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Call Ripleys: I Took the ACEDS Exam

Monday, November 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: ACEDS Marketing Team
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Extract from article by Eric Mandel, Esq.

Times are changing, aren’t they? Last year, Mary Mack, a woman who I am proud to call a friend, took over as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). The organization has recently been purchased by Barbri, a for-profit company that most know as the provider of bar exam preparation courses across the country.

For those that do not know me, I was part of the second generation of eDiscovery practitioners who came into the industry in the lead up to the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. As an attorney and technologists, I found a home in this community. I joined EDRM early on and became the co-chair of two major projects. I also joined The Sedona Conference Working Group 1, and in 2013 had the privilege of being asked to serve a four-year term on the Steering Committee, where I continue to be active. In 2015, I joined several other EDRM veterans to establish the Legal Technology Professionals Institute (LTPI), a non-profit trade association for the industry, where I now serve as chairman of the Board of Directors and President.

For those that do know me, it has not exactly been a well-hidden secret that I was not exactly a fan of ACEDS when it first came on the scene.  Like many of my brethren in the eDiscovery community, I had numerous objections to the founding of self-declared certifying organizations that were substantive and deeply held. There were other issues with the leadership of ACEDS that arose in during the first year of ACEDS that I found extremely troubling. Those that were there at the time and on the inside know what those issues were. For you, and for those that were not there, let me say this unequivocally: for me, what happened in the past, belongs in the past. Mary Mack’s leadership of ACEDS over the last year has been exemplary, and it is time for us to move forward.

For the complete article as published on Linkedin, click here.

[Editor's note:  We are humbled by Eric's critique, kind words and gratefully accept his criticisms. The strength in our community is the willingness to engage with full hearts and minds to lift each other up.]

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