WHAT IS THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF e-NEUTRALS?
The American College of e-Neutrals (ACESIN) provides the world's only directory of qualified discovery neutrals for the digital age. The organization is dedicated to the education, training, credentials, and use of e-Neutrals. E-Neutrals are third party referees—mediators, arbitrators, masters, judges, liaisons and magistrates—committed to resolving disputes arising from electronically stored information (ESI). ACESIN Fellows are the country's first group of e-Neutrals qualified to conduct "e-Mediations" and other extra-judicial forums (Learn more under FAQ). An e-Neutral who is a Fellow of ACESIN has met the highest standards of knowledge, training and experience in both dispute resolution and e-discovery as determined by ACESIN's Advisory Board. An ACESIN Fellow stands ready to assist litigants and the courts in resolving e-discovery disputes in an efficient and effective manner through the use of e-Mediations or court appointments.
ACESIN is the leader in the practice of using qualified e-neutrals as alternatives to manage and resolve e-discovery issues. ACESIN promotes e-Mediations as a process for litigants to self-direct solutions to e-discovery disputes in a confidential environment, as well as, other alternatives for dispute resolution, such as the use of e-Neutrals as special masters or discovery referees. ACESIN's Directory of e-Neutrals is designed to benefits its Affiliates, including the Judiciary, by providing a network of qualified e-Neutrals. Judges and litigants can trust that an ACESIN Fellow is a qualified e-Neutral who can find resolutions to disputes in the ever-evolving and complex world of e-discovery.
ACESIN has two levels of membership:
1. The ACESIN Fellow:
The ACESIN Fellow is an e-Neutral that offers ADR services in the field of e-discovery. The primary benefit of becoming an ACESIN Fellow is to receive national recognition in this new and innovative field of ADR. As an ACESIN Fellow, you are listed in ACESIN's Directory of e-Neutrals which is available to ACESIN Affiliates, other ACESIN Fellows and the Federal and State Judiciaries. The unique ACESIN Directory provides a personalized profile of each of its Fellows with links to the Fellow's biography, website, blogs, testimonials and ACESIN Library. The ACESIN Fellow becomes a part of ACESIN's network for promoting the use of e-Mediations and court appointments. An ACESIN Fellow receives a free license to use the ACESIN designation.
To learn more about becoming an ACESIN Fellow, click on the "Become a Fellow" Tab.
2. The ACESIN Affiliate:
The ACESIN Affiliate is a person or organization seeking ADR services in e-discovery. By registering as an ACESIN Affiliate, you have unlimited access to ACESIN's Directory of e-Neutrals for FREE! ACESIN Affiliates can readily identify the most appropropriate ACESIN Fellow to serve as an e-Neutral by searching the ACESIN Directory by name, state and/or practice area. Then, the ACESIN Affiliate can contact the ACESIN Fellow directly for e-Neutral services with just a click. An ACESIN Affiliate may also post a request for information. Federal and state judges are encouraged to join as ACESIN Affiliates.
To learn more about becoming an ACESIN Affiliate, click on the "Become an Affiliate" Tab.
ACESIN provides unique training merging the disciplines of alternative dispute resolution and e-discovery developed by practitioners and professors of e-discovery and ADR. Applicants that attend ACESIN's training program fulfill one of the criteria for becoming an ACESIN Fellow. Click the "Training" Tab to learn more.