Thursday, March 29, 2012

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist Conference April 2-4

ACEDS conference will probe handling of catastrophe cases like Penn State, BP Oil and Siemens, and advent of lawyer e-discovery malpractice

Top plaintiff and defense lawyers, social media experts, Penn State IT expert, and top corporate lawyers will share skills on 15 panels, network with attendees

Miami– The conference program of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, on April 2-4, 2012, will probe some of the world’s pressing issues dealing with the preservation and management of electronic data in headline catastrophic cases, lawyer malpractice, social media and many other subjects.

Nearly 30 experts from around the world will descend on Hollywood, Florida, to speak at the three-day event. The attendees who will learn from them are also coming from many places. They will be treated to 15 cutting-edge, interactive panels. The expert panelists will dissect hot-button issues in e-discovery, records management, law, information governance, legal technology and other fields.

13 beachside networking events 
The attendees will also benefit from 13 first-class networking events at the spectacular Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. They include two beachside receptions, three breakfasts, two luncheons and numerous refreshment breaks.

ACEDS, the two-year-old worldwide member organization, issues the world's first e-discovery certification, the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential. It has members around the world and CEDS-certified professionals throughout the United States and countries as far away as South Korea and China.

ACEDS says knowledge not enough, networking a crucial plus
"We believe it is not only important to provide attendees with great knowledge, but equally important to extend great networking to expand the horizons of the attendees and the number of colleagues on whom they can call for help in addressing pressing job and career challenges," says ACEDS President Charles Intriago, a lawyer, former federal prosecutor and partner at a major law firm.

Conducted in its hallmark interactive fashion where long, droning speeches are taboo, the ACEDS format lets attendees pose questions directly to the speakers through expert moderators who orchestrate the panels and roam the conference floor while questioning the speakers themselves. One panel that has caught the attention of the registered attendees will focus on computer-assisted document review, one of the hottest issues in e-discovery in both the private and public sectors.

Conference panels will put laser on emerging issues 
"ACEDS prides itself in presenting a conference program that not only focuses on major present challenges facing e-discovery professionals, but also on panels that tackle emerging areas that the larger e-discovery community has not yet confronted," said ACEDS Executive Director Lanny Morris.

More than 50 service providers will be in Exhibition Hall 
The conference also serves the needs of "shoppers" who are looking to buy e-discovery software and services. The Exhibition Hall will host 50 or more providers of services and software in the field, including Presenting Sponsor RenewData; Premier Sponsor Kroll Ontrack; Diamond Sponsor Deloitte and Platinum Sponsors Clearwell, Now A Part of Symantec; Hogan Lovells; QuisLex and Robert Half Legal. The conference offers up to 17 CLE, CPE credits, and, for the first time, CEDS credits for the growing number of CEDS-certified professionals who must keep up their continuing education.

Penn State IT professor, pioneering LA trial lawyer are among panelists
In one panel, Los Angeles trial lawyer Rafael Bernardino, who has made history by filing the first lawsuit against a law firm for lawyer e-discovery malpractice, will show ways to reduce risk where large volumes of electronic data are present. He will be joined on the panel by malpractice insurance and reputation experts.

In another panel, Penn State professor John Bagby will show how to succeed with electronically stored information in catastrophic cases. In a distinct panel, the chief federal court clerk in Pittsburgh, Robert Barth, a leader in "taxing" e-discovery costs in federal cases, will show how a pertinent and unique federal law works and how it is applied across the nation.

About ACEDS 
ACEDS, a membership organization devoted to the professional interests of the e-discovery community, seeks to enhance competence through certification, conferences, online and live training, community-building through forums and other live and electronic events that foster the exchange of ideas and solutions, and news, information and guidance.

Persons may register for the conference online at or contact Debbie Pelland, ACEDS Member Services Manager, at 786-517-2701, or email dpelland@ACEDS.orgThe conference brochure is available for download


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