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Inn Program Reprise: It's Not Just a Cell Phone Anymore!



Examine the practical and ethical issues arising from the astounding amount of potential evidentiary information stored within, accessible to and accessible from a cell phone.

First generation cell phones contained no usage history, no photos, no text messages, no emails, no social media accounts, and no web browsing history. While the history of an old cell phone's inbound and outbound calls may have been available in
service provider records or in paper billing statements, it was not found on the device itself.

Today's technology records a myriad of actions related to the user, as well as the people, organizations and sites the user communicates with. It can also tell you the when/where/how the phone was used. And much of it is captured without the knowledge or intent of the user.
  • How should an attorney deal with a client's cell phone when it comes into their possession?
  • Can a client give informed consent to the attorney to search the phone for information that could be "helpful" to their case?
  • What can and should an attorney do when they find "unhelpful" information on a client's phone?
This program illustrates how easily and unknowingly an attorney may stray into dangerous territory where almost every move can make a situation worse.


  • The Criminal Case Dilemma
  • The Civil Case Dilemma
  • Resolution (?)
The first two sections contain a video presentation, a review of applicable law and Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and a Knowledge Check which encourages interactive sharing. Once you have gone through the sections, completed your assignments and filled out the evaluation, a certificate will be generated for attorneys wishing to self-report for CLE credit. 


Members: $30
Non-members: $45 

This course is based on an original program conceived and delivered by the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court. Thank you for your creative idea and presentation!  

continuing legal education

This program is designed to be eligible for 1 CLE hour of ETHICS credit.
  • It has been approved in Pennsylvania.
  • It has been approved in Texas.
  • It has been approved in Ohio for professional conduct credits.
  • It has been approved in Louisiana.
  • It has been approved in Tennessee.
In these jurisdictions, CLE must be reported by the sponsor. We generally try to report at the end of the month, but sometimes it spills to the start of the next month. To receive CLE credit in approved jurisdictions, you will need to:
  • Complete the Knowledge Check.
  • Fill out the (5 minute long) evaluation (TEXANS! You have your own evaluation!!).
We report based on certificates earned, so if you do not earn a certificate, we will not know to report your participation.

If you are self-reporting in other jurisdictions:
  • Print out your personalized certificate (tied to the submission of the evaluation).
  • Download the course description and faculty bios document.
  • Self-report your attendance by submitting the appropriate jurisdictional forms along with these documents to your CLE body; please let us know if they require anything additional.
Florida attorneys can self-report.  See info for more jurisdictions below.