Course Description

This course includes an overview of different popular social media platforms and their use in legal practice.  Topics include:

  • An overview of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
  • Types of data available from social media profile
  • Identifying specific social media accounts
  • Accessing and downloading social media profiles
  • Serving subpoenas on social media platforms
  • Preservation of social media-based evidence

This course includes video recorded for a live CLE presentation for the Westmoreland Bar Association.

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.5 PA Substantive CLEs

This course contains approximately 90 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Scott Lucas

    Scott Lucas

    Scott is a U.S. Army Veteran and retired Pennsylvania State Trooper. He served for 20 years with the PA State Police, spending 10 years as a Criminal Investigator and 7 years as a member of the Computer Crime Unit. With PSP, Scott investigated and successfully prosecuted crimes ranging from identity theft to child pornography to criminal homicide. As a computer forensics examiner, he assisted members of his agency, as well as officers from other local, state and federal agencies, with computer related crimes.

    Scott has testified extensively in state and federal proceedings, has been qualified as an expert witness in Digital Forensics, and has received training in computer crime and computer forensics from numerous state, local and federal agencies and organizations. He has also developed curriculum and provided training to law enforcement agencies across the country in computer crimes and investigations. Scott is currently a Forensic Examiner and Instructor for PATC Tech.

    For more information about services from Scott and PATC Tech, visit

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • A note on course materials
    • Course Materials: Full Presentation (50 pages, printing optional)
    • Course Materials: Outline Only (12 pages, printing optional)
    • Social Media in Private Practice Part One
    • Social Media in Private Practice Part Two
    • Social Media in Private Practice Part Three
    • Course Evaluation (Required)