- June 6, 2013
-- The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists
today announced that the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP), whose broad network of members and stakeholders reaches all sectors of the litigation support field, has come under the ACEDS banner. The acquisition joins two champions of legal learning and career development that share a common vision of training, networking, and knowledge. As part of the agreement, ACEDS will name ALSP executives Winlock Brown, Esq., of The Lorenzi Group, Barbara Bennett, of Stout Risius Ross, and Karen LaFleur of LeClairRyan, to its Advisory Board, and extend to ALSP members the full benefits of ACEDS membership. The various chapters of ALSP, which command high numbers and active participation in major cities across the US, have been invited to reform as ACEDS chapters. ACEDS will also dedicate a section of its website, ACEDS.org
, exclusively to the electronic data issues facing litigation support practitioners. The merger represents the consummation of an enduring partnership forged in the formative stages of each association. In August 2011, ALSP officially endorsed the CEDS certification in lieu of building its own. That agreement portended a greater alliance between the two associations that now comes full circle. The premier litigation support peer networking organization in the US, ALSP expands the ACEDS mission to bring e-discovery competence and career benefits to those who wrestle with the challenges wrought by electronically stored information in their professions. The associations share a similarly broad and diverse community of practitioners, whose members include litigation support managers and analysts, attorneys, paralegals, technical support staff, consultants, service providers, records managers, and jurists. Robin Thompson, National President of ALSP, said, “Becoming a part of the ACEDS group provides support and structure for our membership. When ALSP endorsed the CEDS certification, we realized that our organizations had the same goals in mind -- to provide the best in education and to provide a defensible, independent certification to the profession. Joining the associations was the natural evolution in our process. We are thrilled to be part of the ACEDS family, and look forward to helping ACEDS continue to grow.” Robert Hilson, ACEDS Editorial Director, added, “ACEDS and ALSP share similar pursuits, and the issues, challenges, and struggles facing our respective memberships broadly overlap. This was a natural pairing, and one that will go far in achieving our goals of fostering e-discovery competence and professional advancement among legal practitioners globally.” “ALSP is a name brand in the legal field,” he noted. “We have and will continue to benefit from the distinguished reputation that it has built.” About ACEDS ACEDS
is an international membership organization for private and public sector persons in law, litigation support, technology, and records management, and others who face e-discovery in their work. ACEDS awards the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential
to eligible candidates who pass a rigorous proctored examination that they can take at 600 secure ACEDS-Kryterion Testing Centers worldwide. It has CEDS professionals on four continents, and also offers live and online training, specialized information and community and network-building events. To contact ACEDS, please email Robert Hilson at email@example.com
. About ALSP
Formed in 2007 by Winlock Brown, Espe Rebollar, Joe Howie, Deb Coram and Barbara Bennett, ALSP is the premier litigation support peer networking organization that has led the way in sharing knowledge and experience to those facing challenges in law firms and corporate legal departments. Now a subsidiary of ACEDS, it is the only organization whose members comprise the full range of individuals in litigation support, including litigation support managers and analysts, attorneys, paralegals, technical support staff, consultants, software developers and staff members of judges. ALSP was led by a diverse advisory board of top litigation support professionals, and its National President, Robin Thompson, Vice President of Marketing at BIA in New York.