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Winners Announced for TRU Staffing Partners Scholarship Program 2021

TRU Staffing Partners, a globally recognized award-winning search firm representing talent and opportunities in data privacy, e-discovery, and cybersecurity today announces over 50 scholarship recipients of the Tenth Annual TRU Staffing Partners Scholarship Program.

The program, which is designed to foster training and education for professionals in the security and legal technology industries, is in its tenth year of operation and has now awarded over 270 scholarships, totaling more than $300,000 in free education and certification. TRU’s 2021 portfolio of partners and their certification, training, and education delved into diverse areas of discipline, including mobile forensic collection, advanced data analytics, legal project management, processing and hosting of litigation data, cyber incident response and remediation, privacy law and program building, technical e-discovery attorney review expertise, and more!

“We are so proud to bring passionate, hungry seekers of professional development in the legal technology space together with companies that provide training, education, and certification to the community,” says Jared Coseglia, TRU’s founder and CEO. “Thank you to all of our partners for their generosity and unending commitment to improving the lives and careers of professionals in our community; to all of our applicants for taking the time to thoughtfully reflect on their careers and ambitions and ask for advancement; and a huge congratulations to our winners who demonstrated the right attitude, aptitude, and ambition to receive this year’s awards!”

TRU is indebted to our Scholarship Board, consisting of industry experts and thought leaders who came together to select the recipients for training in the legal community from anonymized applications. Board members include, but are not limited to:

  • John Rielly, Director, Legal Support Services, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dan Torba, Head of E-Discovery Services US Region, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Martha Louks, Director of Technology Services, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Brad Schaffel, Manager, eDiscovery & Litigation Support, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Bryant Gauthier, Director, Litigation Technology and Support, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
  • James Bekier, Director of Litigation Services, BakerHostetler
  • Ian Balom, Manager, eDiscovery & Legal Technology, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Conan Hines, Sr. Legal Technology Advisor - Clifford Chance LLP
  • Debbie Reynolds, Founder, CEO and Chief Data Privacy Officer, Debbie Reynolds Consulting
  • Ricky Brooman, Litigation Support Senior Manager, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Alan Davis, Director, eDiscovery Advisory Services Team/Litigation Support, Selendy & Gay PLLC
  • Mary Mack, CEO and Chief Legal Technologist, Electronic Discovery Resource Model (EDRM)
  • Kaylee Walstad, Chief Strategy Officer, Electronic Discovery Resource Model (EDRM)
  • Shelley Brown, eDiscovery, Litigation & Practice Support Manager

The following is an overview of the scholarships and their recipients:


ACEDS full certification package

  • Austin Mitchell, Reston, VA

eDEx, eDiscovery Executive Certificate Program

  • Monique Samudio, Playa Vista, CA
  • Gina Allen, Westmont, IL

Brainspace, a Reveal Technology

Online Brainspace Analyst

  • Sheila Grela, San Diego, CA
  • Marlven Loreno, Union, NJ
  • Anupama Grover, Alexandria, VA
  • Kathryn Misewicz, Silver Spring, MD
  • Michael Wahlster, Fairview, PA
  • Marcus Ledergerber, Stockton, CA
  • Wade Riemenschneider, Barnesville, OH
  • Michelle McCune, San Antonio, TX
  • Deborah Standridge, Calabasas, CA
  • Rebecca Rockwood, Sterling, VA

Online Brainspace Specialist

  • Christopher Barrett, Brooklyn, NY
  • Daphne Lincoln, Washington, D.C.
  • Andrea Klein, Suffern, NY
  • John Stephens, Dallas, TX
  • Jay-Jay Flanagan-Grannemann, Columbia, SC
  • Elia Burgos, Lakewood, OH
  • Terry Lundy, Chicago, IL
  • Anthony Graf, Renton, WA
  • Thomas Siblo, Glendale, CA
  • Ethlyn Lewis, Dunwoody, GA


Certified EDT Reviewer

  • Stephanie Falcone, Brooklyn, NY
  • Darius Bennett, Greenville, AL
  • Shawn Barran, Monroe, NY
  • Altay Aslan, Indian Trail, NC
  • Haneen Aslan, Indian Trail, NC

Certified EDT Processing Analyst

  • Mika Fukutomi, Albany, NY
  • Peter Tonko, Fairfax, VA
  • Nicole Roberts, Montréal, Quebec
  • Shannon Glenn, Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Cindy Wu, Smithtown, NY

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

CCPA Training Bundle

  • Shaina Varia, Irving, TX


iCONECT Project Manager Certification and iCONECT Analytics Administrator Certification

  • Flora Powell-Douglas, Stafford, TX
  • Tawana Shephard, Edgewood, MD
  • Rogelio Vargas Jr., Brooklyn, NY
  • Gisell Jalil, New York, NY

Nuix North America Inc.

Nuix Workstation Data Discovery Core and Nuix Workstation Data Discovery Specialist

  • Scott Larangeira, Fort Lee, NJ

Nuix Workstation Forensic Practitioner Core and Nuix Workstation Forensic Practitioner Foundations

  • Giovanni Salinas, Schaumburg, IL

Nuix Discover End User

  • Katie Soleayst, Minneapolis, MN


Scholarships to attend OpenText Enterprise World 2021

  • Adam Bailey, St. Louis, MO
  • David Vuong, Alhambra, CA

Paraben Corporation

Mobile Fast Track 3-Day Training with a Software License

  • Adam Schryer, Columbia, SC
  • Meghan Ventura, New York, NY


Relativity Scholarship for Beginners

  • Ana Marie Martinez, Vancouver, WA
  • Stefanie Vaught, Atlanta, GA

Relativity Scholarship for Intermediates

  • Maria-Vittoria Carminati, Aurora, CO
  • Thomas Bengtson Jr., Washington, D.C.

Relativity Scholarship for Experts

  • Richard McGee, Irmo, SC
  • Andrea Zack-Thomas, Plymouth Meeting, PA

If you are a technology company or educational organization that would like to participate when the program returns in 2022, please contact Andrew Brody, CFO/COO, at [email protected].

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Recent News & Events

TRU founder and CEO Jared Coseglia lends his market knowledge to the South Florida chapter of ARMA on November 4 at 1:00pm ET. “Legal Tech Jobs: Before and After the Pandemic” will speak not only to the evolving ecosystem of employment opportunities within legal technology, but also to how the community’s approach to interviewing and staff selection has adapted and changed because of the pandemic. Expect a full explanation of how remote and contract hiring modalities have shaped the current landscape and why now is the right time for talent to matriculate between legal disciplines and look to the job market for professional advancement and the best compensation available in a decade.

Thursday, 04 November 2021, 13:00

Attention privacy pros! TRU founder and CEO Jared Coseglia will moderate an all-star panel (Jutta Williams, Twitter; Zoe Philippides, Anthem Inc.; Dennis Sanchez, HP) titled "Healthcare Technology and the Increasingly Important Role of Privacy Professionals” at IAPP's PSR Conference on October 22 at 3:45pm PT.

Thrust once again into the limelight by COVID-19, the intersection of healthcare concerns, data privacy, consumer rights, and in many instances, human rights have meaningfully captured social consciousness and, in turn, captured corporate consciousness. “Alexa, remind me to take my heart medicine at 3pm.” Led by cutting-edge industry thought leaders, this panel will cover the conversation surrounding product creation that leverages healthcare and HIPAA-protected data, and its intersection with our everyday lives. From smart-home technology to the role of social media in the COVID-19 response, we will discuss proactive efforts to monetize and build trust with customers, inspired by product creators who have enticed the public with apps and goods that involve the collection and processing of data related specifically to healthcare. Join us for a deep dive into the risks and rewards of gathering, using, and wielding this data, and the precedent being set for future privacy laws.

Learn more about the conference, peruse the sessions, and register for IAPP PSR HERE!

Friday, 22 October 2021, 15:45
Law Firms May Be Facing an eDiscovery and Tech Personnel Crisis: eDiscovery Trends

If the Barbra Streisand song lyric “people who need people…are the luckiest people…in the world” is true, then personnel managers at law firms must be very lucky indeed. I’m sure they don’t feel that lucky, given the current eDiscovery and tech personnel crisis that many of them are beginning to face.

Jared Coseglia quoted in eDiscovery Today

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 11:29