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2020 Bench and Bar CLE Seminar Video

The following presentations were presented via Zoom as part of the Northern District of Mississippi's Bench and Bar CLE Seminar, "The Rule of Law," on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Computer Forensics by Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Forensic Services

Mark Lanterman is the Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services. Before entering the private sector, Mark was a member of the U. S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce. He has 28 years of security and forensic experience and has testified in over 2000 cases.

Mark is on the faculty for the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, the University of Minnesota and the Mitchell Hamline Law School. He is also a professor in the cybersecurity program at the St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mark has provided training in digital evidence, computer forensics and cyber security to the United States Supreme Court. He has also presented to the 8th and 11th Circuit Federal Judicial Conferences as well as numerous State Judicial Conferences across the United States. Mark completed his postgrad studies in cybersecurity at Harvard University and is certified as a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS) by the Department of Homeland Security. He is a member of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and serves on its Opinions Committee.


Advising Clients During a Crisis by Merrie Spaeth, President, Spaeth Communications, Inc.

Merrie Spaeth is founder and president of Spaeth Communications, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Merrie has a unique background in media, government, politics, business and entertainment. She is a thought-leader in communication theory, a master of executive coaching and acknowledged as one of the most influential communication counselors in the world. Before founding Spaeth in 1987, Merrie was a producer for ABC’s 20/20, a speechwriter for the legendary founder and chairman of CBS, William S. Paley, and was assigned to FBI Director Judge William Webster while serving as a White House Fellow. All of this culminated into her roles as director of public affairs for the Federal Trade Commission, and ultimately her appointment as director of media relations at the White House in the Reagan Administration. Merrie is a sought-after public speaker who provides strategic communication counseling for companies and executives across the globe. She is also a dedicated mother, dog-lover and needlepoint enthusiast.


Eroding Ethics: Recent Exploits of the Attorney-Criminal by Erica U. McKinley, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, University of Mississippi

Erica McKinley is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the University of Mississippi. McKinley advises the Chancellor, vice chancellors, and faculty on various legal, compliance, regulatory, and athletics matters. She oversees all litigation involving the University. She serves as corporate secretary and is a member of the board of directors of the University of Mississippi Educational Building Corp.

McKinley is a strategist and trusted adviser with twenty years of global legal experience, including c-suite experience in professional basketball. She is the former chief operating officer for the National Basketball Players Association. Before joining the NBPA, McKinley was associate general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. At Walmart, McKinley’s areas of specialty included the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, OFAC sanctions and anti-money laundering. McKinley traveled extensively to Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile, where she conducted internal investigations on behalf of Walmart. Before Walmart, McKinley served as chief of general litigation in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. In this role, McKinley defended public officials accused of wrongful death and constitutional rights violations. McKinley was later appointed general counsel for the Department of Human Resources for the District of Columbia. Early in her career, she practiced complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense at two Washington D.C. law firms, Arnold & Porter and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. McKinley earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1998. After law school, McKinley completed a clerkship with Judge E. Grady Jolly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. McKinley also holds a bachelor's degree in English from Tougaloo College. She resides in Oxford with her son, Ethan Sloan McKinley.