SOURCE: Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)

May 18, 2010 10:17 ET

ACEDS Will Certify and Train Lawyers, IT and Litigation Support Staffs in Escalating e-Discovery Field

Mandatory Court Sanctions for Mishandling Electronic Records and Skyrocketing e-Discovery Costs Spawn New Member Association

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  To meet the challenge of assuring proper management of electronic records, like those in the BP Oil Spill, Toyota and Goldman Sachs cases, and the data deluge that characterizes legal proceedings, corporate and government operations, certification experts have launched the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) (www.aceds.org). [To see the ACEDS brochure go to aceds.org/brochure].

The announcement comes in the wake of two days of meetings of eight experts, on May 14-15, who were brought together by ACEDS. They identified nearly 500 "job tasks" performed by e-discovery specialists, a first step toward the certification examination ACEDS will offer by the end of 2010. The Task Force was guided by a psychometrician at a top competency assessment company, who will work with ACEDS throughout the certification process.

"We formed ACEDS to meet a great need for an objective, reliable standard for law firms, corporations and government agencies in hiring and contracting competent electronic discovery personnel," said Charles Intriago, co-founder of ACEDS and former federal prosecutor and litigating partner at a large law firm.

"The psychometrically-sound certification program we're building is the best measure of competence," he said.

In 2001, Intriago co-founded the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), which issues the acclaimed credential in the field worldwide.

Mandatory sanctions under existing court rules
Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and of many states, lawyers, businesses and government agencies face sanctions, which could include money penalties and lethal harm to their cases for mismanaging e-discovery.

"These employers and organizations want assurance that persons who handle their electronic records are competent. Presently, they have no reliable standard to guide them in selecting these persons. ACEDS will fill that need and help control e-discovery's high costs. The ACEDS certification will meet the highest standards of competency assessment," Intriago said.

BP Oil Spill, Toyota and Goldman Sachs cases show e-discovery pervasiveness
"E-discovery is pervasive," said Joy Intriago, cofounder of ACEDS, and ACAMS. "The daily headlines about the BP oil spill, Toyota and Goldman Sachs cases and others tell of cases that shape our lives and the remedies we seek. E-discovery is at the heart of all of them," she added.

Business lawyers must also be competent in e-discovery
"It is not just litigants who must worry about electronically stored information. Business lawyers who must advise business clients on things like the preservation of electronic records and financial institutions and companies subject to regulatory supervision, or who produce records in federal and state investigations, have similar duties," she added.

ACEDS.org will also provide training, news and networking
The ACEDS website at aceds.org will host online training and networking platforms for members, and provide news and specialized information for e-discovery practitioners. Recently posted stories dissect the e-discovery complexities in the BP oil spill and Toyota cases and report instances where government agencies have suffered court sanctions.

"We also know the importance of professional networks. That's why ACEDS provides forums and platforms to let members connect and exchange ideas with peers and experts," said Gregory Calpakis, Executive Director of ACEDS, who led ACAMS in the same role for four years.

ACEDS also serves government attorneys, IT and records managers
ACEDS services are also available to government lawyers, records and IT staffs at special rates.

ACEDS is guided by an Advisory Board of experts chaired by William F. Hamilton, a partner at the national firm, Quarles & Brady, in Tampa, and a pioneer in e-discovery education and training, having introduced the subject at the University of Florida College of Law in 2007.

(Members of the media have courtesy 14-day access to the member area of aceds.org. User Name: media and Password: ace2010. For longer access, please contact Nathaly Vera at 305-377-2050, Ext. 200, or nvera@aceds.org)

Contact Information

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    Gregory J. Calpakis
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    Phone 305-377-2050, Ext. 206