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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT


Presented by: Karra Porter, Esq.

Legal Issues Facing Families and Nonprofits

  • Legal paths – and barriers – to getting information
  • Advising civilians in conducting their own investigations
  • Using legal proceedings as an investigative tool (wrongful death suits, petitions to declare death, emergency filings to preserve data)
  • Practical effects of cold cases: insurance, Social Security and other benefits, unclaimed funds, etc.
  • Assisting families in getting cases or causes of death reclassified
  • Liability for volunteer actions in cold case investigation
  • Managing third-party legal and other threats
  • Other issues facing families and nonprofit organizations in cold cases

Legal Issues Facing Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

  • The “right to go missing”
  • Statutes of limitations problems
  • “No body” prosecutions
  • Lost evidence and messed up crime scenes
  • Making deals with criminals for information
  • Responding to demands to prosecute weak cases
  • Reopening cold cases after acquittals or reversals
  • Working with third parties without compromising a case
  • Other cold case issues involving law enforcement and prosecutors

Legal Issues Facing Podcasters and Journalists

  • Civil liability arising from cold cases (defamation, invasion of privacy, disclosure of sensitive information, malicious prosecution, etc.)
  • Criminal liability exposure from civilian investigations
  • Gaining access to legal documents and court proceedings
  • (Un)fair use of crime scene photos, family or copyrighted material
  • Laws allowing or restricting recording of witnesses
  • Recent disputes with podcasters, journalists, and TV shows in cold cases
  • Other legal issues involving podcasts and other media


Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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6.0 CLE Hours (AK, AZ, CA, CT, PA, TX, VT)

7.0 CLE Hours (NY, WI)

1.0 Ethics CLE Hour (in select states*)

1.0 Professionalism CLE Hour (in select states*)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0-7.0 total CLE hours, *including 1.0 ethics hour and 1.0 professionalism hour, for attorneys in select states. State specific sponsor approvals, course pre-approvals and pending applications are detailed below. The course will only be pre-approved in states listed below. Attorneys who complete this course may be able to apply for credit in additional states individually; please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. This nontraditional course offers 7.0 Areas of Professional Practice CLE hours, which are appropriate for experienced attorneys. HalfMoon Education will provide financial hardship assistance to New York attorneys who wish to attend this event. Contact Frank Chapman at for details and to apply.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider for Pennsylvania attorneys (No. 1613); this webinar offers 6.0 CLE hours to Pennsylvania attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider for Texas attorneys (No. 8306); this webinar offers 6.0 CLE hours to Texas attorneys. This approval qualifies the webinar for Connecticut and Alaska attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider for Vermont attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved Multiple Activity Provider with the State Bar of California (No. 8370); this program offers 6.0 CLE hours to California attorneys.

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 2.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.

This webinar has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 6.0 CLE credits, which includes 1.0 ethics hour and 1.0 professionalism hour. The webinar has also been approved by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for 7.0 CLE credits, which includes 1.0 ethics hour. 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits as the live presentation.


Karra Porter, Esq.

President of Christensen & Jensen, P.C.

Ms. Porter has been a practicing attorney for 36 years and was Utah Lawyer of the Year in 2018. She is the cofounder and CEO of the Cold Case Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that assists families and communities with unresolved deaths and disappearances. Karra is also cofounder and CEO of Intermountain Forensics, a state-of-the-art accredited forensic DNA laboratory.  She is the coauthor of COLD CASE HELP: How to Work Your Own Cold Case (2023 Cold Case Coalition).