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Below is a history of the great lineup of speakers we have had at our meetings.
The Board of Directors and Membership of the Colorado Society of Private Investigators, who oppose licensing Colorado private investigators, have cordially invited the Board of Directors and Membership of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, who are in favor of licensing Colorado private investigators, and all other Colorado private investigators, to debate the issue on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the Denver Athletic Club at 7:00 PM.
Debate questions, response time, and moderator will be worked out by CSPI and PPIAC presidents. We look forward to seeing you all there!
For more information about the PPIAC, please visit their website at: www.ppiac.org
Information about the CSPI is here. Our official website address is: www.ColoradoPrivateInvestigators.org
September 24, 2013 - Karey Duarte, JD, Duarte Consulting
Karey Duarte, JD, is president and founder of Duarte Consulting
with 10 years of human resources and employment law experience. She is a
graduate of San Diego State University and Whittier Law School and has
worked in both the private and public sectors performing countless
workplace investigations. She has provided a full range of advisory
services to organizations such as the Federal Judiciary and the
University of Southern California where she was the Assistant Director
of the Office of Equity and Diversity. She is a trained EEO
investigator, mediator, and private investigator. She is a member of the
Society of Human Resource Management, the Association of Workplace Investigators, and the Colorado Society of Private Investigators.
will contrast traditional investigative techniques with other methods
used to conduct effective, thorough, and timely workplace
investigations. She will discuss various legal ramifications and
considerations when investigating claims of sexual harassment,
discrimination, and hostile work environments, and will highlight best
June 25, 2013 - Robert Bernhardt, Attorney at Law
Our speaker will be CSPI member Robert (Rob) Bernhardt, Attorney at Law (son of CSPI member Alan Bernhardt). Rob is a former prosecutor with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Both he and his father were involved in a high profile murder defense investigation/trial several years ago that was featured on one of the cable channels. He will be discussing the following:
The Role of the Private Investigator
in an Active Criminal Litigation - Start to Finish
Our presentation will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the private investigator throughout the course of an active criminal litigation. The relationship between the attorney and the investigator, what to do/not do, attorney-client privilege matters, client/witness interviews, and dealing with law enforcement and district attorneys. We will explore the process and explain what is standard and expected from the investigator in the assistance of providing effective representation in an active criminal case.
Rob and Alan can be reached at 303-467-3341
Alan can also be reached at email@example.com
January 22, 2013 - Robert Kelso, Forensic Pursuit
November 27, 2012 - Steve Pease, Pikes Peak Investigations
Steve can be reached at PikesPeak@aol.com.
September 25, 2012 - Sandra Stibbards, Camelot Investigations
Stibbards, owner of Camelot Investigations, is a licensed private
investigator located in California and Texas. She will be giving a
presentation on OSINT Training.
The Open Source Intelligence Training Course (OSINT) provides extensive information relating to surface and deep web searching along with advanced online search techniques and strategies, online privacy/anonymity tools, counter-intelligence techniques used by the criminal element, utilization of database systems, archiving tools and methods to obtain archived pages and hidden information, search techniques of blogs and social networks, geo-locating, image recognition, the transfer of large files, screen shot capabilities, and analysis, organization, preparation, as well as writing reports for the information developed.
Lists of search engines, blogs, forums, social networks, etc., along with search tools on the ways to use these items will be provided throughout the training. You will never conduct an investigation in the same manner as you did before you attended this class.
June 26, 2012 - Jennifer Brown, J. Brown Legal Investigations
Ms. Brown, one of Colorado's most experienced criminal investigators, will discuss Mitigation Investigations in Death Penalty Cases. You won't want to miss this one!
Jennifer Brown is a Certified Legal Investigator with a law degree. She started as a Washington, D.C. staffer for a U.S. Senator and has gone on to work for software companies, database firms and some of the premier legal and investigative firms in the Rocky Mountain region. She has extensive experience in both criminal defense and complex civil cases. She maintains her own business, J. Brown Legal Investigations, LLC. She’s also the author of numerous award-winning articles in respected publications detailing investigative issues of importance to other investigators.
May 23, 2012 - Jason Hicks, Backgrounds USA
Jason Hicks, owner of Backgrounds USA, will discuss the difference between a background investigation, a background check, and things investigators need to know as it relates to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). He is also a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the Voice of Screening Professionals. Their website is at www.napbs.com
You can learn more about Jason Hicks' services at www.BackgroundsUSA.com
March 27, 2012 - Rick Johnson, Rick Johnson & Associates of Colorado, Inc. -
The Path To Investigative Objectives and How To Get There.
Rick is a former investigator with the Denver and Jefferson County District Attorneys’ Offices, where he specialized in the investigation of complex white collar crimes, public corruption, and during that time was a grand jury investigator. Rick has been a Colorado private investigator since 1987 and has conducted investigations concerning issues of public corruption, family law, parental kidnapping, complex civil cases, and has worked for some of Colorado’s most prestigious law firms and numerous Colorado and other corporations. On behalf of the insurance industry, he has investigated inflated theft claims, arson, motor vehicle thefts, and death claims.
Rick is a former 3-year president of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC), is the founder and president of the Private Investigators Academy of the Rockies, and in 2010 founded the Colorado Society of Private Investigators and is its current president. For more information, please visit his website at www.denverpi.com.
January 25, 2012-Kevin Knierim, managing partner of CYOPSIS
Kevin Knierim is a
Colorado based computer forensics, IT security and investigations
company. Kevin will discuss digital forensic issues with computers and
mobile devices that arise in your investigations, as well as some tips
to assist you with gathering information in social media and the cyber
Kevin is a former 15 year veteran of the FBI and has been out on his own for over 5 years. For more information, please visit the Cyopsis website at www.Cyopsis.com
If you think locating a living witness is difficult, try locating on behalf of you client family information for people who died 100 years ago. The techniques used by a forensic genealogist is important for any private investigator to know and understand.
Kathy locates living persons for oil/mineral rights, unclaimed monies, and unknown or missing heirs. She is a forensic genealogist for the U.S. Army to locate DNA-qualified family members of MIAs and POWs from WWII, Korean War, and SE Asia. Kathy has testified as a court approved expert witness in genealogy in several states, and is author of four books, including Your Guide to the Federal Census, and Modern Genealogy Research Techniques for Locating People of Your Past and Present.
Kathy will present case studies that outline the methodology used to prove relationships and discuss legal issues in undertaking these types of assignments. See her web site at www.familydetective.com for more information
Dan Luzadder, longtime investigative reporter for major newspapers, will be guest speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Colorado Society of Private Investigators.
A new member of CSPI, he will talk about access by private investigators to public records through the Colorado Open Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act, and how those records can help expose public corruption, government abuse, mismanagement and other information on matters of public importance.
Come hear more about the process and the important public service role that private investigators can play through the use of public records access laws to the benefit of their state and community.
Past Meeting Agendas
1. Discuss Member Investigations
2. Guest Speaker Chris Wells on Cell Phone Forensics
1. Review of Current Corruption Investigations
2. Guest Speaker Keith Cloud on Qui tam lawsuits
3. Introduction to Investigative Assignments
1. New Member Introduction
2. Review of 2016 Public Corruption Investigations
3. Group discussion of 2017 Objectives
1. Year-end meeting
3. Review of documents
1. Document follow-up if needed
2. Draft final report
3. Group discussion
1. Review documentation
3. Additional follow-up if needed
1. Individual group presentations of their target
2. Draft CORA Requests
a. To be issued no later than July 21.
3. Group Discussion
Between July 7 and September 6
the CORA Requests will be issued
1. MEMBERS ONLY MEETING
2. RATIFY BYLAWS AND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
3. COLORADO OPEN RECORDS ACT
LECTURE AND DISCUSSION BY TODD SHEPHERD
4. Target discussion
5. Form groups
a. Group discussion of potential targets