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
Ingrid Evert, CEDS
Tom Isaacs
Vice President
Phillip Shane


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.

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ACEDS DETROIT Chapter 2018 Events

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
March 5, 2018 - 5:00pm - Conference call
April 17, 2018 - 5:00pm - Conference call
May 31, 2018 - 4:00pm - Conference call
July 19, 2018 - 4:30pm - Conference call
September 19, 2018 - 4:30pm - Conference call
October 17, 2018 - 4:30pm - Conference call
Additional meetings TBA


Past Events:


October 25 - 26, 2018 – "Understanding Disruption in eDiscovery Symposium"

ACEDS Detroit Chapter is proud to announce its Third Annual eDiscovery Symposium will be supported
by ACEDS Chicago and Twin Cities Chapters, forming the Inaugural ACEDS Midwest Regional
Conference. Our program, Understanding Disruption in eDiscovery, will kick off with a welcome cocktail
reception on Thursday, October 25th, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm followed by a full day of fabulous education,
networking and fun on Friday, October 26th. Registration opens October 26th at 7:30 am with Opening
Remarks beginning at 8:20 am, and the conference concludes by 4:00 pm
We are pleased to announce that George Socha will present the Keynote speech, Scott Petz will deliver the
opening remarks, and Mary Mack will deliver the closing remarks. The panel topics outlined below will
include industry leading speakers - Nikki Bass, Tom Gricks, Maura Grossman, David Horrigan, Rose Jones, Doug
Kaminski, Hon. Mary Beth Kelly (Ret.), Jacob Koering, Brian Lennon, Tom Lidbury, Eric Lieber, John Pappas,
Professor Carla L. Reyes, Carol Romej, Angela Emmerling Shapiro, James Sheridan and Bill Speros. 
The full agenda is below:

Registration for the Symposium begins Friday morning at 7:30 am. 


Opening Remarks

8:20 am - 8:30 am

Keynote: "Into the Crystal Ball We Gaze"

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Setting up a Successful eDiscovery Department

9:30 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:00 am

The Role of eDiscovery Masters

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Networking Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm

AI - defining, Demystifying & Paths to Really Using Artificial Intelligence

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm


2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Data Breach Law and Practice 2018: Incident, Response, Litigation, and Regulation

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Raffle“Spin the Wheel” Drawings

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Closing Remarks

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

All pricing includes Free Breakfast, Lunch and Valet Parking at the Greektown Hotel
    •Detroit Chapter Members - $100
    •ACEDS Regional Chapter Members & FBA Members - $125
    •Non-Member Affiliates - $195
    •Judicial Attendees - Complimentary

Discounted hotel rooms are limited. Call for reservations - 313.223.2999  Use Promo Code: BOWBROO.

A 5 hour Certificate of Attendance will be available to attorneys for self-reporting CLE in states that have this requirement. Additionally, a 5 hour Certificate of Attendance will be provided for CEDS recertification for all ACEDS-certified attendees.

Please note that both the Cocktail Reception and the Symposium itself will be held inside the  Greektown Hotel (1200 Saint Antoine Street, Detroit, MI), NOT the Greektown Casino.  Please come to the hotel's Bistro 555 Lounge for the Cocktail Reception.  The Symposium will be held in the Greektown Hotel Ballroom, located on the hotel's 5th floor.

If you have any special dietary needs, please email our Board Secretary, Ingrid Evert -

Thank you  to our phenomenal sponsors, who allow us to deliver this exceptional event: 
Catalyst - Guild Sponsor
Compliance - Silver Sponsor
EPIQ - Inaugural Guild Sponsor
Exterro - Guild Sponsor
Heureka - Silver Sponsor
Nextpoint - Gold Sponsor
Nuix | Ringtail - Guild Sponsor
Oasis:  Silver Sponsor
QDiscovery - Platinum Sponsor
Relativity - Guild Sponsor
Warner Norcross - Inaugural Guild Sponsor
ZyLAB - Guild Sponsor

June 18, 2018 – "ACEDS Detroit Chapter Third annual Wine & Cheese Social"
The Detroit Chapter of ACEDS held its Third Annual Wine and Cheese Social on Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Capital Grille in Troy, MI. This year’s social event featured Thomas Gricks as our distinguished guest. Thomas Gricks is a managing director at Catalyst and a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  For the past several years, Mr. Gricks has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to e-discovery, iwth a particular emphasis on technology-assisted review.  He argued the Global Aerospace case before the Circuit Court in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is the first case to permit the use of technology-assisted review over the objection of the opposing party.

Attendees had a great time meeting with Tom Gricks, as well as socializing and networking with industry colleagues while enjoying a fine selection of wines and cheeses.


March 15, 2018 - "Cybersecurity and your practice"
A lunch and learn was held on March 15, 2018, covering cybersecuirty - what it is, identifying threats, mitigating risks, privilege issues in assessments and investigations and how cybersecurity can impact your practice. The presentation was given by Rachel Ratcliff - Managing Director at Stroz Friedberg, and Collin Battersby, Attorney at McDonald Hopkins. The event was sponsored by Stroz Friedberg, an Aon Company and was held at the law offices of Dickinson Wright in Troy, MI.



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 held at M-Brew inn Ferndale, MI in combination with other area associations: ILTA, ARMA, GLPA and SBM Paralegal Section.


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.

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.

This event was held at the Capital Grille in Troy, MI and was sponsored by Dickinson Wright and eTERA Consulting.


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".

This event was presented by Erwin Risher, Senior Computer Forensic Consultant at KrolLDiscovery and was hosted by Miller Canfield in Troy, MI.



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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