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Unlocking Career Advancement: Why Professionals in Legal Roles Should Get E-Discovery Certified

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In our previous article, we introduced the ACEDS Summer Sale. We highlighted the benefits of joining ACEDS, enrolling in training, and pursuing certification in e-discovery. We want to delve deeper into why professionals in various legal roles should consider getting e-discovery certified through ACEDS.

From attorneys and solicitors to paralegals, legal operations managers and directors, compliance experts, forensic investigators, and legal IT professionals, e-discovery certification can bring substantial advantages to individuals and their organizations.


E-discovery certification provides a competitive edge by showcasing a solid foundation in handling digital evidence and navigating complex e-discovery processes. Understanding the intricacies of e-discovery enables lawyers and solicitors to more effectively represent their clients, control costs, and mitigate client exposure to risk. It will also help them make informed decisions throughout the litigation process. By demonstrating expertise in e-discovery, attorneys and solicitors can enhance their credibility, secure higher-value cases, and achieve favorable outcomes for their clients.

Paralegals: Expanding Skill Sets and Responsibility

Paralegals play a critical role in supporting attorneys and managing the voluminous data involved in discovery related to legal matters. E-discovery certification equips paralegals with the knowledge and skills to handle electronic evidence efficiently, conduct document reviews, and assist in case management. By becoming e-discovery certified, paralegals can enhance their career prospects, take on more responsibilities, and contribute to the overall efficiency of the legal team. Certification in e-discovery also creates and opportunity to ask for additional compensation or to move to a higher paying or more challenging role.

E-discovery and legal project managers are pivotal in overseeing complex litigation projects. Their ability to navigate e-discovery processes, manage budgets, and coordinate cross-functional teams is vital for successful outcomes. The CEDS certification equips these professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the e-discovery landscape, enabling them to establish effective project plans, ensure compliance with legal requirements, and mitigate risks associated with data management. By earning the CEDS credential, e-discovery and legal project managers demonstrate their expertise in leading teams, implementing efficient workflows, and achieving project milestones. For instance, imagine a legal project manager with CEDS certification managing a multi-jurisdictional e-discovery project. Their knowledge and skills allow them to effectively address data privacy and jurisdictional challenges, resulting in a streamlined process and timely delivery of accurate information.

Legal operations managers and directors are responsible for optimizing processes, managing resources, and ensuring the smooth functioning of legal departments. E-discovery certification empowers these professionals and their teams to streamline e-discovery workflows, implement best practices, and leverage technology effectively. By achieving certification, legal operations managers and directors can reduce costs, mitigate risks, and deliver value to their organizations by maximizing the efficiency of e-discovery operations.

Compliance Experts: Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Compliance

In an era of stringent data protection regulations and increasing scrutiny, compliance experts need a deep understanding of e-discovery practices to meet legal and regulatory requirements. There is overlap and cross-functional processes used in e-discovery that also apply in privacy, cybersecurity, and other areas of legal practice. E-discovery certification can equip compliance professionals with the expertise to effectively manage data preservation, privacy, and security within the e-discovery framework. By acquiring this certification, compliance experts can ensure their organizations remain compliant, avoid costly penalties, and protect sensitive information.

Forensic Investigators: Mastering Digital Evidence

Forensic investigators specialize in extracting and analyzing digital evidence for legal and investigative purposes. E-discovery certification enhances their skills and knowledge in handling electronic data, conducting forensic investigations, and presenting evidence in a legally admissible manner. With CEDS accreditation, forensic investigators can build a strong reputation for their expertise, strengthen their credibility as expert witnesses, and contribute significantly to successful investigations and litigation.

Legal IT professionals are crucial in implementing and managing technology solutions and large volumes of discovery data for lawyers. E-discovery certification equips them with a comprehensive understanding of e-discovery processes, data management, and the software solutions used to solve e-discovery problems. By becoming e-discovery certified, legal IT professionals can effectively bridge the gap between technology and legal practice, optimize technology deployments, and ensure seamless collaboration between legal and IT teams.

Real-Life Example: A Paralegal’s Success with E-Discovery Certification

Let’s consider the case of an ACEDS member who shared their story. Sarah is a paralegal at a law firm specializing in corporate litigation. Sarah recognized the growing importance of e-discovery and decided to pursue the CEDS certification through ACEDS. After she achieved the CEDS certification, Sarah took on more significant responsibilities within her firm’s e-discovery team. With her newly acquired knowledge and credentials, she was able to lead document reviews, collaborate with attorneys on complex cases, and she implemented efficient e-discovery workflows. Sarah’s dedication to continuous learning and professional development through certification elevated her career. It resulted in her firm’s improved efficiency, reduced costs, and positive client outcomes. In addition, the firm increased her salary.


Regardless of your legal role, e-discovery certification through ACEDS substantially benefits individuals and their organizations. From enhancing credibility and opening doors to new opportunities, to driving efficiency, mitigating risks, and improving outcomes, certification in e-discovery equips professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in today’s digital legal landscape. Don’t miss the chance to propel your career forward and unlock a world of possibilities—seize the opportunity presented by the ACEDS Summer Sale and embark on your journey to professional growth and success.

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Maribel Rivera
VP, Strategy and Client Engagement at ACEDS
As Vice President of Strategy and Client Engagement at ACEDS, Maribel is responsible for local chapter, membership, event management, and strategic partner engagement. A seasoned professional who has helped brands and businesses connect with their audiences and achieve their goals, her breadth of experience, strategic and creative abilities unlock innovation and bring business ideas to life. Prior to ACEDS, she consulted for a variety of private clients in technology, education, and recruiting, crafting and leading marketing and operations solutions for small and mid-sized companies. She also worked as director of sales operations for Fronteo USA Inc. An active member of Women in eDiscovery and ARMA Metro NYC, she also devotes time to charitable work. She speaks regularly on marketing and diversity and inclusion. When she isn’t working, Maribel enjoys traveling, reading, education and working out. Reach her at [email protected].

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