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Computer Searches in the New Millennium: The Collision between the Fourth Amendment and Computer Forensics


Elliot Peters and his fellow panelists will address:

  • What does the Fourth Amendment require in connection with searches and seizures of computers? 
  • Are there special protocols that should be or are required when searching computers?  Why or why not? 
  • Are these a good idea?
  • What are the practical limitations when searching computers that the law must evolve to address? 


  • Norman Barbosa, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Washington (Moderator)
  • Elliot Peters, Partner, Keker & Van Nest, LLP
  • The Honorable James P. Donohue, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of Washington
  • Josh Goldfoot, Department of Justice
  • Andreas Kaltsounis, Department of Defense

About Elliot Peters

For three decades Elliot Peters has litigated, tried and advised clients in some of the nation's most high-profile, high-stakes complex commercial and white collar criminal cases. Mr. Peters has tried more than 50 cases on behalf of CEOs, leading law firms, and major corporations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been named Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer and The Recorder, the Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer, and one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal.