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Investigative Training Program

The most comprehensive training program available for professional investigators.

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Training


Investigative Training Program

The most comprehensive training program available for professional investigators.

Available Presentations

1) Uncovering Reasonable Doubt — Part 1

(Investigative Case Review and Analysis in Criminal Defense Cases)

Hear a veteran Criminal Defense Investigator and national speaker with over 21 years of experience in 70 Death Penalty cases discuss the Field Investigation concepts, methodologies, and techniques.  This dynamic power point presentation takes the participants through the initial meeting and the preparation and ability to identify relevant issues that should be considered, i.e. phone records, surveillance cameras, blood evidence, crime scene preservation.  The participants will learn a new proven methodology known as “Frame By Frame Analysis,” that will assist them in understanding how to dissect discovery.  Participants will also learn the value of timelines, how to develop timelines, and create a working timeline through an actual case example.   There will be a Q/A session at the end of the program and the speaker highly encourages audience participation.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

2)    Uncovering Reasonable Doubt — Part 2

(Field Investigative Techniques – Client Interview, Crime Scene Examination, Crime Lab Review of Evidence, Locating and Interviewing Witnesses)

Hear a veteran Criminal Defense Investigator and national speaker with over 21 years of experience in 70 Death Penalty cases discuss the Field Investigation concepts, methodologies, and techniques.  Through a comprehensive power point presentation, you will systematically be walked through the Field Investigation process, i.e. Initial Defendant Interview, Crime Scene Examination, Crime Lab Review of Evidence, and Locating and Interviewing Witnesses and the pitfalls to avoid.  This is the second part of the three part presentation and is highly recommended that you attend the first session since this presentation is presented in a Component Method format.  There will be a Q/A session at the end of the program and the speaker highly encourages audience participation.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

3)    Uncovering Reasonable Doubt – Part 3

Hidden Resources – Subpoenas, Internet, Cell phones and other Techniques

Hear a veteran Criminal Defense Investigator and national speaker with over 21 years of experience in 70 Death Penalty cases discuss and reveal the “Hidden Resources” available through the subpoena process.  Learn hidden information that you can obtain through the Department of Corrections, learn information on Informants, see the latest Social Media investigative techniques on the internet, and how to utilize your investigations.  Learn the basics of cell phones and Cell Site Triangulation.  See how this veteran Investigator was able to assist his defense team in walking a man from Death Row to freedom by getting the case dismissed (first time in Illinois since the Capital Litigation Division formed in 2000).  See what evidence was uncovered—it will surprise you!  This is the final part of the presentation and is highly recommended that you attend the first two presentations to get the full benefit and understanding of how to systematically conduct a Death Penalty Investigation utilizing the Component Method.  There will be a Q/A session at the end of the program and the speaker highly encourages audience participation.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

4)    Victimology

This dynamic power point presentation gives Attorneys and Investigators a new perspective on criminal defense cases as they are shown methodology to acquire information on the alleged victim and how to develop a timeline along with information sources to assist with the last 24 hours of the victim’s activities.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

5)    Interview Techniques for Investigators

This dynamic power point presentation show you the methodology and the psychology of interviewing the friendly, neutral, and hostile witnesses utilizing the latest interview techniques including the cognitive interview process.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

6)    D. U. I. – Did U Investigate:  

This dynamic power point presentation walks you through the component methodology of conducting a DUI Investigation and how to attack the probable cause prior to the Field Sobriety Test being administered.

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

7)    Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

This dynamic power point presentation is presented by a qualified expert of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test.  The presentation is interactive with the audience as they actually participate in conducting the tests.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

8)    Sex, Lies, and Reasonable Doubt

This dynamic power point presentation walks you through the concept, methods, techniques and case examples of one of the most difficult types of cases to defend.  

Presentation Time = 90 minutes

9)    Quest for Justice

A 12 Year Investigation of a Wrongfully Convicted Man

This dynamic power point presentation incorporates an actual case study of a 12-year post conviction investigation that walks the audience through the methodology and techniques of post conviction investigations that helped uncover hidden evidence and new information that had been missed for over 17 years.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

10)    Thinking Outside the Box  

This dynamic power point presentation educates attorneys, paralegals, and investigators on new methodologies, techniques, websites, and hidden resources of the 21st century to utilize in their criminal and civil practices.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

11)    Taking a Witness Statement

It takes skill to be able to locate and interview witnesses but it is another to be able to get the witnesses to allow the investigator to open their notebook and get them to give a statement and then have them adopt that statement and sign it.  Learn the art of taking statements and the methodology behind this.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

12)    Eyewitness Testimony and Wrongful Convictions

This interactive presentation involves class participation and shows how fallible eyewitness testimony can be.  Through various video exercises, and culminated with an event witnessed by the class, and then presented with a lineup and with the case studies representative of the lineup selection.

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

13)    Real Time Case Solving

This interactive session is presented in a ‘bring your own case’ type of format, where we apply various deep web searches to actual case problems and have the audience see how to apply the various techniques in real time.

Presentation Time = Varies by class size and number of cases

14)    What Would You Do

This dynamic power point presentation takes the participants through three different case studies—(1) self defense murder case, (2) murder for hire, and (3) sexual allegations?  The participants will watch videos, see crime scenes, look at physical evidence (on screen) and will be presented the various case problems and then asked the questions “What Would You Do?”  After a spirited Q/A the participants will be walked through the various methodologies used in each one of the cases.  

Presentation Time = 50 minutes (1 case) up to 120 minutes (all 3 cases)   

15)    Mining the Battlefield

VETERAN AND MILITARY INVESTIGATIONS

Many of our veterans are coming back with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  They served for our freedom, now it is time to serve for theirs!  The dynamic power point presentation will help the attendees understand and develop the mindset it takes to identify factual and mitigation issues in these complex cases.  The participants will actively participate in two case scenarios and learn how to conduct investigative case review and analysis using the methodology of ‘Frame By Frame Analysis.’  The participants will learn the various internet search engines, social media sites, and various creative ways to think outside the box as they learn how to develop the rest of the story.  This program was developed with the assistance of an 8 year US Marine Corps veteran, who worked in the JAG office and understands the records needed, as well as the acquisition process. There will be a Q/A session at the end of the program and the speaker highly encourages audience participation.  

Presentation Time = 90 minutes

16)    Shock and Awe Volumes 1 & 2

INTERNET SECRETS AND SOCIAL MEDIA INTELLIGENCE REVEALED

This nationally acclaimed dynamic power point presentation takes you into the “Deep Web” – the hidden place on the internet where 98% of the users have no idea exist.  The presentation will show hidden websites, tips, tricks, and techniques that will show you how to mine for gold in your informational and investigative resource gathering.  Learn creative ethical ways to search social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn.  This presentation will leave you thinking about how powerful the internet is and show you how we can harness that power to assist with the defense of our clients.  

Presentation Time = 90 minutes

17)    Shock n Awe Volume 3

“DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR WITNESSES, JURORS AND EXPERTS ARE? WE DO!”

This dynamic powerpoint presentation will show the attendees the various brand new (2015) people search websites that are out there on the web. The presentation will focus specifically on new people searches, new phone searches, and the hidden techniques investigators use to make GOOGLE a powerful search tool.

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

18)    Shock n Awe Volume 4

“I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER AND I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST NIGHT!!”

This dynamic powerpoint presentation will show the attendees the various brand new websites that are out there to locate hidden information. This presentation will focus specifically on revealing new websites, unique social network sites beside Facebook and creative ways to use map programs. A few examples the attendees will learn during this presentation, one stop website for locating inmates anywhere in the country, the hidden social media platform that gangs use, the ultimate search engine that allows you access to search engines all over the world, how to locate political contributions, and creative ways to use map programs including a program that you can customize your map all online.

Presentation Time = 50 minutes

19)    Uncovering Reasonable Doubt

21ST CENTURY TIPS, TRICKS AND INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES REVEALED

This dynamic power point presentation has never been revealed until now.  The curtain will be lifted as you are shown the “Deep Web” and will discover the latest hidden websites and social media resources that will assist you with your presentation of your case.  Over 99% of the websites you will learn are FREE.  You will be shown creative ways to use these websites and the social media in an ethical legal manner.  You will be shown the latest “Deep Web” location on the internet.  Some of the secrets you will be shown will allow you to:  

a.    Know what party a person voted for, and how much they donated
b.    How to use GOOGLE in creative ways you never dreamed possible
c.    How to hire an investigator that will work for you 24 hours a day for FREE
d.    How to search Facebook with the new search tool Graph Search
e.    One website that allows you to search over 16 different sites without having to  re-enter your search request

You will learn how these various creative search techniques have been used in actual case studies.  This is only the beginning.  You will be shown how this investigator has utilized FOIA and Open Records Requests to obtain invaluable information.  One case alone on a re-trial, the states star witness—no one had ever run a background—had over 1,200 pages of background history.  You will be shown how to do this, how to think outside the box with the uses of Subpoena Duces Tecum.  You will explore the basics of cell tower analysis from an actual case study.  Learn what information can be obtained from the Department of Corrections, and what information may be acquired from and informant.  You will learn the secrets that the government doesn’t want you to know.  Did you know there are two sets of records for most informants?  This presentation will have you leaving with a full toolbox of new weapons to use.  Make sure that you bring a big enough tool belt!  

Presentation Time = 120 minutes

20)    GOOGLE on Steroids!

We all use Google as our standard search engine, but do we know how powerful Google really is? This dynamic powerpoint will walk you through the Secret techniques that Open Source Intelligence Analyst use. You will learn how to search for people, places, documents and reports. This is a Must see for anyone who has ever used GOOGLE. 

Presentation Time= 90 minutes 

21)    Uncovering Hidden Websites from your State you never knew Existed!

This dynamic PowerPoint is customized for your state agency. You will discover websites you never knew existed that are state specific. Powerful new search engines that you will be able to immediately start using on your cases.

Presentation Time = 90 minutes

22)    Investigating Juvenile Life Without (After Miller)

After the landmark Supreme Court case Miller v Alabama there needed to be a training course developed to not only understand what led to these incarcerations but also a methodology to re-investigating these types of claims that have now been brought forward throughout the country. This dynamic PowerPoint will walk the audience through the juvenile system of justice that led to this decision being made and how to now re-examine the claims and the method to conducting investigations.

Presentation time = 50 minutes

23)    The Thin Blue Line

INVESTIGATING POLICE MISCONDUCT CASES

One of the most challenging cases for any investigator is where there are allegations of police misconduct. This dynamic PowerPoint walks you through the methodology of conducting this type of investigation. The audience will learn the creative use of FOIAS, Open Records as well as Subpoenas They will view actual case studies and see the evidence uncovered and discover how the evidence was obtained. The final part of the presentation will be with the Q/A portion of time the audience and the presenter will share insightful approaches.

Presentation time = 50-90 minutes ( time varies depending upon if video are shown)

NOTE:  THE MAJORITY OF THESE PRESENTATIONS HAVE ALL BEEN ACCEPTED FOR CLE’S AND CEU’S THROUGH THE VARIOUS NATIONAL AND STATE ASSOCIATIONS.  A LIST OF ASSOCIATIONS IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.  

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Training Testimonial


"Kevin has presented his methods and approach to my students in a seminar setting at Northwestern Law, and the reviews were excellent. My intention is to request that Kevin return to the law school whenever his time permits."

Jeffrey Urdangen
Professor, Northwestern University
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Training Testimonial


"Kevin has presented his methods and approach to my students in a seminar setting at Northwestern Law, and the reviews were excellent. My intention is to request that Kevin return to the law school whenever his time permits."

Jeffrey Urdangen
Professor, Northwestern University
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About Kevin

Kevin W. McClain is a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin.  He is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and President of Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd., which is a multi-state investigative firm (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Wisconsin) with 30 investigators that have over 300 years of investigative experience.  He is qualified as an expert in Criminal Investigations, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.  He has also been a college instructor in personal security.  Mr. McClain began his career in 1993 and gained distinction as one of the regions premier private investigators assisting some of the finest criminal defense and civil attorneys with major felonies, personal injuries, wrongful deaths, excessive force shootings, civil rights investigations, police misconduct investigations, white collar defense investigations, corporate investigations and high profile media cases.  He has been a featured speaker at the national conferences for NLADA “Life in the Balance Capital Defense training seminars in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida and St. Louis. He has spoken for the IICLE, IACDL, and ISBA for continuing education for Illinois attorneys.  Mr. McClain has taught for Jon Rapping’s Gideon’s Promise for returning attorneys. He also has been a featured speaker at the international and national conferences for NACDL,NALI, NCISS, Intellenet and the Federal Defenders. Mr. McClain has presented on over 20 different criminal defense subject matters in over 25 states.

He has developed numerous presentations on the utilization of the Internet and Social Media and has been retained as a Cyber Investigator in high profile media cases conducting jury research, analysis, verifying credentials of experts and deep web searching and backgrounds of witnesses. He has developed investigative and attorney training programs throughout the country. He is a founding faculty member of nationally acclaimed Essentials of Defense Investigations Training Institute for criminal attorneys and investigators held yearly in Faubush, Kentucky.

 He has the distinction of being part of the defense team on two Illinois Death Penalty cases which were dismissed prior to trial. (First time in Illinois history since Capital Litigation Division was formed in 2000.) Mr. McClain has conducted over (76) Death Penalty investigations as a fact and mitigation investigator around the country including two recent cases one was part of the Angola (5) defendants in Louisiana which resulted in a life sentence and the other which recently concluded (March 2015) was a federal death penalty case where the client was charged with (6) homicides.  The case resulted in a life sentence with one of the homicides getting an acquittal on at the guilt/ innocence stage of the trial.

Most recently Mr. McClain had the honor to present at the NACDL Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. McClain presented on a very timely subject with his brand new presentation “The Thin Blue Line Investigating Police Misconduct”.

Mr. McClain is the founder of the READI Response Investigative Network and Mobile App www.readiresponse.com

Mr. McClain has also worked extensively with the Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and is on the faculty at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College and is a contract investigator for the Exoneration Project in Chicago. Mr. McClain can be reached at 877-532-1152, mcclainpi@gmail.com or  www.mcclaininvestigations.com.