ACEDS Chapters: Detroit Chapter
Chairman of the Board / Advisor
Barbara Bennett, CEDS, RCA, RCSP
Ballard Jay Yelton, III
Penny Jones
Scott Petz
Public Relations
Denise B. Bach, CEDS
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.


Join Detroit Chapter

$48/year - (free for judicial members)

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

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ACEDS Detroit Chapter 2018 Events


March 15, 2018 – “Cybersecurity and your practice”

A lunch and learn covering Cybersecurity - what it is, identifying threats, mitigating risks, privilege issues in

assessments and investigations and how cybersecurity can impact your practice.

Presenters: Rachel Ratcliff  - Stroz Friedberg, an Aon Company and Colin Battersby, Esq. - Miller Canfield

Location: Dickinson Wright, 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 300, Troy, MI 48084

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

(Lunch provided by Stroz Friedberg, and Aon company)

Free to Detroit Chapter members, $20 non-members 

 To register for this event, CLICK HERE  


June, 2018 (specific date TBA) – "ACEDS Detroit Chapter Third annual Wine & Cheese Social"

A great opportunity to network with our Distinguished guest(s) (announced soon) as well as industry colleagues.

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

Date: TBA

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

Event Sponsors: TBA

Free to Detroit Chapter members, $20 non-members


September, 2018 (specific date TBA) – "ACEDS Detroit Chapter Third Annual eDiscovery Fall Symposium

The Detroit Chapter of The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) will hold its Third Annual Fall E-Discovery Symposium. The specific date, location and content to be announced soon. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ACEDS Detroit Chapter Board at .

Date: TBA

Location: TBA

Event Sponsors: TBA

Free for Judicial attendees
$25.00 for ACEDS Detroit Chapter Members
$50.00 for non-ACEDS Detroit Chapter Members


December 3, 2018 - "ACEDS Detroit Chapter Holiday Event

Location: M-Brew, 271 Vester, Ferndale, MI 48220

More details coming soon.


ACEDS Detroit Chapter Board Meetings - 2018

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

January 8, 2018 - 7:30am - Bill's, 39556 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Additional meetings TBA



ACEDS Detroit Chapter "Annual Holiday Event" – Monday, December 11, 2017 

The Detroit Chapter of ACEDS held their 2017 Holiday Networking & Trivia night

supporting Mandy's Place. Mandy's Place is an emergency shelter program that provides short-term

placement and support to young children, age birth – 17, who are removed from their homes by the

court due to neglect, abuse and status offenses. Mandy's Place provides a therapeutic, homelike

intervention for all residents in their care as they wait to return to their family, go into foster care,

be placed in Children’s Village live-in program or go to another agency. DISCO was our platinum sponsor and

supplied our event with the food and trivia entertainment. Thank You!

This event was in combination with other area associations: ILTA, ARMA, GLPA and SBM Paralegal Section.

Location: M-Brew, 177 Vester Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST

Free to members with a donation of an unwrapped toy



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

The Detroit Chapter of The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) held its Second Annual Fall E-Discovery Symposium at the Westin Book Cadillac in Downtown Detroit on Thursday, September 21st from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event was sponsored by Catalyst, Epiq, Integreon, PwC, Robert Half Legal, Warner Norcross and Xact Data Discovery. Written materials were provided in kind by Miller Canfield.

This event attracted approximately 80 members of the legal community from Detroit as well as other areas of Michigan and across the country. The Symposium featured opening remarks from the Detroit Chapter President, Scott Petz, Esq.  Magistrate Judge Stafford was the keynote speaker and discussed the impact of Big Data on the modified rules. Judge Stafford highlighted the concept of cooperation and proportionality and how they can and should be used by attorneys practicing in Federal Court. The Cost Shifting and Proportionality panel consisted of eDiscovery veterans Megan McKnight, Esq. and Denise B. Bach, CEDS, who provided practical tips on crafting discovery requests, responding to unduly burdensome requests and how best to apply the proportionality analysis by highlighting ways technology can be utilized to help counsel control costs and scope. Seasoned eDiscovery practitioners, B. Jay Yelton, III, Esq. and Kaylee Walstad, CEDS gave an engaging presentation on ESI Protocol. This presentation covered some of the “dos and don’ts” of crafting effective ESI protocols that are simple and straight forward in order to get full cooperation and participation of all involved. Jay also provided a comprehensive written guide that our attendees could take to use in their everyday eDiscovery practices. The use of analytics and technology assisted review is fairly mainstream in today’s litigation environment. The final session of this event, Alternative Uses for Analytics, encompassed a number of areas where analytics could be applied in both litigation and general business such as M&A Contract analysis, Regulatory Compliance Audits and Predictive Compliance in the Workplace. The panel was comprised of Bennett Borden, Esq., Brett Beeman and Jeff Gilles. 

The closing remarks were given by Mary Mack, Executive Director of ACEDS. Mary summed up the half-day educational and networking event as one of her favorites to attend and gave praise to the Detroit Chapter Board for setting the bar as one of the most dedicated and successful ACEDS Chapters.

Location: Westin Book Cadillac

Time: 8:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Free for Judicial attendees
$25.00 for ACEDS Detroit Chapter Members
$50.00 for non-ACEDS Detroit Chapter Members


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 



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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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!
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