Ms. Laura E. Avery, Shields | Mott LLP associate attorney, co-presented the NBI seminar “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out).” Laura presented “Establishing Authenticity & Satisfying the Best Evidence Rule: The Insurmountable Challenge” on October 5, 2018 and addressed the following topics:
- Proactively ensuring the authenticity of ESI by establishing electronic evidence audit procedures and performing a digital forensic collection of relevant data
- Producing documents in image formats versus native format
- Methods for linking a particular post to a purported author
- State interpretation of Federal Rule of Evidence 901
- Methods for establishing the authenticity of electronic evidence: Comparison, control, circumstantial evidence, hash values, and metadata
- Recent amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902
Laura E. Avery is an associate attorney with the law firm of Shields | Mott LLP, where her primary practice areas include construction litigation, surety litigation, commercial industry contracts and litigation, insurance defense, property litigation, and labor and employment law. Ms. Avery is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State courts; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle districts of Louisiana; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She earned her B.F.A. degree from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.