ACEDS Executive Director Mary Mack honored for eDiscovery educational excellence by the Masters Conference

MIAMI — The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, today announced that executive director Mary Mack was named winner of the inaugural Excellence in Education Award at the 10th annual Masters Conference, a premier eDiscovery educational and networking event.

The Excellence in Education Award will be presented annually by the executive cabinet of the Masters Conference to honor individuals whose enthusiasm for and excellence in eDiscovery education has positively impacted the industry’s understanding of the discipline.

“Mary Mack is the epitome of educational excellence, and the Masters Conference is proud to honor her expertise, innovation, and creativity,” said Masters Conference Founder Robert Childress. “From her role as an advisor to corporate counsel to the comprehensive training and certification programs she champions in her position at ACEDS, Mary demonstrates an unparalleled passion for education, and we are excited that she is our first Excellence in Education Award honoree.”

“I am excited and humbled to be honored with an award that highlights a true passion in my life — helping others better understand the eDiscovery field,” said Mack. “The Masters Conference has been an integral part in the education of our industry over the last ten years. I am grateful for the award and, more importantly, for their continued commitment to education.”

Mack is a member of the Illinois State Bar with a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books on eDiscovery, A Process of Illumination: The Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery, and eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel. Additionally, she was the visionary and leading author of one of the industry’s first eDiscovery educational blogs, Sound Evidence. Today Mack continues her educational efforts as the executive director of ACEDS where she regularly speaks, writes, and educates the eDiscovery community as part of ACEDS training and certification programs.

About ACEDS

The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world. To learn more about ACEDS professional development and certification offerings, call 844-992-2337, email info@ACEDS.org, or visit ACEDS.org.

About the Masters Conference

Founded in 2006, the Masters Conference brings together leading experts and professionals from law firms, corporations, and the bench to develop strategies, practices, and resources for managing the lifecycle of information. As a leading educational forum where speakers, vendors, and attendees gather to engage in a proactive collaboration on current challenges in the legal space, the Masters Conference regularly convenes in both U.S. and International venues to support the worldwide implication of data management and discovery. To learn more about the Masters Conference and schedule of events, call 407-361-4759, email us, or visit TheMastersConference.com.

ACEDS and The Masters Conference Expand Partnership in eDiscovery Educational Excellence

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, today announced its expanded educational and event partnership with the Masters Conference.

The newly expanded relationship combines the eDiscovery educational excellence and expertise of both organizations, providing eDiscovery and information governance professionals increased access to ACEDS educational resources and content via the industry-leading Masters Conference forums.

“Educational excellence continues to be the cornerstone for increasing eDiscovery understanding and effectiveness among organizations and individuals,” says Mary Mack, ACEDS executive director. “The Masters Conference has long served as a leader in increasing the collective educational level of the eDiscovery community and ACEDS is excited to be able to contribute to its leadership with our content, certification programs and examinations, and experts.”

The partnership will be showcased at the upcoming 10th anniversary Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, Oct. 18-19, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Highlighting the event will be a panel discussion led by Mack on potential election fraud and how it relates to the legal eDiscovery and information technology community. She will facilitate a panel discussion among multidisciplinary experts discussing this relevant and timely topic from all angles — the chain of custody standard operating procedures for collecting electronic election results, authenticating and validating results, collection media, witnessing and documentation, and more.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in training that prepares them to sit for the eDiscovery certification (CEDS) exam, and receive special pricing on further training and the CEDS exam, as well as membership in ACEDS. The CEDS certification is the only credential that validates competency in the full eDiscovery spectrum, and the ACEDS international community is a respected and well-known voice in the burgeoning field of complex and electronic discovery relating to the legal environment.

Other sessions will cover key industry issues such as risks and opportunities in the age of personal data, forces changing corporate eDiscovery, information governance, changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and more. The event will culminate in a 10-year awards ceremony, honoring the pioneers and innovators within eDiscovery.

“This expanded partnership with ACEDS gives our event attendees and long-term community members access to some of the most comprehensive and informative content and commentary available,” says Robert Childress, founder of the Masters Conference. “We are excited about the future of the Masters Conference particularly as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, and we’re excited to have ACEDS as part of that future.”

This anniversary conference will serve as a fundraiser for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and as the forum for the re-launch of the ACEDS Washington, D.C. chapter. Visit The Masters Conference for more information.

About ACEDS

The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

About the Masters Conference

Founded in 2006, the Masters Conference brings together leading experts and professionals from law firms, corporations, and the bench to develop strategies, practices, and resources for managing the lifecycle of information. As a leading educational forum where speakers, vendors, and attendees gather to engage in a proactive collaboration on current challenges in the legal space, the Masters Conference regularly convenes in both U.S. and International venues to support the worldwide implication of data management and discovery. To learn more about the Masters Conference and schedule of events, call 407-361-4759, email us, or visit TheMastersConference.com.

ACEDS Launches First-Ever International Chapter in UK

MIAMI — The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI Professional Association, today announced the debut of its United Kingdom Chapter, the first ACEDS Chapter established outside the United States.

The U.K. Chapter will hold its Launch Party Thursday, 29th September 2016, 18:00 – 21:00 at The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP. The event will be sponsored by FRONTEO. Learn more at ACEDS UK Chapter.

The U.K. chapter formation furthers ACEDS’ commitment to building a global community of eDiscovery specialists to exchange ideas, guidance, training and best practices. Like U.S. chapters, the U.K. Chapter will promote eDiscovery competence and professional development. The chapter’s Board of Directors consists of well-known eDiscovery experts:

Steve Buddell, President, is leader of the eDiscovery Team in London, part of the Herbert Smith Freehills Alternative Legal Services business, delivering legal products and services for information-intensive defined process legal work, aligning with the requirements of HSF practice groups across disputes and transactions.

Nicola Milton, Vice President, is an eDiscovery Executive at Herbert Smith Freehills. Her experience within the Forensic Technology industry began at SLA Digital Forensics, then followed with a move to the BDO Forensic Services Department.

James MacGregor, Membership Director, oversees FRONTEO’s European operations. With a background in both U.S. and U.K. eDisclosure, his focus is on large multi-jurisdictional matters counseling clients on navigating legal, cultural and technological hurdles in cross-border cases.

Andreea Mohan, Public Relations Director, is Practice Support Manager at Taylor Wessing LLP. She advises clients on disclosure obligations, preservation, retrieval and organisation of documents and data to facilitate reviews for disclosure and investigatory or regulatory purposes.

Robert Kenny, Secretary, is an eDiscovery Specialist with worldwide experience in helping corporations and government deal with Information Governance and eDiscovery issues. Robert is a trusted authority and public speaker with over 15 years’ experience in Information Management and eDiscovery.

Amit Pandit, Treasurer, is MD at Apt Search & Selection, a recruitment firm fully dedicated to eDiscovery and Information Governance. He offers more than 10 years of recruitment and headhunting experience.

“We’re extremely excited about our first international ACEDS chapter,” said Susan Kavanagh, director, client and member services, BARBRI Professional Associations. “It’s a tremendous step forward for the collective eDiscovery community and will help foster collaboration, networking and best practices on a global scale.”

eDiscovery expert Kaylee Walstad, CEDS, joins the ACEDS team

The Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) has named Kaylee Walstad as sales director, national accounts. In her new role, Walstad will work closely with corporate and government entities and law firms to educate and validate the expertise of their eDiscovery teams.

Walstad offers a broad background of eDiscovery experience and skill that uniquely positions her to provide insight into the challenges faced by the end-users of eDiscovery services and technology and the organizations serving them. She has extensive expertise in developing cross-organizational discovery strategies for large litigation and investigations.

Prior to joining ACEDS, Walstad served as ZyLAB’s sales director and before that, was a major account manager for Ricoh Legal. Additionally, she is the Central Region Director for Women in eDiscovery, the former co-director of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of Women in eDiscovery, and has been a Board of Directors member since 2012.

“It is mission-critical that we raise our collective game around eDiscovery, security and privacy. Kaylee has been on the leading-edge of this, sourcing compelling educational content for Women in eDiscovery, and we look forward to her continued community building at her ACEDS home,” said Mary Mack, executive director of ACEDS.

“ACEDS has a reputation for effectively serving eDiscovery professionals around the country by offering education, networking, and communications resources,” said Walstad. “The association is becoming known as a central source of eDiscovery tools and knowledge, and I’m very excited to join and contribute as we continue to move our profession forward.”

Walstad earned her eDiscovery certification from ACEDS in 2014. She will be based in Minneapolis.

About ACEDS

The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

About Women in eDiscovery

Women in eDiscovery is a national organization bringing together businesswomen across the world interested in technology related to the legal industry, and provides opportunities to help them and other businesswomen grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. For more information on Women in eDiscovery’s free membership and its local and national events, visit womeninediscovery.org.

ACEDS eDiscovery conference to feature judges panel on tracking terrorism in the Digital Age & lessons for eDiscovery

MIAMI — The Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) today announced the eDiscovery Conference Day 2 marquee general session, Tracking Terrorism in the Digital Age & its Lessons for eDiscovery – Judicial Perspectives will be held Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. EDT in Ballrooms 2 and 3 of the New York Grand Hyatt. This relevant and highly anticipated session will feature some of the nation’s preeminent judges addressing the complex topic of battling terrorism in the digital realm.

The panel will tackle questions such as:

• Should the FBI be allowed to compel Apple to break open iPhones in terrorism trials?

• Can law enforcement use the existing legal framework to track terrorists in real time?

• Can computer forensics technology help prevent attacks like the ones in Paris and San Bernardino?

The panel will include:

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas — Judge Rodriguez has managed a number of important eDiscovery and terrorism-related cases, including the conviction of a Somali man who knowingly smuggled people tied to a terrorist group into the United States.

Hon. James Francis, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York — Judge Francis has managed high profile eDiscovery cases and the terror trial conviction of attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and the Microsoft warrant case regarding overseas data.

Hon. Matthew Sciarrino, Acting Justice for the Supreme Court at Kings County — Judge Sciarrino managed a case in which he compelled Twitter to produce tweets from Occupy Wall Street Protesters.

Moderator Ronald Hedges is a former United States Magistrate Judge who has extensive experience in eDiscovery and in managing complex litigation as a judge and court-appointed special master.

“EDiscovery and forensic practitioners are at the forefront of the fight to bring international terrorists and criminals to justice,” said ACEDS Executive Director Mary Mack. “ACEDS is committed to helping advance the understanding of terror networks to improve our collective success in bringing perpetrators to justice, preventing future atrocities and protecting civil liberties.”

Prior to this session from the judicial perspective, there will be a Day 1 session devoted to tracking terrorism from a technical perspective presented by Israeli cyber expert, Roy Zur, CEO of Cybint.

The eDiscovery Conference is April 18-20 at the Grand Hyatt New York. New York City-based attendees are eligible for a discounted $500 day pass to the conference. Visit eDiscovery Conference for more information. Media room and other accommodations provided. Interviews with ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, select speakers and panelists available upon request.

About ACEDS

The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

FTC Acting General Counsel David C. Shonka to speak at upcoming ACEDS eDiscovery conference

MIAMI — The Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) today announced the addition of David C. Shonka, acting general counsel for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to its lineup of speakers for the seventh annual eDiscovery conference. The conference will be held April 18-20, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

During his session, Shonka will address the FTC’s stewardship of and approach to security and privacy, and the landmark Wyndham case. He will also speak to The Sedona Conference® 2015 paper on security and privacy. Shonka is active in The Sedona Conference® Working Group SeriesSM on eDiscovery and information governance, cross-border discovery, and privacy and data security. He has been the FTC’s principal deputy general counsel since 2008 and previously served as the agency’s assistant general counsel for litigation. He also served as the first chair of the FTC’s eDiscovery Steering Committee, and was a recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.

“Security and privacy are top concerns of the eDiscovery community,” said ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack. “We’re excited to have a speaker of Mr. Shonka’s stature facilitate this dialogue with our conference participants.”

The ACEDS conference will bring together hundreds of eDiscovery professionals, along with top judges, industry leaders and service providers to explore and collaborate on trending eDiscovery topics. Shonka joins an exceptional line-up of speakers and panelists for the event including judges Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, Honorable James Francis, Honorable Matthew Sciarrino, Ret. Judge Honorable Ron Hedges; eDiscovery special master and trial attorney Craig Ball; EDRM founder George Socha; Chair and President, Legal Technology Professionals Institute Eric Mandel; and Discovery Counsel for Google Alex Ponce de Leon, among others.

Among the highlighted sessions will be the timely and relevant Tracking Terrorism in the Digital Age and its Lessons for eDiscovery, a session which addresses both technical and judicial aspects.

Visit eDiscovery Conference for more information on the event program. Special room pricing available for attendees and media until April 2. Media room and other accommodations provided. Interviews with ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, speakers and panelists available upon request.

About ACEDS

The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

BARBRI NOW OFFERING INDUSTRY-FIRST E-DISCOVERY AND FINANCIAL CRIME CERTIFICATIONS

Businesses today operate in an increasingly complex global environment as the digital universe continues to expand exponentially. To meet the corresponding need for qualified specialists to manage and analyze unprecedented amounts of electronic data, the legal education experts at BARBRI now offer certifications in e-discovery and financial crime.

BARBRI recently acquired Verisqil, a Miami-based company that created professional certifications and training programs that set new industry standards for workplace competencies in high-risk fields. The first-of-their-kind Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS™) and Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS™) certifications signify the superior knowledge and skill of professionals while better preparing them for complex jobs and careers in fast-growing industries worldwide.

E-discovery

E-discovery refers to the process by which electronically stored information (ESI) is gathered, stored, reviewed and disclosed in legal disputes, regulatory examinations and other matters. In 2006, the U.S. government amended the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to include formal rules for dealing with electronic discovery and ESI, which include emails, documents, video, social media posts, web content, and voice mail messages and other audio files.

Information technology (IT) research firm International Data Corporation reports there is more than one zettabtye, or one trillion gigabytes, of digital data in the world today. Gartner, another IT market intelligence company, predicts the global e-discovery market will grow by about 15 percent annually, from $1.7 billion in 2013 to $2.9 billion by 2017, as the volume of digital content that must be searched to support increasing litigation and regulatory investigations continues to swell.

“The process of e-discovery is complex due to the sheer numbers and dynamic nature of electronic data, so specialized training and certification are quickly becoming business requirements especially as legal requirements governing the use and application of ESI become commonplace around the world,” said BARBRI Chairman and CEO Stephen Fredette

Financial Crime

The explosion of electronic information, or “big data,” also has created compliance challenges for financial institutions. J.P. Morgan and other financial institutions around the world recently have formed global financial crime teams to protect against financial crime. These financial crime specialists are a new breed of compliance, risk and regulatory professionals – many of them attorneys – who deal with crimes that include corruption, tax evasion, fraud, money laundering and sanctions violations.

Sometimes referred to as white-collar crime, financial crime affects individuals, banks, government agencies and many other organizations globally. The losses and the costs of regulation, enforcement and compliance exceed trillions of dollars annually around the world.

Getting Ahead

Today’s law firms, corporate counsel and financial institutions such as banks, securities dealers and insurance companies grapple with finding ways to comply with the growing array of laws and regulations, train their staffs and control the rapidly growing costs associated with both financial crime and e-discovery compliance. Organizations worldwide are searching for talent who understand all aspects of financial crime – not just one component, such as money laundering or fraud. Professionals seeking to distinguish themselves from other job applicants or give their employers a competitive advantage should become certified e-discovery and certified financial crime specialists.

“We have been expanding our services beyond bar review, and these exclusive certifications in emerging fields complement our traditional offerings,” said Fredette. “They provide the verification that employers are seeking to confirm employee competence, especially when it comes to jobs in high-risk industries.”

Professionals in the government, law enforcement, financial, IT, insurance and other sensitive fields acquire the highly specialized training through the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS, www.aceds.org) and the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS, www.acfcs.org).

ACEDS and ACFCS provide online and live training on the latest industry developments and preparation for the certification exams. Top worldwide experts conduct the courses, which keep specialists’ skills sharp and help candidates pass the rigorous tests.

The CEDS examination covers information management, litigation readiness, project planning, litigation holds, collection implementation, document review, data production, project management, legal framework, international discovery, ethics, technology, budgeting, and data processing and culling.

The CFCS certification affirms the competence of public- and private-sector financial crime specialists who work in such areas as fraud, money laundering, corruption and global asset recovery. To earn the certification, candidates must pass a comprehensive exam and meet high qualifications standards. The international credential covers the full spectrum of financial crime, including anti-money laundering, FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), tax evasion, compliance, investigation, data security, ethics, international standards, FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and corruption, and other subjects.

The global Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development describes the world’s economy as “knowledge-based,” where electronic data drives productivity and economic growth. In this information society – where analysts estimate there will be more mobile devices than people on Earth by year’s end – the CEDS certification is defining a new category of digital experts the global marketplace needs to mitigate electronic security threats that didn’t even exist 15 years ago. And, the CFCS certification establishes a baseline of verifiable knowledge and skills that private – and public-sector specialists require to combat financial crime in the 21st century.

ABOUT BARBRI

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Founded in 1967, BARBRI is headquartered in Dallas with offices throughout the United States. To learn more, visit www.BARBRI.com.