CEDS Spotlight: Laura Clemence, CEDS
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Laura Clemence, CEDS
Please share your thoughts on the ACEDS certification training, the exam and how it has benefitted you both the certification and being part of the ACEDS community as a whole.
The ACEDs certification training was extremely beneficial and the confidence I gained from validating my knowledge against my work experience has supported my continued growth. I find the additional cross-border data rule knowledge to be valuable and supports the effective management of cross border matters. ACEDs training has been an accelerator and validates the need for standardization.
Why did you decide to get certified? DO you have other certifications?
My previous employer offered me the certification as an option for professional development and a job perk.
I currently hold a Law PreDiscovery certification and am Relativity Administrator trained. I am fortunate in that my current employment advocates for and supports ongoing professional development. I look forward to continuing to build my certification portfolio and currently have a keen interest in forensics.
Give us a background of your experience.
My previous supervisor had nicknamed me the “hacker”, I am a self-taught e-discovery analyst/litigation support professional and am currently a Project Manager handling a wide array of matters that span the EDRM. I launched my career as a scanning and coding clerk, the knowledge gained provided me an in-depth understanding of all aspects of service excellence and process requirements. I continued to evolve in my role and single-handedly provided support to all Canadian offices of a large national law firm. This experience provided great insight around the diversity of legal team workflows and has been instrumental in my success as a project manager.
Advice to others on getting the certification.
I would advise others to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to study. The exam is challenging and covers a broad spectrum of topics. The time investment will be well worth it, there’s so much to learn.
Any other thoughts you may have to add, perhaps Canada specific would be helpful.
One of the challenges of our industry is the lack of standards. Being able to reference the guidelines in place with EDRM, Sedona, etc. also allows me to suggest best practices. Ongoing learning and interaction with others to better understand differing viewpoints and approaches are also invaluable in rounding out my knowledge and ability to architect creative solutions tailored to meet the needs of my clients.