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ACEDS Expands Presence, Launching Chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia

July 24, 2020 – EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, continues to expand its international presence with the launch of a new chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This is the Association’s second chapter to launch in Canada.

The ACEDS Vancouver Chapter, which will serve legal professionals throughout British Columbia, will establish an environment where members can collaborate on and discuss professional development, training and certification as well as issues in the legal industry impacting e-discovery professionals in Canada and the global legal community. Many Vancouver chapter members are Certified E-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) or are aspiring to earn their CEDS or the E-Discovery Executive (eDEx) certificate.

Among its activities, the chapter will organize networking opportunities, professional development events and training sessions, while also participating in local and global conferences and events working closely with other legal industry membership organizations. The chapter welcomes e-discovery, information governance, data privacy and other data management professionals in the Vancouver area, including law students, new graduates, young legal professionals, and seasoned legal professionals, and will assist aspiring CEDS in earning their certifications.

“After the launch of our Toronto chapter earlier this year, there was a tremendous response from the legal technology community in Canada to establish additional chapters in other regions of the country,” said Maribel Rivera, senior director of community relations at ACEDS. “We have a new board, a majority of which are certified e-discovery specialists, committed to the success of the Vancouver chapter. We are here to assist them—as well as all other chapters—to achieve their goals. The Vancouver board will utilize ACEDS’ global strategy and tools to apply them in the method best suited to the local community while fulfilling our mission.”

The Vancouver Chapter will be led by:
• Ann Halkett, CEDS, President
• Veronica MacInnis, Vice President
• Lisa Evenson, CEDS, Secretary
• Peter Sanford, Treasurer
• Fern Boese, CEDS, Director of Membership
• Monique Sever, Director of Marketing
• Yvonne Van Vliet, CEDS, Director at Large

“Vancouver is a leading world city that can now add a centre of e-discovery education excellence with the Vancouver chapter of ACEDS – the world standard for e-discovery training and certification,” Halkett said. “What better way to show your employer that you are serious about your future than to join the chapter. Knowledge is power and education is the source of that power.”

“In a field such as e-discovery the most important thing one can do for their career and self is to stay connected and continuously educate themselves in best practices and new innovations,” added MacInnis. “Vancouver already has a wonderful e-discovery community and now we will add to this our very own ACEDS Chapter, which will help all of us grow, learn and connect.”

To learn more about the Vancouver chapter, subscribe to receive news and updates from ACEDS, or contact the association at chapters@aceds.org.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters, with locations in most major U.S. cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South America chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields. http://www.aceds.org/

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Microsoft 365 eDiscovery Practical Resources for Law Firms

Microsoft 365 eDiscovery Practical Resources for Law Firms

During our recent webinar, “How Law Firms Can Support Their Clients Who Use Microsoft 365”, we promised attendees some practical resources and an overview of Microsoft 365 (M365) plans and licensing options that would be useful for law firm personnel.

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here: “How Law Firms Can Support Their Clients Who Use Microsoft 365

M365 Plans and Licenses

M365 offers plans for Enterprise, Government, and Education. The features vary depending upon license structure and organization type. For the purposes of our discussion we will share differences within “E3” vs. “E5” licenses. Please note that licensing plans, availability, and functionality will vary and be modified over time.

Compliance Functions in E3 vs E5

Compliance Functions in E3 vs E5

  • Core eDiscovery has hold, search, and export features. It can be accessed with an E3 license.
  • Advanced eDiscovery adds hold notifications, review, and redaction to the above. It can be accesses with an E5 license or an E3 license with a “buy-up” SKU.

Resources from M365 Compliance Documentation

In most instances, law firm personnel do not have access to  M365 and are entrusted with guiding and advising client personnel with performing various tasks within M365. Microsoft has very detailed documentation for M365 compliance. Access documentation on eDiscovery in M365.

Below are some of the  most common tasks and questions that arise while performing eDiscovery in a given matter. All images below are from Microsoft’s website.

  1. Creating searches: M365 allows you to run content search and displays estimated number of search results in the search statistics. The results can be previewed or exported to a local computer. View the documentation.
    Search Query
  2. Reviewing and downloading search statistics: This is very useful when case teams are trying to get a sense of hit counts;the results can be downloaded to a csv file and shared with counsel. Microsoft limits 20 rows in the keyword list of a search query. – View the documentation.
    Search Statistics
  3. Exporting search results: The search results can be exported as a PST file or individual messages for emails. Copies of native files are exported for OneDrive and SharePoint content. M365 generates a clean log of what is exported – the export includes a Results.csv file that contains information about every item that’s exported and a manifest file (in XML format) that contains information about every search result is also exported. View the documentation
    Export Results
  4. Search limitations within M365 content search documents can be found at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/limits-for-content-search?view=o365-worldwide
  5. Partially indexed items within M365: Partially indexed items are Exchange mailbox items and documents on SharePoint and OneDrive for Business sites that for some reason weren’t completely indexed for search. Detailed overview can be found at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/partially-indexed-items-in-content-search?view=o365-worldwide
Point of view

Three Ways We Can Change Our Perspectives in This New Reality

We live in peculiar times. A time where the world can feel as if it is on a complete halt. It is almost unimaginable how many we have lost around the globe due to COVID-19. As a result of this novel virus, we have seen its impact on both our jobs and the economy. We are living a different reality, and as a global community, we pray that the smartest minds in medicine, science, and data analytics can create a vaccine and do so quickly. On the backside of this terrible disease, we all wonder the same question — what will our new normal look like?

Yet, there is a silver lining in all of this tragedy. How is this possible? When people ask me if the glass filled with water to right about the halfway mark is half full or half empty, I respond with a third option: it’s filled with opportunity. Notwithstanding the terrible events around the world, we have also seen humanity shine through like the beams of sunshine on a bright summer day. People are uniting on a global scale to achieve victory over COVID-19 in ways one might think unimaginable. Simultaneously, this has been a great reminder about how interconnected we are as humans.


While there’s not a very natural transition to electronic discovery, I think that I can make one. Emerson was right — we do find in life what we put into it. While we have this time at home, we can also recommit ourselves to doubling down on improving our skills in our profession, double down on our commitment to our legal professional community, and double down on our commitment to our local community.

Double down on professional commitments to improving your skills

Life is very much about perspective. Looking at this new reality through a different lens, we could say this time we now have working from home affords us the chance to embrace it as an opportunity. In particular, we can all find ways in which we can learn more about our profession, hone our skills, and enroll in training in a multitude of topics from productivity, management, new skills, and of course, ACEDS webinars and certification courses.

For instance, we can sign up for the eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program, even if you’re not going to take the CEDS exam, as it walks through the basics of e-discovery, project planning, information management, international considerations, and all of the details in between. Not quite ready to take the 4-hour, 145-question CEDS Exam? Consider focusing on your financial foundation and sign up for the Mini MBA in Financial Competence. If any of these options seem like too much in light of everything else going on around us, there are plenty of on-demand webinars to watch whenever you have time and live webinars you can register for here.

Double down on our commitment to our legal professional community

As the President of the ACEDS Kansas City Chapter, I can tell you that I’ve personally witnessed how great it is for dozens of people to get together in person to learn from great speakers, network, and enjoy great food and drinks as a community. There are quite literally ACEDS chapters around the globe. While getting together in person is something we need to put on hold for now, many communities are doing video conferencing just to have some face-to-face time — even if it is digitally. Video conference calling technologies have accelerated through to the foreground at unprecedented speeds as a result of thousands of workers staying at home and forced into this new reality. People are coming together over video as a community of global individuals with shared values, shared purpose, and a shared interest in humanity. Being part of the ACEDS family is about more than just trainings, webinars, and certifications … but instead, it is a tribe of individuals all looking to learn, share, and grow from one another. If you haven’t found opportunities such as these, please let ACEDS know as they’d be more than happy to help orchestrate one in your region.

Double down on our commitment to our local community

Speaking of community, this is also a time to double down on our personal commitments to our communities. One of the ways I have personally seen this the most is through Complete Legal, a legal services provider in Kansas City. Co-founder, Eric Kelting, is our Kansas City Chapter Membership Director. In their latest blog post, they talk about how we can support the Kansas City community who are working to help others during these unprecedented times. Their personal call to action in this post is all about encouraging others to find ways in which they can positively contribute as well. As Karen Salmansohn once said, “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”

ACEDS Welcomes the Orange County Chapter

ACEDS Launches Orange County Chapter

March 27, 2020EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, continues to expand its presence with the launch of a new chapter in Orange County, CA

The ACEDS Orange County Chapter, which will serve legal professionals in Orange County and surrounding areas, will create an environment where members can collaborate on and discuss professional development, training and certification as well as issues in the legal industry impacting e-discovery professionals in the global legal community. Many Orange County chapter members are Certified E-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) or are aspiring to earn their CEDS or the eDiscovery Executive (eDEx) certificate.

Among its activities, the chapter will organize networking opportunities, professional development events and training sessions, while also participating in local and global conferences and events. The chapter welcomes e-discovery, information governance, data privacy and other data management professionals in the Orange County area, including law students, new graduates, young legal professionals, and seasoned legal professionals, and will assist aspiring CEDS in earning their certifications.

“We are pleased to welcome the Orange County Chapter to our association. This chapter will serve Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire e-discovery community providing education, training, and networking support, and we congratulate the chapter board on its creation,” said Maribel Rivera, Senior Director of Community Relations, ACEDS.

The Orange County Chapter will be led by:

  • PRESIDENT: Marla Mohr
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Grady Glover
  • SECRETARY: Sherri Watts, CEDS
  • TREASURER: Michael Holden,
  • MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Cynthia Vasquez, CEDS
  • DIRECTOR OF MARKETING: Martie L. Meyer, CEDS
  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Christine Stansall, CEDS, Tona R. Cornelius, Annie Loo, CEDS

“It has taken many years, but we are excited to be launching an Orange County Chapter of ACEDS. I’m thrilled to be working with such a diverse group of people on our board to bring eDiscovery and legal technology education and networking to the Orange County and Southern California area,” said Marla Mohr, Chapter President.

To learn more about the Orange County chapter, subscribe to receive news and updates from ACEDS, or contact the association at Chapters@aceds.org. You can also join the chapter at https://www.aceds.org/group/OrangeCounty and interact with members on the Orange County LinkedIn Group.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters, with locations in most major U.S. cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South America chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields. http://www.aceds.org/

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Contact: Cindy Parks
913.526.6912
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ACEDS Welcomes Denver Chapter

ACEDS Launches Denver Chapter

Feb. 21, 2020EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, continues to expand its presence with the launch of a new chapter in Denver, Colorado.

The ACEDS Denver Chapter, which will serve legal professionals in Denver and surrounding areas, will create an environment where members can collaborate on and discuss professional development, training, and certification as well as issues in the legal industry impacting e-discovery professionals in the global legal community. Many Denver chapter members are Certified E-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) or are aspiring to earn their CEDS or the eDiscovery Executive (eDEx) certificate.

Among its activities, the chapter will organize networking opportunities, professional development events and training sessions, while also participating in local and global conferences and events.  The chapter welcomes e-discovery, information governance, data privacy, and other data management professionals in the Denver area including law students, new graduates, young legal professionals, and seasoned legal professionals, and will assist aspiring CEDS earn their certifications.

“We are pleased to welcome the Denver Chapter to our association, and we congratulate the chapter board on its creation and the planning of their first member event on March 6th,” said Maribel Rivera, Senior Director of Community Relations, ACEDS. “The launch of the Denver and Toronto chapters this month, and the growing number of legal professionals seeking their CEDS or eDEx, has me excited for the continued growth of our global chapter network in coming months and years.”

The Denver Chapter will be led by:

  • PRESIDENT: Leonid Balaban, CEDS
  • VICE PRESIDENT: Chris Montgomery
  • SECRETARY: Kathleen Wener, CEDS
  • TREASURER: James R. Reynolds, CEDS
  • CO-TREASURER: Sommer Wall
  • DIRECTOR OF MARKETING: Chelsea Casler
  • DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Kelly Twigger, Adam Platt

“I’m honored and excited to have an opportunity to lead the formation of the Denver ACEDS chapter. I look forward to working with ACEDS in creating a premier educational and networking organization for Denver Metro Area eDiscovery and legal technology professionals,” said Leonid Balaban, Chapter President.

To learn more about the Denver chapter, subscribe to receive news and updates from ACEDS, or contact the association at Chapters@aceds.org.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters, with locations in most major U.S. cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South America chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields. http://www.aceds.org/

 

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Contact: Cindy Parks
913.526.6912
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ACEDS Toronto Chapter Announcement

ACEDS Launches Toronto Chapter

Feb. 14, 2020EAGAN, Minn. – The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification professional association and part of The BARBRI Group, continues to expand its global presence with the launch of a new chapter in Toronto, Canada.

The ACEDS Toronto Chapter, which will serve legal professionals in Toronto and surrounding areas, will create an environment where members can collaborate on and discuss professional development, training, and certification as well as issues in the legal industry impacting e-discovery professionals in Canada and the global legal community. Many Toronto chapter members are Certified e-Discovery Specialists (CEDS) or are aspiring to earn their CEDS or the E-Discovery Executive (eDEx) certificate.

Among its activities, the chapter will organize networking opportunities, professional development events and training sessions, while also participating in local and global conferences and events.  The chapter welcomes e-discovery, information governance, data privacy and other data management professionals in the Toronto area, including law students, new graduates, young legal professionals, and seasoned legal professionals, and will assist aspiring CEDS earn their certifications.

“Our members are the lifeblood of ACEDS. We are happy to welcome the e-discovery and legal professionals in Toronto to our newest chapter and look forward to all the great work they will be doing locally and globally,” said Maribel Rivera, Senior Director of Community Relations for ACEDS.

The Toronto Chapter will be led by:

  • Carolyn Anger, President
  • Chris Walker, Vice President
  • Lynne Brigant, Secretary
  • Anna Traer, Treasurer
  • Vaibhav Kadam, Director of Membership
  • Stephanie Mills, Director of Marketing
  • Nadia Pustina, Director at Large
  • Eda Bardhi, Director at Large
  • Ian Campbell, Director at Large
  • Lucy Esposito, Director at Large
  • Ceyda Tocsoy, Director at Large

“The e-discovery world changes often and swiftly. One must keep abreast of it all to remain current and excel professionally. I joined ACEDS to gain access to valuable resources, to network, and to contribute and shape our industry,” Anger said. “As a new chapter, we will continue to develop, grow, and advance both individually and together. I’m excited to be part of the ACEDS Toronto chapter and the many events our outstanding board will plan this year.”

To learn more about the Toronto chapter, subscribe to receive news and updates from ACEDS, or contact the association at Chapters@aceds.org.

About ACEDS
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is a global member-based association for professionals who work in e-discovery, information governance, compliance and the broader legal community. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. Our CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by practitioners at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 23 chapters, with locations in most major U.S. cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa (with Australia and South America chapters coming soon). Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related fields. http://www.aceds.org/

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cindy Parks
913.526.6912
cindy@parkscommunications.com

ACEDS Masters Conference Panel

ACEDS DC Chapter and The Master’s Conference Deliver Thought Provoking Panel on Project Management

Last week the ACEDS DC Chapter presented its second installment in a series of fall educational events. It was an expert panel discussion called “Legal Project Management in 2019” presented in conjunction with The Master’s Conference at Sidley Austin LLP. One thing that was immediately clear from the discussion is that legal teams still face many of the same challenges they’ve always faced when it comes to managing projects, but now with the added challenges of international privacy laws, an evolving domestic privacy landscape, complex cyber security concerns, new and emerging communications systems, and sophisticated corporate clients shaping how their projects are managed.

But what struck me the most was hearing every speaker echo that the most crucial elements to a successful legal project are still the same elements that have always been key to the success of any project—experience, teamwork and communication.

What struck me even more was when I realized that this presentation itself was the embodiment of the advice given to the audience. Admittedly, I didn’t recognize it as it was happening, but it hit me all at once when I sat down to write this blog post. Here’s what I mean:

A project is a planned undertaking designed to achieve a particular aim. In this case, the aim was for the ACEDS DC Chapter to provide relevant and useful information to the legal community in DC.

So how did they do it?

  1. By looking to the experience of the Chapter Board and collaborating on initial steps.
  2. By building a great team that began with partnering with The Master’s Conference. Together, ACEDS DC Chapter and The Master’s Conference offered a free session to the entire ACEDS membership, Master’s conference attendees and the Washington, DC legal community. From there, the ACEDS DC Chapter filled out the team with Josh Raynes, Associate at Kraftson Caudle; Sonya Judkins, Manager of Legal Discovery and Compliance at Sprint; Jason Lichter, Director of Discovery Services at Pepper Hamilton; Keith Woolley, Senior Program Manager at PAE; Kendall Smardzewski, Division Director at Beacon Hill Legal. Pretty impressive, right?
  3. By communicating early and often with everyone involved. There were ACEDS internal meetings, meetings between ACEDS and Master’s, meetings and communication with the team and panel as it developed, meetings and communication with the final panel group and, of course, the presentation itself—a communication of the framework that ultimately led to the creation and delivery of this very presentation.

See what I mean now? The presentation was an example of the results of the speakers’ advice. Here’s what I think they were saying, in a nutshell:

  • Identify your aim.
  • Find some experts.
  • Build a team.
  • Communicate… A lot.
  • Deliver a result.

Easy, right? Okay, not necessarily easy but this framework is a great foundation for a successful project. Thank you, Legal Project Management in 2019 team, for reminding me!

Live Event From ACEDS Benelux in Amsterdam and Brussels: “How AI and Data Science Changed the Handling of Regulatory Requests”

Excerpt from The Project Counsel Group‘s “Live event from ACEDS Benelux in Amsterdam and Brussels: ‘How AI and Data Science changed the handling of regulatory requests'”

The Benelux Chapter of the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) has organized a unique panel discussion about the use of the latest AI and Data Science technology to deal with regulatory requests and investigations. The event will be presented at two locations: Amsterdam and Brussels. You will find links for all the details below.

We had an opportunity to interview Johannes Scholtes (Chief Strategy Officer of ZyLAB, and Chapter President of the ACEDS Benelux Chapter) on the event, and the operations of ACEDS:

Read more here