ACEDS eDiscovery conference to feature judges panel on tracking terrorism in the Digital Age & lessons for eDiscovery

MIAMI — The Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) today announced the eDiscovery Conference Day 2 marquee general session, Tracking Terrorism in the Digital Age & its Lessons for eDiscovery – Judicial Perspectives will be held Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. EDT in Ballrooms 2 and 3 of the New York Grand Hyatt. This relevant and highly anticipated session will feature some of the nation’s preeminent judges addressing the complex topic of battling terrorism in the digital realm.

The panel will tackle questions such as:

• Should the FBI be allowed to compel Apple to break open iPhones in terrorism trials?

• Can law enforcement use the existing legal framework to track terrorists in real time?

• Can computer forensics technology help prevent attacks like the ones in Paris and San Bernardino?

The panel will include:

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas — Judge Rodriguez has managed a number of important eDiscovery and terrorism-related cases, including the conviction of a Somali man who knowingly smuggled people tied to a terrorist group into the United States.

Hon. James Francis, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York — Judge Francis has managed high profile eDiscovery cases and the terror trial conviction of attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and the Microsoft warrant case regarding overseas data.

Hon. Matthew Sciarrino, Acting Justice for the Supreme Court at Kings County — Judge Sciarrino managed a case in which he compelled Twitter to produce tweets from Occupy Wall Street Protesters.

Moderator Ronald Hedges is a former United States Magistrate Judge who has extensive experience in eDiscovery and in managing complex litigation as a judge and court-appointed special master.

“EDiscovery and forensic practitioners are at the forefront of the fight to bring international terrorists and criminals to justice,” said ACEDS Executive Director Mary Mack. “ACEDS is committed to helping advance the understanding of terror networks to improve our collective success in bringing perpetrators to justice, preventing future atrocities and protecting civil liberties.”

Prior to this session from the judicial perspective, there will be a Day 1 session devoted to tracking terrorism from a technical perspective presented by Israeli cyber expert, Roy Zur, CEO of Cybint.

The eDiscovery Conference is April 18-20 at the Grand Hyatt New York. New York City-based attendees are eligible for a discounted $500 day pass to the conference. Visit eDiscovery Conference for more information. Media room and other accommodations provided. Interviews with ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, select speakers and panelists available upon request.


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.

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