on Personal Injury Investigations. This discussion will cover ways to add Electronic Canvassing to your investigator's tool box. We will also discuss techniques and advantages to finding direct eyewitnesses to events that do not show up on police or incident reports. The teaching will include the basic "how to" instructions and how to market the service to your clients. We will also bring several case study examples and have some time for Q&A from the audience.

12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Human Trafficking In The United States -- The Harvesting Of Our Future 
Dottie Laster, Human Trafficking Activist and Advocate

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

CPI Examination

6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
CALI President’s Dinner & Awards

Please join us for this special, semi-formal event. Tickets include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, awards, and some other special surprises!