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Lanny Morris, a veteran association professional, takes helm as Executive Director of ACEDS
PR Log - Oct 19, 2011 - Miami — The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists today announced that Lanny Morris, a veteran association professional and key member of the ACEDS team since its inception, is the new Executive Director.  

Morris has been a key player in the first two years of ACEDS, taking a leading role in bringing the message of ACEDS to all reaches of the worldwide audience it serves. ACEDS is the first association to offer an independent, comprehensive certification program in the e-discovery field. It also provides its members and the e-discovery community independent e-discovery news and analysis, live and online training and education, knowledge and practice resources, and community platforms for its worldwide membership.

Morris takes the ACEDS helm with a 16-year, diverse background with professional and trade member associations, including the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

Outreach to other associations will be a top mission
In his work at ACEDS since its birth, Morris has been instrumental in securing formal partnerships and alliances with several world-renowned member organizations, such as ILTA, ARMA, ALSP and Women in E-Discovery. He has also secured the participation of many e-discovery service providers and consulting firms as ACEDS Affiliate Members and ACEDS Conferences sponsor. Many of these organizations have enrolled their staffs to earn the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) credential. Morris takes over for Gregory Calpakis, architect of the CEDS credential, who returned to his native New York to accept a position with Ernst & Young. He will remain active with ACEDS.

ACEDS, a member organization for persons in the private and public sectors who work in e-discovery, offers the CEDS credential to candidates who meet specified eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous examination administered at 600 testing centers worldwide.

Morris will direct a Miami-based staff of 21 and work closely with ACEDS President, Charles Intriago, a former Assistant US Attorney, Chief Counsel to a US House of Representatives oversight subcommittee and partner at a major law firm. Morris will increase the reach of ACEDS to the global e-discovery community and participate in developing programs to help practitioners do a better job through CEDS certification, conferences, training and specialized information.

“I witnessed the birth of ACEDS and am thrilled to be its Executive Director,” Morris said. “Having worked for various associations, and also belonging to some, I understand the important role they can play in bettering the lives and job performance of the diverse professionals they serve.

“I look forward to strengthening the membership of ACEDS and expanding its reach and visibility in the global community of e-discovery professionals," he added.

"We are happy Lanny will be leading ACEDS. He is a key reason for the rapid growth and great reach ACEDS has achieved with its certification, website and conference worldwide,” Intriago said.  

ACEDS Annual E-Discovery Conference, April 2-4, Hollywood, Florida
The ACEDS Annual Conference, on April 2-4, 2012, will draw attendees and expert speakers from distinct regions, occupations and practice areas in the e-discovery field. The program includes 17 panels and 26 speakers who will share their knowledge and guidance. The program also includes 15 networking events, including two beachside receptions and two luncheons. Attendees will earn between 15 and 18 CLE and CPE credits, as well as 15 CEDS and CRM credits.

Visit http://www.ACEDS.org for complete information about CEDS certification and the conference.

(Accredited members of the media may obtain access to the news portion of ACEDS.org, and credentials to cover the ACEDS Annual Conference, on April 2-4, 2012, at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, FL, by contacting Robert Hilson, Editorial Director, at 786-517-2714 or rhilson@aceds.org.)
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The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, is for professionals who work in the field of e-discovery. ACEDS builds a community of e-discovery specialists for the exchange of ideas, training, best practices, and offers e-discovery certification.

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