As usual, I am totally impressed with the fantastic folks over at the ACFE. This year's conference was the perfect balance of informative, entertaining, and enjoyable.
Informative - the breakout sessions offered so many options, it was hard to choose. I settled on a mix of computer science and litigation courses. The highlight for me was Paraben Corporation's presentation on electronic evidence recovery. I'm saving up my dollars to buy their program for forensic analysis of cell phones and mobile devices. My other favorite class was a litigation preparation course. Great information and tips for expert witnesses. I tweeted a number of times during that class. From Daubert to fact summary witnesses, the course offered a number of great suggestions.
Of the keynote speakers, my absolute favorite was Diana Henriques, NYTimes reporter, obsessive researcher, and fantastic speaker. You must pick up her new book about Bernie Madoff, The Wizard of Lies.
I also really enjoyed the last keynote speaker, Mark Whitacre. I was completely sucked into his story (on which the movie The Informant is based). He's smart, engaging, and funny.
I'll put up a Midweek Update later today. Cynthia Hetherington is about to start her class.