By Sarah Ledgerwood
In case you missed it, ediscovery has gone mainstream. When
I graduated from law school many eons ago and ultimately landed my first job in
the legal technology field, I had never heard of ediscovery and neither had
anyone I knew. And let’s just say that among the hours and hours of studying antiquated
case law, ediscovery, or technology in general, definitely weren’t a part of anything
I learned during my law school journey.
Fast forward to present day and ediscovery is no longer that
niche, unknown field with zero to little available training options. Law
schools are embracing ediscovery as part of their regular legal technology
curriculum while more and more state bar associations are amending their
ethical conduct rules to make competence in technology a fundamental obligation
It’s clear that beyond traditional legal training, making
sure you’re up to speed on technology, and particularly, ediscovery, is a
critical component of becoming a competent legal professional. So what
ediscovery training options are out there? Here are my top four picks whether
you’re new to the field or an ediscovery veteran.
of Certified eDiscovery Specialist (ACEDS) – ACEDS is the premier organization for
ediscovery education, and the training and certification options are plentiful.
If you’re new to ediscovery, I would highly recommend becoming an ACEDS member
and promptly enrolling in the ACEDS eDiscovery Essentials course. This course
provides a foundation for the entire ediscovery process and you’ll knock out 12
CLE credits as a bonus. If you’re already an ediscovery professional and
looking for more advanced training, ACEDS also offers CEDS certification that
is very well respected in the field, as well as an Executive Certificate
Conference – The Sedona
Conference is an educational and research institute that’s synonymous with the
greatest legal minds who work to advance the law of ediscovery in the US. On
the ediscovery front, the conference provides Working Groups that take a deep
dive into ediscovery, data privacy, data security, and technology law in
general. Joining one of the Conference’s Working Groups is a great way to be on
the forefront of ediscovery and learn directly from like-minded professionals. Ultimately,
getting involved in the Conference will provide not only training
opportunities, but boost your access to opportunities in the field that will help
you become an established ediscovery thought leader.
- Women in
eDiscovery (WiE) – WiE is
an amazing organization of women professionals who are active in ediscovery and
interested in advancing training and networking opportunities in our industry.
The organization has grown so much in the past several years that it held its first-ever
national conference this year, an event that provided two days of training
across the most cutting edge ediscovery and legal tech topics, as well as a
plethora of networking opportunities. Consider attending next year’s conference
and you’ll find yourself exposed to ideas and topics that could fill a year’s
worth of training. You can also get involved in your local WiE chapter as
either a participant or someone who’s at the forefront of creating new and
unique training opportunities.
- Industry Events
– From Relativity Fest to Legaltech to ILTA, there are so many ediscovery conferences
and events now that it’s hard to keep up! Near and dear to my heart and at the
top of my list of “must attend” events is Relativity Fest, which combines an
enormous amount of substantive ediscovery education along with great fun over
the course of a few days. From my time on the ediscovery conference circuit,
I’ve met and made lifelong friends in the ediscovery world and those
connections alone have provided continual exposure to training opportunities.
These are just a small selection of the many ediscovery
training opportunities ready for you to add to your expanding legal technology
education repertoire. If you have further thoughts, suggestions, or would like
to discuss more details on any of the above with me, please get in touch at SLedgerwood@lighthouseglobal.com
or Twitter @sarahewood. I’d love to hear from you!