ACEDS Chapters: Detroit Chapter
Ballard Jay Yelton, III
Denise Bach, CEDS
Barbara Bennett, CEDS, RCA, RCSP
Public Relations
Beth Trudell, CEDS
Penny Jones
Tom Isaacs
Vice President
Scott Petz

ACEDS Detroit Chapter Annual Membership

The ACEDS Detroit Chapter is your direct link to the national organization. By joining our Chapter, you not only

receive the benefit of both local and national membership, but you gain an entire network of individuals looking

to enhance their e-discovery careers.

Through education, training, certification and networking, the Detroit Chapter is helping expand the global reach

of ACEDS. Your membership will connect you with e-discovery professionals worldwide who wish to stay abreast of advancements in technology and continuously changing e-discovery trends.

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$36/year - (prorated based on month joined)

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ACEDS Detroit Chapter 2017 Events

March 23, 2017 – “Mobile Forensics and Beyond”

Join us for a lunch and learn covering the best practices of mobile device forensic collection as well as

real life examples of the type of information that can be extracted from devices to help you win your case.

We will also be discussing the latest devices that contain data and what to consider when identifying where

applicable data may reside in today’s “internet of things”.

  • Presented by: KrolLDiscovery
  • Presenter: Erwin Risher, Senior Computer Forensics Consultant at KrolLDiscovery
  • Location: Miller Canfield, 840 W. Long Lake Road, Suite 150, Troy, Michigan 48098
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
  • (Lunch provided by KrolLDiscovery)
  • Free to members, $20 non-members


June 20, 2017 – “Wine and Cheese Social”

This year’s annual social event will feature Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack as our distinguished guest. It is an opportunity to meet Justice McCormack as well as network with your industry colleagues.

  • Location: Capital Grill, Somerset Collection, 2800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST
  • (Wine & Cheese provided by our sponsors)
  • Free to members, $20 non-members


September 21, 2017 – ACEDS Detroit Chapter eDiscovery Symposium

Please join us for the Second Annual ACEDS Detroit Chapter Fall eDiscovery Symposium covering a wide range

of topics in the field of eDiscovery and presented by highly regarded leaders in our industry. A one-hour Certificate of Attendance will be available to attorneys for self-reporting CLE in states that have this requirement. Additionally, a four-hour Certificate of Attendance will be available for all ACEDS-certified attendees which can be used for the recertification process.

  • Location: The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm EST
  • (Lunch provided by our sponsors)


ACEDS Detroit Annual Holiday Event – December 2017 – specific date and time TBA

ACEDS Detroit Chapter Board Meetings


ACEDS Detroit Chapter Board Meetings are open to all chapter members in good standing. We value your membership and your input. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing

March 6, 2017 – 8:30am EST – Dickinson Wright, 2600 W Big Beaver Rd #300, Troy, MI 48084

Additional meetings TBA


The ACEDS Detroit 1st Annual eDiscovery Symposium held on September 22, 2016 was a huge success!  This event was attended by 65 members in our community, and the Symposium featured Retired Judge Michael Hluchaniuk as the keynote speaker, who discussed the reasons for the development of the Eastern District of Michigan to adopt the Model ESI Order and to what extent the Model Order has been successful.  Judge "Mike" also examined the ethical requirements for attorneys to become more familiar with eDiscovery guidelines (including the Model Order), tools and strategies, as well as providing  suggestions that attorneys can use to help implement these concepts in other jurisdictions.  The Technology Assisted Review  panel consisted of seasoned eDiscovery practitioners Scott Petz, Thomas Isaacs, and Jay Yelton, who explored the practical uses of TAR in litigation, and provided an overview of recent case law discussing the use of such technology in federal and state courts around the nation.  Information Governance is one of the hottest topics in the legal world today yet is also one of the least understood. In this timely and informative session led by Doug Kaminski,, we learned what IG is and how it applies to the work of you and your team…and what can happen if you don't focus on this important subject.  The Cybersecurity/Data Breach session discussed why the abundance of technological tools available to today’s legal professional may simplify certain tasks and add efficiencies, yet these benefits come with increasingly complex security challenges.  Where massive amounts of data can be transmitted, manipulated, filtered and stored on a “faster, cheaper” basis, it is not always “better”.  Mary Mack and Claudia Rast also discussed that today’s legal professional not only has the responsibilities of his/her legal practice, but also must be acutely aware of those cyber threats that can steal, corrupt, delete, encrypt, or otherwise sabotage confidential client information.

Thank you to our Elite Sponsors of this event:  Computing Source, DTI, Integreon, Inventus, and Warner Norcross & Judd.

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Cindy MacBean, MBA, CEDS, IGP joined the group ACEDS Chapters: Detroit Chapter.
Posted Monday, November 7, 2016
John Palchak joined the group ACEDS Chapters: Detroit Chapter.
Posted Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Penny Jones wrote on the ACEDS Chapters: Detroit Chapter wall: You Are Invited to an Event Hosted by ACEDS Detroit Chapter Book Cadillac, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 Cost: $25.00 for ACEDS Members / $50.00 for non-ACEDS Members Please join us for the First Annual ACEDS Detroit Chapter 2016 Fall eDiscovery Symposium at the Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit, Thursday, September 22 from 8:00 am to 1:00 PM. We’re proud to sponsor this program with sessions covering Ethics, TAR utilization, current case law, information governance and cyber security. Moreover, we are proud to report that Judge Michael Hluchaniuk will be the keynote speaker. Judge Hluchaniuk, is the retired Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan with previous legal experience in the Michigan Court of Appeals and 27 years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. Judge Hluchaniuk played a leading role in drafting and implementing the Eastern District of Michigan’s Model eDiscovery Order. More Information to follow shortly!
Posted Monday, August 22, 2016

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