ACEDS and The Masters Conference Expand Partnership in eDiscovery Educational Excellence

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), a BARBRI professional association, today announced its expanded educational and event partnership with the Masters Conference.

The newly expanded relationship combines the eDiscovery educational excellence and expertise of both organizations, providing eDiscovery and information governance professionals increased access to ACEDS educational resources and content via the industry-leading Masters Conference forums.

“Educational excellence continues to be the cornerstone for increasing eDiscovery understanding and effectiveness among organizations and individuals,” says Mary Mack, ACEDS executive director. “The Masters Conference has long served as a leader in increasing the collective educational level of the eDiscovery community and ACEDS is excited to be able to contribute to its leadership with our content, certification programs and examinations, and experts.”

The partnership will be showcased at the upcoming 10th anniversary Masters Conference for Legal Professionals, Oct. 18-19, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Highlighting the event will be a panel discussion led by Mack on potential election fraud and how it relates to the legal eDiscovery and information technology community. She will facilitate a panel discussion among multidisciplinary experts discussing this relevant and timely topic from all angles — the chain of custody standard operating procedures for collecting electronic election results, authenticating and validating results, collection media, witnessing and documentation, and more.

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in training that prepares them to sit for the eDiscovery certification (CEDS) exam, and receive special pricing on further training and the CEDS exam, as well as membership in ACEDS. The CEDS certification is the only credential that validates competency in the full eDiscovery spectrum, and the ACEDS international community is a respected and well-known voice in the burgeoning field of complex and electronic discovery relating to the legal environment.

Other sessions will cover key industry issues such as risks and opportunities in the age of personal data, forces changing corporate eDiscovery, information governance, changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and more. The event will culminate in a 10-year awards ceremony, honoring the pioneers and innovators within eDiscovery.

“This expanded partnership with ACEDS gives our event attendees and long-term community members access to some of the most comprehensive and informative content and commentary available,” says Robert Childress, founder of the Masters Conference. “We are excited about the future of the Masters Conference particularly as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, and we’re excited to have ACEDS as part of that future.”

This anniversary conference will serve as a fundraiser for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and as the forum for the re-launch of the ACEDS Washington, D.C. chapter. Visit The Masters Conference for more information.


The ACEDS Professional Association, part of leading legal education provider BARBRI, is a membership association committed to promoting and verifying eDiscovery skills and competence through training, education, and certification to organizations and individuals. The association’s goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with eDiscovery, and realize the advantages of performing it effectively. ACEDS awards the Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS) credential, which is held by practitioners at Am Law 200 firms, government agencies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Justice Department, and some of the largest corporations in the world.

About the Masters Conference

Founded in 2006, the Masters Conference brings together leading experts and professionals from law firms, corporations, and the bench to develop strategies, practices, and resources for managing the lifecycle of information. As a leading educational forum where speakers, vendors, and attendees gather to engage in a proactive collaboration on current challenges in the legal space, the Masters Conference regularly convenes in both U.S. and International venues to support the worldwide implication of data management and discovery. To learn more about the Masters Conference and schedule of events, call 407-361-4759, email us, or visit

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