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April 09, 2012

ACEDS Annual Conference

The Association of E-Discovery Specialists held its second annual conference last week in Hollywood, Fla. Approximately 450 people attended the three-day conference.

Both vendors and attendees were enthusiastic about certification as one way to measure e-discovery competence and dedication to the field. There are plenty of available offerings: In addition to ACEDS' certification, both the Organization of Legal Professionals, and vendor Kroll Ontrack offer certification courses as well.

Other educational courses (not necessarily for certification) are available from the Georgetown Law Center, Ralph Losey (E-discovery Team Training course), the Association of Litigation Support Professional, and Michael Arkfeld's Online E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Course.  

Although questions still remain on how best to train and measure competence, it appears that we have moved beyond the early adopters stage — and the initial question on whether or not e-discovery certification is a viable option.


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Thanks for the mention of OLP. We have found this year that there is less educating the legal community on why you need certification and more on which certification shall I choose?

The legal community has come a long way in recognizing the need to benchmark core competencies through a vehicle designed specifically for this new and complicated arena.

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