ACEDS Chapters: Detroit Chapter
Chairman of the Board / Advisor
Barbara Bennett, CEDS, RCA, RCSP
Ballard Jay Yelton, III
Beth Trudell, CEDS
Scott Petz
Public Relations
Denise B. Bach, CEDS
Penny Jones
Tom Isaacs
Vice President
Phillip Shane

ACEDS Detroit Chapter Annual Membership

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

reach of ACEDS. Your Chapter membership will connect you with eDiscovery professionals who wish to stay

abreast of advancements in technology and continuously changing eDiscovery trends.  By joining our Chapter,

you not only receive the benefits of local membership, but you gain an entire network of individuals looking to

enhance their eDiscovery careers.

Click here to learn more about the Detroit Chapter Board Members.


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

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(Chapter membership is separate from the ACEDS National association.)
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ACEDS Detroit Chapter 2017 Events


September 21, 2017 – ACEDS Detroit Chapter Second Annual eDiscovery Symposium: Big Data Matters

Please join us for the second annual ACEDS Detroit Chapter 2017 Fall eDiscovery Symposium at the

Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit on Thursday, September 21st from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This half-day Big Data

Matters program will feature discussions on Cost Shifting/Proportionality, ESI Protocol and Alternative Uses for Analytics.

Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford is our keynote speaker.


Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

$25.00 for ACEDS Detroit Chapter Members
$50.00 for non-ACEDS Detroit Chapter Members

Free for Judicial attendees




Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 - 8:35 am

Opening Remarks
Presented by Scott Petz

8:35 - 8:50 am

Presented by Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford

8:50 - 9:45 am

Session 1: Cost Shifting and Proportionality - A Practical Guide to Balancing Cost, Burden              and Need

Presented by Megan McKnight and Denise Bach

9:45 - 9:55 am


9:55 - 10:50 am

Session 2: ESI Protocol
Presented by Jay Yelton and Kaylee Walstad

10:50 - 11:00 am


11:00 - 11:55 am

Session 3: Alternative Uses for Analytics
Presented by Bennett Borden, Jon Lavinder and Jeff Gilles

11:55 - 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks
Presented by Mary Mack

12:00 - 1:00 pm



When registering, please indicate if you will need a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting CLE in states that have this requirement for either a 60 minute certificate or a 135 minute certificate for ACEDS-certified attendees for the re-certification process.

Also, please note any food restrictions or allergies.
Valet parking, at a cost of $12, will be available.
We hope you are able to join us!


To register for this event, CLICK HERE 

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



June 20, 2017 – “Wine and Cheese Social”

This year’s annual social event featured Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack as our distinguished guest. It was a great opportunity to meet Justice McCormack as well as network with industry colleagues.

Location: Capital Grille, Somerset Collection, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Event Sponsors: Dickinson Wright and eTERA Consulting

Free to Detroit Chapter members, $20 non-members


March 23, 2017 – “Mobile Forensics and Beyond”

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 win cases. Also discussed was the latest devices that contain data and what to consider when identifyinng where applicable data may reside in today's "internet of things".

Presented by: KrolLDiscovery

Presenter: Erwin Risher, Senior Computer Forensic Consultant at KrolLDiscovery

Location: Miller Canfield, 840 W. Long Lake Road, Suite 150, Troy, MI 48098

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

(Lunch provided by KrolLDiscovery)

Free to Detroit Chapter members, $20 non-members 


 ACEDS Detroit Chapter Board Meetings

ACEDS Detroit Chapter Board Meetings are open to all chapter members, non-members and interested persons. We value 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

April 18, 2017 - 5:30pm EST - Dickinson Wright, 2600 W. Big Beaver Rd. #300, Troy, MI 48084

May 18, 2017 - Conference Call

July 6, 2017 - Conference Call

August 4, 2017 - 12:00pm Conference Call

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.

Upcoming Events
ACEDS Detroit Chapter Event: 2017 Fall eDiscovery Symposium
Thursday, September 21, 2017

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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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