October 16, 2019 and updated 3/18/2020 – “How can we assist you”
When and to whom did Duke sell the EDRM?
EDRM was purchased in October 2019 by Mary Mack, CISSP, CEDS, CIAM, former executive director of The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and Kaylee Walstad, CEDS, CIMP former vice president of client engagement ACEDS.
Why did Mary and Kaylee acquire the EDRM?
They stepped away from their roles at ACEDS in search of their next adventure and have appreciated the great work EDRM has done through the years. EDRM also provided a non competitive platform to serve their global “e-discovery and” community through frameworks, trendsetting projects, partnerships, events, careers, technical education and networking.
What do Mary and Kaylee plan to do with the EDRM?
They immediately engaged in conversation with the key EDRM stakeholders to understand current status, future goals and needs for support.
Is the EDRM a not for profit?
EDRM was purchased by Mary and Kaylee as individuals and they formed a for profit company. They will be evaluating the body of work with an eye towards safe-guarding the collective community generated work product so that the tools, frameworks, white papers etc. remain freely available to the community.
When do Mary and Kaylee take the reins?
Will the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law still be involved with the EDRM?
Yes, the Bolch Judicial Institute is a Foundational Partner of EDRM, and Melinda Vaughn is on our Global Advisory Council.
Who do we contact to learn more?
Will you keep the projects?
Absolutely. There are now 19 active projects, 10 more than when we started in October 2019.
My membership has expired. What do I do?
Keep participating, EDRM is now open to all- no membership required.
The membership portal is closed. Will it reopen?
They will re-evaluate this next year. Mary and Kaylee’s current assessment is that EDRM should be open to all regardless of ability to pay.
Will EDRM still have sponsors/partners?
EDRM’s partners make everything possible. Our current partners are here. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for a prospectus.
I am interested in working on a project.
Excellent, Mary and Kaylee would love for you to participate. Please email email@example.com to be connected to the project team of your choice.
I am interested in starting a project, how do I do that?
Please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a conversation. Mary and Kaylee are happy to discuss and committed to nurturing future projects
Will there still be in person meetings?
As part of the “#NewNormal” EDRM’s annual workshop will be a virtual Summit & Workshop on June 25-26, 2020.
Will Mary and Kaylee be updating the EDRM diagram?
There’s an existing project addressing this very issue. To participate in this initiative, please email email@example.com.
How will the EDRM support itself?
Mary and Kaylee will be continuing with the EDRM existing partners and expanding the offerings to include their award winning brand amplification, social media strategy & support, podcast series, webinars, white paper distribution, logo placement, bespoke custom event curation and strategy development, and more. Additionally, they are very excited about becoming a certified woman owned business.
Partnership with EDI?
As part of leaving ACEDS well, Mary and Kaylee are not able to offer general e-discovery certification/certificates at this time and did not acquire the contract with EDI.
Will Mary and Kaylee be keeping the Creative Commons licensed material?
Yes, they will. The wonderful work the EDRM community created together will remain accessible under the creative commons license attributed to it.
What is your exit strategy?
Mary and Kaylee are in this for the long term and are committed to continuing and expanding on the excellent work that has gone before them.
Does EDRM have investors?
Currently Mary and Kaylee are self-funding. They are open to a structured minority investment opportunity with one or a couple of potential investors who have demonstrated community commitment.