Requirement Description Who May Be an Member EDRM membership is open to everyone, provided the time and money requirements are met. Members fit into three categories (see Types of Members, below).
We reserve the right to exclude from membership individuals or organizations that, in our opinion, are unwilling to participate in a constructive manner. This a right we are extremely reluctant to exercise.
Time Members are required to contribute their time and expertise, without which the projects could not function and would not succeed. It is expected that members will offer relevant and valuable assistance to the EDRM Projects.
We do not set minimum time requirements; rather, we ask that members make a good faith effort to be active, productive contributors. We strongly suggest that members limit themselves to one or two working groups.
Money Members are required to pay an annual fee to participate in ongoing activities and project work. The fee is based on (a) organizational or individual membership; and (b) for organizations, the type and size of organization. (See Fees, below.)
Types of Members
Type Description Provider Organizations For purposes of EDRM membership, a "provider organization" is an organization whose primary involvement with e-discovery is as a direct or indirect provider of services or software relating to e-discovery. Examples include, but are not limited to, companies that sell software used to collect, process or host electronically stored information and companies that engage in the collection, processing or hosting of ESI.
Member provider organizations may designate any number of individuals from their organizations to participate in EDRM.
Consumer Organizations A "consumer organization" is an organization whose primary involvment with e-discovery is as a direct or indirect consumer of e-discovery services or software. This category includes law firms and corporations who contend with e-discovery challenges. It does not include providers, as described above, even though they may use e-discovery services or software offered by others.
Member consumer organizations may designate any number of individuals from their organizations to participate in EDRM.
Individuals An "individual" is someone who elects to be an EDRM member on his or her own behalf and not as a representative of an organization. Students A "student" is someone is enrolled in an approved e-discovery program or course. To submit a program for approval, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promotion of Membership
Type of Member Promotion Do's and Don't's Organizations Are listed on the EDRM website and in EDRM work product. Listings may include both the organization and individuals from the organization. Listings also may include links to the organization's website.
May use EDRM membership logos on their websites, in printed materials, etc.
May advertise and promote their membership in EDRM.
Individuals & Students
(not participating as part of an organization)
Are listed on the EDRM website and in EDRM work product. Listings do not include references to the organization for whom the individual member works, or links to individual or organizational websites.
May use EDRM membership logos on their individual websites, in their own individual printed materials, etc.
May use their membership in EDRM to advertise or promote their own individual offerings.
May not use EDRM membership logos on the websites of organizations for which they work (where those organizations have two or more people), in those organization's printed materials, etc., where doing so gives the impression that the organization is an EDRM member.
May not use their membership in EDRM to advertise or promote the offerings of organizations for which they work (where those organizations have two or more people), where doing so gives the impression that the organization is an EDRM member.
EDRM Membership Fees (12-Month Anniversary Pricing Model)1 12-Month Fee Provider: Level 1 (50 or more people in organization2) $4,500 Provider: Level 2 (less than 50 people in organization2) $1,000 Law Firms $750 Individuals $200 Corporations, Government, Academic Institutions $0 Individuals, Unemployed3 $0 Students from Approved Programs4 $0 Meeting attendance: Non-refundable fee of $300 per person per meeting, for kickoff & midyear meetings, regardless of membership level $300
1 Anniversary pricing model:
- Members join for a one-year period (for example, Sept. 1, 2010 - Aug. 31, 2011, Jan. 15, 2011 - Jan. 14, 2012).
- Menbers may join EDRM at any time in the year (for example, Sept 1, 2010 or Jan. 15, 2011), with official one-year membership beginning the month of invoicing.
- Payment may be made by check, by credit card, or by money transfer.
- Payment is due in full upon invoicing; if payment is not made in full within 30 days of invoicing, then unless other arrangements have been made a late payment fee of 1% of the balance due may be charged each month.
2 For Providers, fees are based on the number of people in the organization. This means how many people work for the organization. It does not mean (a) how many people own the organization, (b) how many people are in a subsidiary, or (c) how many people might participate in EDRM.
3 In response to the current economic challenges and the accompanying reduction in e-discovery personnel at service and software providers, law firms and corporations, for select individuals we are temporarily waiving the individual EDRM membership fee. This waiver applies to individuals who have lost, or are about to lose, positions in the e-discovery field. Individual members who elect to attend the Spring and Fall EDRM face-to-face working meetings will still be required to pay a fee to cover a portion of meeting expenses. We know this will not solve everyone’s problems; we hope at least it can ease the pain a little.
4The membership fee is waived for students in approved programs. To submit a program for approval, contact us at email@example.com.
To join EDRM, complete and send the form at Join EDRM