Q3 2019

US BUSINESS NEWS / Q3 2019 11 The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is committed to providing its members with the tools that are essential for developing ormaintaining competency in e-discovery. Recently, the firm found success in the Legal Elite Awards 2019where they were selected as the Best LawFirmeDiscovery Education&Validation Specialist 2019. Following this win, we caught upwith Executive Director, MaryMackwho provided us with a behind the scenes glimpse into the innerworkings of the firm. Part of the leading legal education provider of The BARBRI Group, the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is a global membership association committed to promoting and verifying skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification, as well as other resources. Supported by individual chapters around the world, ACEDS primary goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. Mary begins by going into further detail about ACEDS, informing us of the areas the firm specializes within as well as the clients that they serve. “Here at ACEDS, we serve attorneys, corporations, government agencies and service Opening A New Chapter providers. The field of eDiscovery is growing by leaps and bounds and, according to our research, is a bright spot in the legal arena. “Since our inception, we have assisted countless attorneys and other professionals in the legal field to improve their eDiscovery and technical competence, helping them to meet new state bar standards and remain updated with the overarching standards of legal practice. Our world-class CEDS certification is one of the most widely-held industry certification among high- level legal practitioners and the professionals that support them. We augment our certification with resources surrounding the disciplines that intersect with eDiscovery like security, privacy, information governance and project management.” Enabling the firm to deliver these impeccable and tailored services to their clients, is the experienced, committed and hard-working team which forms the backbone of ACEDS. When discussing the internal culture, Mary is keen to highlight the significant role the team play in the overall success of the firm. “ACEDS is its people! Each member of our team is passionate about the field of eDiscovery and helping our community be the very best it can be. In addition to this, all staff members wear many hats and are constantly bringing new tools to bear for better education and networking. Overall, our staff is committed to the individuals, teams, organizations and chapters that strengthen our community.” Looking ahead to what the future holds, the legal profession is increasingly a global one and ACEDS is at the forefront of that. Bringing the interview to a close, Mary signs off by revealing the exciting plans which lie the pipeline for the firm, especially following their success in the Legal Elite Awards 2019 where they were righteously awarded the accolade Best Law Firm eDiscovery Education & Validation Specialist 2019. “Moving forward, we are focused on building the global eDiscovery community through organic chapter growth, continued partnering with industry experts on learning initiatives, and the up- leveling of educational offerings. ACEDS is known for connecting people, building community and enhancing careers.” Contact: Mary Mack Company: ACEDS Telephone: 001 503 695 5877 Web Address: www.aceds.org

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