Legal Aid Society


2nd Annual Decrypting a Defense Conference

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended or presented at Decrypting a Defense: Revenge of the Data. The conference was a great success. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year.

In 2019, the Digital Forensics Unit of The Legal Aid Society in New York City held its inaugural day-long conference for criminal defense and civil rights attorneys, Decrypting a Defense. Lawyers and digital forensic experts presented on a variety of topics that were identified in cases across the country, as well as on issues that were just starting to arise. Over 100 attorneys attended. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 conference was canceled and we have been waiting for an opportunity to bring it back ever since.

This year we finally return with Decrypting a Defense: Revenge of the Data. The world of technology moves at a rapid pace, and surveillance and digital forensic tools are no exceptions. A lot has changed since 2019, and this year’s conference will explore the value of data in criminal cases. We will be exploring surveillance in a post-Dobbs world, ShotSpotter, video evidence, phone extractions with a live demo, handling digital contraband (earn that Cybersecurity Ethics credit!), and more. The conference will be held in-person on April 27, 2023 at the City of New York School of Law in Queens, NY (CUNY).

This conference is for defense and civil rights attorneys and investigators, and law students only.

Click here for a full event schedule and to learn more about this year’s speakers.

Contact Us

For questions about registration, need-based scholarship, or for more information about this year’s conference email The Legal Aid Society’s Digital Forensics Unit.