ACEDS at Relativity Fest
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ACEDS at Relativity Fest

9/30/2018 to 10/3/2018
When: Sunday, September 30th - Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
Where: Hilton Chicago
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois  60605
United States
Contact: ACEDS

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There's something for everyone at Relativity Fest 2018. Get ready to connect with the Relativity community, hear from influencers in the field, and challenge yourself to reach new heights in e-discovery. ACEDS is excited to participate at this year's event with our Diamond Affiliate Partner Relativity. We will also be gathering our community for a huge Cocktail Reception on Monday, Oct. 1, and will be participating on many educational panels. Learn more and register for our Cocktail Reception here

If you're heading to Relativity Fest 2018, the ACEDS community receives a registration discount of $100 by using code ACEDS at registration checkout. Register for Relativity Fest here


Join ACEDS for our Relativity Fest sessions below: 


Sunday, Sep 30, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
LIE233387 - CEDS Exam Prep Course

  • Mary Mack, ACEDS
  • Helen Moure Bergman - Principal, Lex Aperta
  • Kaylee Walsted, ACEDS

This course will cover the left side of the EDRM, preparing you for taking the CEDS exam. The last 30 minutes will be a Q&A session on the exam itself and eligibility. Attendees will receive a 20% discount code should they decide to sit for the exam.

Monday, Oct 1, 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
PD188006 - e-Discovery Certifications: Why, Which, and in What Order

  • Jared Coseglia - CEO and Founder, TRU Staffing Partners
  • Mary Mack, ACEDS
  • Sean Neilsen, Relativity
  • Jenna Rooney - Pre-Sales Engineer, Relativity
  • James Sherer - Partner, Baker Hostetler

The evolution of the legal industry over the next decade will usher in a new and hyper-focused valuation of functional domain certification that was once only granted to a traditional three-year JD. Legal professionals who may or may not be or want to join the bar are increasingly seeking certifications. These professionals are specializing in an area of expertise and validating that knowledge with certification(s) such as the CIPP US/EU for privacy, the GLEG or CISSP for security, or CEDS for those wanting to specialize in e-discovery and more.

During this panel discussion, you'll get a better understanding of the legal certification ecosystem for non-software specific accreditation. Panelists will discuss Relativity certifications—which overlap many functional domain certifications with elements of e-discovery project management, information governance, security, privacy, and analytics—and also provide potential career mapping pathways to help you expand and diversify your areas of expertise.


Monday, Oct 1, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
PD230977 - Networking: How to Plug In - and We Aren’t Talking Hard Drives!

  • Mary Mack, ACEDS
  • Barb Bennett - Litigation Support Manager, Chrysler
  • Kaylee Walsted, ACEDS
  • George Socha - EDRM Co-Founder and BDO Technology & Business Transformation Services Managing Director, BDO
  • David Greetham, Vice President, eDiscovery Ricoh USA

Interactive tips and tricks for both extroverts and introverts on how to fast track your network, no matter your experience level or number of connections. You’ll leave with techniques to maximize the many networking opportunities at Relativity Fest and far beyond.

Tuesday, Oct 2, 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM
PD188410 - Fostering Inclusiveness: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion on Your e-Discovery Team

  • Drew Stern - Founder & Co-CEO, Esquify
  • Mary Mack, ACEDS
  • Maria Zanfini - Vice President & Senior Managing Counsel, Investigations, Mastercard
  • Elizabeth Anastasia - Director of Technology Operations, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Will Syvongsa - Technical Business Analyst, Relativity

Fostering environments that provide openness and inclusion has been proven to drive team performance, innovation, and employee retention. Recognizing the benefits of diversity in the workplace is only the first step—how do you build a culture of diversity into your e-discovery business? Relativity Fest is a unique opportunity to have a productive dialogue around how we, as a community, promote diversity both within our own organizations and within the larger e-discovery and legal world. 

This 60-minute panel will discuss ways of driving inclusion in your practice and inspire a vision of an inclusive e-discovery community. The panel will cover:

  • Why diversity matters to e-discovery
  • How to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and openness, as well as promote diversity of thought
  • Strategies for finding and retaining diverse talent
  • How to make inclusion part of your e-discovery DNA
  • Selling diversity initiatives internally to your organization and gaining alignment on why it’s an important investment
  • Unlocking inclusion with global e-discovery teams

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
LIE231932 - State of the e-Discovery Union: A Roundtable on the Industry and the Profession

  • David Horrigan - Discovery Counsel and Legal Education Director, Relativity
  • Mary Mack, ACEDS
  • Ryan O'Leary - Senior Research Analyst, Legal, Risk and Compliance, IDC
  • Zach Warren - Editor-in-Chief, Legaltech News
  • Michael Bryant - Chairman, HaystackID

Both the e-discovery industry and the legal profession are in a period of rapid change. Where is the industry going, and what does the future hold for the legal professionals who make up the e-discovery profession? Join us for this session where leading journalists, industry analysts, and legal experts will examine the current state of the e-discovery, the market and legal forces affecting the industry, your firm or company, and your career. In addition, our panel of industry leaders will be making predictions on what the future holds for all of us.

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