MIAMI, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Expectations around eDiscovery and technological competence skills among legal professionals continue to grow. Florida is expected to join 20 other states in adopting the American Bar Association's 2012 Model Rules amendment regarding an explicit ethical duty to understand the risks and benefits of technology.
Against that backdrop, the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) has unveiled eDiscovery Essentials, a self-paced online eDiscovery primer to help Florida legal professionals quickly and effectively learn about the rules, benefits and risks associated with eDiscovery, without impacting billable time.
eDiscovery Essentials is a comprehensive introductory course for those entering the field and professionals who would like to broaden their knowledge of the eDiscovery process. From identification through collection, review and production of Electronically Stored Information (ESI), the course covers the entire eDiscovery process from start to finish. By dedicating an hour a day to the course, participants can earn a certificate in a month or sooner. eDiscovery Essentials is approved for 12 hours of general CLE and one hour of ethics credit in Florida.
For professionals more experienced in eDiscovery, or wanting to further their knowledge, ACEDS offers more in-depth and rigorous training culminating in the Certified eDiscovery Specialist designation (CEDS).
"Our mission is to effectively prepare attorneys and legal professionals for success in the fast-changing eDiscovery arena," says Mary Mack, ACEDS executive director. 'Whether someone is just starting out or is a more seasoned eDiscovery professional, we are committed to providing the resources and educational opportunities they need and want to ensure their expertise is current and relevant."
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.
SOURCE Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists