By Bill Millican
On September 28-30, 2015, more than 300 electronic discovery professionals gathered at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. for an in-depth look into the current issues of e-discovery at the ACEDS 6th Annual E-Discovery Conference & Exhibition.
The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is the member organization for professionals in the private and public sectors who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS is building a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, guidance, training and best practices, offers e-discovery certification and has established the field’s first certification exam, wherein qualified candidates who pass a rigorous test will earn the right to use the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS™) certification. As part of our commitment to the future of electronic discovery and the certification of specialists in the field, XDD is a proud partner of ACEDS and was the sole gold sponsor for this event.
The first day of the conference, Monday, September 28, was a full-day overview of the certification process. This was an excellent window into what the ACEDS certification covers and the benefits it provides. Days two and three saw a full array of presentations and panel discussions addressing the complete spectrum of e-discovery. The exhibit hall was abuzz with both sponsors and attendees sharing hundreds of insightful discussions on a variety of discovery-related topics and casual conversations as well.
XDD was well represented at last week’s conference, with several executives and directors in attendance, including company CEO and founder Robert Polus. XDD VP of Electronic Discovery Nick Reizen participated in one of the many panel discussions as he joined “Swimming in the Blender: How to Forge and Maintain a Career in E-Discovery.”
Electronic discovery increasingly plays a stronger and more determinable role in the litigation process. As data volumes continue to rise and as attorneys and litigation specialists continue to seek more efficient methods of defining the composite of these growing data volumes, the science of electronic discovery will continue being a critical factor.
As a community, we are fortunate to have an organization like ACEDS to champion the effort of continuing education for e-discovery professionals.